The deadline to register to vote, October 5, is less than a month away. Now is the time to make sure you and everyone that you know are registered properly–e.g. at the right address. And yes, you should check even if you haven’t moved in years and have voted in every election possible, as we’ve seen media coverage of voters in that situation who have nonetheless faced being purged from voter rolls. Here’s what you can do to make sure you are ready to early vote on October 13- 30 or on Election Day on November 3rd.
- If you need to register to vote, check here for information on registering and where to get an application.
- Visit the state’s website to check your voter registration status. (It’s best to have either your voter registration card or driver’s license number handy, although you can try with just your birth date and address.)
- If you do notice a designation of “suspense” or some other issue, or if you can’t locate your registration, visit the FAQ page of the Texas Secretary of State for answers to common questions, and/or call your county tax assessor collector or county registrar.
- And when you find that your residence/registration is correct, use that as an opportunity to see who represents you at the state and federal levels, so that you’ll be prepared to do your homework and elect friends of public education in November. You can see a full list of our endorsed candidates here.
High school student registration is also an important part of getting out the vote. For many high school students, this November will be the first time that they are eligible to vote and many of those who will be eligible are not currently registered. In order to encourage first-time voters to get out to the polls, Texas AFT has compiled resources into an easy to use toolkit. The toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to forming a voter registration program at your school. Click here to check out the full tool kit on AFT’s website!