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Voting in El Paso during the pandemic: Everything you need to know about the 2020 general election


EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso voters will soon head to the polls — from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30 for early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 3 — for the 2020 general election. Here’s an overview of everything El Pasoans need to know about casting a ballot in the election.

The information below was compiled by ABC-7 using resources from the Texas Secretary of State and the El Paso County Elections Department.

Important dates to remember!

  • October 5 – Last day to register to vote
  • October 13 - First day of early voting in person
  • October 23 - Last day to apply for a ballot by mail
  • October 30 - Last day of early voting
  • November 3 - Election day

How do I register to vote?

  • The El Paso County Elections Department has an application online that you can print out. You can find that information by clicking here.
  • If you don’t have internet the department can send you one. Just call 915-546-2154 for help.
  • Request a postage-paid voter registration form from the Texas Secretary of State.
  • Fill out an online voter registration application on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

Am I registered to vote?

  • To confirm your voter registration status, click here

Am I eligible to vote?

  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application.
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation and parole); and you have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Do I need an ID when I vote?

The short answer is yes!

The following is a list of acceptable photo IDs at the polling place:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS.
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS.
  • United State Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph.
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing a person’s photographer.
  • United States Passport (book or card).

What if I don’t have any of the acceptable forms of ID?

  • If you do not have any of the acceptable forms of ID listed above, click here for information about what you can do.

Who is eligible to vote early?

  • Any registered voter may vote early by personal appearance (in person).

Where can I vote early?

  • Again, early voting begins on October 13, 2020 and ends on October 30, 2020.
  • Click here for early voting locations in El Paso County.
  • *NEW* -Express curbside voting, also known as drive-thru voting, will be available at these seven locations: Arlington Park, Bassett Place, El Paso County Coliseum, Marty Robbins Recreation Center, Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center, Oz Glaze Senior Center, Sunland Park Mall. The El Paso County Elections Department says it will have extra workers, outside, ready to process voters as they come.

What if I can’t make it to early voting on the dates and times listed above?

  • Saturday and Sunday early voting will be available both weekends from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • *NEW* -During the last week of early voting, which is October 26 thru October 30, the following 10 locations will be open until 10 p.m.
    Arlington Park Shelter, Bassett Place, El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso County Eastside Annex, El Paso County Northwest Annex, Marty Robbins Recreation Center, Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center, Oz Glaze Senior Center, Pebble Hills High School, Sunland Park Mall.

Ballot by mail –who qualifies?

If voting by mail, when will I receive my ballot?

  • According to the El Paso County Elections Department, ballots will be mailed beginning September 25, 2020. You should receive your ballot within 7 days of requesting it.

When do I have to return my ballot?

  • The El Paso County Elections Department says to return your ballot as soon as possible! The department says the United States Post Office is anticipating a 7-10 day mailing period for ballots. Your ballot must be returned to the El Paso County Elections Department by 7 p.m. on November 3, 2020. If a ballot has a readable postmark prior to 7 p.m. on Election Day, the office said it will accept the ballot if received by close of business day on the day after Election Day.

What will it cost to mail my ballot?

  • The El Paso County Elections Department recommends at least $.70 postage for the returned ballot. The City of Socorro ballot postage is $1.40.

What if I don’t have postage and would rather drop-off the ballot?

  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation allowing for El Paso County voters to drop off their own ballot at the El Paso County Courthouse. The voter is required to produce one of the seven acceptable forms of ID or supplemental document when dropping off the ballot. The voter also needs to return the ballot in the carrier envelope provided by their ballot by mail.

Where can I drop off the ballot?

  • *NEW* - El Paso County now has a ‘drop spot’ at the El Paso County Courthouse, which is located at:  500 E. San Antonio St., First Floor, Eastside off of Campbell. The El Paso County Elections Department says there will be plenty of signage and a couple parking spots reserved for people. The Elections Department says you can go in, drop off your ballot, sign a roster, produce an ID and be on your way! Please note: you can’t drop off ballots for other people! 

How can I verify that my ballot has been received by the El Paso County Election’s Office?

  • Beginning September 28, 2020, the El Paso County Elections Department says you can call its office at 915-834-8222 to confirm it has received your ballot.

What if I change my mind and want to vote in person after I request my ballot?

  • If you decide you want to vote in person, you must bring the ballot to the polling place, and surrender it. If you no longer have the ballot, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.

