In order to encourage voter registration, Texas election law provides for County Vote Registrars to designate individuals to assist in the registration of eligible persons to vote. These individuals are appointed as Volunteer Deputy Registrars and operate under State rules and the supervision of the County Voter Registrar.
To be eligible to serve as a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, you MUST be:
- at least 18 years of age
- a citizen of the United States
- a resident of Texas
In addition to the rules above, a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar MUST NOT have been:
- determined by final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
- finally convicted of a felony or, if a felon, fully discharged of sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, completed period of probation, or have been pardoned (Texas Election Code, §13.031(d)).
- A person is not considered to have been fully convicted of an offense if the person’s adjudication of guilt was deferred (H.B. 1226, 82nd Leg.).
- finally convicted of an identity theft offense (Texas Penal Code, § 32.51).
- finally convicted of a Class A misdemeanor relating to performance-based compensation for voter registration (Texas Election Code, §13.008).
Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar appointments made during 2013-2014 expire at the end of 2014. By law, all volunteer registrar appointments expire on Dec. 31 of even-numbered years.
Training is mandatory for anyone who is interested in becoming a new or renewal Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar. That means applicants MUST attend training before they can be appointed as a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar.