Austin, TX - "Government by and for the people depends on participation by citizens who register and vote" according to Linda Krefting, Chair of the League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund. "National Voter Registration Day, September 24, is a great day for all eligible Texans to make sure they are registered and to make plans to vote in the November 5 Constitutional Amendment Election."
National Voter Registration Day is celebrated with voter registration events around the nation including many Texas communities (see Events at www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org). Texans can check their voter registration and, if they need to register, find a downloadable form that can be mailed at www.VoteTexas.gov. Information on voter registration is also available by calling the county clerk or election administrator. Information on voter registration and voting requirements in other states is available at www.VOTE411.org.
October 7 is the voter registration deadline for the November 5 election. The voter registration remains in effect until a voter moves. Voters who have moved within the county should notify the county clerk or election administrator in writing or change the address online at www.VoteTexas.gov. Voters moving to a new county must re-register in that county.
Only those who vote in the November 5 election will have a say on 9 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. The issues at stake are important: property tax exemptions, reverse mortgages for purchase of a residence by those 62 or older, constitutionally-dedicated funds for water projects, expanded sanctions for the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, and filling some city council vacancies by appointment. The nonpartisan LWV-TEF Voters Guide to the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election with ballot language, explanation, and balanced arguments for and against each proposition is available at www.lwvtexas.org and www.VOTE411.org.
Voters should be prepared for the new photo ID requirement Texas has implemented for those voting in person. The only photo IDs that can be accepted at the polls are: a photo ID issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (driver's license, personal ID card, concealed handgun license, or election identification certificate) or by the US government (passport, military ID, citizenship or naturalization certificate). The ID must be current or expired no more than 60 days. Photo ID is not required for those who vote by mail.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund (LWV-TEF) encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. LWV-TEF never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties.