Each odd-numbered year, the county completes a National Change of Address (NCOA) process on our voter registration database. We identify possible changes of address and mail those voters who we believe may have moved a Notice of Address Confirmation. If the notice is not returned to us confirming their address, that person is placed on “Suspense”. (You can also get on suspense if a piece of elections mail – typically a voter registration card – is returned undeliverable/unknown to us). If on November 30, following the second general election for state and county officers that occurs after the date the voter’s name is entered on the suspense list, we cancel the voter’s registration. (Texas Election Code 16.032) This is unofficially referred to as a “purge” even though that term is not in the Texas Election Code. Denton County typically removes in excess of 20,000 voters each time we complete this process.
As of 2020, the State of Texas is a member of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). Each member state (31 states plus D.C.) receives reports that show voters who have moved within their state, voters who have moved out of state, voters who have died, and duplicate registrations in the same state. Information received from ERIC that is pertinent to a voter registered in Denton County is forwarded to us from the State and we take the appropriate action on their registration.
If a voter fails to submit to the registrar proof of citizenship on or before the 30th day after the date the notice is mailed, the voter’s registration is cancelled.
Additionally, the Secretary of State’s office has an agreement with the Department of Public Safety under which information in the existing statewide computerized voter registration list is compared against information in the database of the Department of Public Safety on a monthly basis to verify the accuracy of citizenship status information. Texas Election Code 16.0332