In Texas, each county is responsible for voter registration, where to vote, when to vote, how to vote, what is on the ballot, how to become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar or an Election Judge.
The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its fifth survey of Texas county websites for the primary election in February/March 2020. The League is proud to celebrate counties large and small which meet the needs of the diverse voters in their county. Counties and voters may use the League’s Safe Voting to share on Encouraging Safe Voting on County Election Websites, Checklist for County Election Websites or the 2019 Complete List of Best Practices for County Election Websites to advocate for improvements and to prepare for the upcoming 2020 Primary and General Elections.
Now more than ever, our democracy depends on accurate voting and election information provided online by the Texas Secretary of State and county election officials. The League of Women Voters of Texas calls on election officials across Texas to be pro-active during the current coronavirus emergency to ensure that our elections are safe and our voting rights secure. While there are effective solutions that many other states have already adopted to safeguard voters and encourage participation in the upcoming elections -- online voter registration and expanded vote-by-mail ballots-- Texas voters do not have those options at this time. It is up to the Secretary of State and the 254 counties to provide voters with up-to-date safe voting information, and which follow the CDC recommendations to “encourage voters to use voting methods that minimize direct contact with other people and reduce crowd size at polling stations.”
“We are thrilled that many counties have improved the voter education provided on county websites. With the impact of the coronavirus on voting and elections, it is vital that Texas voters find accurate and up to date information on secure and verified county websites. We encourage counties that haven’t yet made the necessary changes to their websites to take steps NOW to become a trusted resource for voters in their communities.”
Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas
County Website Reports
|March 2020 Report||March 2020 Appendix|
|November 2019 Report||November 2019 Appendix|
|October 2017 Report||October 2017 Appendix|
|October 2016 Report||October 2016 Appendix|
|August 2016 Report||August 2016 Appendix|
Use this to guide to review your county election website and advocate for improvements as needed.
Print a copy of the League's checklist of Checklist for County Election Websites & 2019 Complete list of Best Practices for County Election Websites.
- Counties should sign up for the Texas Secretary of State’s Election Security Analysis (ESA) and sign up for free cyber security training
- County website should be HTTPS and have a "lock".
- Follow domain security best practices of the U.S. General Services Administration
- Have official county websites which are easily identified with a government-verified DotGov domain.
#2 Mobile Friendly! Test with Be Mobile Friendly by Google
Counties should ensure that their website is mobile friendly to allow voters easy access to essential information.
- Select a website design that works for all devices.
- Put the most important information at the top of the page
- Use a phone to regularly test the election web page.
- Avoid using PDFs, which are hard to view on a phone, instead place the information directly on the web page.
- Ensure voters can complete common tasks
Voters trust their county to provide the voting and election information that they need. Counties should make election information easy to find and not use election jargon. Instead, they should prominently display words in plain language that allow voters to easily access needed information.
Contact information for County Election Office
- Early voting dates, hours, locations
- Election Day dates, hours, locations
- Sample ballots
- Register to vote
- Verify voter registration online
- Volunteer Deputy Registrars
- Vote by mail
- Election results
- Election judge training
- Clerk or poll worker training
- Voting equipment testing
- Precinct boundary changes
- Candidate filing
- Signature verification committee
#4 Is voter information included for:
- Military and overseas voters
- Student voters
- Voters with special needs ("notice of voting order priority" counts)
#5 Is Voter ID information provided and accurate?
- Lists of seven acceptable voter IDs
- List of other documents accepted if no photo ID and the need to sign a form
- or links to votetexas.gov Voter ID page.
#6 Are Texas Secretary of State election links provided?
#7 Is there a link for the League of Women Voters nonpartisan Voters Guide?
- www.VOTE411.org or your local League website
#8 Learn more about best practices for election websites!
- Plainlanguage.gov Help voters find what they need.
- Texas Association of Counties
- Electiontools.org A template to create a straightforward election website that answers voters’ top questions
- Civicdesign.org Design guidelines that election officials can really use, based on solid research and best practices.
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