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Monday is deadline to register to vote in Texas primary

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Are you registered?

Have you registered to vote? If not, even Facebook wants to help.

Facebook has been reminding voters in Texas and across the country to register to vote for the 2016 primaries since late January.

The deadline to register for Texas’ March 1 primary is Monday, so act fast if you haven’t signed up. On Facebook, clicking the register link will take voters to Vote.USA.gov, a website providing registration information.

“By providing a platform for civic engagement, Facebook makes it easier for people to participate and have a real impact on the political process,” said Katie Harbath, director of government and politics at Facebook. “When more people are engaged, they hear a wider range of views, leading to an open and healthy debate about the important public policy issues that affect all of us.”

Facebook hopes to boost voter registration numbers in Texas and nationwide. “By reminding people to register to vote, we hope we can encourage people to become more civically engaged,” a Facebook statement read.

In Texas, voters can also head to the Texas Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.state.tx.us.

Help wanted

Tarrant County Democrats are calling out for election judges to help in the March 1 primary at polling sites in nearly a dozen area cities — including Arlington, Fort Worth and Hurst.

“If you haven't accepted an assignment, please consider becoming an election judge in your area. Or, if you know someone who might be interested, please ask them to call me at Tarrant Elections,” Vera Roberts, election judge liaison, wrote in an email seeking judges.

For more information, call 817-831-6492 or email electionjudges@tarrantdemocrats.org.

Crowded races

Texas’ congressional delegation’s two open seats this election cycle have brought out the candidates. Retiring U.S. Reps. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock (Congressional District 19) and Ruben Hinojosa, D-Mercedes, have opened opportunities for members of both parties.

There are nine Republicans vying in the March 1 primary for Neugebauer’s West Texas district. Hinojosa’s South Texas district, which includes a portion of the Rio Grande Valley, is heavily Democratic and has drawn six Democratic candidates, including someone who filed with an almost identical name, Ruben Ramirez Hinojosa.

He is now listed on the Secretary of State election site as Ruben Ramirez. He initially filed using his mother’s maiden name, Hinojosa, but party officials objected that it would confuse voters. Ramirez ran in 2012 against Rep. Hinojosa — using the name Ramirez — in the primary and only got 5 percent of the vote.

Neugebauer’s district will stay Republican — no Democrats filed to run — and Hinojosa’s is a majority Democratic district. There are, however, three Republicans in the primary for the 15th congressional district.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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