Where do I vote on November 3?

  • *NEW* - El Paso County was picked to take part in the Vote Center Program. What does that mean? You can now vote at ANY of the Vote Center locations on Election Day! There are 150 locations to choose from!
  • All Vote Centers will be open form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • For a Vote Center near you, click here.
  • Express Curbside, also known as drive-thru voting, will be available at the same sites as early voting.

Important Covid-19 safety precautions at the polls and what you need to know!

  • Social distancing: Poll workers will be maintaining a six-foot separation from each voter when possible. Poll workers will also mark each location with six-foot markings for voters to follow.
  • Face masks: You are encouraged to wear one and bring your own if possible. However, a limited number of disposable masks will be available on site. Each poll worker will be provided with a disposable mask as well as a disinfected face shield.
  • *NEW* - The El Paso County Elections Department says each voter will get a Vote Safe El Paso kit, which will contain hand wipes, a disposable marking utensil, a finger cot, and an “I Voted Sticker.”
  • Each polling site will have hand sanitizer, however, the elections department is asking voters to use the hand wipes before voting because the sanitizer can dampen the ballots.  
  • *NEW* - A ‘clean team’ at every polling location! Its sole responsibility will be sanitizing the polling sites throughout the day, after each voter passes through!

Is straight ticket voting available?

  • This is NO longer available. Voters must mark each race separately. Voters will be allowed to pre-mark a sample ballot and take it to the polling site.

What other voting information is available?

Lesley Engle



    1. Too bad there’s no evidence of wide spread fraud, much less “cheat by mail”. Heck, Trump disbanded his voter fraud commission after a judge ordered them to share data with Democrats. Face it, the wide spread voter fraud via mail talking point was a lie to rally Trump’s base. Nothing more. I liken it to Democrats saying “Republicans want to take away your social security and Medicare” when that was obviously also a lie to rally the base. Personally I’d prefer everyone vote in person, but in reality that’s not feasible.

      1. If you don’t qualify in Texas for absentee voting, request an absentee ballot and send it in versus in person voting then you are in fact cheating by mail. It’s as simple as that nitwit. Man you are so stupid. I pity your children.

        Ballot by mail –who qualifies?
        You are eligible to vote early by mail in Texas if you are a registered voter who is:
        65 years of age of older (Texas Election Code 82.003).
        Out of the country on Election Day and during the period of early voting by personal appearance (must provide out of county address) (Texas Election Code 82.001).
        Sick or disabled (Texas Election code 82.002).
        Confined in jail, but eligible to vote (Texas Election Code 82.004).

        1. There is no real mark turner. He is a leftist fraud, and in all probability, another figment of alberto’s imagination. Can’t locate any other Mark Turners in El Paso through property tax databases nor Lexus-Nexis.

        1. Steve on Resler gets his news from the leftist lamestream media. Mostly likely ABC, CNN or MSNBC. Of course they won’t report on voter fraud because it doesn’t exist per their narrative. That is why he has his head up his ass and spews out fake news.

          1. We submitted the printouts of all of alberto’s postings under all of his aliases, to our Communications Intelligence (COMINT) guys. They are unanimous agreement that they are all the same, based on the language patterns, with the exception of fake mark turner. When he goes on a racist rant, he is similar, but at other times, he is not. They are divided on him, but there is no Mark Turner, in El Paso County paying property taxes. One lives in Illinois, but has an unimproved lot where fake mark turner claims he is, and the other is a registered child-sex offender, living in the far west side of El Paso County.

      2. Dude, read the news – there’s WIDE SPREAD VOTER FRAUD being CAUGHT IN THE ACT in multiple states!

        Illan Omar in Minnesota, Joe’s campaign guy in Texas, CAUGHT IN THE ACT in Houston.
        Democrats are BUYING BLANK BALLOTS, HARVESTING VOTES en masse.

      1. markturner the fraud and liar. Hey moron the county did not start mailing out absentee ballots until this past Friday, the 25th. Oops. You’re an idiot. LMAO.

        “If voting by mail, when will I receive my ballot?
        According to the El Paso County Elections Department, ballots will be mailed beginning September 25, 2020.”

          1. Liar! Every time you lie your nose grows moron. Keep on sticking your foot in your big mouth. You are too stupid to keep a consistent story.

