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Information for Voters
Voter Eligibility
In order to cast a ballot in a City election, you must be both eligible to vote and registered to vote.  Persons are generally eligible to vote if:

  • They reside within the City Limits and are registered to vote at their in-City address.
  • Are 18 years of age or older on the day of the election
  • Are Citizens of the United States
  • Are not disqualified as a convicted felon
  • Have a registration that is valid on the day of the election

Voters meeting these qualifications will generally be allowed to cast a ballot on election day or during early voting.  If you believe you meet all of these criteria but are not allowed to cast a ballot by election personnel, ask the Election Judge to explain your right to cast a provisional ballot.

Voter Registration
While the City secretary's Office administers most election duties for the City, voter registration and determination of eligibility are managed by the Hays County Elections Administrator.  Voter Registration Applications are available at City Hall; however, all questions regarding voter registration or eligibility should be directed to that office at the contact information below:

    Joyce A. Cowan
    Elections Administrator/Voter Registration
    712 South Stagecoach Trail Ste 1045
    San Marcos, TX 78666 
    Phone: 512-393-7310 
    Fax: 512-393-5530 

PLEASE REMEMBER: In order to be validly registered to vote in any election, your application for voter registration must be received by the voter registrar at least 30 DAYS PRIOR to election day.  Registrations received after that time, while valid for future elections, will not enable you to vote at the next election. 

You can check your current registration status by phone by contacting the Elections Administrator's Office.

Absentee Ballots (Voting by Mail)
In order to cast an absentee ballot (i.e. vote by mail) you must meet the following criteria:

  • be 65 years or older; or
  • be disabled; or
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

Applications for ballot by mail can be obtained at the City Secretary's Office, or can be downloaded from the Texas Secretary's of State's Office.

Any questions about casting an absentee ballot should be forwarded to the City Secretary's Office at 512-312-0084.