Voter update cards all mailed

Published 8:54 am Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Jeff Davis County Election Commissioners have successfully mailed over 8,000 voter update cards, meeting the December 1 deadline established by a consent decree that evolved from a lawsuit contending bloated voter rolls from the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU).

However, board attorney Wes Daughdrill noted several reports have come in that some individuals have not received a card. District One Supervisor Corky Holliman stated he had not received a card.

“For some people the card could have been mailed to a physical address when it should have been mailed to a post office box,” said Daughdrill.

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“If they were on the [voter] roll, they were sent a card,” said Circuit Clerk Clint Langley. “It could be an issue with the post office if they didn’t receive a card, or that maybe the voter moved and did not inform us of their new address.”

Thousands of cards have been returned as per the instructions, according to District Two Supervisor Charles Reid, a fill-in for Commissioner Ralph Hanegan who is on medical leave.

At a previous Board meeting, Commissioners came before the Board of Supervisors requesting additional workdays for processing the information. The Board agreed to take the matter under advisement and determine at a later date if more time is advisable. The Board also approved the payment of $7,500 required by the decree. “ACRU was paid,” said county attorney Wes Daughdrill.

Anyone who has not received a voter update card is urged to contact the Circuit Clerk’s office at 601-792-4231 to ensure their voter information is correct.