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Elections Administrator                     

Mayra Calderon,Assistant Election Administrator – IT
Sarah FulliloveAssistant Election Administrator – ABBM

Scott Annex Building                                                    List of County Officials

1403 Blackjack St, Suite A                                      

Lockhart, TX 78644                                                                                                

Phone: (512) 668-4347

Fax: (512) 398-1821                                    

Email: caldwellec@co.caldwell.tx.us

                                                                                                                                                       

Caldwell County Population: 43,338               Total Registered Voters: 24,356

Responsibilities

One of the most important functions of the county government is to oversee the electoral process.  The Elections Department has the responsibility of conducting all federal, state, county elections, and certain elections for other political subdivisions that contract with Caldwell County.  This office also handles voter registration.  Caldwell County has many political subdivisions which include Cities, Schools, Water Districts and Emergency Service Districts.

 

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES FOR UPCOMING 2022

Last day to Register to Vote

Monday, January 31, 2022

Early Voting period

Monday, February 14 to Friday, February 25, 2022

Last Day to Apply Ballot by Mail (Received by Elections Office, not postmarked)

Friday, February 18, 2022

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  • Application for a Ballot by Mail

    To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:

    • be 65 years or older;
    • be sick or disabled;
    • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
    • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

    Instructions for submitting an Application for Ballot by Mail (“ABBM”):

    1. Print (PDF) the ABBM form
    2. OR submit an order online and an ABBM will be mailed to you.
    3. Complete Sections 1 through 8.
    4. Sign and Date Section 10.
    5. If you were unable to sign the application and someone witnessed your signature, that person must complete Section 11.
    6. If someone helped you complete the application or mailed the application for you, that person must complete Section 11.
    7. Affix postage.
      1. If you printed the application you must place it in your own envelope and add postage.
      2. If you ordered the application online and it was mailed to you - fold the application in half, moisten top tab, seal and add postage.
    8. Address and mail the completed ABBM to the Early Voting Clerk in your county. You may also fax the application if a fax machine is available in the early voting clerk’s office.  You also have the option of submitting a scanned copy of the completed and signed application to the Early Voting Clerk via email. If an ABBM is faxed or emailed, then the original, hard copy of the application MUST be mailed and received by the early voting clerk no later than the 4th business day.
      1. The Early Voting Clerk is the County Clerk or Elections Administrator for your county
      2. Contact information, including mailing addresses, fax numbers if available, and email addresses for the Early Voting Clerks are available on this website.

    NOTICE: DO NOT mail, fax, or email completed applications for Ballot by Mail to the Secretary of State Office. All applications received by this office will be REJECTED.

    Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are also special provisions for military and overseas voters.

    For more information, please read the Early Voting in Texas pamphlet.

  • 2021 Financial Filing Date                      Local Candidate Financial Reports 

    Campaign Finance Reports Ethics Commission

    CANDIDATE INFORMATION

    Running for President in Texas

    Candidate Filings by County - Secretary of State Link

    May 1, 2021 - Uniform Election Date

    Authority Conducting Elections

    Local Political Subdivisions and Counties

    Deadline to post candidate requirements5 Form 1-15 (PDF)

    Friday, May 1, 2020

    Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline1

    Monday, December 14, 2020 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1

    First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

    Friday, January 1, 2021*

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2021 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

    First Day to File for Place on General Election or Special Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)1

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)2

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

    See note below relating to four-year terms 3

    Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

    Friday, February 12, 2021

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Thursday, April 1, 2021

    First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

    Saturday, May 1, 2021 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. OR Monday, May 3, 2021 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)

     

    November 2, 2021 - Uniform Election Date
    These dates are subject to changes from the 2021 legislative session.

