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PUBLIC NOTICE: Tally Tapes
The Elections Division will be running the tally tapes from each of the Election Day Judge's Booth Controllers (JBC's) on Thursday and Friday, November 17th and 18th. This process is open to the public. If you would like to witness this process please contact us by phone ahead of time so that we will know to expect you. (409) 770-5108. We will be running the tapes in the County Clerk's Office on the second floor of the Galveston Justice Center starting at 9:30 a.m. both days.
[Posted: November 10, 2016]


UPDATE: Ballots by Mail
As of close of business on Tuesday, October 18th, the Elections Division had received 8,691 requests for a ballot
by mail, processed these requests and sent these voters an absentee ballot. As of the same date, 3,900 absentee
ballots had been received back from voters. That is a return rate of 44.9%.

The last day we will mail out (by "snail mail") applications for an absentee ballot will be this Friday, October 21st.
The last day we can accept (RECEIVE) absentee ballot requests is the following Friday, October 28th. After October 21st
we recommend you submit absentee ballot requests by email. You will find information on absentee ballots on
this Website.
[Posted: October 19, 2016]


Running Zero TapesNotice: "Zero Tapes"
In preparation for Election Day, next week we will start printing the "Zero Tapes" on our Judges Booth Controllers (JBCs). As part of our guarding the integrity of the election process, for every election we run what is called a "Zero tape" on each of the JBCs. That entails printing off a tape (actually 4-6 rolls of tape) that shows no votes have been cast on each machine before it is deployed to the polling place. In a countywide vote center environment this means we must print every contest in every precinct; a total of about 15,000 zeros per machine. We will be deploying approximately 45 JBCs for election day, so that means we must run about 675,000 zeros! We keep these tapes for 22 months past the election before destroying them. They are available for public inspection during the 22 month period.

The public is welcome to come and observe us running these tapes. However, since this is done in our warehouse where access is controlled, we will need to know to expect you. If you wish to observe,
please call our office 409-770-5108 and let us know you want to come.

The schedule for running these tapes is as follows:
Monday, September 26: 9:30-noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 27: 8:30 a.m.- noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and if necessary
Wednesday, September 28: 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
[Posted: September 23, 2016]


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[Posted: September 23, 2016]


Important Notice about the 2016 November Election:
The Central Counting Station will convene on the third floor of the County Justice Center on the dates and times noted below.
Poll Watchers are allowed into their meetings. Poll Watchers must be appointed by a candidate, the Chairman of a political party, or a representative of a recognized group which either supports or opposes a measure that is on the ballot. The meetings of Central Count are not open to the general public.

SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:
Saturday - November 5 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday - November 7 - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (if necessary to complete the processing of ballots by mail)
Tuesday - November 8 - 5 p.m.

[Posted: September 19, 2016]


Important Notice about the 2016 November Election:
The Early Voting Ballot Board (EVBB) for the November 2016 election will convene/meet as shown below.
Poll Watchers are allowed into their meetings. Poll Watchers must be appointed by a candidate, the Chairman of a political party, or a representative of a recognized group which either supports or opposes a measure that is on the ballot. The meetings of the EVBB are not open to the general public and even members of County Clerk's Office / Elections Division are prohibited from being present during the board's deliberations.

SCHEDULED MEETING TIMES:
[Signature Verification of Absentee Ballots]
Friday - Oct 28th - 1-5 p.m.
Saturday - Oct 29th - 1-6 p.m.
Monday - Oct 31 - 1-6 p.m.
Wednesday - Nov 2 - 1-6 p.m.
Thursday - Nov 3 - 1-6 p.m.
Monday - Nov 7 - 1-6 p.m.
Tuesday - Nov 8 - noon-5 p.m.

[Review and consideration of Provisional Ballots]
(These dates and times are tentative at this point and will eventually
be based upon how many provisional ballots are cast and when we
receive them back from the Voter Registrar's Office)
Thursday - Nov 10 - 1-5 p.m.
Monday - Nov 14 - 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday - Nov 15 - 1-5 p.m.

