Dallas County Elections Department has introduced a new online sample ballot tool, ExpressPass, to help make voting a more convenient and informed experience.
ExpressPass will assist voters by allowing them to easily see what is on their specific ballot, mark a sample ballot and print a marked sample ballot for use at the polling place; all by using their personal electronic device from wherever they are, whenever they want.
Before they even visit their polling place a voter can already have their decisions made and can quickly use their printed sample ballot to complete their actual ballot at the polling place.
Voters can now use their electronic devices if they go to: http://www.dallascounty.org/ and click the link, “Constitutional Amendment and Joint Election November 3, 2015 Click Here to View Sample Ballot and Polling Location.”
Voters enter their name along with their date of birth, Voter Identification Number or the address they used to register to vote. Once a voter verifies their information, ExpressPass provides: the Election Day and Early Voting polling locations through Google Maps, the online sample ballot that matches the voter’s registration information, the ability to mark choices on each ballot item and a summary of the choices made on the sample ballot.
Voters may then download and print their sample ballot for reference at their polling place. The personal information entered by voters is not saved or recorded during their online session.
The online sample ballot created by the online tool is for reference purposes only. It is not an actual ballot when it is printed, and does not constitute online voting when completed by the voter.
Voters are allowed to take written materials into the polling place and use them in the polling booth to assist them in casting their ballot (Texas Election Code §61.011 and Texas Secretary of State Advisory No. 2014-21).
The voter may bring their printed sample ballot (or any written materials) into the polling place to assist them when voting. However, state law prohibits the use of (non-election) electronic devices by anyone (except for election personnel) within 100 feet of the polling place, and therefore these devices can’t be used to assist a voter while in the polling location. The Texas Election Code §§61.014(a) and *1.002 defines “Electronic devices” as (but not limited to):
- Wireless devices
- Cell phones
- Tablet computers
- Laptop computers
- Sound recorders
- Any other device that may communicate wirelessly or be used to record sound or images.
Dallas County voters are encouraged to use ExpressPass on or before the November 3, 2015 Constitutional Amendment & Joint Election to get a sample ballot to “know before they go” to the polls.
November 3, 2015 Constitutional Amendment & Joint Election to get a sample ballot to “know before they go" top the polls.