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Presidential Ballot

To: County Elections Officers (County Clerks/Elections Administrators/Tax Assessor-Collectors)
From: Keith Ingram, Director of Elections
Date: September 28, 2012
RE: Presidential Ballot

Voters who have moved out of the State of Texas may come back and vote for President only.

There are four conditions that must be met; the former resident

  1. is domiciled in another state;
  2. was registered to vote in this state at the time the former resident ceased to be a resident;
  3. would be eligible for registration to vote in this state if a resident; and
  4. on presidential election day will not have resided in the state of present domicile for more than 30 days and is not eligible to vote in the presidential election in their new state.

A person may vote either in person or by mail during the regular early voting period. The last day to vote this procedure is election day and must be done at the main early voting location. The person must complete an application for a presidential ballot only. For the application, go to http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/5-31f.pdf. The voting process will be handled in the same manner as a voter voting by mail. The early voting clerk will provide 1) a ballot to the voter with all races marked out except President/Vice President, 2) a ballot envelope and 3) a carrier envelope. The voter will put the marked ballot inside a ballot envelope then put the ballot envelope inside the carrier envelope. The voter does not need to sign the carrier envelope.

The voter gives the sealed carrier envelope to the early voting clerk who puts it with other ballots voted by mail. The early voting clerk must make a notation on the carrier envelope that the voter voted under this procedure (Chapter 113). The voter’s ballot is delivered to the early voting ballot board and is processed together with other ballots voted by mail. When the ballot board judge enters the voters name on the poll list, he should indicate that the voter voted a presidential ballot only.

You will be required to notify the voter registrar that the voter voted under this provision so the voter’s registration may be canceled.

If you have any questions, contact the Election Division toll-free 1-800-252-2216 (press 2).

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