Thursday, July 2, 2020, is the deadline for any voter to apply for a ballot by mail in the July 14, Primary Runoff Election. Applications must be submitted by mail and must be received in the Election Office by the deadline. According to Fort Bend County Elections Administrator, John Oldham, voters may submit an application by fax or email after July 25 may extend the application deadline by four days after their electronic submission.

There are four reasons Texas Voters may apply for a ballot by mail. These include absence from the county, age, disability, or confinement in jail.

If a voter applies, citing absence from the county, the ballot can only be mailed to an out of county address.

Voters age 65 and older may submit an annual application for ballot by mail which will result in their receiving a ballot for every election in which they are eligible. Those applications expire on December 31 of each year and voters must submit a new application after that date.

Voters who claim disability as a reason for request an absentee ballot may also make an annual application. Recently the Texas Supreme Court ruled that lack of immunity to, or a fear of contracting COVID-19, does not qualify a voter to receive a ballot based on disability. However, the court also said that ”a voter could take into consideration aspects of his health history that are physical conditions in deciding whether, under the circumstances, to apply to vote by mail because of disability.”

As of June 19, Fort Bend County had received 12,972 applications for ballot for the July 14 Runoff Election. That compares to 8,494 in the 2018 Runoff and 6,025 in 2016.

El jueves 2 de julio de 2020 es la fecha limite para que cualquier votante solicite una bolete por correo en la Eleccion de segunda vuelta primaria del 14 de julio. Las solicitudes deben presentarse por correo y deben recibirse en la oficina de Elecciones antes de la fecha limite. Segun el administrado de elecciones del condado de Fort Bend, John Oldham, los votantes pueden presenter una solicitud por fax o correo electronico despues del 25 de julio y pueden extender el plazo de solicitud cuatro dias despues de su presentacion electronica.

Hay cuatro razones por las cuales los votantes de Texas pueden solicitor una bolete por correo. Estos incluyen ausencia del condado, edad, discapacidad o reclusion en la carcel. Si un votante aplica, citando la ausencia del condado, la bolete solo puede enviarse por correo a una direccion del condado.

Los votantes de 65 anos de edad y mayors pueden presenter una solicitud annual de bolete por correo qu dara como resultado que reciban una bolete para cada eleccion en la que sean elegibles. Esas solicitudes bencen el 31 de diciembre de cada ano y los votantes deben presenter una nueva solicitud despues de esa fecha.

Los votantes que reclaman discapacidad como motive para solicitor una bolete en ausencia tambien pueden presenter una solicitud anual. Recientemente, la Corte Suprema de Texas dictamino que la falta de inmunidad o el temor de contraer COVID-19 no califica a un votante podria tener en cuenta aspectos de su historial de salud que son condiciones fisicas al decider si, bajo las cirumstancias, solicitor el voto por correo debideo a una discapacidad.

Hasta el 19 de junio, el condado de Fort Bend habia recibido 12,972 solicitudes de boletas para la eleccion de la segunda vuelta del 14 de julio. Eso se compara con 8, 494 en la segunda vuelta de 2018 y 6,025 en 2016.

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