What Harris County residents should know before Oct. 7 voter registration deadline

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Hundreds of thousands of voters across the country are expected to be registered Tuesday, Sept. 24, as part of the nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day event.

The nationwide campaign comes nearly two weeks before the Oct. 7 voter registration deadline for Texans to cast ballots in the Nov. 5 election. A completed and signed application is also required by this deadline for those who have had recent name and/or address changes.

Harris County voters may be electing new school board members or city council members and voting on constitutional amendments, among other ballot items. Early voting kicks off Oct. 21 and runs through Nov. 1 statewide.

Citizens can confirm their voter registration status at the Harris County tax assessor-collector and voter registrar’s website or at the Texas secretary of state’s website.

Visit www.harrisvotes.com for voting locations, sample ballots and other important information leading up to Election Day.

Registration eligibility laws require applicants to:

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • be a United States citizen;
  • not have been determined by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  • not have been finally convicted of a felony—or if convicted, have fully discharged the sentence, completed a period of probation ordered by any court, or have been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote; and
  • be a resident of the county in which application for registration is made.

Those who have not yet registered to vote have several options:

  • Visit any Harris County Tax Office location to submit a completed, signed form 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Download and print an application in EnglishSpanishVietnamese or Chinese.
  • Request an application online from the Texas secretary of state.
  • Request to have a paper application mailed to you via email at voters@hctx.net. Be sure to provide a mailing address and phone number with your request.
  • Call 713-274-8683 to be assisted in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese.
  • Pick up an application at your local U.S. post office, library, high school, Texas Department of Public Safety site, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and other government offices.

Completed applications can be mailed at least 30 days prior to the election to:

Ann Harris Bennett
Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar
P.O. Box 3527
Houston, TX, 77253-3527

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Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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