Voter registration deadline is October 11 for November 8 elections
Voters have until Tuesday, October 11 to register for the next election.
With state and local elections coming up in the state of Texas on Nov. 8, voters who want to participate in the upcoming elections have until Tuesday to register to vote. This election includes local races such as U.S. Representative for District 13 and State Representative for District 87, as well as statewide races including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney general, the comptroller, the land commissioner and the commissioner for agriculture.
For those unsure whether or not they are registered to vote, they can go to https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do.
The information needed to find out if one is registered to vote includes:
- Voter’s unique identifier, or VUID, and date of birth,
- Texas driver’s license number and date of birth, or
- Full name, county, date of birth and postal code.
For those not registered to vote, you can go to the Texas Secretary of State’s website online at https://vrapp.sos.state.tx.us/index.asp to receive an application for registration on the electoral lists. Voters can also pick up an application at a library, some post offices, some government buildings, high schools, or the county voter registry office. However, all applications must be postmarked by October 1st.
Within 30 days of registration, a voter registration certificate will be sent to the person who registered to vote.
The League of Amarillo Women Voters will help people who still need to register for two more events before the registration deadline:
- Sunday, October 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in front of Power Church at 1344 SE 10th, catching people between services and anyone in the neighborhood who just needs to sign up.
- Tuesday, October 11, all day outside (or in the lobby) of the three election offices: Santa Fe Building, 9th and Polk; Randall Co. Annex, 4320 S. Western; and Randall Co. Elections Office, 1604 5e in Canyon. This is designed to relieve election workers, who are so busy with other things right now.
Sonya Letson, president of the League of Women Voters of Amarillo, spoke about her organization’s mission to register voters and educate the public about voting.
“Texas doesn’t have online voter registration, and you can’t vote if you’re not registered,” Letson said. “That means you will have to find a way to complete a voter registration before the October 11 deadline. At these locations, we will be there to help people register.
While no documentation is required to register, Letson said people will be asked to provide their Texas driver’s license number, ID card number, or the last four digits of their Social Security number. on the app as the self-identification number for the app.
Letson said the state of Texas changed its voting rules last year so one of those numbers had to be included in the request. She also said that once registered, Potter and Randall counties have voting centers where voters can go to vote regardless of ward.
The only major change for this year’s election, according to Letson, is the identification numbers that must be included on mail-in ballots, which can be found under the flap of the envelope. According to Letson, more than 25,000 ballots were rejected in the last election for this question. She said to always make sure your phone number or email address is included on the form in case there is a problem with the vote cast. This way, election officials can contact voters to correct their missing or invalid information.
Only certain people can vote by post. To vote by mail, you must meet one of the following conditions:
- are 65 or older on election day
- are ill or disabled
- expect to give birth within three weeks before or after election day
- will be absent from the county in which you are registered during early voting and on Election Day
- are in jail but otherwise eligible to vote.
According to the Texas Election Code, an appropriate illness or disability is defined as one that “prevents the voter from attending the polling place on Election Day without risk of needing personal assistance or harming the voter’s health”. It is up to voters to decide whether their illness or disability justifies postal voting.
If voters are eligible to vote by mail, they can go to https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15e.pdf to download the application or request one by mail at https ://bbm. sos.state.tx.us/bbm.asp. The last day to apply for postal voting is October 28. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by the closing time of the ballot on November 8.
On your application to vote by mail, you must include an identification number, either your Texas driver’s license number, your personal identification number or the last four digits of your social security number. The law requires that one of the numbers match a number on your voter registration file.
Asked about her organization’s priorities outside of registering people at this time, Letson said: “The League advocates for anything that will make it easier for eligible voters to be able to vote. We strongly support the ability for voters to register to vote online, but at this point the state of Texas does not allow it. Everyone should be able to vote online; we do all the rest of our lives online, we should also be able to register to vote online.”