The work begins to build a stronger voting base for the 2016 election cycle. If you have volunteered as Deputy Voter Registrar in the past, we sincerely thank you for your hard work! Whether or not you volunteered to work with the county party, a candidate, or a political group such as Battleground Texas for the past election, we need your support over the next 22 months to build our party infrastructure and base of voters for the November 2016 election. Voter registration is one of the important tasks we continue to emphasize to prepare for the next election.
Under a long standing provision of Texas Election Code, Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars serve two year terms that expire on December 31 of even-numbered years. If you obtained a Deputy Registrar Certificate of Appointment from any Texas County Registrar’s office during 2013 through 2014, your appointment expired on December 31, 2014.
Section 13.036 of Texas Election Code further specifies: Immediately on the termination of an appointment, the [county] registrar shall deliver written notice of the termination to the volunteer deputy, directing the deputy: (1) to stop activity as a volunteer deputy registrar immediately; and (2) to deliver the certificate of appointment, receipt forms, and registration applications and receipts in the volunteer deputy’s possession to the [county] registrar not later than the second day after the date the deputy receives the termination notice.
To obtain your 2015-2016 Deputy Registrar Certificate of Appointment, please click to the Collin County government elections website to find information on making arrangements to fill out the Certificate of Appointment Application and receive the required Deputy Registrar training to become deputized.
A Deputy Voter Registrar may:
- Distribute voter registration applications;
- Assist applicants in completing voter registration applications; and
- Accept completed voter registration applications from eligible applicants.
Deputy Registrars must review for completeness each voter registration application submitted to them while the applicant is still in their presence. Incomplete applications must be returned to the applicant for completion. Volunteer Deputy Registrars must issue a receipt to each applicant who submits a voter registration application.
Deputy Registrars must personally deliver completed voter registration applications that they accept to the Elections Department within 5 days of receipt, but not later than the day following the last day to register to vote in the next election. Failure to timely return a voter registration application is a criminal offense and grounds for termination of the Volunteer Deputy Registrar appointment.
A Volunteer Deputy Registrar must:
- be at least 18 years of age;
- be a United States citizen;
- be a resident of the State of Texas;
- not have been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
- never have been convicted of failing to deliver a voter’s application to a voter registrar;
- not have been finally convicted of a felony, or if convicted, must have been fully discharged from the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote; and
- not have been finally convicted of identity theft under Section 32.51 of the Penal Code.
Click to the Collin County government elections website for information about becoming a Deputy Registrar for Collin County: