TEXAS — Election Day is just one month away and Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote.
Bruce Elfant, a voter registrar with Travis County, said they've seen the biggest increase among young voters and he believes that's a good thing.
"They have the most at stake," said Elfant. "I mean the decisions that local governments are going to make are going to impact their lives for the next 50 years."
In order to make sure you can cast a ballot in the November elections, you have to register to vote before the deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 9. If you missed it, KVUE has step-by-step instructions on how to register next time around.
Here's how to register:
- First, double check to make sure you haven't already registered to vote. To see your voter registration status, click here.
- If you're not registered to vote yet, pick up an application at your Voter Registar's Office. Often times, the Registar's office will be the Tax Assessor-Collector. In some counties, the county clerk and elections administrator provide registration forms. To find a county registration official near you, click here.
- Click here to download the online form. Once you fill it out, turn it into one of your county registrar's offices.
- All applicants should receive their voter registration certificate in the mail 30 days after applying. Double check that your certificate has all of the correct information on it. If there are errors, immediately alert your local registrar.
If you want to check if you're registered, check with the Secretary of State Office. If you registered close to the deadline, your registration may not be showing online.
If you live in Travis County, you can also check VoteTravis.com to check your registration directly with the county.
If you live in Williamson County, you can check here.
KVUE political reporter Ashley Goudeau held a question-and-answer session with Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant about registering and voting.
Eligible voters must be 17 years and 10 months of age on the day they apply to register to vote. In addition, eligible voters must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of the county where they submit their application.
Early voting will begin on Oct. 22 and end on Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.