Thursday, March 20, 2008

Your Voter Registration Card

For information on 2014-15 voter registration cards and 2015 voter I.D. requirements - CLICK HERE

Information about the November 2012 election and Your 2012 Collin Co. Voter Registration Card.

Check your Collin Co. registration status - click here. Check your registration status in another county - click here. Update Jan. 01, 2012 from post, "Voter Registration Cards On Hold Until High Courts Draw Redistricting Lines"
If you are a registered voter with an expired 2010-2011 [voter registration] card, then you will not receive a new [2012-2013 voter registration card] until the courts decide on how the Texas congressional and state house lines will be drawn. [County election officials may also have to wait until the U.S. Dept. of Justice, and possibly the federal courts rule on Texas' new voter photo ID law. Also see revised 2012 election schedule]
Sample Registration Card for Collin Co., TX
“A lot of voters are calling because their cards are expired,” Kristi Allyn, Taylor County Elections Administrator, said. All Texas voter registration cards expired at the end of 2011.
Usually, election officials mail out new cards [in December], but this year, things are a little different. “We will be sending out new cards, we’re not sure when,” Allyn said.
Election offices across the state are on hold until the redistricting limbo is all settled. “We’re just waiting at this point to see what districts we’ll have to put on the cards,” Allyn explained.
Full Article: Voter Registration Cards On Hold Until High Courts Draw Redistricting Lines – Abilene News Story – KTXS Abilene.
Description of Codes on your Collin Co. Voter Registration Card

Description of some of the fields on the voter registration card:

  1. VUID – This is your 10-digit statewide Voter Unique Identification Number issued by the Secretary of State’s office. This number remains the same as long as you are a registered voter in the State of Texas regardless of the County in which you reside or if you move from one County in Texas to another.
  2. Prec. No. – Your precinct is based upon your residence address and determines your election ballot style.
  3. Valid from January 1, 2010 thru December 31, 2011. Upon expiration, new certificates are automatically mailed to voters with active registrations.
  4. Name and Permanent Residence Address – Your name and address of residence as provided when you registered to vote. Your election precinct (polling place) is based upon this address.
  5. X signature line. The "fine print" below the signature line says, "VOTER MUST PERSONALLY SIGN HIS/HER NAME IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT, IF ABLE."
  6. Voted in the ________ Party Primary. When voting in a primary election, you must state in which political party's primary you will vote. Your selection will then be stamped in this space on your registration card. This also helps ensure you will receive a ballot from the same party should a runoff election be required. If you did not vote in the initial primary but would like to vote in a subsequent runoff, you will be able to make your party selection at that time. You must vote in a party's primary election to qualify to attend that party's precinct, county and state conventions. You will present your stamped registration card when you check in for the precinct convention as proof that you did vote in the primary election.
  7. Various Election Districts
    • CONGRESS - U.S. House of Representative District Number
    • STATE SEN. - Texas Legislature - State Senate District Number
    • STATE REP. - Texas Legislature - State House of Representatives District Number
    • COM - Collin County Commissioners Court Precinct
    • JP - Justice of the Peace District
    • CITY - City
    • CITY DIST. - City District Subdivision
    • ISD - Independent School District
    • ISD DIST. - Independent School District Subdivision
    • SBOE - State Board of Education
  8. Cert No. - This is your Collin County Voter Unique Identification Number.
  9. BARCODE – This is an internal tracking number which should be electronically scanned by poll workers at a polling location to check-in voters. Please DO NOT cut the bar code off of the card!!
  10. Mailing Address – Just below the Bar Code is your Mailing Address provided by you indicating where you wish to receive your mail. This address is not used in determining your precincts or in which races you will be eligible to vote.
Can you find your 2010 Blue and White voter registration card?
In December 2009 the Collin County Registrar's Office mailed new 2010 Blue and White voter registration cards to every "active" registered voter in the county. Make sure you sign the card on the front by the X at the bottom left of the card.
If you did not received a blue 2010 Voter's Registration Card in the mail, you are likely not registered to vote in Collin Co:
  • If you have moved and you have not voted in an election in Collin County during the past two years, your voter registration record may have been suspended or even canceled. You must contact the Registrar's office and update your registration information every time you move. To find the change of address information click here.
  • If you have not moved, but mail sent to your address by the Collin Co. Registrar's Office was for some reason return to the Registrar's office as undeliverable mail, then the Registrar will think you have moved and the Registrar will suspend your voting status. Why does this happen? The most typical reason is if your mail was being held at the post office while you were on vacation and the Registrar's office sent mail to you (e.g. your new voter registration card or other information mailing) during period your mail was held at the post office, then the Registrar's mailing would have been returned to the Registrar's office as undeliverable mail. This returned mail marked as undeliverable causes the Registrar to think you have moved and your registration recorded will be suspended for two years and then canceled.
  • If you checked the "Register to Vote" box when you changed or renewed your Texas Driver's License, but you never received a voter registration card from the Collin County Registrar's Office, you are likely not registered to vote.
If your voter registration record has been suspended or canceled, or you have never registered to vote in Collin County you must take action to be properly registered by October 4, 2010 in order to vote in either the November 2, 2010 General Election. Voter Registration Applications must be post marked on or before October 4, 2010 in order for you to be properly registered to vote in the election. It is always good practice to check your registration status at least 45 day before every election by going to the Registrar's website - click here.

Have you ever registered to vote? In general, you are eligible to vote in Collin County if you are a United States Citizen, a resident of the county, will be 18 years old before election day, are not a convicted felon and have not been declared mentally incapacitated. For specific information and to determine your eligibility, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site and read the pamphlet on Texas Voting. Check whether you are already registered to vote here and if you are not yet registered to vote, get your Voter's Registration application here.

Please remember to take your Voter's Registration Card with you to the polling place when you vote. Several forms of identification (in place of your voter registration card) are acceptable, but election clerks can use the bar code on the registration card to electronically verify your voter registration status in just seconds. This makes the voting lines move much faster for everyone!!! Please DO NOT cut the bar code off of the card!! Click here to find the forms of identification, other than your voter registration certificate, that you may use to vote.

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