In anticipation of the 2020 elections, please see the below advisory information from the Office of Secretary of State:
2019-16 - March 3, 2020 Primary Election Law Calendar
VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Did you know that Texas was the first State to vote from space?
Now that I have your attention, the Tax Assessor/Collector serves as Voter Registrar for the County, performing voter registration activities on behalf of the Texas Secretary of State. GCTO’s Voter Registration Department is located on the first floor of the Galveston offices at the back of the Galveston Branch. Applications are available at each office, here (in both English and Spanish)VR APPLICATION.pdf and VR Application Spanish.pdf as well as online at the Secretary of State website (https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/forms/vrformsindex.shtml).
In addition to providing voter registration services, we support all elections held in Galveston County through the provision of poll books (when requested) and telephone support for voters and election workers. In addition, Volunteer Deputy Registrar training (provided the 3rd Friday of every month at 2:00 pm in the Commissioner Courtroom, 722 Moody/21st Street in Galveston) and programs on voter registration, voter participation, and citizenship are available upon request.
Who is Eligible to Vote in Texas
If you are eligible to register to vote in Texas, you must complete an application and mail or turn it in to the proper authorities (a county registered volunteer deputy registrar or any employee of the Galveston County Tax Office). The application must be completely filled out. FAILURE TO FULLY COMPLETE THE APPLICATION may result in delays that could impact your right to vote!
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. A United States citizen
2. A resident of the County where you submit the application
3. At least 18 years old on Election day
4. Not be a convicted felon (completed sentence, probation and parole) and you have not been declared by a court with probate jurisdiction to be totally or partially mentally incapacitated
* You may be eligible if you have completed your sentence, probation and parole
If You Move—Update your Information With Us!
A change of address form filed with the USPS does NOT update your voter records when you move. You will continue to be registered to vote in the last county where you were registered. If you moved from one county to another, notify us in writing by completing a new application or at the DPS office when changing your license. Some changes may be made to your voter certificate by noting changes on the back of the certificate and returning it to us. If you move within the county, you may update your information at the SOS website.
Your voter certificate will be mailed within 30 days from the date the application or change is received, unless an election is underway. All applications received by an election deadline are processed and others held until all election activities have ceased. This could cause a delay in receipt of your voter certificate.
Call the Voter Registration Department at 1-409-766-2280 or toll free at 1-888-976-2280. You may find additional information online at the Secretary of State website (www.sos.state.tx.us), via email at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).
Included both above and below, you will find an application that you pay print, complete and mail. Please print both pages, complete it, fold and mail (postage is paid) in accordance with the instructions.
Registering to vote is the first step. Voting in each and every election is the next and most important step of all! Voice your opinion at the polls - vote!
Voter Registration Applications
VR Application Spanish.pdf
Request for Confidentiality of Voter Records
2019 Confidentiality Request for VR Purposes.pdf
Volunteer Deputy Registrars
Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) are partners with County Voter Registrars, assisting citizens in registering to vote and educating them on the importance of voting. A high level of ethical conduct is required to be a VDR as you are responsible for protecting applicants' right to vote.
The Election Code requires VDRs to be at least 18 years of age, to not have been finally convicted of a felony or, if so, must have fully discharged the sentence, not have been finally convicted of an offense under Section 32.51 of the Penal Code (identity theft) and meet the requirements to be a qualified voter under Section 11.002 (although not required to be a registered voter). VDR terms begin after training and end December 31st of even numbered years.
You are required by Texas law to complete in person training (in Galveston or another County). This training is held the third Friday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Commissioners Courtroom, Galveston County Courthouse, 722 Moody in Galveston. Print and complete the application (VOT 26-VDR Application Fillable Form for 2021 - 2022.pdf or VDR Application Spanish.pdf ) and submit it to the Voter Registration Department via fax, email or deliver to any GCTO Office.
Renewing VDRs are now permitted to “re-up” via online application. Those wishing to renew online
Upon completion of training, you will receive a VDR handbook, Certificate of Appointment, VDR name button, identification card, voter applications, registration supplies and the authority to distribute and receive voter applications within Galveston County. Please refer to the VDR Handbook for additional information.
All materials are available in Spanish (see below). Training in Spanish can be accomplished upon request. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include Request for VDR Training in Spanish in the subject line.
PLEASE NOTE: The Texas Election Code provides that unintentional failure to deliver a completed application is a Class C misdemeanor. Intentional failure to deliver a completed application is a Class A misdemeanor. Acting as a Volunteer Deputy Registrar without an official appointment is a Class C misdemeanor.
Volunteer Deputy Registrar Handbooks:
VDR Application, Handbook and Training.Spanish Version.pdf
Cheryl E. Johnson, PCC
Galveston County Tax Assessor Collector