a volunteer is a person who enters into something of his own free will
with no promise of compensation. However, there are those who believe
that it is by spending ourselves that we become rich.
Margaret Mead commended the volunteer spirit when she
said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” At Travis County, we applaud our volunteers. They raise
the production, participation, and enthusiasm in the voting arena. They
set an example of selflessness, motivating others with their dedication
to this valuable process. Volunteer Deputy Registrars help
demonstrate how “Everyone Counts in Travis County!”
Interested in finding out about VDR training and upcoming voter registration drives? Check our News page, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
- Voters are not required to provide photo identification to REGISTER to vote. Download and print the Photo ID Fact Sheet for your voter registration drives.
- Have more questions about how to help voters with Photo ID? Check out the VDR Town Hall Meeting Questions & Answers.
Classes are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month. On those dates, interested volunteers can attend a 1-hour session at either 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Training is conducted at the Travis County Voter Registrar's office located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.
To schedule training for a group or individual please contact Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar Coordinator Cheryl Reese at (512) 854-9473 ext. 33284 to make an appointment.
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Volunteer Deputy Registrars are people who volunteer
to serve and assist in registering eligible citizens to vote. They serve for two-year terms expiring on December 31 of even-numbered years.
by distributing, reviewing, and accepting completed registration applications.
They provide an official receipt to each applicant.
They faithfully turn in all Voter Registration Applications they collect quickly and reliably to the Voter Registrar for processing.
And, for the purpose of determining
the effective date of registration, the date of submission of a completed
registration application to a Volunteer Deputy Registrar is considered
to be the date of submission to the registrar.
- In order to qualify to become a VDR, an individual must...
...be 18 years of age or older;
... be a United States citizen;
... not be determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be: totally mentally incapacitated; or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
... not be finally convicted of a felony or, if so convicted, has: fully discharged the person's sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision; or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or be pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote.
... not have been convicted of Identity Theft.
- Volunteer Deputy Registrars are responsible for performing the following duties:
- Offer a Voter Registration Application to any Travis County resident.
- Assist any Travis County resident in the completion of the Voter Registration application.
- Receive and Review the signed and completed Voter Registration application from any Travis County resident.
- Complete the Receipt on the bottom of the completed Voter Registration Application, tear off and present receipt to applicant.
- Inform the applicant that voter certificates are mailed within 30 days upon the receipt of a signed, completed Voter Registration Application.
- Submit in person within 5 calendar days the completed Voter Registration Application to any of the 5 locations listed below.
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Volunteer Deputy Registrars are encouraged to conduct
voter drives in their neighborhood, civic and religious organizations
and the community at large. Follow these directions
to conduct a voter drive.
Check out our calendar of events on Facebook and the news section of this website for upcoming voter registration drive dates, times and locations!
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Businesses and community organizations interested in helping citizens register to vote can join the Travis County Voter Registration Partnership Program.
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Use these brochures in
English and in Spanish to
help citizens understand the requirements for voter registration.