New certificates are mailed out every two years to the most recent address you gave to the voter registrar. If you do not recall receiving a new blue and white certificate in early 2010, it could mean that you have moved without updating, or there is some other problem with your registration. If the certificate was mailed to an old address, it was returned to the registrar, and you were placed on the “suspense list” in that county. This means you have a grace period that allows you to vote in the same county in your old precinct, but if you do not vote, your name will be removed from the rolls after two federal elections have passed since you were placed on the suspense list. If you did not receive your certificate because you moved to a new Texas county, you will need to re-register.
To find out if you are registered to vote, you can go to the Secretary of State’s website, https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/SearchSelectionVoter.jsp and determine if you are registered by one of three ways. 1) Enter your driver’s license number, if you provided this information when you registered to vote. 2) Input your VUID (voter unique identifier). This is the number on your voter registration certificate. 3) Enter your first and last name.
The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November 2, 2010 General Election is October 4, 2010. This can be either the postmark date or the date the application is received in the office of the voter registrar. You may, of course, register at any time before that date to ensure that your registration is effective for voting in November. If you moved to Blanco County from another Texas county or another state, you must re-register to vote. Call 830 868-7178 to request a new voter registration card or pick one up from the Courthouse Annex in Johnson City. Voter Registration card will be available in Blanco City, at a Town Hall Meeting Sept. 28th at 6:30 PM sponsored by the Blanco County Republican Party. The Town Hall Meeting will be at the Old Blanco County Courthouse. If you moved within Blanco County, you can go online to https://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager and change your address online.
Monday, October 4, 2010, last day to register to vote for the Tuesday, November 2, 2010 election. (Sec. 13.143). Source: Texas Secretary of State’s Office www.sos.state.tx.us . Next week: Voting by mail.
Source: Texas Secretary of State’s Office www.sos.state.tx.us