Edmondson: Voting in the next primary election – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers

Eligible Denton County voters who will vote in the March 1 primary election must be registered to vote by January 31. Visit votenton.gov to check your registration status and register.

Many of us here in Denton County prefer to vote by mail (also known as an absentee ballot), and this year there are a few changes to that process, including the application form itself. same, so I want to make sure you’re aware of that.

WHO CAN VOTE BY CORRESPONDENCE?

First, to be eligible to vote by mail, you must be at least 65 years old, disabled as defined by state law, confined to a jail but not convicted of a felony, out of county during anticipated periods and on election day. , or if you are due to give birth within three weeks before or after the election.

Second, you must request an absentee ballot, and Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips reports that approximately 25% of requests currently sent out do not use the new request form, and therefore must be rejected.

The main reason for rejected mail-in ballot applications is that the new form asks for either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number, which are then checked against the information you provided during of your first registration to vote. If these two numbers do not match, the request is denied. Many of us registered to vote many years ago, and we may not remember which ID number was used. So, Mr. Phillips suggests that you provide both numbers on the current form, even if he only asks for one (either/or.)

WHAT ARE THE HOLDUPS FOR A POSTAL VOTE?

The new form is somewhat different from the previous form. Therefore, if you used one in a previous election, you will need to use the new form to apply. Go to this site to get good shape: www.votedenton.gov/early-voting-by-mail-absentee You must request this ballot by mail before February 18and the completed ballot must be returned by 5:00 p.m. Election Day.

If, however, you decide to vote in person after receiving your ballot in the mail, you must return this ballot to the election judge before you are allowed to vote in person. It is a guarantee against the electoral fraud of the double vote.

You can also consider voting curbside, which allows you to stay in your car just outside the voting location and the election judge will have you handed a ballot in a confidential envelope.

WHERE TO VOTE?

There will be approximately three dozen advance polling sites, and From February 14 to February 25; registered voters can vote at any of these EV locations. Tuesday, March 1, 2022is election day and there will be more polling stations, but you MUST vote on assigned site to the electoral district. You can consult your polling station on www.VoteDenton.gov . Due to the rapid growth of our county, many district lines, including electoral districts, have been changed to stay within population limits in these different neighborhoods. Not only have the lines changed, but most of the the numbers of the electoral districts have also changed, so you’ll want to be sure of your new electoral district number before researching where it votes! Your new light blue voter card will also show your new electoral district number. If you vote early, you can vote anywhere and our secure voting system can find and print the correct ballot for you.

You will likely encounter ‘campaigning’ at many of our polling stations. This educational activity for the supporters of the various candidates is authorized and regulated by state law, limited beyond the marked 100 feet from the entrance to a polling place. These volunteers may offer you literature or perhaps you have received campaign materials in the mail; In all cases, you can bring campaign materials in the voting booth with you. Just be sure to take it with you when you vote. You are NOT allowed to use your cell phone on the voting site, so if your choices are listed on your phone, it’s best to print that information out before entering and take that printed version with you.

NEW VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS

By now you should have received your new light blue voter card. It shows your electoral district number as well as the different precincts/districts for your Congressman, State Senator, State Representative, County Commissioner, and Justice of the Peace/Constable. If you have not received your card, please call Election Administrations at 940-349-3200. Remember that you will need photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport, again as part of voter fraud prevention.

This primary is a busy election with many candidates from both political parties. Please take the time to do your research and make an informed decision. Your right to vote is one of our most precious God-given rights, so be sure to use it in the coming weeks!

Contact Commissioner Edmondson by email at [email protected] or call him at 972-434-3960. You can also stop by his office at the Southwest Courthouse, 6200 Canyon Falls Drive, Suite 900, Flower Mound.

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