The Dallas County Elections Department (DCED) has received concerns from elected officials and citizens regarding voters receiving Absentee Mail Ballots that they had not requested. Dallas County Elections Administrator, Toni Pippins-Poole said:
“We take these allegations very seriously. The integrity of the voting process is our utmost concern. The issue in question has been referred to the District Attorney’s Office. The Department is cooperating fully with the District Attorney’s Office, and due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, we are not able to comment any further.”
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU RECEIVED A BALLOT BY MAIL AND DID NOT REQUEST ONE?
Voters should contact the Elections Department if they have received a mail ballot and did not request one. To report your complaint a voter can do any of the following:
- Call (214) 819-6359; or
- Email your complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- Fax your complaint to (214) 819-6303.
If a voter received a mail-in ballot and did not request one, the voter should keep the mail ballot; please do not dispose of it. Voters can cancel the mail-in ballot and vote in person in (2) ways:
- Surrender your mail-in ballot at the polls during early voting or on election day,
- Surrender your mail-in ballot to the Elections Department at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, 8th floor, Dallas, Texas 75207. We will cancel and adjust our files so that the voter can vote in person.
If a voter needs to cast a provisional ballot due to the voter having disposed of that ballot, a special process will be put in place that follows the Texas Election Code.
Effective December 1, 2017- SB 5- Section 84.007, of the Election Code states the following regarding a Ballot by Mail Application that is submitted via fax or email to our office:
If you are faxing or emailing your Application for Ballot by Mail, please note: The original application (hard copy) MUST ALSO BE submitted by mail and be received by our office no later than the fourth (4th) business day after the fax and/or email was received.