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National Vote by Mail Day: What you need to know about voting by mail in the state of Texas

In Texas, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by election day and received by the day after election day.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — July 28 is National Vote by Mail Day, and while rumors may flood your social media timelines, it's important Texans know the correct deadlines and procedures for mail-in voting in the Lone Star State.

First, let's talk about dates. Governor Abbott has extended the early voting period for the November 3rd election. Early voting will now begin on October 13 and end on October 30.

The date by which you must mail in your vote in order for it to be received and counted varies by state. In Texas, your ballot must be postmarked by election day and received by the day after election day.

If you are planning to apply for an absentee ballot in the state of Texas, you must do so by October 23, 2020. You can download and print the application on votetexas.gov or you can submit an order online and one will be mailed to you.

Although democrats continue to push Governor Abbott and other Texas GOP leaders to expand mail-in voting, Abbott has stayed steadfast in the state's policies that say you may only vote by absentee ballot if you are a registered voter who is:

- Away from your county on election day and during early in-person voting.

- Sick or disabled.

- 65 years of age or older on election day.

- Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.