A historical election is approaching and candidates of all offices are soliciting your support; and in Texas you must be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to Election Day. The registration deadline is Monday, October 6. Those wanting to participate in the November 4 general election must turn in their completed forms at the Hays County Elections Office, to a deputized voter registrar, or by mail postmarked before midnight.
To be eligible to apply for registration, a person must be at least 17 years and 10 months of age on the date the registration application is submitted.
According to the Texas Election Code, Section 13.001(a), to be eligible to vote in the state of Texas: a person must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen, not have been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court, not have been finally convicted of a felony – unless a person’s sentence is completed, including probation and/or parole, and be a resident of the county in which application for registration is made.
The Elections Office website states that after you become registered, you will remain on the county registration rolls as long as you do not move or change your mailing address. If you have moved from one county to another, you must re-register to participate in the election. However, if you have moved within the same county you are registered in, or if the Post Office or the County 911 Coordinator has changed your address, you must provide the Elections office with the new information.
As of September 25, Hays County had 90,728 registered voters, 17,985 of which were “suspense voters.” According to the website suspense voters have had their Voter Certificate or other mail returned to a county office, which indicates a person may no longer reside at their registered address. Suspense voters are still eligible to vote if they fill out a Statement of Residency declaring they still reside in Hays County.
Early voting will take place from October 20 through 31 and Hays County voters can exercise their vote during regular business hours at the Elections Office, 401-C Broadway in San Marcos, or at the San Marcos Public Library, 625 E Hopkins St.
by ANDY SEVILLA
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