It’s almost time.
Politicians have been outlining their political beliefs for months — some for around a year — trying to convince Texans to vote for them on Nov. 6.
Now that it’s almost time to cast ballots in the midterm election, state officials are asking voters to make sure they are registered to vote.
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.
More than 15.5 million Texans — including more than 1.1 million in Tarrant County — are registered to vote, according to state election records.
In November, Texans will weigh in on a slew of races.
At the top of the ballot: the fierce battle for the U.S. Senate between Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso. After that, there are races for the U.S. House, the governor’s office, Texas House and Senate posts as well as countywide jobs and a variety of judicial posts.
Need to know
Here’s a look at some information you’ll need for the election.
Who can register to vote? To register to vote in Texas, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 by Election Day, mentally sound and not a convicted felon unless the sentence has been completed, including parole or probation. For new residents in the state, there’s no requirement stipulating how long you must live here before registering to vote.
Where do I register to vote? Voter registration applications are available online; at the Tarrant County Elections Administration, 2700 Premier St.; and at subcourthouses, city halls, libraries and post offices. They must be dropped off at the election office or clearly postmarked by Oct. 9.
How do I know if I’m registered to vote? Earlier this year, many Tarrant County voters received yellow registration cards in the mail. Anyone who did should be good to go. You can check your status online at the Texas Secretary of State’s website, votetexas.gov, or by calling the local elections office at 817-831-8683. There will be a big push to help people register to vote by National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 25.
Can I vote early? Early voting runs from Oct. 22-Nov. 2.
Can I vote by mail? If you are going to be out of town during early voting and on Election Day — or if you are at least 65 or disabled — you have until Oct. 26 to ask for a mail-in ballot. Applications for mail-in ballots may be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State’s website and returned to county election officials by fax, mail or email.
How do I get more information about the elections? Local voters may call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683. Voters statewide may call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-252-8683.