These meetings will be held on the third floor of the Galveston County Justice Center
located at 600 59th Street in Galveston, TX
[Posted: September 16, 2016]


Friendswood ISD Tax Rollback Election - Update:
As of today, 505 absentee ballots have been sent to Friendswood voters, giving them the opportunity to vote in this TRE election.
[Posted: August 2, 2016]


Important Notice about the Friendswood ISD Tax Rollback Election:
The Friendswood Independent School District will be holding an Tax Rollback Election on September 10th.

Early Voting will be conducted August 24-26 and August 29-September 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of the
Old Friendswood Junion High School (402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood). The final day of Early Voting will be
held on September 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Election Day will be on Saturday, September 10th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

The Early Voting Ballot Board for this election will meet on Saturday, September 10th at 9 a.m. in the
Galveston County Justice Center to do signature verification on absentee ballots. It will also meet on
Monday, September 19th to review any ballots that have been voted provisionally during the election.

Central Count will convene in the Election Division's Office at the Galveston County Justice Center
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th to process ballots by mail. It will also convene on Monday,
September 19th at 2 p.m. to add accepted provisional ballots to the overall vote count.

The Logic and Accuracy testing of the tallying equipment will occur on Thursday, July 28th in the
Elections Division's Office at the Galveston County Justice Center at 10 a.m. This test is open to
the public.

Absentee ballots for this election will be sent out on Monday, August 1st.
[Posted: July 26, 2016]


Important Notice about the City of Galveston Runoff Election:
The Texas Election Code does not allow us to conduct an election within one local jurisdiction as a countywide vote center election. What this means to voters in the City of Galveston's District 1 and District 3 runoff races is that on Election Day voters will need to go to a specific polling place within their district in order to vote. See the listing of Election Day polling places for this election.
[Posted: June 1, 2016]


All the Primary Runoff Absentee
Ballots have been processed!

As of this evening, we have completed folding, inserting, and
preparing all the absentee ballots for the May 24th Primary
Runoff Election. Voters should anticipate receiving their
absentee ballots sometime next week, depending upon
how long it takes the Postal Service to get them to you!
[Posted, April 15, 2016]


NOTICE: Local Entity Elections - EVBB and Central Count Meetings

The Early Voting Ballot Board is allowed to start meeting nine days prior to Election Day to start processing absentee ballots. How early it meets and how often is based upon how many ballots the Elections Division actually receives back from voters. Here are the times we are setting aside for the EVBB to meet for the Local Entity Election.

April 28: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. [Signature Verification]
May 4: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. [Signature Verification]
May 7: Noon to 2:00 p.m. [Election Day, Signature Verification]
May 10: 9:30-11:30 a.m. [Provisional Ballot Training]
May 16: 9:30 a.m. [Review of Provisional Ballots]
[Look at the primmer on how Ballots by Mail (absentee ballots) are handled and processed]

Central Count will meet as follows:

May 5: 9:00-3:00 a.m. [Scanning and resolution of accepted absentee ballots]
May 7: 4:00 p.m. [Completion of scanning and resolution of accepted absentee ballots]
May 16: 3:00 p.m. [Addition of accepted provisional ballots to the vote count totals]
[Posted, April 14, 2016]


BALLOTS BY MAIL
AUTOMATION AND INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY:
We have automated the process of handling ballots by mail.
Where it used to take ten people working two weeks or more
just to get the local ballots out the door, it now takes just a
couple of days and two people.

