The Brazos County Voter Registration Department is mailing letters of inquiry and address confirmation forms to over 10,000 registered voters this week. The requests for updated information are going to any registered voter whose new voter certificate was returned to the Voter Registrar after the mass mailing of certificates in April. The mass mailing of voter certificates was delayed this year due to the dispute over finalizing the State’s redistricting plans. The confirmation process was also delayed by the primary election schedule so no one’s voter eligibility would be questioned during the election cycle.
New voter certificates are mailed to registered voters every two years in Texas. If the recipient has moved, the certificates are returned to the Voter Registrar and the confirmation process begins. The process provides a postage free way for the registered voter to provide their updated information so the voter rolls can be updated and a new corrected certificate provided to the voter before the next election cycle. Failure to respond can result in the voter being placed on the “suspense” list of voters. If that happens, the voter will have to complete a statement of residence before being allowed to vote the next time they go to the polls.
In some cases, the certificate may have been returned to the voter registration department in error. If that is the case, the registered voter is urged to go ahead and fill out the address confirmation card and drop it in the mail so the Voter Registrar can remove any suspense notations from their record. If the voter registration department does not receive a response, and the individual does not vote over two federal election cycles, they will be removed, or “purged” from the voter rolls.
The confirmation process not only helps the voter registration department to update the records and make sure Brazos County voters are assigned to the correct precincts, but it also provides a process wherein individuals who have moved out of the county and are no longer eligible to vote here can eventually be removed from the rolls. Anyone receiving a letter of confirmation that has a question or concern is urged to contact the Brazos County Voter Registration Department at 979-361-4470.