Avoid Confusion with Vote by Mail Ballot Returns (May 6, 2014)

DALLAS – At today’s Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting, Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins Poole reported more than 1,000 complaints from voters confused about returning their mail ballots for the May 10 joint municipal and school board elections and their May 27 Democratic and Republican Primary Runoff elections. 
  
The Dallas County Democratic Party understands that thousands of county voters may be impacted by votes not being counted if ballots are not returned in their correct envelopes. All return envelopes are the same except for a colored-coded sticker on the top left corner. Ballots may not be combined in one envelope.  
  
To return a joint municipal and school board election ballot for the May 10 elections, voters should: 
  
1. Mark their ballot choices 
2. Place voted ballot in the ballot envelope and seal it 
3. Place ballot envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed carrier envelope with the ORANGE STICKER 
4. Seal and sign the carrier envelope exactly as they signed the ballot by mail request 
  
To return a Democratic Primary Runoff ballot for the May 27 elections, voters should: 
  
1. Mark their ballot choices 
2. Place voted ballot in the ballot envelope and seal it 
3. Place ballot envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed carrier envelope with the YELLOW STICKER 
4. Seal and sign the carrier envelope exactly as they signed the ballot by mail request 
  
“All Dallas County Democrats are urged to pass this important information along to family members and friends,” said Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Darlene Ewing.