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(1) Voters registered in Tarrant County will be able to vote at any Vote Center location on Election Day. To find the location most convenient for you, check out the Tarrant County Voter Lookup page > click on “Find Other Places to Vote” > select “Constitutional Joint Elections Tuesday, November 5 2019” > click “Election Day Voting Locations” > and then either search for voter centers by address, zip code, or your current location. 

(2) Voters in Tarrant County will also be using new hybrid voting machines with a secure paper record. To learn more, check out the voting machine page on the Tarrant County website, look for a voting machine training near you, check out a voting machine at the Tarrant County Democratic Party office at 3130 Plumwood Street, or call the Tarrant County Elections office at (817)831-8683.

(3) A large number of college campus early voting locations have been eliminated. To verify that your early voting location is still available or find your most convenient alternative, check out the Tarrant County Voter Lookup page > click on “Find Other Places to Vote” > select “Constitutional Joint Elections Tuesday, November 5 2019” > click “Early Voting Locations” > and then either search for voter centers by address, zip code, or your current location.

When to Early Vote
Monday October 21 to Friday October 25 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Saturday October 26 (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Sunday October 27, (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Monday October 28 to Thursday October 31 (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Friday November 1 (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Where to Early Vote
During Early Voting, Tarrant voters can vote at any Early Voting location offered in the county. To verify that your early voting location is still available or find your most convenient alternative, check out the Tarrant County Voter Lookup page > click on “Find Other Places to Vote” > select “Constitutional Joint Elections Tuesday, November 5 2019” > click “Early Voting Locations” > and then either search for voter centers by address, zip code, or your current location. 

When to Vote on Election Day
Tuesday November 5, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where to Vote on Election Day
Tarrant County registered voters on Election Day can vote at any Vote Center location on Tuesday November 5, 2019 during Election Day voting hours. 

To find the location most convenient for you, check out the Tarrant County Voter Lookup page > click on “Find Other Places to Vote” > select “Constitutional Joint Elections Tuesday, November 5 2019” > click “Election Day Voting Locations” > and then either search for voter centers by address, zip code, or your current location. 

When to Absentee Vote
For overseas citizens: Mail-in ballots may be received up to 5 days after Election Day if postmarked by Election Day
For military voters using the FPCA: Mail-in ballots may be received up to 6 days after Election Day if postmarked by Election Day.
For voters using non-FPCA applications: Mail-in ballots will be accepted up to 1 day after Election Day if postmarked by Election Day.

Where to Absentee Vote
To vote, mail your completed ballot to:
Tarrant County Elections
PO Box 961011
Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0011

For express courier delivery, mail your completed ballot to: 
Tarrant County Elections
2700 Premier St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76111-3011

Eligibility for Absentee Voting
Tarrant County registered voters are eligible to request and receive a ballot by mail if ANY of the following conditions prevent them from voting in-person during the early voting period or on Election Day.

1. Expected absence from the County during both the early voting period and on Election Day. (The ballot must be mailed to an address outside the County.)
2. Disability
3. 65 years of age or older
4. Confinement in jail and not finally convicted of a felony.

If you are eligible to vote by mail, and your application to vote by mail has been approved, you may vote by mail.

Deadline to Apply for Absentee Voting
Your application to vote by mail must be received by the Early Voting Clerk at least 11 days before Election Day in order to be able to vote in the requested election. For the November 5 election, that deadline is Friday October 25.

Mail-in applications may be obtained in-person from the Elections Office or via the Tarrant County Elections website.

If you become hospitalized or suffer a death in the family after the close of the regular application deadline, you might qualify for special conditions (specific guidelines must be met for eligibility). For more information on this, please contact the Tarrant County Early Voting Division at (817)831-6161.

Where to Send Your Application for Absentee Voting
Early Voting Clerk
Tarrant County Elections Administration
PO Box 961011
Fort Worth, TX 76161-0011

If you are providing assistance in the voting-by-mail process, you can find more information on that here:
https://www.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/elections/EV/BBM_assistance.pdf

Sources
Tarrant County Elections Voting By Mail (Absentee Ballot)
https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections/Early-Voting-Information/Voting-by-Mail.html
Tarrant County Elections Absentee Ballot Application
https://www.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/elections/EV/mail_ballot_application.pdf

You are eligible to register to vote if: 
(1) You are a United States citizen;
(2) You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
(3) You are at least 17 years and 10 months old and will be 18 years of age by Election Day;
(4) You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
(5) 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.

To find out if you are already registered, click here. 
If you recently moved or changed your name, click here.

