Friday last day to request mail ballots


Roy Nitzan

Those that qualify for voting through mail must request their ballots by Oct. 23. Ballots can be dropped off behind the Collin County Election Office where they are guaranteed to arrive in time for the elections.

Ana Cuen, Managing Editor

Early voting is off to a record start in Texas with the Lone Star state leading the nation in the number of voters who have already cast their ballot. But time is running out for people looking to vote via a mail-in ballot as Friday is the deadline to request one.

Eligible voters qualify to vote via mail if they meet at least one of the four requirements: being outside of the United States during early voting period and on election day, having a disability, being 65 years old or older, or being confined in jail. 

Since early voting in Texas began on Oct. 13,  more people have already voted in the Lone Star state, than the total number of people in the state who voted for President Trump in 2016. With the Nov. 3 elections quickly approaching, Collin County has set up special locations for residents to drop off their mail-in ballots. Located at the Collin County Election Office, dropped off ballots are guaranteed to arrive in time for the elections.

The place to drop-off mail-in ballots is located behind the Collin County Election Office.

“We put it around back because it was competing with voters in the front of the building trying to park and vote,” Collin County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet said in a Community Impact article. “It really has worked out good because we have a large tent for them to drive through, show ID, sign a roster and hand us their ballot.”