Just one more example of increasing productivity in the Galveston
County Clerk's Office and in the Elections Division.
"Working for you!"
[Posted, April 12, 2016]


UPDATE
Background Information on How Absentee Ballots are Handled

Just in case you wanted to know how we handle absentee ballots by mail, here is an indepth look at the process! [Posted, April 11, 2016]


UPDATE
Primary Runoff Election - EVBB Meetings

The Early Voting Ballot Board is allowed to start meeting nine days prior to Election Day to start processing absentee ballots. How early it meets and how often is based upon how many ballots the Elections Division actually receives back from voters. Here are the times we are setting aside for the EVBB to meet for the Primary Runoff Election.
May 17: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May 20: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May 23: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 24: 2:30 -5:00 p.m.
Again, the actual days and times the EVBB will be meeting will depend upon how many ballots are received. [Posted, April 11, 2016]


UPDATE
Local Entity and Primary Runoff Elections

Information on the May 7th Local Entity Election and the May 24th Primary Runoff Election have been posted on this Website as well as on our Mobile App [Scan the QR code, right, to download this app!]. In addition, all the ballots by mail requested for the Local Entity Election have been sent out as have the overseas ballots for the Primary Runoff Election. We anticipate putting the remainder of the Primary Runoff Election absentee ballots in the mail early next week. [Posted, April 7, 2016]

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Notice - Reschedule of Early Voting Ballot Board Meeting (League City Special Election)

We received two Voter ID-Related votes on Election Day from the League City Special Election. This requires the Voter Registrar's Office to give these voters six days to come in and "cure" their ballot so that they can be included in the final count. Because this Friday is Good Friday and the county is closed, there has been some discussion as to whether the "cure" date needs to move to close of business on the following Monday. In order to make sure that -- regardless of the outcome of that discussion -- the EVBB gets its job done within the guidelines of the Election Code we have moved the EVBB meeting from Monday morning to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29th in the third floor conference room of the County Justice Center. The City of League City is scheduled to canvass the election that evening. [Posted, March 22, 2016]


Notice - Postponement of L&A Test (May 7th Entity Elections)

Because many of the Independent School Districts have been on Spring Break this week, we are postponing the Logic and Accuracy Test for the May 7th local entity elections from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 21st so that these ISDs will have an opportunity to review and proof their ballots prior to our conducting the test. [Posted, March 18, 2016]


Notice - Convening of the Early Voting Ballot Board (League City Special Election)

The Early Voting Ballot Board for the League City Speical Election will convene on Thursday, March 17th at 9:30 a.m. to verify the signatures on the ballots by mail received for that election. They will subsequently convene on Saturday, March 19th at 2:30 p.m. to complete this process. Both meetings will be held in the third floor conference room of the County Justice Center (600 59th Street, Galveston). Any poll watchers who wish to observe this process must be appointed by one of the two candidates in the race and, if they want access on Saturday, they will need to notify the Elections Division so that we can clear them through security. [Posted, March 11, 2016]

Notice - Convening of Central Counting (League City Special Election)

Central count will convene on Friday, March 18th at 9:30 a.m. to scan and, if necessary, resolve the ballots by mail that have been accepted for counting by the EVBB. It will reconvene on Saturday, March 19th at 4:30 p.m. to complete this process. Central Count will convene in the Election Division's offices on the third floor of the County Justice Center (600 59th Street, Galveston). Any poll watchers who wish to observe this process must be appointed by one of the two candidates in the race and, if they want access on Saturday, they will need to notify the Elections Division so that we can clear them through security.
NO ballots will be tallied prior to 7 p.m. on Election Night. [Posted, March11, 2016]


Notice - Ballot by Mail Applications:

Ballot by mail applications for the March 1 Primary Election must be received in our office by no later than Friday, February 19th.
If you want to received a ballot by mail application you may call our office [409-770-5108] and request that we send you one, but due to the February 19th deadline, we must receive your telephone call by Friday, February 12th. After that date, you will need to download an application on line and either FAX it to us or submit it by email.
For more details on how to do this please visit our web page on Voting by Mail.

Sample Ballot Information:

We are in the process of getting the Sample Ballot information for the March 1st Primary Election and the March 19th League City Special Election up on our Website. As we work on getting this done, you can find a listing of all the active contests already posted for your review:
March 1st Primary | March 19th League City Special Election
Please note that not every contest that is shown may be on your specific ballot. For example, those who are registered in the City of Santa Fe will not have the Commissioner for Precinct 1 on their ballot. Similarly, those live in Bacliff will not see the Constable Precinct two race on their ballot. The ballot information linked to above shows all the races. [January 28, 2016]


Ballot by Mail Applications:

In the last session of the Texas Legislature a bill was passed that allows us to accept Ballot by Mail Applications via email. In order for us to accept these applications, they must have an "original signature" on them. This means that you will need to print an application, fill it out completely, then sign it and scan it before submitting it to us.

