Keep an eye on your mailbox.Local election officials are mailing out new voter registration certificates this week to registered voters in Tarrant County. The new orange and white cards, which will replace the current yellow and white cards, will be good through Dec. 31, 2015.“Just destroy the old card and use the new one,” Tarrant County Elections Administrator Steve Raborn said. The cards tell voters the districts where they vote.When they arrive, voters should carefully check the cards to make sure the information is accurate. If any information is believed to be incorrect, officials say, voters should call the elections office at 817-831-8683.And if the cards themselves don’t arrive by Jan. 7, voters should call the elections office as well.“We usually ask people to give it about a week for the mail to run,” Raborn said.But now that the state’s voter ID law has taken effect, requiring voters to show a photo identification card to cast a ballot, it’s not as crucial for voters to take their voter registration certificates with them to the polls.“They aren’t required to have it,” Raborn said. “But it’s helpful for the voting official.“State law still requires us to mail them every other year.”To register to vote in Texas, a voter must be a U.S. citizen at least 17 years and 10 months old (and 18 by Election Day).Local voters may check their voter registration status online at any time. People who have moved or changed their name after they are registered should give election officials their new information.Voter registration applications are available at subcourthouses, city halls, libraries and post offices — and online through Tarrant County and the Texas secretary of state. They must be postmarked or dropped off in person to: Voter Registration, Tarrant County Elections, 2700 Premier St., Fort Worth, TX 76111-3011Early voting in the March 4 primary runs Feb. 18-28. Feb. 3 is the last day to register to vote in the March 4 election.
Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610 Twitter: @annatinsley