The Elections Department mails notices; Some enclosure boundaries have changed

The Cameron County Department of Elections is sending additional notices to registered voters regarding changes to electoral district boundaries.

Possible changes for individual voters include precinct boundary changes, jurisdictional alignments, new precinct numbers and the consolidation of some precincts, said County Department of Elections and Voter Registration administrator Remi Garza. from Cameron.

The notices state: “This is a notification that your electoral district has changed due to redistricting and changes to county electoral districts. Because of this change, a new voter registration certificate has been mailed to you with your new electoral district number. Please visit our website at to view these changes and polling locations for the upcoming elections.

Elections Administrator Remi Garza holds an envelope for an absentee ballot Wednesday at the Cameron County Department of Elections and Voter Registration in Brownsville. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

Of the 226,684 registered voters in Cameron County, Garza said 37,340 voters were impacted in some way. Notices will be posted on Thursday.

“Some are boundary changes where we actually adjusted the boundaries like in Harlingen where we were able to eliminate unincorporated areas out of compound 29 and move them into compound 85, and move incorporated areas out of 85 and in adjacent areas. It really didn’t change where people voted per se,” Garza said.

In other words, what the Elections Department has done is group electoral districts together in the same polling place.

This is a process the county goes through every 10 years, and sometimes when neighborhoods are overcrowded, adjustments need to be made.

“We’ve tried to get everyone to vote at the same polling place and in most elections they will,” Garza said.

“There’s what they call hard lines where you can’t divide a neighborhood and those are the state reps lines, the county commissioners and justices of the peace lines, the county constables lines where in San Benito we were forced to create two new neighborhoods,” Garza said.

The election administrator points to a reference map his office made of polling places for the newly adopted Harlingen district map Wednesday at the Cameron County Department of Elections and Voter Registration in Brownsville. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

Garza said the changes primarily affect the Harlingen and San Benito areas, where different state officials will represent them. “The boundary lines cross Harlingen and San Benito quite significantly,” he said.

Garza urges everyone to review their new voter registration cards – which are blue in color – and compare them with the old ones which are orange to see what changes have been made.

Anyone needing additional information can contact the Cameron County Elections Office at (956) 544-0809.

Early voting for the March 1 primary elections begins on Monday, February 14.

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