Politics & Government

Last chance to register to vote in Texas primary

Monday is the last day Texans can register to vote in the March 4 primary election.

Those wanting to cast ballots in Republican or Democratic races for posts ranging from the U.S. Senate to Justice of the Peace races need to make sure they are registered.

“Usually with the larger elections, we get a little rush of people registering to vote in the last couple of days,” said Steve Raborn, Tarrant County elections administrator.

“If they want to participate in the process, this is definitely the first step,”

As of late January, Tarrant County had 967,478 registered voters, election records show.

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), must not be a convicted felon (unless the person’s sentence is completed, including probation or parole) and cannot be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

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

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

“We mailed new certificates out to everyone at the beginning of the year,” Raborn said. “That’s a confirmation of your registration. If you didn’t get the new certificate, you need to check your status.”

To check to see whether you are registered to vote, go online to VOTEXAS.org or call the Tarrant County elections office at 817-831-8683.

New voting certificates are mailed out weekly.

“The first step to voting is registering,” Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry said. “I encourage all eligible Texans to register to vote or update their voter registration today.”

Early voting will run from Feb. 18 to Feb. 28.

The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is Feb. 21. Already, about 7,500 ballots have been mailed out, elections officials say.

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610