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Elections Department

Rebecka K. LaCourse

Election Administrator

 

Colorado County Courthouse Annex

318 Spring Street, Room 101
Columbus, Texas 78934
Phone:  (979) 732-6860
Fax:  (979) 732-2952

Email:  Elections

Colorado County Election Mission Statement:  To uphold a high level of professional election standards in order to earn and preserve public confidence in the electoral process.

Declaración de Misión Electoral del Condado de Colorado: Mantener un alto nivel de estándares electorales profesionales con el fin de ganar y preservar la confianza del público en el proceso electoral.

 

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  • The office of Elections Administrator was created by Commissioner’s Court in 2019 under the Texas Election Code Chapter 31, Subchapter B.

    The Elections Administrator is responsible for all federal, state, and county elections. In addition, cities, school districts, and political subdivisions contract with the office to conduct their election.

    The office is responsible for all voting equipment owned by Colorado County including testing, maintenance, storage, rental, and transport to voting locations.

    The Elections Administrator also serves as the County Voter Registrar, and supervises all voter registration for the county.

    The Elections Administrator also serves as the Early Voting Clerk, and serves to accept filings of Campaign Finance, Appointments of Campaign Treasurers, and other filings related to campaign finance.

    The Election Administrator has the duty to report certain jury exemptions to the state per Sections 62.108, and 62.001(e) of the Government Code.  This includes permeant exemptions for over 70 years of age, and court ordered exemptions.

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  • Absentee Voting
    Press Release January 2021 - ABBM - Plain Text/Spanish
    State & Local Elected Offices
    Sobre la Oficina
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Nonpartisan, grassroots civic organization that encourages informed and active participation in government
    First Time Voter Checklist
    • Website Accessibility Statement

      General 

      Colorado County is committed to making the content of its web site accessible to all, including individuals with disabilities, and to ensuring its web site complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, by using World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. 

       

      Third-Party Sites

      Some of the pages on Colorado County web site may contain links to third-party sites.  Colorado County is not responsible for the online content or accessibility of third-party sites that do not relate to Colorado County programs, services and activities.  

      We Welcome Your Feedback

      If you have difficulty accessing information on our website because of a disability, please contact us. Be sure to include the information below, so that we may contact you to provide the information in another format.  

      Your name:

      Email address:

      Phone number:

      URL (web address) of the material you tried to access:

      The problem you are experiencing:

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      NOTICE OF VOTING ORDER PRIORITY
      An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around. Read the full notice on voting order priority for details (PDF).

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    • Election security is a top priority for our office. We have worked to educate our elections workers through in person training and written materials on the numerous protections that are in place and are required by state law. 

       

      Through the use of state approved equipment and training we have developed strong security measures and procedures to secure the integrity of our elections. Below are some of the safeguards we include: 

      • No voting system is ever connected to the Internet at any point - either when votes are cast or when they are being counted.

      • Only software certified by the Texas Secretary of State can be loaded on a computer used for counting or accumulating vote totals.

      • Before and after use each day, all voting systems are sealed with locks and with seals with unique serial numbers, and all election workers must follow proper chain of custody procedures during the election, including a careful tracking of the serial numbers used to seal machines at the end of each period of voting.

      • When voting is occurring, election judges are required to periodically inspect the equipment to ensure there is no tampering or damage to the equipment.

      • The election worker at the polling place must confirm that there are zero votes cast at the opening of voting and at the end of voting they must compare the number of ballots cast to the number of voters that have checked-in. 

      • Poll watchers are allowed to observe at all early voting and election day polling locations and at the central count station where ballots are being counted or vote totals accumulated.

      • Background checks are required for all personnel that prepare, test or service all voting system equipment.

      • All voting systems are tested three times, twice before the machines are used in the election and once immediately after. The tests consist of a deck of ballots being voted on the machine and then tabulated to ensure that the machine results are correct and match the test stack of ballots. The machines cannot be used or deployed until the test is 100% successful. The first test of the voting machines  used in an election is open to the public, and notice of this test is published in the local paper.

