Friday, May 30, 2008
|First day to apply for ballot by mail |
Last day to register to vote (for this election)
First day of early voting
Last day to apply for ballot by mail
Last day of early voting
|September 5, 2008 |
October 6, 2008
October 20, 2008
October 28, 2008*
October 31, 2008
November 4, 2008
|* - Ballot by mail application must be received in the Elections Office by this date. |
Know Your Voting Rights Voter Rights Handout (PDF)
Please vote early this year - you'll be glad you did. Early voting starts on Monday October 20th at 7AM and continues until Friday 7PM on October 31st at several convenient locations around Collin County on October 20th 2008.
Please remember to take your Voter's Registration Card with you to the early voting polling place when you vote.
Please DO NOT cut the bar code off of the orange card - election clerks can use the bar code to electronically verify your voter registration status, which makes the voting lines move much faster for everyone!!!
Did you receive your Orange Voter's Registration Card? If you did not receive an orange registration card during 2008 and you have moved or you have not voted in an election in Collin County during the past two years, your voting registration record may have been "suspended." Check your registration status here.
You are eligible to vote with a mail-in ballot if you meet certain conditions that are set by the Secretary of State. In general, you may be eligible if you are disabled, over 65, or if you will be out of Collin County on Election Day and during Early Voting. For specific information and to determine your eligibility, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site or click here to visit the Collin County website. To get an application for a mail-in ballot, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site, where you can download an application or request that one be mailed to you. See important dates above regarding when your application must be made and your ballot must be received. The authority responsible for mail-in ballot voting in Collin County:
Collin County Elections Department
2010 Redbud Blvd. map
McKinney, TX 75069
|972-424-1460 ext. 1990 (Metro)|
|800-687-8546 (Toll Free)|
Have you registered to vote yet? The October 6th deadline to register to vote in the fall election is fast approaching! In general, you are eligible to vote in Collin County if you are a United States Citizen, a resident of the county, 18 years old, not a convicted felon and not declared mentally incapacitated. For specific information and to determine your eligibility, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site and read the pamphlet on Texas Voting. Check whether you are already registered to vote here and if you are not yet registered to vote, get your Voter's Registration application here.
Note: Your Precinct Number, U.S. Congressional District Number, Texas Legislative District Number and other important information can be found on your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card. Did you receive your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card? Are you registered to vote? Check your registration card information and voting status here.
Election Day Voting starts at 7AM on November 4th 2008 at 126 election day polling places around Collin County. The polling places will close at 7PM on November 4th.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Poll Greeters are outside the 100-foot marker and their activities are not very restricted. They can electioneer, help voters with ballots, wave candidate signs, and help support Democrats in the voting process as long as they stay outside the 100 ft marker of the polling place.
Contact your Political Party’s and or Candidates’ campaign office(s) and ask for the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) or Poll Greeter Coordinator to inquire about a poll greeter assignment.
What to Wear:
- Comfortable layers of clothing as the temperature will change throughout the day.
- Comfortable shoes, because you may be standing for long periods of time.
- Sunscreen, as there is little shade at polling places.
- Bottles of Water and snacks/energy bars
- Extra sunscreen, sunglasses, an umbrella (for shade and rain)
- A book, radio or MP3 player for when there is no voter traffic
- A cell phone (or locate a nearby payphone)
- A folding chair
- Handbook for Election Judges and Clerks
- Election Day phone numbers and web address
- Folding table for Candidate and Party literature
- Candidate and Party literature and signs
People happy to see you there; those who are hostile to you being there; and many people indifferent to you being there
- An election official, a hostile voter or someone from another party may question your presence. While this is rare, be prepared for anything. In addition, ALL greeters, signs and literature must be a specified distance from the entrance to the polling place.
- Voter traffic will fluctuate dramatically. Many tend to vote before or after work. Some arrive during their lunch break or after-school. Typically, there is a lower turnout during non-presidential election years.
- A long but satisfying day. You may leave with more energy than when you started because you made a huge difference.
- To project a positive, enthusiastic attitude;
- To give palm cards or other handouts; and
- To thank arriving people for voting, encourage them to vote for your party or particular candidates and ask if they have any last minute questions.
- Thank departing people for voting too.
- Say “Thank you for voting today, and please vote for these great candidates.”
- If you are alone, do not encage in lengthy discussions of the issues/candidates with people that want to talk. Direct them to the Hospitality Table that you set up that has candidate and or party literature.
- Position yourself next to the main pathway into the polling place, but do not block it. Always make sure you are outside the restricted area.
- Keep smiling, even in the face of hostile people. Remember that you are making a positive difference and there are lot more people grateful that you are there. Your calm and polite response to a hostile voter creates a positive impression of both you and the party.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Please vote early this year - you'll be glad you did. Please remember to take your Voter's Registration Card with you to the early voting polling place when you vote and PLEASE DO NOT cut the bar code off of the orange card - election clerks can use the bar code to electronically verify your voter registration status, which makes the voting lines move much faster for everyone!!!
Did you receive your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card? If you did not receive an orange registration card during 2008, your voting registration record may have been "suspended" or "canceled." Check your registration status here. If you are not yet registered to vote, get your Voter's Registration application here.
Note: Your Precinct Number, U.S. Congressional District Number, County Commissioner Precinct Number and other important information can be found on your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card.
Full Election Information and Links
Touchscreen Voting: A How to Guide for Collin Co. Early Voters
Check Election Day Polling Places
Democratic Candidates Whose Name Will Appear On Collin County Election Ballots.
|09/05/08 - First day to apply for ballot by mail |
10/06/08 - Last day to register (for this election)
10/20/08 - First day of early voting
10/28/08 - Last day to apply for ballot by mail**
10/31/08 - Last day of early voting
11/04/08 - General Election Day
|** Ballot by mail application must be received in the Elections Office by this date.|
Full Election Information and Links