The Hill County Democratic Party 

        A Voice for All People

Last day to register for the March 6, 2018 primary elections is  Monday, February 5, 2018*

First day of early voting is February 20, 2018

Last Day of Early Voting is  Friday, March 2, 2018


Vote By Mail:

Only specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail (no longer called absentee voting). You may request a ballot by mail if you:

  1. will be away from your county on Election Day and during the hours that early voting is conducted;
  2. are sick or disabled*;
  3. are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
  4. are confined in jail.

There are basically two ways to do that;

  • Phone (for Hill County the number is 254-582-4072) or write to the county elections office and request that one be mailed to your address. 
  • Print one from the Secretary of State’s website. http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/5-15f.pdf 
  • First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

    Monday, January 1, 2018*

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.


  • Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail -   Friday, February 23, 2018

The ballot can be mailed to the elections office (in Hill County the address is P.O. Box 725, Hillsboro, Texas 76645) or hand delivered to the elections office  

Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail is Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴



VOTER ID

Those who have a qualifying photo ID must show it in order to vote. 


Here are the seven types of photo ID accepted under the original law:

  • State drivers license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (issued by DPS)
  • Texas personal identification card (issued by DPS)
  • Texas license to carry a handgun (issued by DPS)
  • U.S. military ID card that includes a personal photo
  • U.S. citizenship certificate that includes a personal photo
  • U.S. passport

Voters who do not have any of those documents and cannot “reasonably obtain” them can still cast a vote if they sign a form in which they swear that they have a “reasonable impediment” from obtaining appropriate identification. Those voters will also have to present one of the following types of ID:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Copy or original of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document that shows the voter’s name and address (any government document that contains a voter’s photo must be an original)

Also of note: Election judges may not question a voter about the reasonableness of a claimed impediment. 

Bottom line: If you have qualifying photo ID, bring it. But if you have not obtained one, you can still cast a ballot using other forms of ID. 


Know Your Rights!

Your name as printed on your ID does not need to exactly match your name as it appears on the registration rolls. As long as the two versions of your name are substantially similar, you will be allowed to vote on a regular ballot.

Your address as printed on your ID does not need to match your address as it appears on the registration rolls. Even if these addresses are completely different, you will be allowed to vote on a regular ballot.

If you have a documented disability or religious objection to being photographed, you can apply for an exemption from the photo ID requirement at your local registrar’s office.


NEED AN ID?

If you don’t have one of the accepted IDs, you can get a free Election ID Certificate from your nearest Department of Public Safety Office, or at one of the Secretary of State’s mobile ID stations.

In order to get a free Election ID Certificate, you’ll need to bring documentation with you to verify your identity and to show that you are a U.S. citizen. Most people need an original birth certificate plus two supporting documents.

If you don’t have your birth certificate, you can get one from a Vital Records Office for free (if you go in person and tell them you need a birth certificate for voting), or online for $22.


Que llevo para votar?

Formas de identificación aprobadas:

  • Licencia de conducir de Texas emitido por el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas
  • Identificación personal de Texas emitido por el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas
  • Licencia para portar armas ocultas de Texas emitido por el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas
  • Certificado de Identificación Elección de Texas emitido por el Departamento de Seguridad Pública de Texas
  • Tarjeta de identificación militar
  • Certificado de ciudadanía o Certificado de Naturalización de Estados Unidos con su foto
  • Libreta o tarjeta de pasaporte de EE.UU.

Estas identificaciones deben de estar vigentes o que no hayan caducado por más de 4 años antes de votar.


NO TIENE IDENTIFICACIÓN APROBADA? NO SE PREOCUPE, DE TODAS MANERAS PUEDE VOTAR!

Nadamas tiene que:

Firmar una declaración diciendo que (1) usted es quien dice que es (2) tiene un impedimento razonable para obtener una identificación con foto aceptada, y (3) mostrar: un certificado válido de registro de votante, o el certificado de nacimiento (debe ser el original); o una copia de su factura de servicios públicos, cuenta bancaria, cheque del gobierno, cheque de pago o un documento del gobierno con su nombre y dirección (el documento del gobierno con su foto debe ser originale).


CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS!

Su nombre como aparece en su identificación no tiene que estar igual que su nombre como aparece en las listas de registro. Mientras las dos versiones de su nombre son sustancialmente similares, se le permitirá votar en una boleta regular.

Su dirección como aparece en su identificación no tiene que estar igual que su dirección como aparece en las listas de registro. Incluso, si las direcciones son completamente diferentes, se le permitirá votar en una boleta regular.

Si usted tiene una discapacidad documentada o objeción religiosa a ser fotografiada, puede solicitar una exención del requisito de identificación con foto en su oficina del registrador local.


NECESITA IDENTIFICACIÓN?

Si usted no tiene una de las identificaciones aceptadas, se puede obtener un Certificado de Identificación Elección de Texas de la oficina del Departamento de Seguridad Pública más cercana o en una de las estaciones móviles de identificación de el Secretario de Estado.

Para conseguir un Certificado de Identificación Elección de Texas deberá llevar documentación para verificar su identidad y para demostrar que usted es un ciudadano de EE.UU.. La mayoría de la gente necesita un certificado de nacimiento original y dos documentos de apoyo.

Si usted no tiene su certificado de nacimiento, puede obtener uno gratis de una Oficina de Registro Civil (si vas en persona y les dices que necesitas un certificado de nacimiento para la votación), o en línea por $22.

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