      • A post-election audit (partial manual count) is required for all elections that have paper ballots.   Colorado County is STILL a paper ballot county.  Express Vote printing devices are considered a PAPER ballot.

      • The Secretary of State has the authority to conduct a manual or electronic recount of any election using electronic voting systems. 

      • All Election materials, including ballots, are stored within Colorado County.  The County Election Administrator is responsible for securing all election materials per the election code.  Nothing is sent or transported to "Austin" or another governmental agency.

      • All Election Officials are residents of Colorado County and are local individuals that meet the qualifications set forth by the Texas Election Code and take a Constitutional Oath of Office under penalties of perjury.

      • FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, SEE ELECTION CODE CHAPTER 129, SUB-CHAPTER C. 

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      Ballot box.

      Protect the Vote

      Attention Voters

      If you feel there is an existing or potential abuse of your voting rights, please call the following phone numbers.

      Proteger el voto

      Atención Votantes

      Si usted piensa que sus derechos de votante han sido violados o que existe la posibilidad de que sean violados, por favor llame a los siguientes números.

      Secretary of State Elections Division

      Texas Ethics Commission

      1-800-735-2989
      512-463-5800
      www.ethics.state.tx.us

      Texas Attorney General

      1-800-252-8011

      U.S. Department of Justice
      Federal Bureau of Investigation

      Houston Main Branch
      1 Justice Park Drive

      Houston, TX 77092
      (713) 693-5000

      Bryan Satellite Location
      3000 Briarcrest Drive, 306
      BryanTexas77802
      (979) 776-8894

      County Attorney
      Jay E. Johannes
      400 Spring, Room 204
      Columbus, Texas 78934
      Phone: 979-732-8203

  • Your Vote Counts

    Why Vote?

    The right of an American to vote is the right that defines our democracy. The health of that democracy is dependent on the energy and resolve with which it safeguards this most precious and fundamental of rights, and thus encourages the citizen participation that is its greatest strength.

    Elected officials decide many issues that affect our daily lives, such as:

    • How many police officers patrol the streets
    • How much money the school district will spend on teachers, classrooms, and text books
    • The types of materials a public library can loan out
    • Fees, laws, and regulation for environmental issues
    • Tax rates and how the government will spend tax dollars

    One vote does make a difference..

    • In 1800, Thomas Jefferson won the presidency with just one vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the Electoral College.
    • In 1960, John F. Kennedy won the U.S. Presidency by the equivalent of less than one vote in each precinct.
    • In 1981, in a local school district election in Belmont, California, winner Chon Gutierrez and his opponent, Stanley Landland, received the same number of votes and had to draw straws to determine the election.
    • In 1984, Mary Herron lost the mayor's race in Coronado, California by nine votes. Her supporters thought she was the overwhelming favorite, and many did not bother to vote.
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    Election Judge
    A person appointed by the Commissioners Court (or by the county chair of a political party in a primary) for an upcoming election. This person in charge of the operation of a particular polling place on election day. He/she contacts the polling place and makes arrangements for opening/closing the polling place election day. Picking up supplies, gathering any additional clerks set by the Elections Coordinator and returning supplies to Central Count the night of the election.
     
     Alternate Judge
    A person appointed by the Commissioners Court (or by the county chair of a political party in a primary) for an upcoming election. This person is to assist the Election Judge in their duties. If for any reason the Election Judge is unable to perform their duties it's the responsibility of the Alternate Judge to step in and take over as Elections Judge. The Alternate Judge is to be affiliated with a different political party than that of the Election Judge.
     
     Clerk
    A clerk is appointed by the Election Judge of a polling place. The clerk is to assist the Judge and Alternate Judge in performing the assigned duties that they are given.
     
     Bilingual Election Clerk
    Is appointed by the Election Coordinator. The number of clerks needed depends on the polling place and the amount of Spanish sur-names in that particular precinct. The bilingual clerk is to assist any Spanish speaking voter that may need assistance during their voting process. The bilingual clerk may need to read the ballot to the voter or answer any questions the voter may have. The bilingual clerk is to assist the Judge and Alternate Judge into performing the assigned duties that they are given.

