Voting in the upcoming election

Published 11:50 am Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Important dates for the upcoming Primaries are ahead for voters.

If one is planning to vote in the Primary Election on March 6, 2018, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, February 5, 2018. The deadline would be on Sunday this year and was moved to the next business day.

Early voting will begin on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 and ends Friday, March 2, 2018.

The first day to apply for a ballot by mail began on Monday, January 1, 2018.

To request a mail in ballot, contact Orange County Election Administration at 882-7973. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Friday, February 23, 2018.

It is importantly to request the mail in ballot in a timely manner, as it must be received by Orange County Election Administration by 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2018 or 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply).

Note that pursuant to House Bills 1151 and 929 (2017), different deadlines apply to the last day to    receive ballots sent by the following:

1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”),

2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and

(3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code.

Contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.