County Clerk

 


Margarita Esqueda
District & County Clerk

Office:
(830) 483-5120
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101 Courthouse Square # 107
CotullaTX 78014







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Description of Office

County Clerk

The county clerk administers all the county and state elections unless the commissioners court has transferred those duties to the tax assessor-collector or a county election administrator. The county clerk may contract with local political subdivisions to conduct their elections. The county clerk conducts the primary early voting and, at the party’s request, may contract to conduct the general primary and the runoff primary elections. The county clerk also serves as clerk of both the county court and the commissioners court, and it is the clerk that maintains the official records of both the county court and the commissioners court. As clerk of the county court, the county clerk also receives and is responsible for money paid in fines and fees and for the payment of juror fees. 

 
The county clerk also is the custodian of a variety of other important public records, such as deeds and other instruments and birth and death certificates. The county clerk also issues marriage licenses.
 
In Texas counties with a population of less than 8,000, unless there has been a special election, the county clerk also serves as the district clerk, assuming all constitutional and statutory duties of the district clerk, along with those of county clerk.
 
As with all elected county officials, both the county clerk and the district clerk have ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities. Both the county clerk and district clerk also have authority to determine how to use all other resources allocated to the office during the budget process.
 
 

District Clerk

The district clerk has a duty to keep the records of the district court safe and properly arranged. The district clerk must, among other things record the acts and proceedings of the district court, enter all judgments of the court under the direction of the judge, record all executions issued and the returns issued on the executions, administer child support payments, administer trust accounts for minors ordered by the courts keep an index of the parties to all suits filed in the court, and make reference to any judgment made in the case and keep an account of all funds collected by the office, including fines and fees, and determine the amount due to citizens who serve on a jury in district court.

 

For more complete information about the duties of a district clerk, county clerk and other county officials, click here.

 

 

 

 


County & District Court Clerk's staff.
October 2015


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

County voters reminded of photo ID requirement

La Salle County Clerk, Margarita A. Esqueda, would once again like to remind voters that photo identification is required for voting in person.

“We are working to make sure all voters understand the new ID requirements and have all the information they need to cast their ballots,” said Esqueda.

A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal Identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport
     

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.

This photo ID requirement is for voters casting a ballot in person, not by mail. Voters age 65 and older may vote by mail.

Election officials are encouraging voters to update their voter registrations to reflect the names on their IDs. Voters may use IDs that do not exactly match the name on their IDs if the names are substantially similar but will have to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person.  Voters may look up their registration at votetexas.gov and if their name is not an exact match they can update their voter registration online at votetexas.gov.

“Voters should prepare early so that they can help make sure voting goes smoothly when it comes time for the election,” said Esqueda.
The County Clerk along with Tax Assessor Collector Dora A. Gonzalez will be issuing Election Identification Certificates on the following dates and times:
October 6, 2015 and October 13, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the La Salle County Courthouse.
October 7, 2015 and October 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Encinal Veteran's Hall.
 

To check and update their registration, voters can visit www.votetexas.gov or call the La Salle County Tax Assessor at (830) 483-5134 or (830) 879-4437.

For more information about photo ID requirements including exemptions, visit www.votetexas.gov. For more information La Salle County Clerk’s office at (830) 483-5120.

Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate if you do not have another form can be found at www.dps.texas.gov.