Voting: it’s a good habit to get into!
Stand up…Speak up…Show Up! Your vote is your voice. Vote every election. Stop by to say “hi” to our friendly volunteers, register to vote or update your voter registration at the Comal County Democratic Party Office, M-F, 10AM – 6PM. (see below for other ways to register to vote) PLEASE NOTE: Due to the coronavirus and health concerns, our offices are temporarily closed. We are observing Virtual Office Hours, and will reassess reopening in the near future. Please contact us for more information.
it’s a good idea to check your registration status BEFORE you vote!
Vote Every Race Top to Bottom; Vote the Entire Ballot. in the past, Texas had “straight ticket” voting. As of 2020 that is no longer the case. This means, for every race to count, registered voters in Texas must choose one candidate for each race/contest. Make your vote count; vote every time for every race!
2020 primary run-off
EARLY VOTE, June 29 – July 10
All Comal County registered voters may vote in person at any of these Early Voting Polling locations beginning June 29th – July 10th. Since July 3rd & July 4th are observed Holidays, the polls will be closed.
Election Day is July 14, 2020
On Election day, all Comal County registered voters may vote in person at any of these Countywide Polling Locations conveniently located throughout Comal County.
2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARy run-off candidates
Please visit Comal County Democratic Party/Voter Resources/Candidates to learn more about our Democratic candidates and who will be on the Democratic Primary Run-Off Ballot.
The Texas Democratic Party (TDP) is fighting for all Texans’ right to vote and filed two lawsuits in April to get a judgment that all eligible voters in Texas who believe their health is in danger under the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are eligible to cast their ballot by mail if they so choose.
Here is the timeline of recent actions
- On April 15, 2020, Judge Tim Sulak heard the case in Travis County District Court (i.e., state court). Judge Sulak issued a temporary injunction on April 17, 2020, expanding who can qualify for an absentee ballot for the upcoming elections. Voters in Travis County can claim COVID-19 health concerns as a disability and may therefore send in an application to vote by mail.
- May 14, 2020, Texas state appeals court upheld the temporary order from Judge Sulak that could greatly expand the number of voters who qualify for mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic, rebuffing Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to have the ruling put on hold while he appeals it.
- May 15, 2020, The Texas Supreme Court temporarily put a hold on expansion of voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Siding with Texas AG Ken Paxton, the Supreme Court blocked the May 14th state appeals court decision that allowed voters who lack immunity to the virus to qualify for absentee ballots by citing a disability. The state’s Supreme Court has not weighed the merits of the case.
- May 19, 2020. A Federal judge says all Texas voters can apply to vote by mail during pandemic. District Judge Fred Biery granted a preliminary injunction that allows all registered voters to apply to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic after finding the state’s existing election rules violate the Equal Protection Clause. As news of the ruling broke, Gov. Greg Abbott indicated he expected the ongoing cases to wind up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
- May 20, 2020. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an administrative stay in the federal vote-by-mail lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party. This temporarily puts the expansion of vote-by-mail on hold, again, while the case proceeds. Although the court sided with AG Paxton’s interpretation of what constitutes a disability, The Court indicated that it is up to voters to assess their own health and determine if they meet the state’s definition.
- May 24, 2020, The Texas Supreme Court blocked a push to expand Vote-by-Mail to registered voters in the state, saying the lack of immunity to the coronavirus does not count as a disability for which a voter can apply for a mail-in ballot.
- June 4, 2020, The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously extended its order blocking a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed all Texas voters to qualify to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The TDP fired back at the Fifth Circuit Court saying the decision splits up the rights handed down by the Constitution along age lines.
- June 27, 2020, The U.S. Supreme Court heard the case that would have allowed all Texas voters to qualify to vote by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The justices, without comment, turned down a request from the Texas Democratic Party to reinstate a district judge’s order that would affect the upcoming primary election in July and the general election in November” and for reasons of disability, would have given all Texans the opportunity to vote-by-mail during the pandemic. Texas is the outlier in this respect as 14 other States have modified their policies to allow voting-by-mail as it’s the right thing to do during this pandemic to protect the health and safety of their voters.
