In the Coronavirus stimulus package, Congress authorized approximately $20 million in election assistance funds for Texas. Those funds are intended “to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more poll-workers.” In Texas, what we got was an extra week of early voting, which we should definitely take advantage of doing. Early voting starts Tuesday, Oct 13 and ends on Friday, Oct 30. See new early voting locations and times.
The mail-in ballot instructions states as one qualifier: “Disability or illness (defined as a sickness or a physical condition that prevents you from appearing at the polling place without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injuring your health). Anyone over 65 by Nov 3, or anyone with a disability may vote by mail.