Miscellaneous FAQ

Why do I not always have the same polling site?
We understand, and share in, the frustration of changing polling sites.  Let’s look at how polling sites are chosen, by whom, and for which election.

County/State elections in even-year November – early voting and election day sites are chosen by the Elections office.  In even-numbered years when we are voting for county/state elected officials, we are required to have a polling location in each voter precinct (with some exceptions).  That means, in November, we will have approximately 200 polling locations.  These elections have the highest turnouts.

County/State elections in odd-year November – early voting and election day sites are chosen by the Elections office.  This is typically a constitutional amendment election and we are not required to have a polling site in every voter precinct.  Because of the lower voter turnout, we can consolidate polling locations.  This results in a large savings to the taxpayer.

Primary elections in even-year March – the early voting sites are chosen by the Elections office.  The Election Day sites are chosen by each political party (Republican or Democratic).  They share some sites for any given voter precinct, and in some precincts, they do not.  It is a choice of the parties which sites they use and, since they don’t always share sites, it adds to the confusion.

City/School elections in May – the early voting sites are chosen by the Elections office since it’s a joint election.  The Election Day sites are chosen by the jurisdiction (city/school) that is holding the election (if they don’t make a choice, then Elections decides).  It’s not uncommon that cities/schools choose sites for the May elections that they don’t allow use of in other elections.

So, the complicated answer is it depends on which election is being held, how big the turnout for the election could be, and who is choosing the sites (usually the entity that is funding the election).

Does Denton County use Drop Boxes for mail ballots?
No.  There are no drop boxes used in Denton County.The topic of the use of drop boxes has gained national attention since the 2020 presidential election.  Prior to the last legislative session (2021), the question of drop boxes was not addressed in the Texas Election Code, but were specifically banned from use in Texas in 2021.

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