We Need Volunteer Deputy Registrars
Volunteer Deputy Registrar (VDR)
We could use your help registering new voters in our push to register more voters in Dallas County. The best way to help is for you to become an officially sanctioned Volunteer Deputy Registrar. The State of Texas has a program in which volunteers can be trained, test and certified to help more people become registered to vote. The program and its establishing law created an official position called "Volunteer Deputy Registrars" or "VDR." Under the Texas laws that created the position, Volunteer Deputy Registrars are the only people outside of State and County Election Officials who are entrusted with the responsibility of officially registering voters in the State of Texas.
Any other person may not receive another person’s registration application until they have satisfactorily completed training (developed or approved by the Secretary of State) and is appointed as a Volunteer Deputy Registrar. The status of Volunteer Deputy Registrar is issued on a county-by-county basis and is deputized in the county where you plan to be registering voters. However, VDRs in one county may seek additional appointments as VDRs in other counties. Many VDRs indeed become appointed in more than one county so they can serve the entire Metroplex in voter registration drives.
VDRs are appointed by the County Voter Registrars and charged with helping increase voter registration in the state. VDRs are officially sanctioned to distribute registration applications, assist people in completing the applications and deliver the resulting voter applications to the Dallas County Elections Department in a timely manner. VDRs can assist in educating the voters about upcoming elections and distributing election information.
VDRs play a very invaluable role in voter registration drives and are important in the efforts of the Dallas County Republican Party to achieve its voter registration goals.
It is also very rewarding work to help people register to vote.
It is not difficult to become a VDR and the Dallas County Elections Department makes it easy and quick.
Please consider becoming a VDR for the next election cycle.
Instead of Online Services, Voters Should Use VDRs
In Texas, you cannot register to vote online. If voters use an online "voter registration" service that pre-populates voter's information onto a Voter Registration Application template, the voter MUST print, sign the application and mail it to the county you are applying to vote. Some third-party registration services can be misleading and confusing for voters because they do not explain the process. Using one of the poorly operated online services can result in the voter's application being denied.
Register to vote or update your voter information directly with your county's Election Department or with a certified Volunteer Deputy Registrar. Volunteer Deputy Registrars (VDRs) fill an important role in seeing that applications are completed correctly. Then, VDRs hand-deliver completed voter registration applications on a timely basis directly to the Dallas County Elections Department for processing. In Dallas County, the VDR will provide a written receipt of your submission of a Voter Registration Application.
How Do You Become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar?
- Perform the self-training to be a VDR using the Dallas County Election Department training presentation. Then study and use the VDR practice test *see the links below.)
- Show up in person in the lobby of the Dallas County Elections Department and apply for the VDR appointment.
- After completing the application you will be given a written test about the voter registrations.
- Archive a passing score on the written test.
- After passing the test, receive your Certificate of Appointment and your VDR identity card before you leave the building.
All in, the whole process at the Dallas County Elections Department takes less than an hour.
Volunteer Deputy Registrar Qualifications
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be a Texas resident
- Not have been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
- totally mentally incapacitated,
- or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote
- Never have been convicted of failing to deliver a voter registration application to a voter registrar
- Not have been finally convicted of a felony, or, if convicted, must have fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote
- Not have been finally convicted of identity theft under Section 32.51 of the Texas Penal Code
Instead of attending in-person training sessions, you can review the training materials (PDF) and the practice examination (PDF) on your own time. After you review the training materials and examination questions, you must appear in person in the lobby of the Dallas County Elections office at 1520 Round Table Drive, Dallas, Tx 75247. This exam may only be taken at this office during their normal business hours Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 am to 4 pm. If you miss more than two questions you will be required to retake the training. Upon satisfactory completion of the examination, Dallas County Elections Department will review any county-specific procedures for completing the duties of a volunteer deputy registrar.
Yes, I'll Help. Please Contact Me About Becoming a VDR!
Don't Want Be Become a VDR But Willing to Help?
Our goal is to register 50,000 new Republican voters and 600 new Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars by October 1, 2022. This is no easy task, so we will need your help. You will work with one of our Volunteer Deputy Registrars to conduct registration events.