Are you a resident of Howard County, Texas, and wondering what the restrictions are for voting by mail or absentee ballot? The answer is yes. The Uniformed Overseas Voters and Absent Civilians Act (UOCAVA) and the Maryland State Board of Elections (MSBE) have set certain requirements for voting by mail or absentee ballot in Howard County. The Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP) also provides guidance on the process. If you have requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person, you will have to vote with a provisional ballot.
However, if you haven't yet voted, election officials will count that ballot as your vote. It is important to note that you should not mail a ballot or vote in person. For specific information, you can find the contact information for the local county clerk here. All early voting takes place at the Howard County Courthouse, located at 300 S Main, Big Spring, Texas. Howard County is part of the Vote Center program, which means that you can go to any of the places on Election Day and vote on your ballot. The early voting secretary must receive your marked ballot before 7 p.m., on Election Day, or before the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot came from outside the United States.
Early Voting and Election Day Statistics Early Voting Report: Early Voting Report.
UOCAVA VotersAll other UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to cast their votes in all elections for federal, state, and local offices, including bills. If you don't receive your absentee ballot, or ballot by mail, from your state in time to return it to your election official to participate in the elections, use the FWAB. It offers a free express mail service to your election official for absentee ballots in the general elections. The Department of Defense fax service is for those voters who are unable to send their election materials directly to their election officials.
Voting ProcessTo vote in handwriting, fill in the oval to the left of the space for the written vote and type the person's name and surname in the corresponding space.
If your application is reviewed and approved by bipartisan county election officials, a ballot package will be mailed to you.
Citizens Residing Outside USCitizens who reside outside the United States and whose return is not secure can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office. Once you receive your absentee ballot from your state, you must return it according to the deadlines set out in the federal election deadline table.
Indiana ResidentsVoters from Indiana can download and print the ABS-Mail form or call their county elections official or the Indiana Electoral Division at (31) 232-3939 to have a request mailed to them, or visit their county elections office or election division to pick up the application in person. In addition, all Indiana counties must allow in-person absentee voting on the two Saturdays immediately before the election. Voters can download and print the ABS Itinerant Board form OR call their county elections official or the Indiana Electoral Division at (31) 232-3939 to have a request mailed to them or visit their county elections office or election division to pick up the application in person.
Rejected BallotsYou can return your absentee ballot request form by mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. A voter whose absentee ballot has been rejected by county officials can appear before the county board of elections no later than 5 p.m.
Election Day to request an ABS-21 form and then go to their voting center to vote with a regular ballot, if eligible.