Election 2020: Election dates, ballot info and everything you need to vote in Hays County
The Hays County Democratic Party has compiled everything you need to know to be ready to vote in the November general election. Share this page to help your fellow Democratic friends, family and neighbors prepare for the big day that we will win the White House, empower Democrats in the U.S. Senate and turn Hays County True Blue!
Sept. 18 (Friday) — Mail-in Ballots mailed from Hays County Elections Office. To learn more about Mail-in-Ballots in Hays County, please refer to our FAQ post on the Hays County Democratic Party website.
Oct. 5 (Monday) — Last day to register to vote. Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked at least 30* days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election. *Per Sec. 13.143(e) of the Texas Election Code, if the 30th day before the date of an election is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, an application is considered to be timely if it is submitted to the registrar on or before the next regular business day.
How to update your voter registration info if you moved recently
Did you move within Hays County?
If you moved from one place to another in the same county, you’ll need to notify the Voter Registrar in your county in writing of your new address. In Hays County, you will need to contact the Elections Administrator in the Elections Office. There are several ways to do this:
- As long as you reside in the same county, you can change your information online at the Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Name/Address Change website. The screen will prompt you through the process and the changes that you make will be forwarded to your county Voter Registrar for processing. You will be mailed a new certificate with your new address and be able to vote in your new precinct 30 days after you submitted your change. If you miss the 30-day deadline to change information on your voter registration certificate, you may vote in your former precinct as long as you still reside in the political subdivision conducting the election.
- Correct your current voter registration certificate on the back and return it to the Voter Registrar.
- Fill out a new voter registration application form and check the “change” box.
- When you apply for or change your Texas driver’s license, change your voter information at the same time.
Did you move to Hays County from another county?
If you recently moved to Hays County, YOU MUST RE-REGISTER! Fill out and mail a new application, or take it in person. You will receive a new voter registration certificate 30 days after your application is submitted and accepted.
If you are late to register in your new county, you may be able to vote a “limited” ballot on candidates or issues common between your old and new counties. You may only vote this “limited” ballot after you have moved to your new residence, during the early voting period by personal appearance at the main early voting polling place (not on Election Day) or by mail (if otherwise qualified to vote by mail) and if:
- You are a current registered voter in your former county;
- You would be eligible to vote in your former county on Election Day, if you were still living in that county;
- You have not re-registered in the new county, or, if you have re-registered, the effective date of the new registration will not be effective on or before Election day.
- If you feel you qualify to vote a limited ballot, we recommend that you contact the Hays County Elections Office.
How do I know if I am registered? Visit the http://www.votetexas.gov/ to check your voter registration status. You can also call the Hays County Elections Office at (512) 393-7310.
Early Voting Begins
Oct. 13 (Tuesday) — The early voting period runs from Tuesday, Oct. 13, to Friday, Oct. 30. In Hays County, these are the dates and hours the polls will be open during Early Voting.
Early Voting Week 1
- Tuesday, Oct. 13 – Friday, Oct. 16: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 17: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 18: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Early Voting Week 2
- Monday, Oct. 19 – Friday, Oct. 23: 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 24: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 25: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Early Voting Week 3
- Monday, Oct. 26 – Friday, Oct. 30: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mail Ballot Request Deadline
Oct. 23 (Friday) — The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) October 23. Instructions for requesting and submitting a ballot by mail can be found on the Hays County Elections Office website.
Download PDF copies of the Application for Ballot by Mail using these links:
- Master Sample Ballot – All Contests
- To view Precinct Specific Ballots visit this Hays County Elections Office webpage.
Polling Site Locations
Hays County Early Voting Locations Map
Nov. 3 (Tuesday) — Election Day
Hays County Election Day Voting Locations Map
Printable Election Location Lists
- Printable Early and Election Day Voting Locations List (English)
- Printable Early and Election Day Voting Locations List (Spanish)
New Voting Machines
Hays County started using new voting machines in 2019. The new voting machines are called ballot marking devices and feature improvements over the previous machines.
- Voter-friendly electronic voter interface
- Easy-to-read, anonymous printed vote records
- ADA-compliant accessible interfaces