The integrity of our election process is a major concern across the country. With the current push towards increasing mail ballot accessibility due to the pandemic, the concerns have increased. One of the many ways Collin County ensures that elections are conducted fairly and securely is through the Ballot Board, which most Collin County voters have never heard of.
The Ballot Board is authorized in each Texas County via the Texas Election Code. It consists of citizens from both major political parties, and is charged with auditing the election process. The Presiding Judge of the Ballot Board is nominated by the political party with the most votes in each county and is approved by the Commissioners Court; the Alternate Judge is a member of the other major political party. The remaining members are chosen by the two Judges and their party officials as needed. In a small election the Ballot Board might consist of 6-8 members; in a Presidential Election 30-40 persons could make up the Ballot Board. In Collin County, the Presiding Judge since 2002 has been Neal J. Katz, who also serves as Executive Director of the Collin County Republican Party.
As a final note, all material involved in an election, including mail ballots, empty ballot envelopes, mail ballot return envelopes, electronic media, forms, etc. are sealed up and retained for 22 months.
For more information on the Ballot Board, or to volunteer to be on the Board in future elections, contact us.