Can You Vote In Another Precinct In the Same County In Texas ?
In 1971, the Legislature amended the statute so that a voter in this situation could continue to vote in the former precinct during the first 30 days after moving. See Act of May 31, 1971, 62d Leg., R.S., ch. 827, 10, 1971 Tex. Gen. Laws 2509, 2516 (amended 1975) (current version at TEX. ELEC. CODE ANN. 11.004). the present statute does not place a specific restriction on the length of time in which a voter who has moved to another election precinct in the same county may cast a ballot in his former precinct. See TEX. ELEC. CODE ANN. 11.004.
In McClelland v. Sharp 430 S.W.2d 518 (Tex. Civ. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1968), the relator ran as "a candidate for State Representative in the 22nd Legislative District, Position No. 7, in Harris County, Texas, in a special election held on November 11, 1967." Id. at 519.
In November 1968, he sought to run for the 24th District seat. Id.
However, his candidacy for the 22nd District seat on November 11, 1967, conclusively established his residence in that district on that date. Id. at 520, 522.
The Fourteenth Court of Appeals also referred to the fact that McClelland voted in the 22nd District during the time period he alleged himself to be a resident of the 24th District. Id. at 519.
In 1967 and 1968 when McClelland cast these ballots however, a voter who had moved to a different precinct within the same county could not vote in his former precinct after moving. See Act of Feb. 22, 1966, 59th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 1, 2, 1966 Tex. Gen. Laws 1, 7-8 (amended 1969) (current version at TEX. ELEC. CODE ANN. 11.004 (Vernon Supp. 2000)).