Sources
Vote 411 Texas Eligibility Requirements
https://www.vote411.org/texas#eligibility-requirements
Texas Secretary of State Voter Lookup
https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Vote Texas > Register to Vote > Did you Change Something?
https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/did-you-change-something.html

If you have any questions or problems or need help:
Call (844)TX-VOTES (1-844-898-6837)
Or call our office at the Tarrant County Democratic Party (817-335-8683).
This includes if you have to vote a provisional ballot.

(1) As Tarrant County is now participating in the Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP), all voters registered in Tarrant County elections have the right to vote at all available locations in Tarrant County during both Early Voting and Election Day.
(2) You have the right to cast a ballot in secret, free from disclosure and intimidation.
(3) If an election official questions whether you can vote, you are always entitled to cast a provisional ballot, which records your vote while election officials look more closely at your records.
(4) If you can’t prepare your ballot because of a physical disability or because you can’t read it, you have the right to assistance from a person of your choice.
(5) If you can’t enter the polling place without assistance or without injuring your health, you have the right to have an election officer deliver a ballot to you at the entrance or curb of the polling place; you may also request that a person of your choice accompanying you to the polling place be allowed to bring the ballot to you and deposit it for you.
(6) If you can’t communicate in English, you have the right to select and interpreter to communicate with election officials and translate the ballot for you.
(7) As long as you are in line to vote at 7 p.m. when the polls close on Election Day, you are entitled to cast your ballot, no matter what.

Sources
Texas Democrats Voter Rights
https://www.texasdemocrats.org/my-texas-votes/report-a-problem/

Overview: The single most important thing you need to bring with you is something that confirms your identity as a registered voter (details below). You may also wish to keep in mind that your ballot choices cannot be referenced by cell phone when at the booth. So, you might also want to bring your list with you in paper form. 

One of the following approved forms of photo ID:
(1) Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
(2) Texas Election Identification Certificate. This certificate is free at the DPS or at one of the Secretary of State’s mobile ID stations. Click here for details. 
(3) Texas Personal Identification Card (DPS)
(4) Texas Handgun License (DPS)
(5) United States Military Identification Card (with photo)
(6) United States Citizenship Certificate (with photo)
(7) United States Passport (book or card)

With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, the acceptable photo ID must be current or, for voters aged 18-69, have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. A voter 70 years of age or older may use a form of acceptable photo ID listed above that has expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed above, and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form (PDF), which will be available at each polling location, and present a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification:

(1) a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
(2) a current utility bill;
(3) a bank statement;
(4) a government check;
(5) a paycheck;
(6) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate; or
(7) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

The address on an acceptable form of photo identification or a supporting form of identification, if applicable, does not have to match the voter’s address on the list of registered voters.

If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.

Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Voters with a religious objection to being photographed or voters who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls because of certain natural disasters may apply for a temporary exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure. For more details, voters may contact their county voter registrar.

The use cell phones is not allowed within 100 feet of voting stations. If you have decided to vote for specific candidates, please make sure you are prepared to enter these choices without the help of your phone. Voters are allowed to bring written materials into voting stations to assist them in the casting of their ballot. However, please remember that the prohibition on electioneering within 100 feet of the polling location does apply to written materials. Election judges and early voting clerks may use their discretion in determining if a voter is electioneering for or against any candidate, measure, or political party through the use of written materials.

For more information on election laws, click here.
For more general information on voting in Texas, visit www.votetexas.gov.
Voters with additional questions about how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections can also call 1(800)252-VOTE (1-800-252-8683).

Sources
Required Identification for Voting in Person
https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html
Texas Secretary of State Election Advisory No. 2018-33
https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/advisory2018-33.shtml
Texas DPS Election ID
https://www.dps.texas.gov/driverlicense/electionid.htm

November 5 Election Overview: Voters across Texas will be deciding on amendments to the state constitution. Voters across Tarrant County will be deciding on a bond for the Tarrant County Community College District. Voters in various parts of Tarrant County will also be casting votes that will determine: propositions for six independent school districts; new mayors, council members, and board members; and multiple propositions for certain cities and districts. 

To see a sample ballot specific to you: go to the Tarrant County Voter Lookup > either fill out your name and date of birth or your state voter ID > click one of the options from the “Select Sample Ballot” drop-down menu > and click “Download”. 

For a non-partisan voter guide: check out the League of Women Voters.

Proposed Amendments on the Ballot (for the Texas Constitution):
Click the links below for more information on each proposition.
Proposition 1: Allows persons to serve as more than one appointed or elected municipal judge.
Proposition 2: Allows the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in bonds.
Proposition 3: Authorizes temporary property tax exemption for disaster areas.
Proposition 4: Prohibits the state from levying an income tax on individuals. 
Proposition 5: Dedicates revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, wildlife, and historical agencies. 
Proposition 6: Authorizes the legislature to increase bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute. 
Proposition 7: Increases distributions to the state school fund. 
Proposition 8: Creates a Flood Infrastructure Fund.
Proposition 9: Authorizes property tax exemption for precious metals held in depositories. 
Proposition 10: Allows for transfer of law enforcement animals to handlers or others if in animal’s best interest. 

