Voter Registration Deadline

Tuesday the 9th, is the deadline for registering to vote in next month's elections. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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Harris County Voter Registrar Paul Bettencourt says state law requires people who want to vote in an election to be registered no fewer than 30 days before that election.

"You simply can't vote in Texas without being on the voter registration rolls first, and it takes about 30 days to process that, so our deadline is October 9th for the November 6th election. So it's important for you to get registered now, otherwise you cannot vote in November."

In Harris County alone, a total of 34 jurisdictions are holding elections next month, and Bettencourt says a good many of them have issues on the ballot that will affect local and state tax rates.

"These elections in odd years, and in any year in May, when people are setting tax rates through rollback elections, we're gonna have a bunch of those coming up, it's just real important for people to get out and make their voice be heard."

Bettencourt says those not registered can get an application online at HC Voter Dot Net. The completed application must be delivered to any county tax office by the close of business tomorrow, or mailed and postmarked no later than 11:59pm tomorrow night. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.

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