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Secretary of State Hope Andrade Reminds Texans October 9 is Voter Registration Deadline

October 5, 2012
Contact: Rich Parsons or Alicia Pierce
512/ 463-5770

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade is reminding Texans October 9 is the last day to register to vote in order to be eligible to vote in the November 6 General Election. Texans can verify their voter registration or find information on how to register to vote at the state’s online, one-stop voter resource, www.VoteTexas.gov. They can also find contact information for all local elections administrators or county clerks around Texas.

“Registering to vote is the first step in the voting process. Voting is our responsibility and opportunity as Texans to make our mark on this great state,” said Secretary Andrade. “I urge Texans to visit VoteTexas.gov to find out if they’re registered to vote. If not, VoteTexas.gov will tell you how, when and where to register and vote.”

Eligible Texans can also register in person at county Voter Registrars’ offices. (In most Texas counties, the Tax Assessor-Collector is also the Voter Registrar. In some counties, the County Clerk or Elections Administrator registers voters.) Voter registration applications are available at county Voter Registrars’ offices or the Secretary of State's Office, as well as libraries, government offices or high schools. To register by mail, applications are available for download on VoteTexas.gov,

Early voting in Texas begins October 22 and continues through November 2. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is October 30.

Additionally, photo identification as required in Senate Bill 14 will not be required in early voting or on Election Day. To cast a ballot during early voting or on Election Day, voters should present their voter registration card or in lieu of a voter registration card, at least one of the following:

  • A driver's license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
  • A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
  • A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person’s identity;
  • Your United States citizenship papers;
  • Your United States passport;
  • Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

For more information on the voting process in Texas, including where to vote, please visit www.VoteTexas.gov.

For more information on the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, please visit www.sos.state.tx.us.