NOVEMBER ELECTIONS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
As the November 2nd General Election date gets closer there are some important dates and information to keep in mind. The last day to register to vote is October 4th, just two weeks away. To find out if you are registered to vote, you can do so on the Texas Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.state.tx.us . If you wish to take advantage of early voting, you can do so between October 18-28 in person at any of the locally designated polling locations. For those of you who wish to vote through a mail-in ballot, applications must be received by the Early Voting Clerk no later than October 26th. The requirements for mail-in ballots are as follows – 1) an individual must be 65 years or older on Election Day, 2) out of the county on Election Day and during Early Voting, 3) sick or disabled or 4) confined in jail but eligible to vote.
For information on where to vote, you may contact the elections administrator in your county to find out the location of your polling place. During the early voting period, you can vote at any early voting site within the county. On Election Day you must vote in the precinct where you are registered. For more voting information, visit www.votexas.org or call the Texas Secretary of State’s voter hotline at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).
The following is contact information for the Nueces County Clerk’s office.
Diana T. Barrera
P.O. Box 2627, Corpus Christi 78401
FAX: (361) 888-0329
Following new rules put in place by the Texas Secretary of State, military and overseas voters are now able to request that blank balloting materials for the November 2nd general election be sent to them by email. “A large number of our United States Military Forces call Texas home. It is of upmost importance to me and my office that these brave men and women have the opportunity to participate in our nation’s democratic process … and I encourage our military and overseas voters to take advantage of these new simple voting procedures” said Secretary Andrade. In accordance with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, the State of Texas has adopted new administrative rules that make it easier for military and overseas voters to access the absentee voting process. Included are provisions which allow military service members temporarily residing outside their county of residence, as well as United States citizens residing overseas, to request blank balloting materials to be sent to them by email as well as the establishment of a ballot tracking system allowing military and overseas voters to determine the status of their ballot. For more information, voters may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) at www.fvap.gov or call FVAP at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683).
Some of the House Committee hearings posted for the weeks ahead. The House Committee on Environmental Regulation will meet in Austin on September 30th, at 9 am to hear invited testimony on interim charges # 1) examine the regulation of air quality permitting new and modified sources, public participation and enforcement, and
# 3) monitor federal legislative and regulatory initiatives as they pertain to climate change. On October 7, at 9 am the House Select Committee on Federal Legislation will meet in Austin to hear invited testimony. Additional information on all upcoming meetings and interim charges can be found at https://www.house.state.tx.us.
If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided in this article, please don’t hesitate to contact either my Capitol or District office. My offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603)
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32