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Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for Nov. 7 election in Houston and Texas

This deadline also applies for those who are already registered but have to make corrections or updates to voter registration records.

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FILE: Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in 2020.

First-time voters will have to register before the end of the day on Tuesday, October 10 if they plan to vote in the election on November 7.

Texas law requires eligible unregistered voters to register by the 30th day before the election they want to vote in. Voter Registrar Laura Aranda-Smith suggested residents go to an actual post office when they drop off their voter registration applications.

"This is something we routinely tell people. Sometimes if you put it in a mailbox, you don't know when the mail is actually going to be picked up and what date they're gonna stamp on that envelope," Aranda-Smith said.

She said applications can also be dropped off at any of the tax office locations in Harris County:

  • 1001 Preston, Houston, TX 77002 – Harris County Administration Building
  • 6000 Chimney Rock Rd., Houston, TX 77081 – Bellaire
  • 16715 Clay Rd., Houston, TX 77084 – Clay Road
  • 14350 Wallisville Rd., Houston, TX 77049 – Jim Fonteno
  • 101 S. Richey, Suite E, Pasadena, TX 77506 – John Phelps
  • 7300 N. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX 77091 – Mickey Leland
  • 5300 Griggs Rd., Houston, TX 77021 – Palm Center
  • 1001 SGT. Macario Garcia, Houston, TX 77011 – Raul C. Martinez
  • 1721 Pech Rd., Houston, TX 77055 – Spring Branch

This deadline also applies to those who are already registered but have to make corrections or updates to voter registration records. Harris County's Tax office said if a person has married, divorced, or changed their address or legal name recently, their voter information needs to be updated.

Aranda-Smith said updating this information will ensure the voter has the right ballot.

"For instance, we have a lot of council members' seats that are up during this election and we want to make sure you are voting in the correct district," she said.

Online voter registration is not currently available in Texas, but those who are already registered can update their information online. Applications for new voters can be found on the Harris County Tax office website or at various government offices, like public libraries, post offices, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

MORE: Katie Campbell Shumway of the League of Women Voters of Houston joins Houston Matters to remind listeners what they need to register to vote or to confirm their registration

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