    Authority Conducting Elections

    County Elections Officer/Local political subdivisions

    Deadline to post candidate requirements5 Form 1-15 (PDF)

    Monday, November 2, 2020

    First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

    Friday, January 1, 2021*

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2021 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

    Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline1

    Thursday, June 17, 2021 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1

    First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY)1

    Saturday, July 17, 2021 (“first day” does not move; office hours not required)

    Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

    Monday, August 16, 2021

    Last Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot (for local political subdivisions ONLY) 2

    Monday, August 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

    See note below relating to four-year terms 3

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Monday, October 18, 2021 (17th day before election day falls on a Saturday, first day moves to next business day)

    Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Receivednot Postmarked)

    Friday, October 22, 2021

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

    Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military deadlines apply)

    1 For the few entities who do not have a first day to file: For the May 1, 2021 election, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates. For the November 2, 2021 election, Saturday, July 17, 2021 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates.

    Local political subdivisions include: cities, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and any other local government entity that conducts elections. Many of these elections are conducted on the May uniform election date. Note: Counties may also be holding local proposition (measure) elections on May 1, 2021.

    2Filing deadlines: generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day. The Code may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Texas Election Code (the “Code”). Write-in deadlines for general and special elections vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) special elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November election.

    3If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election. For the May 1, 2021 election, this is Friday, March 5, 2021. For the November 2, 2021 election, this is Tuesday, September 7, 2021. See Section 143.008 of the Code.

    4The county elections officer may be the county clerk, the county tax assessor-collector (if commissioners court transfers election duties to him/her), or the county elections administrator (if commissioners court creates the position).

    5 Section 2051.152 of the Government Code requires all political subdivisions with the authority to impose a tax maintain a publically accessible Internet website and post the date and location of the next election for officers of the political subdivision and the requirements and deadline for filing for candidacy of each elected office of the political subdivision, which shall be continuously posted for at least one year before the election day for the office.

    Important 2022 Election Dates

    March 1, 2022 - Primary Election
    These dates are subject to changes from the 2021 legislative session.

    Deadline to post candidate requirements1 Form 1-15 (PDF)

    Monday, March 1, 2021

    First day to file for a place on the Primary ballot for precinct chair candidates.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021  

    Filing deadline for candidates; filing deadline for independent candidates to file declaration of intent.

    Monday, December 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM

    First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

    Saturday, January 1, 2022* 

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Monday, January 31, 2022

    First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Monday, February 14, 2022  

    Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
    (Receivednot Postmarked)

    Friday, February 18, 2022 

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Friday, February 25, 2022

    Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

    Tuesday, March 1, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR  Thursday, March 3, 2022 (next business day* after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4

    *First business day after Texas Independence Day

     

    Saturday, May 7, 2022 - Uniform Election Date (Limited)

    Authority Conduction Elections

    Local Political Subdivisions

    (County-ordered elections may not be held on this date. County Election Official may, but is not required to, contract to provide election services to political subdivisions holding elections on this date.)

    Deadline to post candidate requirements 1Form 1-15 (PDF)

    Friday, May 7, 2021

    Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1

    Monday, December 20, 2021 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1

    First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

    Saturday, January 1, 2022*

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

    First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)1

    Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

    Friday, February 18, 2022 

    Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)2

    Friday, February 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. 
    See note below relating to four-year terms3

    Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)

    Tuesday, February 22, 2022

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Thursday, April 7, 2022 

    First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Monday, April 25, 2022  

    Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

    Tuesday, April 26, 2022

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Tuesday, May 3, 2022 

    Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

    Saturday, May 7, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Monday, May 9, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4 

     

    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - Primary Runoff Election

    First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

    Saturday, January 1, 2022*

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Monday, April 25, 2022

    Last Day to Apply by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

    Friday, May 13, 2022 

    First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Monday, May 16, 2022

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Friday, May 20, 2022 

    Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail

    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4 

     

    Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Uniform Election Date

    Deadline to post candidate requirements 1 Form 1-15 (PDF)

    Monday, November 8, 2021

    Deadline to Post Notice of Candidate Filing Deadline (Local Political Subdivisions Only)

    Thursday, June 23, 2022 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates1 

    First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

    Saturday, January 1, 2022*

    *First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2022 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

    First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)

    Saturday, July 23, 2022

    First Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (General Election for State and County Officers)

    Saturday, July 23, 2022 

    Last Day to Order General Election or Special Election on a Measure

    Monday, August 22, 2022 

    Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot (Local Political Subdivisions Only)2

    Monday, August 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.  

    Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (General Election for State and County Officers)

    Monday, August 22, 2022 

    Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy (Local Political Subdivisions Only)

    Friday, August 26, 2022 

    Last Day to Register to Vote

    Tuesday, October 11, 2022* *First business day after Columbus Day

    First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Monday, October 24, 2022

    Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

    Friday, October 28, 2022 

    Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

    Friday, November 4, 2022

    Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

    Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, November 9, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)4

    1 Section 2051.152 of the Government Code requires all political subdivisions with the authority to impose a tax maintain a publically accessible Internet website and post the date and location of the next election for officers of the political subdivision and the requirements and deadline for filing for candidacy of each elected office of the political subdivision, which shall be continuously posted for at least one year before the election day for the office.

    2 Filing deadlines:  generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day. The Code may provide a different special election filing deadline. See Section 201.054 of the Texas Election Code (the “Code”).  Write-in deadlines for general and special elections vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) special elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November election. 

    3If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election.  For the May 7, 2022 election, this is Friday, March 11, 2022. See Section 143.008 of the Code. 

    4 Different deadlines apply to the last day to receive ballots sent by the following: 1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”), 2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and (3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code. Please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.

  • Información para el registrador adjunto voluntario

    A Volunteer Deputy Registrar is a person certified to register others to vote in the state of Texas. Volunteer Deputy Registrars are appointed by county voter registrars and must complete training and an examination.

    To be appointed a volunteer deputy registrar, a person must:

    • be at least 18 years old;
    • be a United States citizen;
    • not have been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be
      1. totally mentally incapacitated, or
      2. partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
    • never have been convicted of failing to deliver a voter application to a voter registrar;
    • not have been finally convicted of a felony, or, if convicted, must have
      1. fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court, or
      2. been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote;
    • not have been finally convicted of identity theft under Section 32.51 of the Penal Code; and be a resident of the State of Texas.

    NOTE: CALL PRIOR TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE ELECTIONS OFFICE TO ENSURE YOU MAY HAVE AN

       APPOINTMENT FOR TRAINING.

  • Caldwell County's Voting System

    The  voting system includes ExpressVote ballot marking devices and DS200 digital scan precinct tabulators to

    be available at every Caldwell County polling location, as well as DS450 central high-speed digital scanners

    and tabulators to be used at Central Count to tabulate ballots received by mail. With the voting system, voters will

    receive a blank ballot at check-in to insert into the ExpressVote ballot marking device and make their selections.

    After reviewing their selections on the screen, voters will print the ballot. Once voters have reviewed the selections

    printed on the ballot, they will insert the ballot into the DS200 digital scanner for tabulation.

    This hybrid system allows for the convenience and accuracy of electronic voting, as well as the security of

    an auditable paper ballot that can be used for manual recounts.

    ExpressVote Ballot Marking Device

    The ExpressVote uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper-based ballot for tabulation. As a marking device, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter's mark. Voters will receive an activation card (ballot) with their ballot style printed on the card to begin the process. Voters will insert card into the marking device, make their selections, verify the selections made, and print the ballot. Voters then review the selections printed on the ballot for accuracy before taking the ballot over the DS200 for tabulation.


    DS200 Digital Scan Tabulator

    DS200 scanner

    The DS200 is a polling location-based scanner and vote tabulator that combines the flexibility and efficiency of digital-imaging technology to support paper-based voting -- taking traditional optical-scan ballot vote tabulation into the twenty-first century.

     

    DS450 High Speed Digital Scanner and Tabulator

    The DS450 Is A Federally-Certified Central Scanner And Tabulator

    The DS450 high-speed central scanner and vote tabulator is the fastest central scanner in the election industry. The system is used at Central Count to tabulate ballots received by mail. The DS450 continuously scans and intelligently sorts ballots with its high-speed digital image processing, saving election staff valuable time when tabulating results.

    Security - Election System & Software