You MUST vote in the county in which you currently reside. If you are not registered to vote in the county where you currently reside, but you recently moved from another Texas county where you are still registered to vote, you may vote a “limited ballot” containing statewide and national candidates by appearing in person at the main election early voting location in the county where you currently reside. It is illegal under Texas election law for you to return to your previous county of residence to cast a ballot. The limited ballot option is available only during early voting.
To check your Collin Co. registration status – click here. To check your registration status in another Texas county – click here. For specific information about voting in Texas, click here to find the Secretary of State’s pamphlet on Texas Voting.
Description of some of the fields on the Collin Co. Voter Registration Card:
- 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.
- Prec. No. – Your precinct is based upon your residence address and determines your election ballot style.
- Valid dates. Upon expiration, new certificates are automatically mailed to voters with active registrations.
- 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.
- X signature line. The “fine print” below the signature line says, “VOTER MUST PERSONALLY SIGN HIS/HER NAME IMMEDIATELY UPON RECEIPT, IF ABLE.”
- 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.
- 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
- Cert No. – This is your Collin County Voter Unique Identification Number.
- BARCODE – This is the Collin Co. voter registration number which can 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!!
- 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.
If you never received a Voter’s Registration Card in the mail, you possibly are not registered to vote because:
- You checked the “Register to Vote” box when you changed or renewed your Texas Driver’s License, but never completed the voter application process.
- You have moved and you have not voted in an election in the 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.
- You have not moved, but mail sent to your address by the county Election 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” and eventually cancel your voter registration. 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. a new voter registration card or other voting 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.