     Other Election Rolls
    Early Ballot Board
    Resolution Board
    Central Count Station
    Student Election Clerks

    Adopted by Colorado County Commissioner's Court on August 23, 2021                                   Order Requiring Criminal Background Checks for Colorado County Election Officials

    Volunteer Deputy Registrar

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer deputy registrar so you can register people to vote pleases contact our office and find out about training being offered.

    Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training will be offered on Monday, January 10, 2022.   There will be a 9:30 a.m. class and a 5:30 p.m. class.   RVSP required to maintain safe class sizes and social distancing.

     

    Si usted está interesado en convertirse en un registrador adjunto voluntario para que pueda registrar a las personas para votar, póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina y averigüe acerca de la capacitación que se ofrece.  La Capacitación del Registrador Adjunto Voluntario se ofrece el miércoles 10 de julio de 2022.   Habrá un .m.class a las 9:30 a. m. y un .m.class a las 5:30 p. m.   RVSP necesario para mantener tamaños de clase seguros y distanciamiento social.

     

    Training

    Several training classes will be held to for the upcoming 2022 Election Year

    Spring Training Schedule

    Topic - Election Olympics and the Dream Team

    Tuesday, January 11th @ 9:30 a.m. - Precinct 1 Workers

    Thursday, January 13th @ 9:30 a.m. - Precinct 2 Workers

    Tuesday, January 18th @ 9:30 a.m. - Precinct  3 Workers

    Thursday, January 20th @ 9:30 a.m. - Precinct 4 Workers

    Fall Training Schedule

    Topics TBD - Class times are 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Thursday, August 18, 2022

    Tuesday, August 23, 2022

    Thursday, August 25, 2022

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022

    Thursday, September 15, 2022

    These classes are designed to give guidance in specific areas to help decrease classroom sizes and long periods of training.  Training classes are an estimated 2 hours.

    All Classes will have a maximum of 10 and be held at the Colorado County Annex, 318 Spring St., Suite 101, Columbus, TX 78934.  RSVP Required, unless otherwise indicated.

    All classes are open to the public.  On-Line Poll Worker Classes available by clicking the Icon below.

    Se llevarán a cabo varias clases de capacitación para el próximo año electoral 2022.  Programa de entrenamiento de primavera Tema - Los Juegos Olímpicos Electorales y el Dream Team Martes, 11 de enero @ 9:30 a.m. - Trabajadores del Precinto 1 Jueves, 13 de enero @ 9:30 a.m. - Trabajadores del Precinto 2 Martes, 18 de enero @ 9:30 a.m. - Trabajadores del Precinto 3 Jueves, 20 de enero @ 9:30 a.m. - Trabajadores del Precinto 4 Programa de entrenamiento de otoño Temas por determinar - Los horarios de clase son de 9:30 a.m. y 5:30 p.m. martes, 16 de agosto de 2022 jueves, 18 de agosto de 2022 martes, 23 de agosto de 2022 jueves, 25 de agosto de 2022 martes, 13 de septiembre de 2022 jueves, 15 de septiembre de 2022 Estas clases están diseñadas para

     

     

    Online Poll Worker Training

     

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Proclamation

    Voter Registration Deadline for the March 01, 2022 Primary Election is January 31, 2022 (30 Days prior to any given election per Texas Election Code)

    New Voter Registration Certificates/Cards will mailed at the beginning of 2022.  Cards will be BLUE.

    Press Release - Texas Joins Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)

    Press Release - Mass Purge of Voter Registration (Text/Spanish)

     

     

     

     

     Ways to Register

    To register to vote in Texas, simply complete a voter registration application and return it to your county election office at least 30 days before the upcoming election date.  To complete an application, you may:

