Early Voting

The following information is specific to City of Gainesville Elections, not those conducted by Cooke County. For information on elections conducted by Cooke County, view the Cooke County Election Information webpage.

The May 5, 2018 Gainesville City Council Election has been cancelled.

Early Voting


Any person registered at least 30 days prior to the Election Day.

Election Code provides for all registered voters to vote an early ballot without cause.


The Municipal Building, 200 S Rusk, Conference Room is the Early Voting Polling Location for City Elections. Parking spaces are available on Rusk Street.

Handicap parking and access is provided on Rusk Street at the entrance to the Municipal Building.


Early voting by personal appearance is conducted during the normal working hours of the City Secretary's Office, which is Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Check back for early voting dates for the next regular election in May 2019.

Two days of extended hours early voting will also be scheduled.

Applications for Early Voting by Mail

Check back for dates for the Map 2019 Election.

Eligibility for Early Voting by Mail

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas you must:

  • Be 65 years or older
  • Be disabled
  • Be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
  • Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible

Mail Ballots:

Ballots to be voted by mail may be mailed to voters who have requested them on or after the 45th day before the election date, or as soon as the printed ballots are ready.


Ballots voted by mail must be received by the City Secretary no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Emergency Absentee:

Election Law provides that a registered voter may vote a late (emergency) early ballot if a death occurs in a voter's immediate family on or after the 5th day before the election date. A voter may also vote a late (emergency) early ballot if a serious illness occurs on or after the day before the last day for submitting an application for a ballot to be voted by mail.