Voting

The Next Election: General election November 3, 2020. Early voting begins October 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. at seven (7) early voting locations.

Check your voter registration status or get a new voter registration application mailed to you from RegisterTexas.com. (Texas does not permit online voter registration without an original physical signature on an application.) The TDP will send you a filled out application with a postage-paid envelope pre-addressed to the voter’s county voter registrar. All you have to do is sign the pre-filled application and then put it in the mail.

Check your voter registration status with the Texas Secretary of State here: http://bit.ly/2xzxnBs

Who Can Vote?
You must be registered no later than 30 days prior to an election to be permitted to vote.
To be eligible to vote, you must be a United States citizen residing in Texas and are (or will be): 
· Legally registered to vote in Texas 
· At least 18 years old on Election Day
· Not a convicted felon (NOTE: Voting rights are restored when felony sentence, probation and parole are completed.)
· Not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

For information on registering to vote in Smith County, click here and select the “Voter Registration” tab.
—> Rules for Student Voting Absentee – Click Here.
​​Required Identification for Voting in Person

Where Can I Register to Vote?
· Smith County Voter Registration Desk 
302 E. Ferguson, Tyler, TX 75702
903-590-4777 – Karen Nelson, Elections Administrator

· Smith County Democratic Party 
Several Deputy Voter Registrars are available to help you register. 
Call 903-593-7061 or send an e-mail request for assistance

· Not sure if you are already registered to vote?  Click here to go to the Texas Secretary of State Voter Registration Website for a handy online tool to help you verify that you are registered.

When Are the Elections This Year?
​The next Election Day will be: 
November 3, 2020 – General Election
November 3, 2020 – Municipal Election.
To see a sample ballot for this election, click here and click on the “Sample Ballots” tab on the web page.
Where Do I Vote?
Starting with the March 1, 2016 primary elections, Smith County residents can vote at ANY official polling place in the county.  (In the past, each precinct had their own designated polling place.  This is no longer the case.)

Click here to see the list of Smith County poll locations and click on the “Election Day Locations”.

Elections are won or lost because of vote-by-mail. We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to vote.

Vote By Mail
If you or somebody you know needs a vote by mail application, please fill out this form to receive an Application to Vote By Mail (AVBM) from Texas Democratic Party: txdem.co/VBMapplication

· For information about Voting By Mail, Click Here

Request an Application for a Ballot By Mail from Texas Secretary of State:  https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrrequest/bbm.asp
To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
be 65 years or older;
be disabled;
be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.​
​Once the application is completed, mail it to:
Smith County Elections Administration
Attn: Joanna Stanfield 
302 E. Ferguson
Tyler, Texas 75702
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail: (Received, not Postmarked) Friday, October 23, 2020. Print an Application for Ballot By Mail.
Last day for Elections Administrator to Receive Ballot by Mail Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day.

Early Voting for this Election will be October 13-30, 2020.  Click here for times and locations for early voting and click the “Early Voting” tab on that web page.
You may contact the Democratic Party any time by telephone (903-593-7061) for help if you are not sure when or where to vote.

Request an APPLICATION FOR EMERGENCY EARLY VOTING BALLOT DUE TO SICKNESS OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY (AW5-25)

Past Election Information
Click Here for Smith County election returns
Click Here for Texas Secretary of State election information (all counties, including prior years)
Click Here for 2018 NY Times national election returns (Their county-by-county maps are great!)

Volunteer Election Workers

Poll Watcher: 
— Is inside the polls from 7 am to 7 pm by appointment of the County Chair (signed form available at Party office)
— Sits near Election Judge & Clerks, but does not “work” the forms or table
— Purpose is to insure election rules are followed and voters are able to vote
— May step outside poll briefly to alert volunteers outside if there is a problem
Poll Watcher Guide
How to Handle Situations
Incident Report Form
Election Protection Team:
— Identified with Blue Ribbon
— Is outside poll distance marker (100 feet from poll entrance) from 7 am to 7 pm (may take shifts if needed)
— Has cell phone to contact Election Protection Legal Support (in Smith County)
— Has information about Voters’ Rights for inspection and reference
— Has list of ALL polling places to assist voters as needed
Making Every Vote Count (information to assist voters)
Voter Rights Handout (PDF file)
Election Protection Powerpoint OR PDF File format
List of All Polling Locations in Smith County
Incident Report Form 
Electioneer:
— Is outside poll distance marker (100 feet from poll entrance) from 7 am to 7 pm (may take shifts if needed)
— Hands out candidate literature (available at Party office)
— Hands out Straight Ticket Voting information (available at Party office)
— Assists voters and is friendly and congenial to ALL voters

What Volunteers Do

Click Here for links to information about volunteer tasks on Election Day: Poll Watcher, Election Protection Team & Electioneer

It has often been said that all politics is local. Certainly at the local level, particularly in counties as small as Smith County, the grassroots support provided by volunteers has made a big difference in many election outcomes. Projects often completed by volunteers may include:

· Registering Voters 
· Providing Volunteers
· Educating Citizens
· Raising Funds
· Making Signs
· Canvassing Precincts
· Poll Watching
· Driving Voters to Polls
· Answering Phones
· Election-Day Work
· Mobilizing Youth
· Calling Voters
· Distributing Literature
· Posting Signs
· Preparing Mailings
· Assisting Candidates

Some volunteers can help out a few hours a month, while others are able to devote a larger portion of their time, particularly in the busiest months between the March Primary and November Statewide Election in even-numbered years. No matter what your particular schedule or ability, there is probably something you can do to help!

To Learn More … 
Click Here to see the “Grassroots Guide” of the Texas Democratic Party, which outlines the many ways volunteers participate in local politics.

Training By Video 
We now have training materials in-house which cover all aspects of political activism. Prepared by Democracy for America, they are here for you to use. Click Here to review the topics available. 
You may want to bring a few friends from your precinct to the office to watch a session or two, schedule a showing for a large group, or just cram your own head full of new ideas! We’re here to assist you.

Also, please check for additional opportunities to obtain training by experts in political activism and campaigning HERE.

Please e -mail us at party@smithdems.org if you can help.

Sometimes it is hard to imagine that one person’s efforts can make a difference at the local, state, or national political level. But it is certainly possible! Click Here to read why YOU make a difference.