Have you moved since the last election cycle? New to Texas? Never voted before? Then hurry, register to vote now or you won’t be able to vote in the March primary! Many important public offices will be up for grabs this year, including the Governor, Lt. Governor, Agricultural Commissioner, and Railroad Commissioner, and energy is sure to be a big campaign issue. You don’t want to miss your chance to do your civic duty/make your opinion count/interject the comment “well don’t blame me, I voted for so-and-so” in political conversations. So get registered!
We checked in with the Secretary of State’s office on the deadline to make sure we didn’t tell you wrong, so here’s the skinny from the horse’s mouth:
Monday, February 1, 2010 is the last day a person may submit (in person, to a deputy voter registrar or postmarked) an application to register to vote in the March 2, 2010 primary election. Since the statutory deadline of the 30th day before primary election day falls on a Sunday, the deadline is extended to Monday, February 1, 2010, the 29th day before primary election day, the next business day. (Election Code Section 1.006, 13.143(e), 15.025(d)). This is also the last day a voter who has moved to a different election precinct within the county may submit a change of address to be eligible to vote (in the general primary) in the precinct of his or her new residence. An application for registration submitted by mail is considered submitted to the voter registrar on the date it is properly placed in the mail.
We hope that this information answers your questions. If you need additional assistance, please e-mail or contact the elections division toll-free at 1-800-252-8683 (VOTE).
Elections Division Staff
Texas Secretary of State
To get a voter registration card, find out about voter registrars in your county, or to change your name or address online, visit the Secretary of State’s “Voter Information” page.
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