State notifies certain voters
Houston County Courier - July 2008
By Daphne Hereford
According to Houston County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Danette Millican, under direction of the Texas Secretary of State some voters in the county have received a Notice of Examination indicating that as a felon they will not be allowed to vote.
"The Texas Secretary of State instructs all statewide offices to mail these letters because a felon cannot vote. However, once he has completed his term of incarceration or probation, his voter registration can be restored if he will apply for another voter registration card," Mrs. Millican said.
Mrs. Millican went on to say her office receives the Juror Questionnaire from the Houston county District Clerk when a potential juror has checked on his Juror Questionnaire the Number 7 declaration that: To be qualified to serve as a juror, he must not have been convicted of, or be under indictment or other legal accusation for a misdemeanor theft or a felony.
She said by checking this statement, the person is telling the court that they cannot serve on a jury because they are a felon or under indictment.
"When my office receives this questionnaire a Notice of Examination is generated and mailed to this person. The voter is asked to complete this Notice of Examination. At this time he answers some general questions, particularly one concerning if he is or is not a felon. If he is not a felon, then he must answer one particular question: I have not been convicted of a felony. Either return the response by mail or deliver it to my office in person," she said.
The Notice of Examination states that if a reply is not received within 30 days of the date it is mailed, the voter's registration will be cancelled.
During this 30-day period, the voter is allowed to vote.
At the time the reply is received, and if the voter is not a felon, it is noted in the computer and he is still able to vote.
"If all of this is done in the time allotted by the Secretary of State, and if the voter is not a felon, he will not be deprived of voting," Mrs. Millican added.
She said that from time to time, an occasional mistake is made and someone with the same name as a felon is mailed the letter.
"All a person has to do is contact my office so we can correct this error," she said.
She added that if a person does not answer the Notice of Examination when it is mailed the voter registration will be cancelled as prescribed by the Secretary of State.
Mrs. Millican encouraged voters who had questions about their voter registration, to contact her office at 544-3255, ext. 258 or 243.
The last day to register to vote or to make changes to voter registration for the upcoming November General Election is Oct. 6.
After that date no changes can be made to the voters roll.