This SUV is being used by Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos to help get the word out about the Nov. 8 election and what Texans need to do to get ready for it. The SUV is wrapped in Vote Texas Texas livery. Secretary of State Carlos Cascos visited the Tarrant County Elections Administration office recently to talk about what voters need to know, and what kind of ID they need to have when they vote this November. Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com
This SUV is being used by Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos to help get the word out about the Nov. 8 election and what Texans need to do to get ready for it. The SUV is wrapped in Vote Texas Texas livery. Secretary of State Carlos Cascos visited the Tarrant County Elections Administration office recently to talk about what voters need to know, and what kind of ID they need to have when they vote this November. Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Elections

Texans: Deadline for registering to vote in Nov. 8 election less than a week away

By Anna M. Tinsley

atinsley@star-telegram.com

October 06, 2016 02:35 PM

There’s still a little time.

If you want to vote in the Nov. 8 election and still haven’t registered, you have until the end of business Tuesday.

“We are using every message short of smoke signals (to get out information) on what people need to do to vote,” Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos said during a recent stop in Fort Worth.

In this election, Texans will weigh in on everything from the race for the White House to congressional, legislative and county races. And some will weigh in on local elections to settle issues ranging from whether the Texas Rangers get a new ballpark to whether alcohol may be sold in some cities.

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Statewide, more than 14.9 million Texans are registered to vote.

Tarrant County election officials are keeping nine different locations — subcourthouses, the county administration building, a town hall and the elections office — over the weekend to help local residents register to vote.

Already in Tarrant County, there has been a 6.9 percent spike in new voters since March, an analysis of newly registered Texas voters by Ryan Data & Research shows.

And statewide, more women than men — 498,209 to 479,232 — have registered to vote since March. Another 23,427 new voters didn’t list a gender.

Early voting runs Oct. 24-Nov. 4.

Voters with a Hispanic surname made up about one-fourth of the new voters.

And the average age of newly registered Texas voters is 36.4, with 43.1 percent being under the age of 30 and 4.2 percent aged 70 and older, the analysis showed.

The main Tarrant County Elections office, at 2700 Premier St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for any procrastinators.

To register to vote in Texas, a person must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 by Election Day, can’t be a convicted felon (unless the sentence has been completed, including parole or probation) and can’t be declared mentally incapacitated by a court.

Voter registration applications are available online, at the Tarrant County Elections Administration and at subcourthouses, city halls, libraries and post offices. They must be postmarked or dropped off at the election office by end of business Tuesday, Oct 11.

“We strongly encourage everyone to register to vote before the October 11th deadline,” said Frank Phillips, Tarrant County’s elections administrator. “Additionally, if you have any changes, such as address, or name changes, they should also be made by the October 11th deadline.”

Early voting runs Oct. 24-Nov. 4.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

Are you registered?

To find out if you are registered to vote, go to VoteTexas.gov or call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683.

To see a sample ballot, go online to the Tarrant County elections website.

To ask for a ballot by mail, call the Tarrant County Elections office at 817-831-8683. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Oct. 28.

Source: Texas Secretary of State, Tarrant County Elections Office

Open this weekend

Tarrant County election officials will keep nine offices open this weekend — from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday — for local residents to register to vote, or update their registration information. The locations:

▪ Griffin Sub-Courthouse, 3212 Miller Ave.

▪ Mansfield Sub-Courthouse, 1100 E. Broad St.

▪ Northeast Sub-Courthouse, 645 Grapevine Highway in Hurst

▪ Northwest Sub-Courthouse, 6713 Telephone Road in Lake Worth

▪ Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse in Arlington, 700 E. Abram St.

▪ Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St.

▪ Southwest Sub-Courthouse, 6551 Granbury Road

▪ Administration Building, 100 E. Weatherford St.

▪ Tarrant County Elections Administration, 2700 Premier St.

For more information, call the Tarrant County Elections at 817-831-8683 or go online to www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html or votetexas.gov.

Source: Tarrant County Elections

Election information

Election Day will be here before you know it. For more information about candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, go to the Star-Telegram’s website, www.star-telegram.com, to read the online Voters Guide.