When completing any Ballot by Mail Application please make sure you tell us if you are requesting all the ballots for a given year (e.g., an annual ballot by mail) or one for just one specific election. You must also specify the reason you are requesting a mail ballot. See more information on voting by mail on our Website. Click here to send us your ballot by mail application [September 3, 2015]

Notice of Ballot Draw - Senate District 4:

On Monday, March 31, 2013, the Galveston County Clerk will conduct a ballot draw for the order candidates running for Senate Distrcit 4 will appear on the ballot. The drawing will be held at 9 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Galveston County Justice Center, located at 600 59th Street, Galveston, Texas. You may see on this Website a copy of the Ballot Draw Notice that was posted on March 27th.


The Department of Justice - Subpoena:

On March 19, our office received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice asking a lot of questions about how we administer the Voter ID law in Galveston County. Their request is related to the law suit brought by U.S. Attorney General Holder against the State of Texas and its implementation of SB14 (the Voter ID law). We thought you might be interested in seeing what is being requested. It will take a lot of staff hours to answer these questions because of their detailed nature. Add to this that we are in the middle of two election cycles (the local entity elections and the primary runoff election) and you will see that our office will be a busy place indeed for the next month and beyond! Read the Subpoena


Voter ID One Stop Shop Available:

Last October the Texas Department of Public Safety came to Galveston County to assist voters who did not have an acceptable form of ID for voting. During this Primary Election Cycle they will be coming again. This time they will be offering a one stop shop. Get your ID and then go next door and vote! How simple is that!

They will be at the County Courthouse, 722 Moody, in Galveston from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19th and at the
Dickinson Community Center, 2714 Highway 3, in Dickinson from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th.

If you don't have an acceptable form of ID for voting purposes, plan on dropping by, getting a free ID, and then go next door and vote!
For additional requirements please visit the DPS Website | A copy of the Application is also available on the DPS Website. [Jan 2014]


"Substantially Similar Names" - What's This About:

As part of the Voter ID bill [SB-14] the State Legislature wanted to help get the Voter Registration records updated so they match what was on the voter's identification. When you come into a polling location the election workers will look at your ID and at the information on our electronic poll books that contain the information we have received from the Voter Registrar. If your name is "Substantially Similar" but not exactly the same, you will be given the opportunity to complete a form that will help the Voter Registrar update your record. Please note that the completion of this form is NOT required in order for you to vote a regular ballot, it is only a vehicle to help get the registration records to match your ID.

What are examples of similar names: If your ID says your name is Bill but the registration records show you as William, that is a "Substantially Similar" name. If you have gotten married and you took your husband's name as your last name but the registration shows your madian name as your last name, that also is a "Substantially Similar" name.

In determining whether you are the same person as shown in the registration records our election workers will be looking at the big picture. Do your birthdates match, are the names similar, do you live at the same address as shown on the registration information? Our purpose is not to keep people from voting but, instead, to allow as many people to vote a regular ballot as possible. So if someone tells you that the name on your ID and what is on the Voter Registration rolls must match exactly, don't believe them! It's not the case!


January 16th at 10 a.m. we will be conducting the Logic and Accuracy testing of the tabulating equipment for the 2014 primary election. The public is welcome to come and observe this test. We are located on the third floor of the Galveston County Justice Center, in the back of the District Clerk's Office.

February through June 2014 Elections Division Calendar

If you don't have a photo ID
here is your chance to get one, Free!

In cooperation with the Secretary of State's and the Galveston County Clerk's Offices the Texas Department of Public Safety will be coming to Galveston to issue free Election Certificates that can be used as acceptable IDs for voting.