    1. Complete an application using the link below. Simply fill in the required information, print, sign and mail directly to your county election office.
    2. Contact or visit your local Colorado County Election's Office to complete the voter registration process.
    3. Alternative Methods to Register:
      •  In-County Updates via Texas Online: If a voter has moved within the same county, the voter may update their address online at www.Texas.gov. Voters that are active or in suspense can update their name and/or residence address through this secure website. (See Link Above)
      • Printed Voter Registration Applications: If a voter has access to a printer, the voter can
        use the SOS Informal Online Application to complete a voter registration application. This
        application can be printed and mailed to the applicable county voter registrar. When the voter
        selects their county of residence, it will preprint the county voter registrar’s address on the
        form so that when the voter mails it, they send it directly to their county voter registrar.
      • Postage-Paid Voter Registration Applications: If a voter does not have access to a printer,
        the voter can request that a blank postage-paid voter registration application be mailed directly
        to the voter. The voter can fill out the request form on the SOS website. Counties can also
        mail blank applications to voters upon request.
      •  Revisions to Voter Registration Certificate: If a voter has their current voter registration
        certificate, they may make any necessary corrections or updates to the certificate, sign it and
        return it to the voter registrar.
      • Register2Vote.org: This is a third-party website that provides a remote printing option for voters. Voters can complete a form online and have a pre-filled application sent to them for completion. The voter must complete the form, sign it, and mail it in the included postage-paid envelope. This form is sent directly to the county voter registrar.

    You are eligible to register to vote if:

    • You are a United States citizen;
    • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
    • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on
      Election Day.
    • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
    • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

    You Must Register By…

    Your application must be received in the Colorado County Election's Office or postmarked at least 30* days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election.

     

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    Voter Registration Applications

    Colorado County Specific

    Return to:

    Election Administrator

    318 Spring St., Suite 101

    Columbus, TX 78934

    VoteTexas.gov
    • Cities

      Order and Notice of Election

      Schools

      Order and Notice of Election

      Other Political Subdivisions

      Order and Notice of Election

      Constitutional Amendment Election

      As of November 14, 2021, two statewide ballot measures were certified to appear on the ballot in Texas on May 7, 2022.

      Order and Notice of Election

      Statewide Election Night Reporting (Informes de la noche electoral en todo el estado)

      Voter Turnout Details (Updated Daily by 10:00 a.m.)  (Detalles de la participación electoral actualizados diariamente a las 10:00 a.m.)

      Sample Ballot (Boleta de muestra)

      Certificate of Preparation of Precinct Ballot Counters (Certificado de Preparación de Contadores de Boletas de Precinto) TEXT

      Appointment of Election Officials (Nombramiento de funcionarios electorales) TEXT

      Notice of Public Testing of Election Equipment - L&A (Aviso Publico De Probar El Equipo Para Tabular Automaticamente) TEXT

      Notice of Convening Audit/Partial Manual Count (Aviso de convocatoria Auditoría/Recuento parcial del manual)  TEXT

      Notice of Convening Early Voting Ballot Board (Aviso de convocatoria de la Junta de Votación Anticipada)  TEXT

      Notice of Delivery of Provisional Ballots (Aviso De Entrega De Boletas Provisionales) TEXT

      Notice of Delivery of Ballots by Mail (Aviso De Entrega De Materiales Utilizados Para Votacion Adelantada)  TEXT

    • Notice and Order of Election

      Statewide Election Night Reporting (Informes de la noche electoral en todo el estado)

      Voter Turnout Details (Updated Daily by 10:00 a.m.)  (Detalles de la participación electoral actualizados diariamente a las 10:00 a.m.)

      Sample Ballot (Boleta de muestra)

      Certificate of Preparation of Precinct Ballot Counters (Certificado de Preparación de Contadores de Boletas de Precinto) TEXT

      Appointment of Election Officials (Nombramiento de funcionarios electorales) TEXT

      Notice of Public Testing of Election Equipment - L&A (Aviso Publico De Probar El Equipo Para Tabular Automaticamente) TEXT

      Notice of Convening Audit/Partial Manual Count (Aviso de convocatoria Auditoría/Recuento parcial del manual)  TEXT

      Notice of Convening Early Voting Ballot Board (Aviso de convocatoria de la Junta de Votación Anticipada)  TEXT

      Notice of Delivery of Provisional Ballots (Aviso De Entrega De Boletas Provisionales) TEXT

      Notice of Delivery of Ballots by Mail (Aviso De Entrega De Materiales Utilizados Para Votacion Adelantada)  TEXT