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Election Advisory No. 2011-14

To: District Clerks
From: Ann McGeehan, Director of Elections
Date: August 29, 2011
RE: New reporting requirement for non-citizen jurors

The Texas Legislature passed House Bill 174 in the 2011 Regular Session, which sets forth some new reporting requirements to maintain the integrity of the voter registration rolls and to ensure that deceased persons and noncitizens are appropriately removed from the voter registration rolls. The impact upon district clerks is that effective September 1, 2011, the list of persons excused or disqualified from jury service required pursuant to Section 62.113 of the Government Code must be sent to the Office of the Secretary of State and to the county or district attorney. The list is required to be submitted on the third business day of each month and the list should reflect the names of persons excused or disqualified from jury service on the ground of citizenship in the prior month. Current law requires this list to be sent to the local county voter registrar only.

House Bill 174 also requires that the Office of the Secretary of State compare the list of jurors excused or disqualified based on citizenship against the statewide list of registered voters on a quarterly basis. To ensure an effective matching process, we request that the following information be submitted for each disqualified juror:

  1. Juror name;
  2. Juror date of birth;
  3. Juror drivers license number or voter registration number; and
  4. Juror address.

As the list may contain confidential information, we request that you mail the list to:

Office of the Secretary of State
Elections Division
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, Texas 78711-2060

Thank you for your cooperation, and please contact the Elections Division at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683), if you have any questions.