You will need to bring with you documentation to verify that you are a U.S. Citizen and to identify who you are. This could include:

  • A U.S. Passport or card; or
  • Birth Certificate issued by a U.S. State or territory; or
  • For citizens born abroad a Certificate of Repot of Birth (DA-1350 or FS-545) or Consular Report of Birth (FS-240) issued by the U.S. Department of State; or
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization; or
  • U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service U.S. Citizen ID Card (form I-197 or I-179)

For additional requirements please visit the DPS Website

A copy of the Application is also available on the DPS Website.

Sample Free Voter IDLocations and Dates:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesday: October 16th
Bacliff Community Center

4503 11th Street
Bacliff, TX

Wednesday: October 16th
Dickinson Community Center

2714 Highway 3
Dickinson, TX

Thursday: October 17th
Nessler Center
(Surf Room)
2105 5th Avenue North
Texas City, TX

Thursday: October 17th
Galveston County Courthouse
(2nd floor)
722 Moody Avenue (21st Street)
Galveston, TX


Election TrainingElection Training is in full swing

This year all election workers are required to attend training in order to serve as Judges, Alternate Judges or Clerks because the Secretary of State's Office has mandated they receive VOTER ID training. The photo (left) is from just one of the four hour elections procedures classes which covers opening the polls, facing and dealing with real life voting situations and closing the polls and getting the paperwork right! All that in addition to the mandated VOTER ID training!

Voter ID Requirements:

With the finding by the U.S. Supreme Court this summer that Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act is not constitutional, the Texas Attorney General and Secretary of State have cleared the way for implemtation of the Voter ID Law [SB-14 passed by the Texas Legislature and signed by the Governor]. Here is what this means for you, the voter.

In order to vote in person at a polling place you must have one of the following forms of identifcation to vote a regular ballot:

  • A Texas DPS-issued Drivers License
  • A Texas DPS-issued Identification Card
  • A Texas DPS-issued Voter Identication Card
  • A Texas Concealed Handgun Permit
  • A U.S. Military Identification Card
  • A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
  • A U.S. Passport, or
  • An Exempt Voter Registration Card (for voters who have no photo ID and
    who can show they are 50% disabled from their Veterans or Social Security Records)

For voters who do not have any of these forms of identification they can visit their
nearest DPS office and obtain a free Voter Identification Card at no cost.

For those voters who are 65 years or older, who are disabled, or who will be out of the county
during Early Voting and Election Day, you can vote by mail and in most instances not be
required to provide one of the forms of identification noted above.

There are two exemptions to the Voter ID requirement:

  • If you have no photo identification and have a religious objection to having your photo taken, or
  • If you have been through a natural disaster and have lost your identification (e.g., like when
    Hurricane Ike hit and your ID was washed away into the Gulf of Mexico)

In these situations you will be required to vote a provisional ballot but will be given six calender days to appear at the Voter Registrar's office to complete some paperwork that will allow our vote to count. Voters who do not have one of the acceptable forms of ID's [noted above] with them will also be offered the opportunity to vote a provisional ballot and they too will have six calendar days to go to the Voter Registrar's office and provide proper identification and then provisional ballot will be counted.


For The Record:

The latest issue of "For The Record" is now available (pdf). This publication give you an update of what is happening in the various parts of the County Clerk's Office. Included in this issue is information on Voter Photo ID, Commissioners Court going live with streaming video, and mandatory efiling of probate and civil court filings.


Where Do I Vote in the 2013 Local Elections?

There are ten separate and distinct local elections being held in Galveston County this spring. Not everybody lives within a jurisdiction that is holding an election -- the City of Galveston is just one example where an election is not being held. In some parts of the county voters will have the opportunity to vote in as many as three different elections -- the people living within the City of Bayou Vista would be just one example.

In an effort to assist voters in finding their appropriate polling place(s) we have posted a list of the 2013 polling locations. If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to give us a call (409) 770-5108.


Image of the For The Record PublicationNew Outreach Publication:

This week the County Clerk's Office published its first newsletter called "For The Record." A copy is available on-line for your reading enjoyment and to let you catch you up with some of the things happening in the office.


