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Monday is the deadline to register to vote Nov. 3

If you plan to follow one of these signs to cast a ballot on Nov. 3, you need to be registered to vote by Monday.
If you plan to follow one of these signs to cast a ballot on Nov. 3, you need to be registered to vote by Monday. Star-Telegram

Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election.

State and local election officials say there’s still plenty of time to sign up.

“You can’t vote if you don’t register,” Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said. “I’m encouraging qualified Texans to register … in order to be ready for the upcoming election.”

Texans will weigh in on seven proposed amendments to the state Constitution that touch on issues ranging from property valuations to raffles at professional sporting events.

Locally, races on the ballot include a school board election in Mansfield; city, water authority and library board of directors elections in Benbrook; charter propositions in Haltom City and White Settlement; and a road bond election in Keller.

Statewide, 13.6 million Texans — including slightly more than 1 million in Tarrant County — are registered to vote, state and local election records show.

To find out if you are registered to vote, go to VoteTexas.gov.

Local election office doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday for anyone trying to beat the deadline, said Frank Phillips, Tarrant County’s election administrator.

To register to vote in Texas, a person must be a U.S. citizen and at least 17 years and 10 months old (18 by Election Day), can’t be a convicted felon (unless the sentence has been completed, including parole or probation) and can’t be declared mentally incapacitated by a court.

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

Voter registration applications are available online, at Tarrant County Elections Administration, 2700 Premier St., and at subcourthouses, city halls, libraries and post offices.

They must be postmarked or dropped off at the election office Monday.

Registering to vote, Phillips said, “is of course a personal decision. But the question always reminds me of a quote from President Calvin Coolidge:

 ‘If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government. … The whole system of American government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.’ 

Early voting runs Oct. 19-30.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

Are you registered?

To find out if you are registered to vote, go to VoteTexas.gov or call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683.

To see a sample ballot, go online to the Tarrant County elections website.

Source: Texas Secretary of State, Tarrant County Elections Office

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