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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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  • 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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    January 25, 2022
    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, July 25, 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

     

    Fall Training Schedule

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

    Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - Qualifying and Checking in Voters (pollbooks)

    Thursday, August 18, 2022 - Election Terminology and Understanding Elections in Texas

    Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - Ballot by Mail and Early Voting Ballot Board

    Thursday, August 25, 2022 - Chain of Custody and Security Process

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - Forms, Postings, and Documentation

    Thursday, September 15, 2022 - Opening and Closing Process

    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

    The poll watcher training can be accessed on the SOS’s website through the Texas Election Training Portal available on www.VoteTexas.gov and on the SOS’s main website, www.sos.texas.gov. Upon entering the portal, the poll watcher will click the tab “Sign up for the Course here!” and select Poll Watcher training from the drop-down menu.

     

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Proclamation

    Voter Registration Deadline for the November 08, 2022 General Election is October 11, 2022.

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

    County VR Cancelation Trend Report

     

     

      

     

       

     

     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