NEW VOTER REGISTRATION CERTIFICATES DELAYED UNTIL REDISTRICTING MAPS FINALIZED
AUSTIN, TX—“Uncertainties about redistricting have delayed mailing of new Texas voter registration certificates,” according to Karen Nicholson, President of LWV-TX. “New certificates must include congressional and legislative districts for each voter, and disputes about district boundaries must be resolved by a San Antonio district court before new voter registration certificates can be printed and mailed.”
Registered voters should know that their voter registration remains in effect, and they will automatically receive new voter registration cards after redistricting maps are finalized. There is no action required of registered voters unless they have moved or changed names. Voters can check their registration online at the Secretary of State’s voter information website, www.votexas.org.
Voters who have moved within the county in which they are registered or changed names should notify the county voter registrar of changes in writing. Voters who have moved to a new county must reregister with voter registrar in their new county of residence at least 30 days before the next election, by April 12 to vote in local elections on May 12, 2012.
“Decisions voters make at the polls in 2012 will shape the future of Texas and the nation,” says Nicholson, “and it is important that all eligible Texans vote to have a say in our future.” US President, a US Senator, all Congressional districts, all of the State Legislature, two Railroad Commissioners, all of the State Board of Education, statewide and district court judicial positions, and many county offices will be on the primary and general election ballots in 2012. Many areas will also have additional local elections on May 12.
Eligible Texans who are not registered to vote should register now to make sure to have a say in the important 2012 elections. To register to vote, you must be a US citizen, a resident of the county, and at least 18 years old on Election Day. You can register in person at the voter registration office in your county, or fill out an application that can be mailed or returned in person to the voter registrar in your county of residence. Application forms are available at many libraries, government offices and high schools and online at www.votexas.org. You must be registered to vote at least 30 days in advance of the election date or by April 12 to vote in local elections on May 12, 2012.
“LWV-TX and local Leagues across Texas are increasing outreach so Texas voters have the nonpartisan information and encouragement essential for meaningful participation in 2012 elections,” Nicholson adds. VOTE411 online will provide voters expanded access to races and candidate information, including short videos, plus information on voter registration and voting. Both VOTE411 and traditional LWV-TX Voters Guides can be accessed through the LWV-TX website, www.lwvtexas.org, and will be available about three weeks before statewide elections. Local Leagues and their Voters Guides can also be accessed from the LWV-TX website.
The League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan political organization of women and men, has been educating and agitating for informed participation in government since our founding in 1919 and believes no form of participation is more important than voting.