Voting for the Texas Beef Checkoff is over, but the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is now in the process of validating the eligibility of the voters. To do this, the TDA will select a random sampling of the ballots and contact the voters to confirm that they were eligible to vote in the 2014 beef checkoff referendum.
To be eligible to vote, a producer must have owned at least one head of cattle between June 6, 2013, and June 6, 2014. TDA will request proof from the producer that he or she owned cattle some time during that timeframe. A document such as a bill of sale, feed receipt, veterinarian bill or another business record proving cattle ownership must be submitted to the TDA within 7 calendar days from being contacted. While every voter may not be contacted, it is important for voters to proactively prepare for a call so TDA can have a quick and accurate tally of votes.
If you are contacted by TDA to validate your vote, it is very important that you provide the requested documentation in a timely manner. Failure to do so will invalidate your vote and may jeopardize the referendum outcome. If a representative from TDA calls you, please take the call. If they leave a message, please call back promptly. The outcome of the referendum vote is greatly impacted by this validation process. Your cooperation will be very important. Thank you.