Deadline for registering to vote is October 9th
Mon, 08 Oct 2012 23:30:00 GMT —
You've got less than a month until you can cast your ballot in the November general election, but less than 24 hours to get your paperwork in order if you're not currently registered.
Officials are doing everything they can to be "voter-friendly" and make sure you're given the opportunity to make your ballot count.
The countdown is on when it comes to you being able to cast your vote in the upcoming November election. Less than a month to go, but if you've moved, or have never before registered you're cutting it close. October 9th is the deadline to have all your paperwork in to local elected officials, according to Knoxie Mathes, Potter County Elections Administrator.
"The deadline if you're not already registered is October 9th, it either has to be in our office if you physically bring it to us or if it's mailed, it has to have a postmark of October 9th."
Taking it in person to your local office is the one way to guarantee that you make the deadline and will have a voter registration card in your hands in time to cast you vote.
Early voting starts up on the 22nd and will last for about two weeks which is another way election officials are hoping to make it more convenient to make it to the polls.
"It starts October 22nd and runs through November 2nd. It's everyday, Monday through Friday, then the weekend, then the next Monday through Friday. If you don't have that voter certificate, they'll just ask to see your I.D. There's a list of what we'll accept for most people, it's a driver's license but if you have a passport or military ID, anything that has your name..." said Mathes.
And with the population increase in Potter County since the last census numbers were released, they're complying with elections rules by opening up three more voting locations in commissioners precincts 1, 2 & 3.
"This is for the entire 2 week period of early voting so they're going to be shorter hours because of the fact that they're in every commissioners precinct," added Mathes.
By announcing these dates and polling option, officials say there's very little excuse for voters not being able to cast a ballot in the upcoming November election, according to Mathes.
"Pretty much everything's been done to accommodate everyone who wants to vote. It's out there so they, the people, just have to vote to get out there, just get out and vote."
The Texas Secretary of State's website and www.VoteTexas.Gov are both sites that can answer most of your voting questions and Mathes invited anyone to call her office in Potter county for any additional help anyone might need.
And if you want to vote early in Potter county, those three new early voting locations in Potter county are the Amarillo Federated Women's Club, Pleasant Valley Methodist Church and the Potter County Extension Agent's office near the fairgrounds.