What's New at the Elections Division?
Where Do I Vote in the Local Elections?
There are ten separate and distinct local elections being held in Galveston County this spring. Not everybody lives within a jurisdiction that is holding an election -- the City of Galveston is just one example where an election is not being held. In some parts of the county voters will have the opportunity to vote in as many as three different elections -- the people living within the City of Bayou Vista would be just one example.
In an effort to assist voters in finding their appropriate polling place(s) we have posted a list of the various elections, the locations where these elections will be held and the days and hours the polls will be open. If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to give us a call (409) 770-5108.
This week the County Clerk's Office published its first newsletter called "For The Record." A copy is available on-line for your reading enjoyment and to let you catch you up with some of the things happening in the office.
New Procedures Being Tested
Running the "Zero Tape" verifies that no votes have been cast on the election equipment prior to the Judge's Booth Controller (JBC) being used on Election Day. In a normal "precinct-specific" election this takes only a few minutes because only one or two precincts are being run. However, in a countywide vote center election every race for every precinct/ballot style throughout the county must be run at each polling location.
In the November 2012 election that meant that every race needed to be run for 153 precincts/ballot styles. That equaled about 12,000 zeros being run at each polling location. With this many contests and precincts/ballot styles, each "Zero Tape" took between 1-2 hours to run. Because it took so long to complete this process many of our polling locations opened late in the November 2012 election.
If we had seen this coming, we would have taken steps to avoid this problem. Now that we are aware of the issue, we have instituted new procedures to make sure there is not a reoccurance. Our Mock Election is an opportunity to test these new procedures.
|The Elections Division is preparing for a Mock Election on February 21st to test new Vote Center procedures, to provide an additional training opportunity for some it is election workers, and to give its new Quick Response Team a chance to deal with preplanned equipment failures in real time. [See more photos from the training on Facebook]|
Shon Fragoso conducts training for the Galveston County Elections Quick Response Team members as we prepare for the February 21st Mock Election and the May entity election cycle.
Find Your Sample Ballot made easy!
UPDATE: Based upon the feedback provided by the Galveston County voters on the "beta test" the Elections Division is asking the County Commissioners to approve the purchase of this software for use in future elections.
|Report by the Galveston County Daily News on our preparations for Election Day|
|The County Clerk's Office does a full court press on getting out the ballots by mail. The County Clerk (Dwight Sullivan [right]) and others from his staff (left) all pitched in. "Without the dedication of everyone in the Clerk's Office," Chief Deputy Clerk for Elections Bill Sargent said, "the job would never have gotten done. I am humbled by the support and willingness of my colleagues to turn to get the job done! We are all in their debt."|
|Ballots by Mail:
The number of requests for Ballots by Mail is similar
to what we experienced in the 2010 election cycle. The image (left) shows Mae Ross in our office as she assists in preparing some of the 6,000 plus ballots by mail that were sent out so far in this election. [October 2012]
|Guess what? |
County Clerk Dwight Sullivan suggested that we help out
our election workers by not requiring them to pick up the eSlate voting machines and, instead, have us deliver this equipment to the polling locations directly. In the image (above) Election Judge Tom Perry picks up the other supplies and equipment he will need to conduct Early Voting. [October 2012]
Ballots By Mail Update
As of October 18 we have processed over 6,350 requests for a ballot by mail and over 3,450 actual ballots have been received. This means 54.2% of the ballots sent have been received at this point. We expect this percentage to rise as we get closer to election day. October 30th is the last day for us to RECEIVE a ballot by mail application, however, time is of the essence. If you qualify for and want to vote by mail please do not put it off, do it today! You can download an application on this Website. [October 2012]
Galveston Election Results Done in Record Time!
County Clerk Dwight Sullivan noted the efficiency and planning that went into the election night operation. "My staff did an outstanding job from the planning to the support for this election and even the attention to detail that allowed us to complete the reporting of election results by 9:30 p.m." [July 2012]
Elections Division Keeps Busy!
On Election Day the County Clerk's Election Division was fielding between 35-40 calls an hour. The inquiries came from election Judges, workers, and the general public. Many of the calls from voters were individuals wanting to know their precinct number and voting location. The election workers were verifying voter registrations, precinct and state house district information, and seeking guidance on election law issues and procedures. From the feedback we are getting, responses have been prompt and appreciated.
|Signature Verification Committee meets to process almost two thousand ballots by mail.
Learn more about the process!
|Elections Division staff resets the electronic poll books in preparation for Election Day.|
Early Voting Turnout is High in the Primary Runoff Election
Over 12,500 voters cast their ballots during early voting in the Primary Runoff. The table below shows the number of voters who turned out this past week and where they voted.
|Updated:October 19, 2012|