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Texas Voter Registration Instructions

Texas’ voter registration laws are extensive, please read carefully and follow the instructions below.

State Organizational Voter Registration Drive Requirements:

None

Individual Voter Registration Drive Requirements:

Prior to engaging in voter registration activities, all individuals who will review or deliver registration forms on behalf of another applicant must be authorized as voluntary deputy registrars. Eligible individuals must contact the county voter registrar in order to receive a certificate of appointment and receipt book and may only register voters in the county in which they become deputy registrars.

Volunteer deputy registrars may not receive any voter registration applications until they have completed the training developed by the Secretary of State.

Deputy status is only conferred on a county-by-county basis. Deputies may only accept applications from the county in which they are authorized, and there is no way to become a statewide volunteer deputy registrar. It is a Class C misdemeanor to act as a deputy registrar without authorization.

Volunteers who wish to hand out blank voter registration forms and encourage people to register may do so without becoming deputy registrars as long as they do not collect or deliver the registration forms. Volunteer deputy registrars may distribute blank forms in counties where they are not authorized as deputies.

Voter Registration Form Requirements:

Individuals and organizations can freely copy and distribute the state form located at http://www.traviscountytax.org/pdfs/VOTERREGAPP.pdf.

Voter Registration Drive Collection and Completion Requirements:

Fill out a receipt for each applicant, and give the receipt to the applicant and the duplicate receipt to the voter registrar when the application is delivered. Deputy registrars are advised to keep a copy for their records. The Secretary of State recommends that deputy registrars retain their receipt books for the 22 months following the election closest to the applications’ effective date. County voter registrars may have their own guidelines for how long to retain receipt books.

Deputy registrars must review each application for completeness in the applicant’s presence and ensure the applicant has read the statements regarding qualifications to register, and return the applications for completion and resubmission if it is incomplete.

Deputies may not deliver completed applications by mail. Deputies must deliver completed registration applications and receipts in person to the voter registrar by 5 p.m. on the 5th day after they are received. Deputy registrars may also give their applications to another registrar authorized for the same county for in person delivery. All applications received between the 34th and 29th day preceding Election Day must be delivered by 5 p.m. on the 29th day before the Election. When the 29th day falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline extends until 5 p.m. of the next regular business day.

Turn In Deadline:

Completed applications must be turned in by 5 PM on the 5th day after they are received. All applications received between the 34th and 29th day preceding Election Day must be delivered by 5 p.m. on the 29th day before the Election. When the 29th day falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline extends until 5 p.m. of the next regular business day. In 2014 the 29th day before Election Day is October 6th.

2014 Voter Registration Deadline:

October 6th, 2014.

Additional Notes:

Term Length for Volunteer Deputy Registrars:

Authorization for each deputy expires December 31 of the next even-numbered year and may be terminated by an appointing authority for any of the following reasons: failure to properly review a voter registration application, being convicted of failing to deliver a completed voter registration application to the registrar, or being convicted of violating performance-based compensation restrictions related to voter registration. Upon termination, all election materials issued to a deputy must be returned to the appointing authority.

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