Monday Feb. 3 is deadline to register to vote in March primary elections

County Clerk Jennifer Fountain offers tips on registering, early voting

For Shelby County residents who would like to vote in the March 3 primary elections but who are not yet registered, they have until Monday, Feb. 3, to register.

County residents can register at the Voter Registrar's office at the Shelby County Courthouse, according to Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Clerk.

For those voters who are registered but who have moved, Feb. 3, is also the last day to file a change of address to ensure they are voting in the right precinct and correct polling place.

Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar's Office or postmarked at least 30* days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election.

To vote in Texas, you must be registered. Simply pick up a voter registration application, fill it out, and mail it at least 30 days before the election date.

Voting tips from Jennifer Fountain, Shelby County Clerk

The following information is shared from Shelby County Clerk Jennifer Fountain:

• These are the primaries. You will need to know which ballot you want. There are all Republicans on the rRepublican ballot and all Democrats on the Democrat ballot.

In Texas you are NOT registered as one party or the other. And never have been. The primaries are to narrow it down to that one Republican and one Democrat to face off in November. And, if there is a run off, you will have to vote the same way as you did in the 1st primary.

• Please make sure to bring your picture ID with you when you come to vote.

•I hope to have sample ballots soon. As soon as I do, I will post them.

• It is against the law to have cell phones within 100 feet of the polling location. I am asking you to silence your cell before coming in. If you have your notes on your phone for the ballot, you will have to transfer it to paper. You will not be allowed to look anything up on your phone while you are voting. We are having to crack down on this. Please don't think we are trying to be rude, it is a law. It has to do with your phone being a recording device.

• Do NOT take a picture of your ballot. You can not take pictures in the polling place of first time voters. Please do that outside.

• You can NOT wear hats, shirts, pins, buttons, stickers, etc with a party or a candidate on them. That is considered campaigning within 100 feet of the polling place. I will ask you to remove these before we will sign you in to vote.

•No discussing politics in the polling place. We are glad you are coming to vote. But we do not want to know who you are voting for or your reason why.

Happy Voting! I really hope to see a huge turnout for the election and I believe using the Community House for Early Voting will encourage people to come out and vote!

Early voting begins February 18th! We will also be open Saturday, Feb. 22nd from 10-2 and Sunday, Feb. 23rd, from 12-4. If you need to vote by mail, please call our office at 936-598-6361.

For more information on elections, please visit the Texas Secretary of State's Office website —

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;

  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;

  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on
    Election Day.

  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and

  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Are you already registered?

To confirm your voter registration status, you may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Your Texas driver’s license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration;

  • Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate;

  • Your first and last namEarly voting for the Primary will be at the Community House in Center due to construction on the square.

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