New Procedures Being Tested

In the February 21st Mock Election we will be testing new procedures. For example, we are running the "Zero Tape" ahead of time, in house. We will then leave the last precinct of the tape on the Judge's Booth Controller. When the election workers arrive at their polling place they will check the tape against the public count on the JBC to verify that nobody has voted on the machine before it is used on Election Day. [Too much "Election Jargon?" Here is an explaination!]

Running the Zero Tapes InHouse

What is the purpose of the "Zero Tape" and why does it take so long to run?

Running the "Zero Tape" verifies that no votes have been cast on the election equipment prior to the Judge's Booth Controller (JBC) being used on Election Day. In a normal "precinct-specific" election this takes only a few minutes because only one or two precincts are being run. However, in a countywide vote center election every race for every precinct/ballot style throughout the county must be run at each polling location.

In the November 2012 election that meant that every race needed to be run for 153 precincts/ballot styles. That equaled about 12,000 zeros being run at each polling location. With this many contests and precincts/ballot styles, each "Zero Tape" took between 1-2 hours to run. Because it took so long to complete this process many of our polling locations opened late in the November 2012 election.

If we had seen this coming, we would have taken steps to avoid this problem. Now that we are aware of the issue, we have instituted new procedures to make sure there is not a reoccurance. Our Mock Election is an opportunity to test these new procedures.

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The Elections Division is preparing for a Mock Election on February 21st to test new Vote Center procedures, to provide an additional training opportunity for some it is election workers, and to give its new Quick Response Team a chance to deal with preplanned equipment failures in real time. [See more photos from the training on Facebook]

Quick Response Team Equipment Training

Shon Fragoso conducts training for the Galveston County Elections Quick Response Team members as we prepare for the February 21st Mock Election and the May entity election cycle.

Quick Response Team gets instruction ..

Find Your Sample Ballot made easy!
For the November 6, 2012 General Election we added a new feature to our Website which was being "beta tested." It allowed voters to look up their sample ballot. This program was based upon the voter records provided to us by the Registrar's Office. Because the Voter Registrar continued to update her records throughout the Early Voting period, voters were advised that there was the possibility that the sample ballot provided might be incorrect. Comments are still welcome!

UPDATE: Based upon the feedback provided by the Galveston County voters on the "beta test" the Elections Division is asking the County Commissioners to approve the purchase of this software for use in future elections.


Report by the Galveston County Daily News on our preparations for Election Day

County Clerk's Office Does a Full Court Press on Ballots by Mail Dwight Sullivan pitches in as part of the Ballot by Mail Team!
The County Clerk's Office does a full court press on getting out the ballots by mail. The County Clerk (Dwight Sullivan [right]) and others from his staff (left) all pitched in. "Without the dedication of everyone in the Clerk's Office," Chief Deputy Clerk for Elections Bill Sargent said, "the job would never have gotten done. I am humbled by the support and willingness of my colleagues to turn to get the job done! We are all in their debt."

Mae Ross works on Ballots by MailBallots by Mail:

The number of requests for Ballots by Mail is similar
to what we experienced in the 2010 election cycle. The image (left) shows Mae Ross in our office as she assists in preparing some of the 6,000 plus ballots by mail that were sent out so far in this election. [October 2012]
Shon Fragoso Distributes Election Equipment to Election Judge Tom PerryGuess what?

County Clerk Dwight Sullivan suggested that we help out
our election workers by not requiring them to pick up the eSlate voting machines and, instead, have us deliver this equipment to the polling locations directly. In the image (above) Election Judge Tom Perry picks up the other supplies and equipment he will need to conduct Early Voting. [October 2012]

Ballots By Mail Update

As of October 18 we have processed over 6,350 requests for a ballot by mail and over 3,450 actual ballots have been received. This means 54.2% of the ballots sent have been received at this point. We expect this percentage to rise as we get closer to election day. October 30th is the last day for us to RECEIVE a ballot by mail application, however, time is of the essence. If you qualify for and want to vote by mail please do not put it off, do it today! You can download an application on this Website. [October 2012]


Galveston Election Results Done in Record Time!