          1. Wrong. Both are totalitarian regimes, with slightly different concepts of control.

            COMMUNISTS, SOCIALISTS, FASCISTS – they are all variations of Leftist political control.

            Communists, total central control – Fascists less centralized, and like socialism – “private” industry permitted, but highly controlled – LIKE OBAMACARE.

            Each consolidates power at the top.

            You’ve been miseducated by the garbage that ultimately controls public schools – the criminals that are the teacher’s unions.

  1. Gregg County Commissioner Shannon Brown, Marlena Jackson, Charlie Burns and DeWayne Ward face 134 felony charges in total, according to Paxton’s office. The allegations include election fraud, tampering with a governmental record, mail-in ballot fraud and more.

      1. The OUTRIGHT PURCHASE OF BLANK BALLOTS in Minneapolis is now actual NATIONWIDE NEWS – except for, you know – CNN, MSNBC, etcetera.

        You don’t need to acknowledge it here, but understand – that actual REAL NEWS is out there.

        Broaden your horizons, think for yourself.

  2. The only reason I’m voting by mail is because the orange buffoon and his white trash followers are so against it. Wonder what they will do when voting by mail is the only way you can vote. Its just around the corner. Oregon has done it for years with no problems. FBI Director says there is no voter fraud connected to mail in voting. That’s good enough for me. The orange buffoon’s attempts at voter suppression is not going to work.

    1. The FBI Director is a leftist hack and an Andrew Weissman recommendation at the colleague of the criminal James Comey. Trump needs to stop listening to hid=s deep state advisors and start making appointments who he can trust. He will be fired the day after Trump wins re-election. Cheating is being confirmed all across the country. You don’t care because all of the cheating is in favor of the democrats.

        1. Of course you would think that. You support the ceiminal party that the deep state.supports. You are so blind to the blatant facts right in front of your eyes its actually appalling.

        1. Yeah sure. Illan Omars “Cash for Ballots” Shem is totally legit? That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Democrats are cheating on DAILY basis and they don’t even try to hide it anymore.

      1. Everybody that tells you something that you don’t believe is a ‘leftist hack’ or giving ‘fake news’. When you were a kid and your mom told you to go to bed, you probably called her a leftist hack too.

        1. When they say things contrary to the facts, yes. It’s not our fault you’re an idiot who gets his “news” from the most unreliable sources on the planet. How do you get your information anyway? Do you stand out in the field with a tinfoil hat? Who are you Linus waiting for Great Pumpkin?

    2. The FBI director is a DEEP STATE HACK. He’s gone Nov.4th.
      The D.C. “ESTABLISHMENT” is LONG OVERDUE for a “trimming.”

      By trimming, I mean WHOLESALE FIRINGS, the cleansing of our Federal bureaucracies.

    1. Really? What has every democrat been talking about today? That Trump only paid $750 in taxes. The whole conversation is based on a complete lie. Democrat misinformation. At one point he received a 70 million refund, which was obviously vetted by the IRS. The year he paid $750 he was paying an ADDITIONAL $750 to the millions he already paid. Every thing he did was legal and legit based on OBAMA and BIDEN’S tax codes. I’m getting tired of doing your homework for you.

        1. Not only was it legal what he did was genius. The object is to pay less taxes not more. Like back in 2016 the tax issue is bogus and won’t even be considered by most for the election. It even exonerates the President. Double edged sword.

  3. Democrats and their witless minions are A DANGER to your FREEDOM, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR PROSPERITY and your AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE.
    ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
    DEFEAT THEM EVERYWHERE, from the lowest elected office, all the way up to that brain addled dunce, JOE BIDUMB!

    1. You actually trust the U.S. Post Office to deliver your one and only vote? Good laugh. You’re a nitwit! We know you lie as usual. You told us you mailed out your absentee ballot back in September but we caught you lying and called you out on it. Plus you can’t vote because you are not real. Only one of you schizos can vote and it’s not you. You get 5 more Pinocchios.

    2. How many pages was the ballot? Testing your integrity. Go ahead put your foot in your big mouth again. Good to see no straight ticket voting in Texas for you Demoturds/Libturds this year. rofl.

    3. Here is your post from September 24. See above. YOU LIE!

      “markturner1961 says:
      September 24, 2020 at 6:02 pm

      Just put two stamps on my vote by mail ballot.”

