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Voters to receive new cards by end of month

By Melissa Crowe
March 14, 2012 at 6 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2012 at 10:14 p.m.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Victoria County by contacting for a voter registration application or come by the office, 111 N. Glass St., to complete the form.If you changed addresses within the county since 2010, you might not receive a new voter registration card. Contact the Elections Office, 361-576-0124, to update residency information.If you believe you should have received a card and you do not have it by March 31, contact the Victoria County Elections Office.

What race and when

May 12: City council, Victoria Independent School District, Victoria County Junior College District, Drainage District Nos. 2 and 3, Bloomington Water Control and Improvement District, Placedo Water Control and Improvement District and Quail Creek Municipal Utility DistrictMay 29 Democratic and Republican parties Primary: Sheriff, tax assessor/collector, commissioner precincts 1 and 3, constable precincts 1 - 4, county court-at-law No. 1, and state district judges for districts 24 and 135, U.S. president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, railroad commissioner, railroad commissioner (unexpired), supreme court justice, court of criminal appeals presiding judge, state board of education member, state senator, state representative.

Election Calendar

April 12: Last day to register for the local electionApril 30: Last day to register for the primary electionMay 12: Victoria County local election dayMay 14 - 25: Early voting for the primary electionsMay 29: Primary Election DayJuly 7 - 9: Republican State Convention in Fort WorthJuly 8 - 9: Democratic State Convention in HoustonJuly 23 - 27: Early Voting for primary run-offJuly 31: Run-off Election DayOct. 9: Last day to register to vote in the general electionOct. 22 - Nov. 2: Early Voting for the general electionNov. 6: General Election Day

New voter registration cards, which were held up while a federal court approved Texas' redistricting maps, are finally on their way out.

Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews said he expects the county's more than 45,000 registered voters to receive their cards by the end of the month. Since printing started Monday, already 27,000 have been made, he said.

"We've been waiting for it for a while," Matthews said.

He said the county was "lucky" compared to others still caught up in redistricting.

"Our changes were minimal as far as that," he said. "Larger counties are having to go street-by-street to make sure their election precincts match exactly."

Once voters receive their new cards, they may keep or discard their expired registration card, Matthews said.

Because the cards are government-issued, they count as an alternate form of identification when voting, Matthews said.

The Obama Administration blocked a proposed bill that would require Texas voters to present a state-issued ID before casting their ballots.

Matthews said the state still requires proof of identification, but the rules are broad. For example, a voter registration card counts as ID, he said.

Matthews said he was not anticipating a rush of new voters, either first-time voters or new county voters.

"For the most part, if they've moved to the area and they're interested in voting, they've already registered," he said. "If they are 18, and their parents are regular voters, they've already registered."

He said he sees the delay in registration cards sent out most affecting candidates who are making sure they get the votes they want.



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