County Clerk Dwight Sullivan noted the efficiency and planning that went into the election night operation. "My staff did an outstanding job from the planning to the support for this election and even the attention to detail that allowed us to complete the reporting of election results by 9:30 p.m." [July 2012]


Elections Division Keeps Busy!

On Election Day the County Clerk's Election Division was fielding between 35-40 calls an hour. The inquiries came from election Judges, workers, and the general public. Many of the calls from voters were individuals wanting to know their precinct number and voting location. The election workers were verifying voter registrations, precinct and state house district information, and seeking guidance on election law issues and procedures. From the feedback we are getting, responses have been prompt and appreciated.


signature verification committeeElectronic Poll Books Reset to Election Day Mode
Signature Verification Committee meets to process almost two thousand ballots by mail.
Learn more about the process!
Elections Division staff resets the electronic poll books in preparation for Election Day.

Early Voting Turnout is High in the Primary Runoff Election

Over 12,500 voters cast their ballots during early voting in the Primary Runoff. The table below shows the number of voters who turned out this past week and where they voted.

Location Votes Cast during Early Voting
Friendswood City Hall 2,554
League City Calder Road Annex 3,121
Kemah Community Center 638
Bacliff Community Center 604
Dickinson Community Center 859
La Marque City Hall 338
Nessler Center 1,004
Bayou Vista Community Center 275
West County Building 1,456
Galveston Court House 1,036
Joe Faggard Community Center 118
Justice Center 582
Total Early Votes Cast 12,585
   
In addition, 2,175 Ballots by Mail had been received as of Friday, July 27th.

It's Official!
Galveston Is Now Cleared to Hold Countywide Vote Center Elections

In November 2011 there were thirty four locations where you could vote and each registered voter was able to cast their ballot on Election Day just as if they were in their own precinct! Under recent changes made to the Texas Election Code, if the Secretary of State certifies that a county conducted a successful county-wide vote center election, said county will be allowed to continue to use countywide vote centers on election day during general elections. On June 19th the Secretary of State's Office certified our successful conduct of the November 2011 general election using countywide vote centers.

All that is required at this point is for Commissioners' Court to approve the continued use of these vote centers, something they have indicated they will do.

In November 2011 we had 34 election day voting locations. Our intent is to expand this number for the November 2012 election.

Electronic Poll Books

A couple of updates on our use of the new e-poll books. In November 2011 we used them for the first time and by all accounts they worked well. The e-poll book is designed to speed up the sign in process and allow us to ensure that you receive the correct ballot. Voters and election workers alike, liked the introduction of this equipment.

Both the Republican and Democrat parties used this equipment during the 2012 primary election and did so with great success. They will also be using them in the July 31st runoff election. In addition, with the approval of countywide vote centers the e-poll books will be an essential ingredient.

Should we continue to use e-poll books or go back to using paper poll books?

One local jurisdiction decided to use paper poll books for both Early Voting and on Election day in their runoff election. They based their decision on a belief that the data in the e-poll books was inaccurate. Regardless of whether paper poll books or e-poll books are used both are based upon a database maintained by the Voter Registrar's Office. To the extent that data is accurate, both the paper and e-poll books will be so as well. If inaccuracies are in the database they, also, will be found in the poll books regardless of which version is selected. This local jurisdiction ended up manually transferring early voting information to the election day paper poll books. Using e-poll books would have accomplished this task quickly and efficiently without introducing the possibility of human error.

Voters should know that regardless of what form the poll books take, their use is ONLY to record what people have voted. It has nothing to do with how you cast your ballot.

Because we intend to use countywide vote centers in November 2012 it is the County's plan to continue the use of the e-poll books. As an added benefit, any local jurisdiction that decides to hold a joint election with us will, as a consequence, allow their voters to cast ballots at any voting location in the county on election day and still record their vote in the local election.

Election Training Takes Flight


For the first time ever, for the November 2011 election over 95% of the election workers attended training! This is an increase from about 50-60% in previous election cycles.
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Updated: July 2015