More Texans than ever are registered and ready to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.
Numbers released Thursday show that a record 15 million Texas voters signed up to cast ballots in the election next month that will determine who the next president is — as well as decide officeholders throughout the state, preliminary state estimates show.
That includes a record 1,072,410 voters in Tarrant County.
“If you want to vote you must be registered, so it’s good to see that so many Texans are preparing for this November,” Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said.
In this election, Texans will weigh in on everything from the race for the White House to congressional, legislative and county races. And some will vote in local elections to settle issues including whether the Texas Rangers get a new ballpark and whether alcohol may be sold in some cities.
More than three-fourths of voting age Texans — 78 percent to be exact — registered to vote before the Tuesday deadline.
That’s more than the 13.6 million voters signed up to vote in 2012 and the 13.5 million signed up in 2008, state records show.
Earlier this year, in the presidential primary, 14.2 million Texans were registered to vote.
“Registration is just the first step,” Cascos said. “I encourage Texans to prepare now for this fall’s election.”
The last day to request a ballot by mail is Oct. 28.
Early voting runs from Oct. 24-Nov. 4.
And polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Election Day will be here before you know it.
To ask for a ballot by mail, call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Oct. 28.
Texas voters have more options to vote this year because of a court ruling that the state’s voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act.
Now, any voter who doesn’t have a photo ID — and can’t “reasonably obtain a form of approved photo ID” before the election — may sign a declaration stating why he or she couldn’t obtain a photo ID. Then such voters just need to show a document such as an original birth certificate, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document. After that, they should be cleared to vote.
Election officials continue to encourage voters who can get a photo ID to do so before Election Day.
Also, a number of driver’s license offices will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29, only to issue Election Identification Certificates. Local offices open include these locations: Fort Worth-East Office, 3500 Miller Ave.; Fort Worth-Mega Center, 8301 Brentwood Stair Road; Fort Worth-South Office, 6413 Woodway Drive; and Hurst Office, 624 NE Loop 820.
The seven state-approved photo IDs are: Texas driver’s license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, U.S. military ID card with photo, U.S. citizenship certificate with photo, and U.S. passport.
Source: Texas secretary of state