The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 election is October 9. Yes, that’s almost a full-month away, but no, that doesn’t mean you have plenty of time. Now is the time to make sure you are registered properly–e.g. at the right address–so that your local registrar has plenty of time to process any changes needed and you can be assured nothing is amiss. 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 (deleted) from voter rolls.
This writer personally has experienced problems last spring with late arrival of a registration card (more than two months after changing my address), the address still being “wrong” at the polls, and witnessing a line of other folks at the polls going through a hassle of trying to show that they really lived where they did after address changes.
Also be sure to actually look at your mail, as there are continuing instances of registered voters being purged or put on suspension after their registrations were challenged, or if the registrar questioned residency for some other reason. We all hate taxes, but if you see a letter from your county tax assessor or county offices, open it up and read it to be sure you’re registration isn’t being questioned. Unfortunately, recent history shows Texas has had plenty of instances of inaccurate records resulting in folks being purged from the voter rolls.
Here’s what you can do to make sure everything is hunky dory.
- 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 drivers 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 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.