How to vote from your hospital bed


Before October 5, 2020

Register to Vote!

Find more information at https://www.votetexas.gov/ or https://www.vote.org/.

If you are over the age of 65 or sick or disabled, you qualify for absentee voting by mail before October 23, 2020.

After October 14, 2020

After the end of the normal absentee voting by mail period, you may request a late ballot due to emergency or injury from your local election office, up until 5 PM on Election Day.

Polls Close on Tuesday November 3, 2020

Your ballot must be returned to your local election office by 7 PM on Election Day by a personal representative in order for it to be counted.






Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://www.votetexas.gov/ or https://www.vote.org/.


Make sure to check if your state requires a Voter ID. You can find a list of accepted identifications for Texas HERE. For Spanish click HERE. You can also get your Voter ID questions answered through this link: https://www.messenger.com/t/VoteRiders. If you are requesting a mail in ballot and your state requires you to send a copy of your voter ID but do not have access to a printer, you can send a picture to VoterID@voteriders.org and we will mail you two hard copies. For up-to-date information and help with voter ID you can also call/text VoteRiders: 844-338-8743 or visit voteriders.org. HERE is our link to our digital cards for all 50 states.


Request an Absentee Ballot Application

If you are hospitalized after the normal absentee voting period by mail, you may still request a late ballot to vote by mail, up until 5 PM on Election Day. A link to the form that must be filled out can be found here. Notably, there is a section that must be filled out by a physician responsible for your care.

If you're unable to access a printer, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help deliver materials to you.


Obtain Your Ballot

After the emergency ballot request form has been filled out, your personal representative (ex. relative) must take it to the early voting clerk at the clerk’s office.  The application will be processed and balloting materials will be provided to the representative. The address and contact information for your local election office can be found here.



Fill out your ballot! 


Drop off your Absentee Ballot

Your personal representative must return your filled-out ballot to your local elections office (not a polling station) by 7 PM on Election Day in order for it to be counted.

If you have difficulty with getting your ballot to the County Elections office, contact your Patient Voting team at patientvoting@gmail.com and we will help figure this out.



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Tex. Elec. Code § 102.001

Tex. Elec. Code § 103.001

Tex. Elec. Code § 106.002

A voter can request a late ballot if they have a sickness or injury on or after the last day to request a ballot by mail. A voter can request a late ballot if they have a death in the family on or after the last day to request a ballot by mail. A voter may vote by electronic transmission if they are on a space flight.


COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

You may vote by mail if you meet on of Texas' requirements for doing so, such as being over the age of 65 or being sick or disabled. More information on this process and the necessary documentation can be found here. The Election Code defines “disability” to include “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter's health.” (Sec. 82.002).  If you believe that you meet this definition, they can submit an application for ballot by mail. 

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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