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What is the voting process in Tarrant County, Texas?

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In Tarrant County, the voting process requires a citizen to register to vote with the Tarrant County Voter Registrar's office, obtain a voter registration certificate, present the certificate at a local Tarrant County polling office and then cast a vote using the electronic Hart Voting System. A registered voter must present a Texas driver's license number or a personal identification number that has been issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety before submitting a ballot.

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People are only able to vote in Tarrant County if they are United State citizens, residents of Tarrant County, at least 18 years old, not convicted felons who are still serving sentences and have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.

U.S. citizens who would like to register to vote but are unable due to disabilities or other unforeseen circumstances can appoint people as "agents" who can sign voter registrations form on their behalf. An agent must be either a registered voter or an applicant for voter registration to sign on another citizen's behalf.

The vote casting system is different depending on the counties within Texas. Within Tarrant County, vote casting is performed electronically using the Hart Voting System, which is made of two components. The eScan component of the system accepts paper ballots, while the eSlate option provides completely electronic voting. However, during early voting periods, only the eSlate Hart Voting System option is available for Tarrant County voters as of 2015.

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