Voters Urged to Prepare Now for Early Voting
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade today announced Texas reached a record number of registered voters on the Official List of Registered Voters. As of Monday, October 15, there are currently 13,594,264 voters on the list, the highest in state history. This number will likely increase once all the voter registration applications submitted by October 9, 2012 are processed. Tuesday, October 9 was the last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election.
“I want to thank all Texans who registered to vote this year and all Texans who are already registered voters. The next step is getting to the polls during Early Voting or on Election Day,” said Secretary Andrade.
A final number for registered voters will not be available until all applications are processed. Due to the high volume of voter registration applications submitted prior to the registration deadline, many local county election officials are still processing applications.
The previous record number of registered voters was 13,575,062 set for the November 2008 General Election.
The final Official List of Registered Voters will be set prior to the start of Early Voting on October 22, 2012.
As a reminder, Early Voting begins Monday, October 22, 2012 and runs through November 2, 2012. Voters can find links to polling places and times at www.VoteTexas.gov. During Early Voting, voters may cast a ballot at any polling place in their county of residence.
“With just a week to go before Early Voting begins, now is a perfect time for Texans to begin preparing to cast their ballot,” said Secretary Andrade. “Now’s the time to verify your voter registration status, locate your registration certificate, make sure it’s signed, verify where your county’s polling places are, review what’s on your ballot and make plans to go vote.”
Photo identification as required in Senate Bill 14 will not be required when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. To cast a ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day, voters should present their voter registration card or in lieu of a voter registration card, at least one of the following:
•A driver's license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
•A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
•A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity;
•Your United States citizenship papers;
•Your United States passport;
•Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
•A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
For more information on the elections process in Texas, please visit www.VoteTexas.gov.