|To:||County Elections Officers (County Clerks/Elections Administrators/Tax Assessors-Collectors|
Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
|Date:||September 19, 2012|
|RE:||Limited Ballot Voters and District Chart (Chapter 112, Texas Election Code)|
A registered voter who has moved from the county in which he or she is registered to a new county of residence in Texas, and who will not be registered to vote in the new county on or before November 6, 2012 may be eligible to vote a “limited ballot” in person or by mail in the new county of residence in the upcoming November 6, 2012 General Election under the following conditions:
- The person seeking to vote a limited ballot must be eligible to vote in the former county of residence on election day;
- The person seeking to vote a limited ballot is registered to vote in the former county of residence at the time the person (1) offers to vote in the new county of residence or (2) applies for registration in the new county; and
- The person’s voter registration is not effective in the new county of residence on or before election day.
A person entitled to vote a limited ballot may vote on all statewide races and any district offices that are in common between the former and new counties of residence. Per Section 112.007 of the Texas Election Code (“the Code”), you must attempt to verify the person’s registration status before they are allowed to vote.
You must use your district chart and mark out or otherwise obscure all other races on the ballot. The district chart indicates each district race in your county, as well as the district races in other Texas counties. The district chart is to assist you in determining the races for which eligible voters may vote when applying for a limited ballot. The district chart does not detail precincts that are in common if your county contains only part of a district. If a voter moves from one county to another and the county is split by a district, the early voting clerk in the new county must contact the clerk in the old county to determine if the district race is in common. The number under the race name is the district number of the race.
Voters may vote using this limited ballot procedure only during the early voting period, which is October 22, 2012 through November 2, 2012 for the November 6, 2012 General Election. A person may vote a limited ballot in person only at the main early voting location.
Voters who vote under this procedure must complete an application for limited ballot (Form 5-28, PDF). You must indicate on the application, the district offices for which the voter is entitled to vote. In any case, the voter may not vote on county or precinct offices, and those races must be marked off the ballot. (Local offices like cities are discussed below). Voters who vote in person will be added to a poll list called "Poll List of Limited Voters" (Form 5-30, PDF) rather than signing the early voting combination form. If the voter is voting by mail, the voter must be eligible under Chapter 82 of the Code to vote by mail and also complete an application for ballot by mail (Form 5-15, PDF), in addition to being eligible to vote a limited ballot.
You are required to notify the voter registrar of the former county that the voter has voted under this procedure (Form 5-29, PDF). This will allow the voter registrar of the former county to cancel the voter's registration.
The limited ballot application also serves as a voter registration application. You must forward a copy of the limited ballot application to the voter registrar in your county so the voter will get registered to vote in his/her new county.
|Casting the Vote||Counting the Vote|
DREs-Option #3Run the ballot through the tabulator in the same manner as the regular by mail ballots. Don’t forget to review the ballot first to ensure that no votes were cast for ineligible races; if they were, the ballot should be duplicated (See Option #2 above).
Optical Scan method
Optical Scan method-Option #1
Optical Scan method-Option #2
Optical Scan method-Option #3
We recommend using similar methods if you are creating a “federal office only” ballot pursuant to Chapter 114 of the Code.
If you have any questions regarding limited balloting, please contact the Elections Division at 1-800-252-2216.
District Chart (PDF)