There have been some questions and misleading statements about how the Texas redistricting court battle changes how and when voters will receive their voter registration cards.
The Texas Secretary of State’s Office and local county election divisions have issued the information below to clear up the confusion.
- If you were registered to vote as of Dec. 31, 2011, you will be able to vote once elections are held — the elections are currently delayed due to redistricting issues, and voter cards can’t be mailed out until all that is settled because the exact precinct boundaries are not yet established.
- If you do not have any changes to your voter registration (i.e., you haven’t moved or changed your name), no action is needed at this time.
- If you remain in your county of registration but have changed your residence address or name, you will need to submit your updated information to your county voter registrar and your new voter registration certificate will be mailed to you from your county voter registrar.
- If you have changed your residence address to a new county, you will need to submit a new voter registration application no later than the 30th day before Election Day.
- If you are not sure where you are registered, you can check online here.
Once the court approves interim redistricting maps and counties have the opportunity to finalize precinct lines, the county will issue new voter registration certificates.
For updates on the Texas redistricting battle read Michael Li’s blog, www.txredistricting.org.