Tax Office: 90 percent of eligible voters registered in Travis Co.

TRAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS - The Travis County Tax Office announced Monday that it met its goal of registering 90 percent of the county's eligible voters before the registration deadline Oct. 9, 2016.

The county is also expected to topple over 90 percent Tuesday with a pour in of last minute registrations before the midnight deadline, the tax office confirmed.

Currently, there are over 700,000 Travis County voters registered.

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“It is likely that by midnight Tuesday, 100,000 more Travis County citizens will be registered to vote than four years ago for the past Presidential Election,” Travis County Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant said.

The tax office credits the help of volunteers for helping increase the number of registered voters for the 2016 election. One of those individuals includes University of Texas student Ashley Alcantara, who broke a record for registering more than 1,000 voters. The tax office said Alcantara registered more than double the previous amount of voters recorded by a single individual in an election.

“I’m really excited,” Alcantara said, noting she expects UT’s registration numbers will exceed 10,000 students. 

The Travis County Tax Office said they will continue to register voters until midnight on Tuesday with a new electronic voter module. Hopeful voters will be able to be certified in three days instead of five to seven days, the Tax Office said.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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