By AMANDA KIMBLE
ERATH COUNTY (September 27, 2016) – In less than two months, voters across the nation will cast ballots in the 2016 presidential election. Meanwhile, time is running out for qualified individuals to register to vote.
In Texas, registered voters must be a citizen of the United States; be a resident of the county in which they register; be 18 years old on Election Day; not be a convicted felon, unless sentence – including parole or probation – is completed; and not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.
According to Lana Stevens, Erath County voter registration clerk, applications must be hand delivered to the registration office at 320 West College Street in Stephenville no later than Tuesday, Oct. 11.
In addition to the voter registration office, which is located in the same building as the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles license plate renewal office, applications can be obtained from the office of the Erath County clerk inside the downtown courthouse and Dublin Courthouse Annex. Applications can also be obtained at local post offices, public libraries and high schools.
Online applications can be created at www.VoteTexas.gov, but they must be printed, signed and taken to the local registration office.
Stevens said all applications submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than October 11.
She also said the majority of voters update their registration when they renew their driver’s licenses, in which case the files are submitted to her office electronically.
Individuals who aren’t sure if they are currently registered can check their status online through the Texas Electionet Administration System by entering their Texas driver’s license number; voter unique identified (VUID) which is found on voter registration certificates; or first and last name.
Stevens said the county had 21,123 registered voters just before noon on Monday, Sept. 26, which compares to 20,777 registered for the 2012 presidential election. She also said records were purged just after the 2012 election to remove voters who were on the suspension list. Stevens said those individuals that have been suspended due to bad addresses are only removed after not participating in two federal elections.
Last week, the Texas secretary of state’s office said more than 14.8 million Texans are registered to vote, which is 1 million more than the last presidential election.
For more information on registering to vote, call the Erath County office at 254-965-8990 or read more about Texas Voting information online.