Voter registration deadline today


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 5:32 PM

AUSTIN -- The final hours of voter registration are underway. The deadline hits tonight for anyone who wants to vote in the November election.

Travis County reports more than 63,000 people have registered for the election. Registration is required only for those who moved or changed their name since the last time they voted.

Registration drives kicked into gear over the weekend in Travis County. Dozens of places opened up to voters. Freebird's restaurants hosted registration drives. On Tuesday Thundercloud Subs restaurants in Travis County will serve as a registration location for Travis County voters.

Registration forms are available at more than 150 locations, including:
  • The Tax Assessor-Collector Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard
  • U.S. Post Offices located in Travis County
  • The Department of Public Safety
  • Some convenience and grocery stores
  • Austin public libraries
  • Participating restaurants

The process is simple. It requires filling out a one page form. The form will verify citizenship and age. Voters must be 18 by Election Day in order to cast a ballot. Registration also requires providing either a driver’s license in person or the last four digits of your social security number.

The form can then be turned in at any designated registration location or mailed in as long as it is postmarked by Oct. 9, 2012.  For those who moved within the same county, Travis County allows for online registration.

The county is anticipating a surge in registration.

"I feel like it's really important that they make a decision this year. Especially this year," said one voter.

"It's part of this democracy. Without this it doesn't exist, right?" added another.

Currently more than 620,000 people are signed up to vote in the November election in Travis County. The Elections Office anticipates registering 650,000 by the end of registration.

That accounts for a majority of eligible voters. Consider where Travis County stands compared to the rest of the state of Texas. According to a Secretary of State report from January 2012, on average, 71 percent of Texans are registered to vote.

  • Dallas and Harris County each report 64 percent.
  • Bexar County reports 69 percent.
  • Tarrant County reports 70 percent.
  • Travis County averages 75 percent.
  • Currently, the number is even higher, at 80 percent.

Williamson County is also taking in final voter registration. Mail-in forms can be sent to:

Williamson County Elections
P.O. Box 209
Georgetown, TX, 78627

Forms can also be dropped off in person at the County Elections Office at the Inner Loop Annex, 301 S.E. Inner Loop, Suite 104 Georgetown, Texas 78626.

Hays County voters can fill out an online form and mail it to the Elections Administrator at: 712 South Stagecoach Trail Ste 1045, San Marcos, TX 78666.

In Bastrop, voters can register in person at the Voter Registrar’s Office.

For more information on Travis County voting click here.