Voter registration deadline Oct. 11

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Burnet County voters must be registered by Oct. 11 to cast their ballot this year for Presidential and local elections.

Sept. 27 was National Voter Registration Day, but residents still have two weeks to register for the vote. Those applying for ballot by mail may do so until Oct. 28. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Early voting for the Nov. 8 election begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4.

To register to vote in Texas, applicants are required to complete a voter registration form. Voter registration applications are available in our office, in libraries, post offices, county buildings, city and school administrative offices, and may be downloaded from the Burnet County Elections Website www.burnetcountytexas.org. A form to fill out, print sign and mail is also available at VoteTexas.gov. Applications must be turned in or postmarked on or before Oct. 11 to be valid for the Nov. 8 elections. On VoteTexas.gov, voters may also check their registration to make sure their information is current and correct.

Those who possess an approved photo ID must use that ID to vote. An approved photo ID may be expired up to four years.

Those who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID may vote by signing a declaration at the polls explaining why they are reasonably unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID and by providing one of various forms of supporting documentation such as a utility bill or a voter registration certificate.

Ballot by Mail

For voters who qualify and wish to vote by mail, the Elections office will accept applications for “Ballot by Mail.” A voter may contact the Burnet County Elections office via phone at 512-715-5288 or via email at elections@burnetcountytexas.org

Burnet County Elections Administrator Doug Ferguson said Ballot by Mail applications aren't sent unless specifically requested.

“You can also go to the elections website and on the vote by mail page you can read the qualifications and download and print applications,” he said. “The last day to apply for a mail ballot is Friday, October 28. The applications must be received by the our office, not merely postmarked by this date.”

Your ballot

In addition to the Presidential election, candidates for United States Representative District 25, currently occupied by Roger Williams, will appear on the ballot in Burnet County. Williams is running for reelection against Kathi Thomas and Loren March Schneiderman. Other notable races include the election of State Senator for District 24, currently occupied by Troy Fraser, for which Dawn Buckingham and Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder are running, and several races for Supreme Court Justice and the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Sample ballots are posted on the county elections website under the red, “current election” button.

Early Voting

There are two locations for early voting: the first floor courtroom at the main Courthouse in Burnet, and the courtroom at the County South Annex in Marble Falls. Hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 29, and the entire second week the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 31 through Nov. 4.

Election Day

All 20 voting precincts in Burnet County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  on Election Day. For information on where to vote on election day, or to find out if you are registered, contact the Elections office, or visit the Burnet County website, www.burnetcountytexas.org; select the VOTE button in the middle of the page and then click on the blue “Am I Registered?” box on the top right of the elections page.

More information

The elections office is located in the County Clerk Records Building, behind the County Annex building at 1701 East Polk in Burnet on Texas Highway 29. This office is not a polling place.

Voters with questions about the registration process can also visit VoteTexas.gov, or call 1-800-252-VOTE. Texans can join the #VoteTexas conversation this election by following Vote Texas’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social platforms.

 

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