Section 18000, Voter Registration

Revision 19-4; Effective September 9, 2019

 

A local intellectual and developmental disability authority (LIDDA) must offer everyone who is 18 years of age or older the opportunity to register to vote:

A LIDDA must provide the same degree of assistance, including bilingual assistance, to help a person complete the voter registration forms, as is provided with the completion of any Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) or LIDDA form.

LIDDA staff may not determine a person’s eligibility for voter registration other than a determination of whether the person is of voting age, which is 18 years of age, or is a U.S. citizen. A person’s age or citizenship may be verified by a LIDDA if the age or citizenship can be readily determined from information filed with HHSC or the LIDDA for purposes other than voter registration. A person must be offered voter registration assistance even if the person’s age or citizenship cannot be determined.

A LIDDA must not:

If the person has any questions regarding the voter registration process that the LIDDA cannot answer, the LIDDA must:

A LIDDA must follow the guidelines for voters with special needs, which may be accessed at VoteTexas.gov.

 

18100 Registering to Vote

Revision 19-4; Effective September 9, 2019

 

If a person expresses a desire to register to vote, a local intellectual and developmental disability authority (LIDDA) provides the person with:

If the person wants to complete the voter registration form at the time the offer to register is made, the LIDDA must review the form for completeness in the presence of the person. If the form does not contain all the required information, including the required signature, the LIDDA staff returns it to the person for completion.

The person may choose to be responsible for mailing the form or may request the LIDDA to mail the form. If the person requests the LIDDA to mail the from, the LIDDA must mail the form within five days following completion of the form.

 

18200 Declining to Register

Revision 19-4; Effective September 9, 2019

 

If the person declines to complete a voter registration form, the local intellectual and developmental disability authority (LIDDA) will request that the person complete and sign Form 1019, Opportunity to Register to Vote/Declination. If the person refuses to sign Form 1019, the LIDDA must document the refusal on the form.

A LIDDA must maintain the completed form for 22 months and in a confidential location that is not a part of the person’s medical or clinical record.

 

18300 Ordering Voter Registration Forms

Revision 19-4; Effective September 9, 2019

LIDDA designated staff can order voter registration cards in English and Spanish through the HHS Pinnacle Cart.