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Elections Department

Rebecka K. LaCourse

Elections Administrator

 

Colorado County Courthouse Annex

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

Email:  Elections

IN THE NEWS  (Spanish)There is a lot of national coverage regarding how the USPS will not be able to handle the influx of ballot by mail this November.  The state of Texas is not one of the states directly in question, and both our local and state agencies do not anticipate any issues.  Here are a few helpful hints for voters to ensure that ballots will make a timely return by Election Day.

  Apply and request a Ballot by Mail NOW, don’t wait for the October 23rd deadline.

  As soon as you get your ballot, mark it and return it; don’t hold off on voting and mailing it back.

  • Ballot’s will be mailed out approximately mid to late September.

  If you request an application at the deadline, return it in person to the county election’s  office. 

•  Also, Governor Abbott has made state provisions for voters to return their ballot by mail in            person to the county elections office.  This suspension allows a voter to hand-deliver their marked ballot to the early voting clerk’s office (Colorado County Annex, 318 Spring St., Suite 101, Columbus, TX) any time after the voter receives their ballot until 7:00 p.m. on election day.

  1. Who can hand-deliver a ballot?  Only the voter who voted the ballot can hand-deliver their ballot.  The voter must present an acceptable form of identification when delivering their ballot.  If a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, the voter may show a List B identification and complete a reasonable impediment declaration (RID). (Sections 86.006, 63.001, 63.0101). 
  2. What does the voter need to give to the early voting clerk’s office?  The voter must execute (sign) their Carrier Envelope as if they were preparing for it to be mailed (except for postage).  The marked ballot must be enclosed in the Carrier Envelope.  The carrier envelope must be signed, as the ballot will be sent to the early voting ballot board to verify the voter’s signature pursuant to Section 87.041.

Elimination of Straight-Party Voting

House Bill 25, passed during the 85th Legislative Session, eliminated straight-party voting effective September 1, 2020.   If you wish to vote for all of the candidates affiliated with one party, you should select each candidate one at a time on your ballot.  

El Proyecto de Ley 25 de la Cámara de Representantes, aprobado durante la 85a Sesión Legislativa, eliminó la votación de partido único a partir del 1 de septiembre de 2020. 

Si desea votar por todos los candidatos afiliados a un partido, debe seleccionar a cada candidato uno a la vez en su boleta.

Quick Links Sidebar Header Image Last day to Register to Vote to be eligible for the November Elections is October 05, 2020.   El último día para registrarse para ser elegible para las elecciones de noviembre es el 05 de octubre de 2020.

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Web Accessibility Statement (Declaración de accesibilidad web)

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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.  

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

    El Administrador de Elecciones es responsable de todas las elecciones federales, estatales y del condado.Además, las ciudades, los distritos escolares y las subdivisiones políticas pueden contratar con la oficina parallevar a cabo su elección.

    The Elections Administrator also serves as the County Voter Registrar, the Early Voting Clerk, and is responsible for all voting equipment owned by Colorado County. 

     

    El Administrador de Elecciones también sirve como el Registro Electoral del Condado, el Secretario de VotaciónTemprana, y es responsable de todo el equipo de votación propiedad del Condado de Colorado.


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

     

    El Administrador de Elecciones también sirve para aceptar presentaciones de Financiamiento de Campaña,Nombramientos de Tesoreros de Campaña y otras presentatciones relacionadas con el financiamiento de campañas.

  • How safe and secure is a Colorado County Election?

    Health and Safety Concerns

    (Spanish)

    In February of 2020 the county adopted an Emergency Operation Plan for Elections.  We encourage voting and want to keep the polling locations safe and secure in ALL types of emergency operations.  In 2020 the COVID-19 virus has raised a whole new concern on how safe it will be to vote in person.

    Voting in Person:

    Your local election officials are doing everything to make your polling place a healthy environment.  The Secretary of State and CDC have released Election guidelines for counties to follow.  The Colorado County Commissioners Court met and approved planning and funding to exceed these guidelines.  Secretary of State Health Protocols (Spanish)

    You will notice some additional changes in your polling location, but they may not seem that unfamiliar since many of the guidelines are those that have been adopted by local business. 

    Social Distancing guidelines are being put in place.  There is a max number of voters in the polling location at a time; everyone 6 ft apart.  This can lead to some lines but there will be distance markers to insure everyone has their personal space.  Early Voting will be held at Colorado County Annex in Columbus, Weimar City Hall, and Eagle Lake Community Center from Tuesday, October 13 - Friday, October 16 and Monday, October 19 - October 23, 2020 and Monday, October 26 - October 30, 2020 by order of the Governor.  Hours for Early Voting for week one  is 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Week 2 will be 7:30-5:30 and Week 3 will be from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Please help by increasing  social distancing and decreasing the crowds between the “Peak Hours” of 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Election Officials and Poll Workers are being trained on properly sanitizing the equipment and surfaces that voters encounter throughout the election.   Election equipment was previously cleaned between voters; however, the process is becoming more frequent.  Pens will not be shared within the polling location to decrease cross contamination.  Stylus will be provided so the ExpressVotes can be utilized without physical contact.

    We highly encourage everyone to practice proper hygiene and wash your hands before entering the polling location and upon exiting.   We will also provide hand sanitizer for additional safety.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask, please do so.

    Election Officials and Poll Workers are required to wear a mask.   This sometimes can make communication more difficult, but we feel it is the best for our citizens.  They will be hand washing and sanitizing between voters, and several other protective measures are taking place to ensure that germs are not being spread.

