For Immediate Release
Aug. 18, 2020
Contact: Angelica Luna-Kaufman
Eligible Mail-In Voters Urged to Submit Applications Immediately to Harris County Clerk
Officials Express Concern About Postal Delays Causing Missed Deadlines
HOUSTON – The Harris County Democratic Party today began urging those eligible to vote by mail to submit their applications immediately in order to meet the deadline.
“The postal service has been experiencing delays that could impact how quickly an application is received,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party Chair. “Voters need to submit their mail-in applications as soon as possible to make sure they arrive before the deadline.”
To qualify to vote by mail in Harris County you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be 65 years old or older
- Be out of the county during the election
- Be in jail
- Have a disability
Although the first three categories are clearly defined, there have been questions about the disability category because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lack of immunity to COVID alone does not qualify an individual to vote by mail, but voters can take into account their overall health situation when deciding whether they are eligible for mail-in voting,” Schechter said.
The Texas Supreme Court in May ruled that, “a voter can take into consideration aspects of his health and his health history that are physical conditions in deciding whether, under the circumstances, to apply to vote by mail because of disability.”
“Anyone in Harris County eligible to vote by mail should complete the application available on the County Clerk’s website, harrisvotes.com,” said Schechter.
“The official deadline for the Clerk’s Office to receive mail-in voting applications is Oct. 23,” she said. “But I’m telling people not to wait. Send in your application today.”