Voter registration cards to be mailed soon

Fight over primary date caused delay

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HOUSTON - After months of delay caused by the dispute over redistricting, Harris County voters will be getting their voter registration certificates this month.

Harris County's voter registrar, Don Sumners, told Local 2, "The federal court action appears to be over for now and the party primaries are scheduled for May 29."

The court's deadline for mailing the certificates is April 25.

"We expect to beat that by several days, perhaps mailing them as early as April 16," Sumners said.

Normally, people registered to vote in Harris County get their new voter certificate in the mail in mid January of every even-numbered year.

When the certificates were delayed by the dispute, rumors began circulating on the Internet.

"The delay in mailing the registration certificates will not interfere with anyone'' right to vote," Sumners said. "I and my Voter Registration Department will support and protect the rights of every qualified voter."

The certificates, which are yellow and white, will get a workout in May. In addition to the May 29 primaries, there is a Limited Uniform Election on May 12 with early voting beginning April 30. The last day to register in time to vote in that election is April 12. Many jurisdictions have elections scheduled that day, including the cities of Deer Park, Galena Park, Katy and Tomball, school districts such as Clear Creek and Spring Branch, and several emergency service and municipal utility districts.
The last day to register in time to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary is April 30. Early voting starts May 14.

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