Register to Vote Before Election Day
With the November 6th Election Day right around the corner, now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote. As of last week, Texas has 15,624,871 registered voters – a new record in the State of Texas. To help encourage more turnout, I would like to share some important voting information, including key dates and registration requirements, to help ensure all eligible individuals have the opportunity to take part this Election Day.
In order to vote in Texas, eligible voters must register to vote thirty days prior to Election Day. This year, the deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Current voter registration status can be determined by searching the state’s voter database using a driver’s license number, Voter Unique Identifier number, or name and county of residence. This database can be found at State Register to Vote.
The first step to becoming a registered voter is to determine eligibility status. According to the Secretary of State’s office, Texas voters must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• be a United States citizen;
• be a resident of the county;
• be 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months);
• not a convicted felon (certain persons may be eligible if a sentence is completed, including any probation or parole); and
• not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.
Should you meet these requirements, the next step in registering to vote is to fill out a voter application form. Voter applications can be found at a number of different locations throughout our area, including public libraries, post offices, and local Texas Department of Public Safety offices. In addition, you can also fill out and print an application online. Online applications can be found at Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Application. Once an application has been properly filled out and signed, it should be mailed to the Nueces County Voter Registrar’s Office located at 901 Leopard, Ste. 301 Corpus Christi 78401.
In addition to the October 9th voter registration deadline, there are several other key dates to keep in mind during this election cycle. Early voting begins on October 22, and ends on November 2. If you wish to vote by mail, the deadline to submit mail in ballots is November 6. As with prior elections, registered voters can vote at any polling location during early voting and on Election Day. To find voting locations and times, please visit the Nueces County Clerk’s Election Information Page. For additional information regarding voting in Texas, please visit the Secretary of State VoteTexas.
If you would like to review more about the legislature, please visit Texas Legislature Online. If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. As always, 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
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-463-0672.