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Displaced Harvey Victims With Suspended Registration Can Still Vote In The 2018 Primary Elections

Even if voting registration is suspended because a voter registration card couldn’t be delivered, displaced Hurricane Harvey victims who still live in Harris County will be able to cast ballots in next month’s primary elections

Many Houstonians who’ve been forced to live in hotels or an Airbnb since their home was flooded by Hurricane Harvey may find out online that their voter registration has been suspended. But that won’t stop displaced residents from being able to vote in the March primaries.

“Absolutely, they can still vote,” said Sue Hastings, Manager of Voter Registration at the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office.

State law requires the county to mail new voter registration cards every two years. But if the post office can’t deliver the card, the registration is automatically suspended.

“That is in the Texas Election Code, that a voter registration certificate is not to be forwarded if it can’t be delivered to the address on the certificate,” said Hastings.

But Hastings said suspended voters can still cast ballots –they just have to fill out a statement of residency form at the polling station. In early voting, you can cast ballots at any polling station.

“Yes sir, if you’re registered in Harris County you can vote at any Harris County early voting location,” said Hastings.

Monday, February 5, 2018, is the last day to register to vote for the March 6th primary election.

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