Independent School Districts on the Ballot:
Aledo, Arlington, Azle, Everman, Fort Worth, Keller

Cities on the Ballot:
Benbrook, Everman, Keller, North Richland Hills, Watauga, White Settlement, Flower Mound

Other Districts on the Ballot:
Benbrook Water District, Karis Municipal Management District, Tarrant County College District 

Sources
Tarrant County Voter Lookup
https://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/TCVL/
Tarrant County Elections November 2019 Cumulative Report
https://www.tarrantcounty.com/content/dam/main/elections/2019/1119/cumulative.pdf
League of Women Voters Texas Election Information
https://my.lwv.org/texas/election-information
Ballotpedia Texas 2019 Ballot Measures
https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_2019_ballot_measures

To see more information about election results in Tarrant County, click here. On this page, you will find:
Live Voting Statistics for Tarrant County
Precinct-by-Precinct Reports
Graphs for Election Night Results
A Cumulative Report

Sources
Tarrant County Elections
https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html

Tuesday November 5, 2019 (General)
Deadline to register to vote in this election: Monday October 7, 2019

Tuesday March 3, 2020 (Primary)
Deadline to register to vote in this election: Monday February 3, 2020

Saturday May 2, 2020 (General Local)
Deadline to register to vote in this election: Thursday April 2, 2020

Tuesday May 26, 2020 (Primary Runoff)
Deadline to register to vote in this election: Monday April 27, 2020

Tuesday November 3, 2020 (General)
Deadline to register to vote in this election: Sunday October 4, 2020

Please note that the dates above (especially registration deadlines) are specific to the state of Texas. To find dates for another state, go to the main page of Vote 411 > enter your address in the “Personalized Voting Information” box > click “Submit” > and click “View more upcoming election dates”. 

Sources
Vote 411
https://www.vote411.org/texas

What TCDP Volunteers Have to Say

“I work at TCC NW and our buildings are literally falling down. We had to purchase scaffolding to place around some buildings, make safe walkways with plywood roofs and fence off portions of outdoor space. We also have asbestos in the original buildings. I recommend a vote of YES.” – Diane, TCDP Volunteer

More information on the TCC Bond Election can be found here:
https://www.tccd.edu/community/2019-bond-election/
https://www.tccd.edu/documents/community/2019-bond-election/2019-tcc-bond-info-flyer.pdf

“In addition to the State Constitutional Amendments there are 8 cities, 7 ISDs and two other management districts. I recommend using TarrantVotes listing and descriptions here: http://www.tarrantvotes.com” – Joel, TCDP Volunteer

 

“Keller ISD will have a large (contested) bond on the Nov 5 ballot” Links submitted by TCDP Volunteer:

https://www.kellerisd.net/bond
https://www.kellerisd.net/cms/lib/TX02215599/Centricity/Domain/105/CBAC/2019/CBAC_19_06June13_Slideshow.pdf

Information from the City of Keller newsletter sent in by Diane, a TCDP volunteer:

Keller voters will decide on sales tax, liquor stores in November

Keller voters will soon decide whether to allow liquor stores within city limits as well as whether to reauthorize the city’s street maintenance sales tax. Both items will appear on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot.

A special local option election for the purpose of considering “the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mixed beverages” within Keller was added to the ballot after a privately sponsored petition collected nearly 7,850 signatures accepted by the Tarrant County Elections Division this spring.

If approved, standards for liquor stores would be added to the city’s Unified Development Code and their construction and operation could be approved through the city’s specific use permitting process. Additionally, this ballot measure would allow alcohol to be served on property along the western edge of town that was annexed after Keller’s most recent alcohol election in 1993. The City of Keller’s Specific Use Permitting process requires public hearings and votes by the Planning & Zoning Commission as well as the City Council.

November’s sales and use tax election will ask Keller voters whether to continue the city’s 1/4-cent sales tax dedicated to street maintenance. First approved as an 1/8-cent dedication in 2003 and raised by voters to a 1/4-cent dedication in 2007, this item is required by state law to go back to voters every four years.

Since the dedication was last reauthorized in November 2015, it has provided about $5.98 million earmarked for street improvements. That funding has contributed to work on more than 7.7 miles of repaving and/or reconstruction across 39 streets, including work on Rufe Snow, Pearson, Rapp, Willis, Ottinger, Shady Grove and Keller-Smithfield.

Want to contribute your personal recommendations and information? Send an email to website@tarrantdemocrats.org

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