Ellis County, TX


What is the eligibility for registering to vote?

To be eligible for voter registration, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the county, 18 years of age by election day (you may register at age 17 years, 10 months), not a convicted felon (unless a person's sentence is completed including any probation or parole), and not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law. Completed voter registration applications may be submitted to the Elections Department either in-person or by mail. Completed applications must be received or clearly postmarked by the 30th day before Election Day. If the 30th day before Election Day falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves forward to the next regular business day.

What is the process for early voting?

Texas law permits anyone who is registered to vote the option of voting early for any reason. The Elections Department establishes and staffs early voting locations throughout Ellis County. Early voting begins either 17 or 12 days prior to a scheduled election (depending on the type of election).

Can I vote by mail?

You are eligible to vote early by mail if you are a registered voter who is:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Out of the county during the entire election including early voting (Must provide an out of county address and the date to begin and the ending date of receiving mail at this address. This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
  • Disabled
  • Confined in jail, but eligible to vote. (This application is only good for one election and runoff.)

To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Ellis County Elections office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. We must receive your application no later than the close of business 11 days before election day for both regular and FPCA applications (per H.B. 1927 law effective 9/1/2015). If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot must be received on the preceding business day. First day for the Election’s Office to receive an Annual Regular or FPCA Ballot by Mail Application for each calendar year is: January 1st of each year.

FPCA Application for Ballot by Mail

Mail your application for a ballot to: OR If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:

Jana Onyon – Early Voting Clerk
Ellis County Elections
204 E. Jefferson
Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Deliver your application for a ballot to: Only the applicant may submit their application in person to the Early Voting Clerk at the above address until the early voting period begins. However, after the early voting period begins for an election, the applicant may only submit their application via mail, fax, common contract carrier, or email.

Fax your application for a ballot to: Fax: (972)923-5194

Email your application for a ballot (Must be a scanned application that contains the voter’s original signature)

We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.


What if I am physically unable to enter a polling place?

If you are physically unable to enter the polling place, you may ask that an election officer bring a ballot to you at the entrance of the polling place or to your car at curbside. After you mark the ballot, give it to the election officer who will put it in the ballot box. Or, at your request, a companion may hand you a ballot and deposit it for you. Tip: If you plan to go alone to vote curbside, it is wise to call ahead so election officials will expect you. Generally speaking, you may vote curbside during the early voting period (the 17th day before Election Day until the 4th day before Election Day) or on Election Day.