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 fourth survey of Texas county websites in late October early November 2019. 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 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.
The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging. Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.
Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas
County Website Reports
|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
- Detailed contact information for county election offices
- Dates and hours for early voting & Election Day
- Deadlines for voter registration application, mail ballot application, and receipt of mail ballot
- Polling locations for early voting & Election Day, including detailed location information
- Details on election judge, clerk training, precinct boundary changes, signature verification
- Schedules of public observation of election equipment accuracy testing
- Sample ballots
- Election results
#4 Is voter information included for:
- Military and overseas voters
- Student voters
- Voters with special needs
#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 simple form
- or links to www.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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