What DOES THIS MEAN?
While this latest news is disappointing and at least will be the case for the Primary Run-Off; there is still the case involving the 26th Amendment. The good news is that the Texas Democratic Party (TDP) got in front of this in plenty of time. TDP attorneys had previously indicated that if the SCOTUS refused to lift the stay imposed by the 5th Circuit Court, the TDP would then petition the SCOTUS to take up the case in an expedited time frame. The goal being to get a ruling by the SCOTUS with enough time to allow for vote-by-mail for the November election. This particular case will be interesting, as it will test the 26th Amendment to the Constitution.
In the meantime, the Texas Democratic Party’s recommendation is to continue to observe the Secretary of State’s guidelines for Vote-by-Mail. Therefore, if you are eligible to Vote-By-Mail, please apply to vote by mail. Vote by Mail applications must be received (not postmarked) at the County Elections Administration office by July 2nd to vote in the July 14th Primary Runoff Election. Otherwise, you will receive a ballot to vote-by-mail for the November General Election.
If you’ve already applied and are receiving your Ballot-By-Mail, please remember to mail in your ballot now for the July Run-Off Election and, when you receive your ballot for the General Election in November.
Early voting for the 2020 Primary Run-Off Election starts June 29th through July 10th. Primary Run-Off Election Day is July 14, 2020.
VOTER RESOURCE FAQ
Am I Registered? Check Texas’s statewide voter registration database to see if you are registered to vote in Texas and that you are registered in the County where you live. If you move, you must update your voter registration. For example, if you live in Comal County, make sure you are registered to vote in Comal County. Here are Important Dates for the 2020 elections, including voter registration deadlines.
June 15, 2020 is the Last Day to Register to vote for the July Primary Run-Off Election.
I registered to vote, but don’t have my Voter Registration Certificate. When the County where you register to vote receives your Voter Registration, you will be sent a Voter Registration Certificate. Your Voter Registration Certificate contains useful information, such as your Precinct, Senate and Congressional district. If you live in Comal County and haven’t received your Voter Registration Certificate, please call the Comal County Elections Office at 830-221-1352 and they will send your Voter Registration Certificate to you.
Are there other ways I can register to Vote?
RegisterTexas.com Provides simple tools to confirm, update, and register to vote. Check your voter registration, and sign-up for vote reminders. If you’re not registered to vote, you can complete an application online. You will be mailed your filled-out voter application along with a stamped envelope that is already addressed. Sign and date your application, put it back in the stamped envelope, and mail it in. Get your application in by July 2, 2020 to be able to vote in the July 14, 2020 Primary Run-Off election.
Register online with the Texas Secretary of State. Once you complete your application, print, sign and mail the application, The Secretary of State sends your information to the Comal County Elections Office where your information is recorded. Please make sure you confirm that you are registered to vote before election day.
Register at a Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS). You have an opportunity to register to vote or update your voter registration when you get a new license or renew your old one. Be sure to ask! If you registered to vote at the TDPS and haven’t received your Voter Registration Card, it’s a good idea to check your registration status BEFORE you vote!
Register at the Comal County Elections Office. Visit the Comal County Elections Office to register or update your voter registration: 396 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX. Ph: 830-221-1352, Mon-Fri, 8AM – 5PM.
What sort of ID do I need to Vote?
These are Acceptable forms of photo I.D. required to vote in Texas.
AM I ELIGIBLE TO VOTE BY MAIL?
Find out now; avoid long lines at the polls and vote conveniently at home. If you are 65 or older, disabled, will be out of the county (or country), and/or other extenuating circumstances, you are eligible to vote-by-mail, and can send your application in to vote-by-mail. Click this LINK to learn more about eligibility, get your application, print, sign and mail it in today. Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail for the Run-Off Election: Thursday, July 2, 2020 (received, not postmarked).
Where Can I find more information About Past Elections?
Click HERE for archive and to learn more about past Texas Election Results.