Last chance to register to vote in November is Monday

Posted Monday, Oct. 07, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
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Are you registered? • To check if you are registered to vote, go online at VOTEXAS.org or call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683. • For more information, go online to the Tarrant County elections website or the Secretary of State’s site.

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Today is the last day Texans may register to cast ballots on issues ranging from school bond proposals to constitutional amendments in November’s election.

“It’s very important to make sure you are registered and do your civic duty,” said Stephen Vickers, Tarrant County’s assistant elections administrator.

In the Nov. 5 election, Texans will weigh in on nine proposed constitutional amendments that touch on issues ranging from creating a State Water Implementation Fund to authorizing reverse mortgage loans. Other issues will vary by city.

Voters in Arlington, for instance, will weigh in on whether their city should allow alcohol sales outside of restaurants and grocery and convenience stores. In Fort Worth, they’ll weigh in on a school bond proposal. In White Settlement, they’ll vote in two City Council elections. In Bedford, they’ll vote on a $3.2 million park bond proposal.

To register to vote in Texas, a voter must be a U.S. citizen at least 17 years and 10 months old (and 18 by Election Day), and cannot be a convicted felon or declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

People who have moved or changed their name after they are registered must give election officials their new information.

Voter registration applications are available at subcourthouses, city halls, libraries and post offices — and online through Tarrant County and the s ecretary of state. They must be postmarked or dropped off at the election office by today.

Early voting will run from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1.

Change at the polls

Texans who register in time to vote in the general election will find one key change at the polls come Nov. 5.

They’ll have to show their photo ID to cast their ballot.

The state's voter ID bill, which would require voters to show photo identification to vote, is in effect. So voters will need to take a photo ID in order to have their vote counted. Election officials have been encouraging voters with no other photo ID to get a free election identification card.

Texans may go to a driver’s license office to get the cards, and several local offices are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Nov. 2 just to issue Election Identification Certificates.

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610 Twitter: @annatinsley

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