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Elections and Voter Information

Voter Information

Important Updates Memorandum

To: All Election Officials
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: January 24, 2012
RE: Important Updates

Please be advised that Texas has not yet received a final decision on preclearance by the Department of Justice for Senate Bill 14 (new photo ID law) or House Bill 2194 (which, in part, impacts the volunteer deputy registrar qualifications) (note: the Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit seeking enforcement of the new voter ID laws on January 23, 2012). Many of our forms and educational materials are still pending awaiting a final decision from the federal government; until such time, we have provided an insert reflecting all 2011 legislative changes already in effect to attach to your current supply of videos and handbooks. We also have a link to the online handbook below.

Reminder: in accordance with Section 123.035 of the Texas Election Code, whenever you acquire (via purchase or lease) a voting system, you must obtain pre-approval from our office. This process was put in place by the Texas Legislature in 1993 to prevent the purchase of uncertified or decertified voting equipment in Texas.

Lastly, we now have the following items on your respective "Conducting Your Election" page:

If you have any questions or if you do not have web access to view these advisories, please feel free to contact the Elections Division toll-free at 1-800-252-2216.