    4. I’m voting for any and all Republicans “in person” at my precinct on November 3. Good to see Texas staying red. Trump up 5 points in Texas over crazy Joe. Senator Cornyn in a landslide. MJ Hegar done. Republicans will maintain control of the Texas House. Loser Beto failed to flip it blue. LMAO.

  4. Every sane American knows that President Trump will be removed by the 22nd Amendment, not the 25th, but not until January 20, 2025. TRUMP/PENCE 2020!!!!!

      1. Yes he will win Texas. We have many people here that are conservatives but they don’t have any good choices. Its vote for a madman or a liberal. They don’t have a decent conservative choice.

  5. The last four years for me have been good. My 401k has grown, gas prices are down, taxes are down, interest rates are down, income is up along with home values, the Supreme Court is improving, and peace is starting to be a reality in the Middle East. I’m voting for President Trump to continue the trend I have been enjoying while he has been in office. Seems simplistic but sometimes simple is good.

  6. The Supreme Court is improving only if you are a conservative and you want the nation to return to the 1950’s. For us Progressives its not improving. Your 401k grew in spite of the orange buffoon’s terrible economic policies. Taxes are down only for the top 1% of earners and corporations. Income is down nation wide due to the orange buffoon’s mismanagement of the pandemic and unemployment is at the highest level since the Hoover administration. The peace in the middle east is tenuous at best and Isis is on the rise. The orange wants to abandon Afghanistan to the Taliban. Home values have gone up in some places. In the areas most threatened by climate change, home values have nose-dived. (FL & CA) The tariff war with China has resulted in 270,000 jobs being lost to overseas concerns and the loss of hundreds of family farms. You might avail yourself of accurate news instead of Brietbart News.

    1. As usual, everything you’ve written is incorrect. Your don’t speak for me! You know nothing of my finances. Our 401Ks grew BECAUSE of Trump. My taxes did go down. Unemployment went down because if the liberal lockdowns due to China’s bioweapon but is already recovering. FARMERS LOVE TRUMP. His tariffs hurt them at first (but he helped with that by providing stimulus) but the came roaring back now because Chinas starting to cave. Biden on the other hand will raise taxes, will increase medical care costs EVEN more, will force farmers to sell their land and then have the government control it, will eliminate 2 million oil and gas jobs. Biden will sell out to China completely and will send America to 3rd world status.

      1. The stimulus he promised never arrived. Hundreds of farmers lost the farms their families owned for generations and they are remembering it. Oil and gas jobs are over with because of the growing lack of demand. I bought a new Tesla about a week ago. It costs $1.33 to fill it and I can drive all over the county all day long on that one charge. China is stronger than ever. That’s why Rex Tillerson called the orange buffoon a moron before he quit. Biden cannot raise taxes. Congress does that. Biden says he will support raising taxes on those making more than $400,000. Medicare for all will decrease healthcare costs overwhelmingly. Drug prices are up an average of 6.8% in 2020 alone. The orange buffoon has put us into 3rd world status because his pandemic response allowed more deaths and infections than any other country.

        1. You’re completely wrong. They did get their stimulus. Farmers love Trump. Oil and gas aren’t going anywhere. The economy and modern life as we know it are directly tied to it and always will be. The development of electric cars is already leading to a rise in child slavery. Plus shortages in the required copper and cobalt are being experienced. I hope I literally run into your little toy car Tesla someday with my V-8 2500. Bye bye A-hole. Medicare for all will raise the prices for those of us who are already carrying the burden for those unwilling to pay their own way. Medicare for all will not change that, it only changes the source of where the money will come from….TAXES. The costs will be astronomical and unsustainable. Medicare for all will bankrupt this country. “Death panels” will be making medical decisions rather than doctors. Government health care will lead to millions of death. Yes China is stronger that never and Boden will bow to them, He already has. They own hi and if he get elected China will own America.

        2. Markturner the liar and fake news man. So going 300 miles on a charge is going all over the country on one charge? You’re so full of crap. You obviously don’t own a Tesla or know jack about them. You are a nitwit!

  7. What happened to Biden’s 15 point lead? The polls are tightening in favor of President Trump. Biden up on President Trump by only 2 points now within the margin of error. 13 more days for the Biden/Harris trainwreck. TRUMP/PENCE 2020!!!!!

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