December 18, 2013
I wanted to provide an update about your recently mailed voter registration card. My office reached out to Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector, and the Secretary of State’s office. They’ve provided me additional information.
To comply with the state’s 2011 Voter ID law, the Secretary of State directed counties to include all former names on the new registration cards.
It’s important that you check how your name appears in the white box above the mailing address in the lower right quadrant of the card. This is the name that appears on the official voter roll.
The name that appears to the left in the orange box may have former names jumbled in with your current name. This is NOT the name that appears on the official voter roll, so it shouldn’t affect your ability to vote.
If the name in the white box matches your photo ID, you should have no problem voting. I know that some voting officials may not fully understand this yet. But I have confidence that they will be getting lots of information about this before voting begins.
If you’d still like to change how your name appears on the registration card, the Travis County Voter Registrar recommends the following steps:
If you would like your former name removed, submitting a name change and leaving the “former last name” box blank will update the record to reflect that you no longer wish to have it listed. A new voter registration certificate will be sent within 30 days. The former name will still appear in the county’s history records as required by law. There are three ways to submit a name change:
I hope this is helpful.