In 2008, six million Americans did not vote because they did not know how to register or they missed their state’s voter registration deadline, according to the US Census.
Did you know that 1,500 elections and ballot initiatives will be decided on Election Day this year? With so many elections being held, millions of people are registering to vote on September 24, a.k.a. National Voter Registration Day.
First started last year for the 2012 presidential election, National Voter Registration Day is the first day of its kind when you can help ensure your family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote.
Take some time today to help spread the word and make sure you are registered to vote in Travis County and update the information on your voter registration card. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Nov. 5 election is Oct. 7.
Have you moved since Election Day 2012?
Make sure you’re registered to vote at your new address! Address changes may be done online at the Texas Office of the Secretary of State.
Photo ID Now Required for Voting in Person
New this year, voters will be required to show photo identification when voting in person. Here is a list of the approved forms of photo ID:
Except for the citizenship certificate, all IDs must be current or no more than 60 days expired.
- Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPS
- Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
- Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
- U.S. Military ID Card containing the person’s photograph
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
- U.S. Passport
Quick Reference Dates
Friday, September 6, 2013 – Application for Ballot by Mail
Monday, October 7, 2013 – Last day to register to vote
Monday, October 21, 2013 – Early Voting in Person begins
Friday, October 25, 2013 – Last Day for Ballot by Mail (received and postmarked)
Friday, November 1, 2013 – Last Day for Early Voting in Person
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 – Election Day