    Ballot by Mail:

    To receive a ballot by mail you must fill out an Application.  Last Day to receive Application for Ballot by Mail for the JOINT November 03, 2020 Election is Friday, October 23, 2020.  You can request an application from the elections office by calling 979-732-6860, or by emailing your name and address to elections@co.colorado.tx.us.  If you have already submitted an annual application with "run-off" checked, you application is on file and you will automatically receive a ballot. 

    In Texas, in order to vote by mail, a voter must have a qualifying reason.  A voter may vote early by mail if they:

    • will be away from their county on Election Day and during early voting;
    • are sick or disabled;
    • are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
    • are confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has not changed ANY of the qualifying reasons for Ballot by Mail.

    Curbside Voting Secretary of State Curbside Notice (Spanish)

    If a voter is physically unable to enter the polling place without assistance or likelihood of injury to his or her health, the voter is eligible for curbside voting.  This option is available at all polling locations. To provide for voting curbside, the voter must be qualified by the election officer before the voter can receive the ballot. An election officer may deliver a ballot to the voter at the curbside of the polling place.  Once the voter has marked his or her ballot, the election officer deposits the ballot for the voter. For voters that are voting at the curbside, the same assistance and privacy rules will be followed as that of coming into the polling place.

    Colorado County is making improvements to this option for the health and welfare of our voters.  Look for the Curbside Voting designated parking and ring the bell and an election officer will come out to assist you. You will no longer have to send a personal representative into the polling location to get curbside voting assistance.

    If you have any questions or concerns of how we are handling the “Slow the Spread” of the COVID-19 virus and elections, please do not hesitate to inquire.

     What else can YOU do to assist election officials to slow the spread? 

    • We encourage you to follow the social distancing protocols that are put into place at every polling location.
    • We encourage you to wash your hands before entering the polling location and after exiting the location.
    • If wearing a mask makes you comfortable, please do so.
    • BE PREPARED to help minimize the time spent at the polling location
      • Have your ID and Voter Registration cards ready at check-in
      • Review sample ballots prior to coming in to vote
      • Resist the urge to socialize and be friendly – We know this is difficult especially since we love our neighbors!
  • Looking Ahead...........Uniform Election Dates

    Saturday, May 01, 2021

    Tuesday, November 02, 2021

  • 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.

     

     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
    Write-In Board
    Student Election Clerks

    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.

    Upcoming Training now being Offered!

     

    Training

    Due to State Recommendations and Health and Safety Concerns in-person training has been limited to small groups at this time.  On-line training is available.  Please call our office for details.

  • ID Required for Texas Voters

    Register to Vote

    Voter Registration Procedures

    (Spanish)

    There are several existing options that we encourage voters to utilize:

    • 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.

    Ballot by Mail Procedures

    (Spanish)

     Application to Vote by Mail  Applicion para votar por el correo - Spanish

    • If you have access to a printer, the voter can print and mail in the application (see link above).  If you do not have access to a printer you can call our office and request an application be mailed to you.  If you have already filled out a yearly application it is on file in our office and you don't need to do anything else.
    • Annual Applications to vote by mail can be sent in no earlier than January 1.
    • Applications to vote by mail are due in-office (not postmarked) no later than the 11th day before election day.

     

    Military Voters (or American Overseas)  Votantes militares (o estadounidenses en el extranjero)

    FPCA Application (Aplicación FPCA)

    Voters with Special Needs (Votantes con necesidades especiales)

    Services Available to Voters with Disabilities in Texas

    Curbside VotingIf a voter is physically unable to enter the polling place without assistance or likelihood of injury to his or her health, the voter is eligible for curbside voting.  This option is available at all polling locations.  Colorado County is making improvements to this option for the health and welfare of our voters.  Look for the Curbside Voting designated parking and ring the bell and an election officer will come out to assist you. Votación en la acera: si un votante no puede ingresar físicamente al lugar de votación sin asistencia o sin riesgo de dañar su salud, el votante es elegible para votar en la acera. Esta opción está disponible en todos los lugares de votación. El Condado de Colorado está haciendo mejoras a esta opción para la salud y el bienestar de nuestros votantes. Busque el estacionamiento designado para votar en la acera y toque el timbre y un oficial electoral saldrá a ayudarlo.

    Texas Secretary of State  (Información en español)

    Non-Partisan Voter's Guide (Spanish)

    Who Represents me?  Search for your U.S. and State Representatives and Senators  (Busque sus representantes y senadores estatales y de EE. UU)

    Local Officials - Who Represents me in Colorado County?

     

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    Colorado County Party Information

    DEMOCRATIC      REPUBLICAN

    Wayne Lefferd Tom Kelley

    979-733-2170    713-557-2239

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    Celebrating Student & First Time Voters!

     

    NEW ExpressVote & Precinct Scanners  * A video demonstration prepared for the November 2014 election in Fairfax County VA

    This system uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper-based ballot for tabulation. As a marking device,  the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter’s mark. The voter will receive a blank ballot with their ballot style printed on the card to begin the process. The voter will insert ballot into the marking  device, make their selections, verify the selections made, and print the ballot. The voter will then place the ballot into the DS200 tabulation machine.   Voting has now been completed in a simple easy to use manner.  This equipment combines the traditional with modern technology in a fun, and simple to use device.  This device can adjust for vision, hearing, translations, and MANY other needs to fit voter requirements.  Come out to take a look and have a hands on experience BEFORE election day.

    NEW How are Ballots Counted? *A video demonstration prepared by election vendor ES&S

     

    Colorado County Precinct Polling Location Map
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