Vote in Collin County

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Vote in Collin County 2018-06-05T12:39:49+00:00

Get the information you need to vote in Collin County before the next election!

Are you looking for information on how to vote in Collin County? Look no further! We have your definitive guide to registering to vote in Collin County, locations to vote in Collin County, and what you will need to vote in Collin County.

Registration Information

This is an excellent question for those new to Texas, or Collin County. Our state, and our county in particular, have been subject to an enormous amount of growth in the past few years. Much of that growth can be directly attributed to the conservative leadership, and stewardship of the Republican Party who has won every statewide office for more than twenty years!

I’m new to Texas, where do I register to vote?

Congratulations, we are so lucky to have you come to our great state! After you have moved into your new place, you’ll need to head to your local Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain your Texas Driver’s License. You’ll see why that is important shortly. While there you can pick up a Voter Registration form and fill it out with the rest of the paper work.

You can also visit the Collin County Elections Administrator Office or the Collin County Republican Party Headquarters to pick up an application.

Bruce Sherbet

2010 Redbud Blvd., Suite 102
McKinney 75069
Phone: (972) 547-1990
Fax: (972) 547-1914

Another easy method is to fill out the online application available on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

Please note: “You are not registered until you have filled out the online application, printed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar” – SOS Website

If you need assistance in obtaining an application, please see the Secretary’s website for more options.

I just moved to Collin County from another part of Texas and was already registered. How do I update my registration?

Welcome to the reddest county in Texas! We are glad to have you. You will need to follow the methods listed above by either visiting the Collin County Elections Administrator office, or filling out the online application. You will receive your updated form within 30 days.

Please note: “If you are late to register in your new county, you may be able to vote a “limited” ballot on candidates or issues common between your old and new counties.” See VoteTexas.gov for other restrictions.

Do I need to re-register to vote if I move within Collin County?

Not at all! You can flip over your existing card, and write your new address on the back and mail it to the Collin County Elections Administrator (address above). You can also see the top section of this page on VoteTexas.gov for other options.

Can I still vote in Collin County if I moved to another county but didn’t update my voter registration in time for the election?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to vote in Collin County in the election you appeared to vote in. You will be instructed to attend your designated polling location in the county you now live in to vote provisionally. The best way to avoid this scenario is to update your voter registration immediately when you move into a new county. If you are unsure if you are registered in your county, or registered at all, make sure you complete this process 30 days before any election you plan to vote in.

How do I find where I’m registered to vote in Texas?

That is very easy. Follow this link to the Secretary of State’s website and provide the necessary information or check the Collin County Government website.

Check your Collin County Voter Registration

Items Needed to Vote

In order to maintain election integrity, the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring a form of ID in order to vote in Texas elections. Many forms of ID are accepted when going to vote. You may obtain a free Texas Election Identification Certificate if you are unable to afford another form of ID.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

Below is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter cannot obtain, and has a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining one of the forms of acceptable photo ID:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

After presenting a supporting form of ID, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

If you are unsure about if your ID is a valid form, see the VoteTexas.gov website for more details and instructions.

Election Information

Early Voting Information

Voting early in the election can save you a lot of time and hassle. Collin County uses Vote Centers which means that if you are a citizen of Collin County you can go vote at any location and they’ll find the right ballot for you. Find early voting times, dates, and locations on our website.

Early Voting Information

Election Day Information

Collin County is one of the few counties in Texas to employ the Voter Center option. That means that if you live in Collin County, you can vote at ANY location on Election Day. That means you can avoid long lines and quickly fulfill your civic duty. Find the next Election Day information on our website.

Election Day Information

How to Vote Absentee or By-Mail Ballot

All currently registered voters of Collin County are eligible to request and receive a by-mail ballot if any of the following conditions prevents them from either 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 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

The request must state the address at which you are registered to vote, one of the above conditions for requesting a ballot, the address to which you want the ballot mailed, and your signature. If the ballot is not to be mailed outside the County and not to the address at which you are registered, you must give an explanation as to the address such as nursing home, hospital, etc. Applications must be received by this office no later than close of business on the 11th day before election day. All voted ballots that are returned on or before 7PM on Election Day will be counted. Those received by 5PM the next business day after Election Day may be counted if they are postmarked by 7PM Election Day.

To request an absentee ballot, download and print the Absentee Ballot Application and complete the application. The Application for Ballot By Mail can be faxed to 972-547-1996, emailed to absenteemailballoting@collincountytx.gov  or you can mail the completed application to:

Collin County Early Voting Clerk
2010 Redbud Blvd., Suite 102
McKinney, TX 75069

Overseas citizens and members of the U.S. military are eligible to use a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request a by-mail ballot. FPCA Applications are available from U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and from the voting rights officer at each military installation. For more information go to www.FVAP.gov. For marked ballot deadlines, please go to www.votetexas.gov/military-overseas-voters/index.html.

Special conditions are available for persons who become hospitalized or suffer a death in the family after the close of the regular application deadline.

SB 5 Texas Legislative Session 85(1): Amends Section 84.007, Election Code, adding Subsection (b-1) as follows:  Requires that for an application for ballot by mail submitted by telephonic facsimile machine or electronic transmission to be effective, the hard copy of the application also be submitted by mail and be received by the early voting clerk not later than the fourth business day after the transmission by telephonic facsimile machine or electronic transmission is received.

Additionally, Federal Post Card Applications for our Military or Overseas Voters if submitted by facsimile must be followed up with a hardcopy mailed FPCA that must be received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after the fax.  Emailed FPCAs are not affected by this change.

Collin County Voter Registration Card Information

Collin County Elections Info Voter Registration Card

Take a look at our sample voter registration card. These cards are issued by the Collin County Voter Registrar every two years, and they will have a different color background than the picture shown. Your voter registration card will expire every two years, that is why you are mailed a new one. If you fail to receive one of these cards, check with Collin County Elections to make sure your registration and address information are up to date.

VUID

This is your unique 10 digit voter ID number.

PREC. NO.

Collin County is, like every other county in Texas, organized by precincts. This is your precinct number. You have a Republican Party Precinct Chair, who can be found on our website. If there is not a precinct chair in your precinct and you would like to find out how to become one, please go fill out our Volunteer form and we will be in touch with you.

VALID FROM – THRU

This is the date that you are registered to vote. Make sure this date is valid before any election. You will not be allowed to cast a normal ballot in an election if your valid date is after the election date. You will be allowed to vote provisionally. The best way to avoid this issue, is to make sure you are registered to vote 30 days before any election you wish to vote in.

CONGRESS

This is your Representative to the United States Congress. Find out who represents you in Congress.

STATE SENATE

This is your representative to the Texas Senate. Find out who represents you in the Texas Senate.

STATE REP.

This is your representative to the Texas House of Representatives. Find out who represents you in the Texas House of Representatives.

COM

This is your commissioner to the Collin County Commissioner’s Court. Find out who represents you on the Commissioner’s Court.

J.P.

This is your local Justice of the Peace. Find out who is your local Justice of the Peace.

CITY/CITY DIST.

This is your city, and city council district. Check your city’s website for more information on your district.

ISD/ISD DIST.

This is the information for your Independent School District you live within. You might live in a different district than your city name. Please check your district’s website for more information.

SBOE

This is your State Board of Education district. Find out who represents you on the SBOE.

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