Deadline to vote is Feb. 1 for March 1 Primary Election
Posted on 1/28/2016 6:41:00 AM.
 
 
Sylvia Marmolejo, of the Guadalupe County Elections Office, mans the outreach table encouraging voters to sign up for the primary elections in March. 
 
(Seguin) -- Registering to vote will be even easier today. The Guadalupe County Elections Office will be set up an outreach table in the lobby of the Justice Center to help residents gear up for the March 1 Republican and Democratic primary elections.

Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says non-registered voters have only a few more days to make sure they can vote. Feb. 1 is the deadline to ensure individuals, especially those that just turned 18, won't be turned away from the polls.
 
Adam says unfortunately during election time, large groups of people fail to or simply forget to register. She says that's why her office is doing its part to get the message out early.
 
"There will be people who missed the registration deadline through different reasons. We empathize absolutely when people call in --  it's too late to register, but what we do at that point is encourage them to register at that time. Even though it's too late for the primary, they do still qualify for the run off. So that's important to know. Just because you missed the primary, doesn't mean you can't vote in the run off as long as you get registered by the registration deadline in the run off," said Adam.
 
Adam says it's important for people to also realize that they have to only register once.
 
"Once you're registered, that registration stays in place. Unless you move out of the county, you will continue to be a registered voter. So if you register now, you'll be eligible for the primary, the run off, the city's and school election in May, any run off that might come from that and then the general as well this year. So that's four elections right there in a row, just by doing that one simple step of registering to vote. If you're not sure if you are registered, then absolutely check with our office because we can look that up so easily," said Adam.
 
In addition to meeting the registration deadline, Adam says voters are also reminded to update any information such as an address change so that they can vote in the appropriate ballot.
 
"That is just as easy as registering to vote. They can complete any new voter registration application, providing their new registration address. We'll update their information that quick and then, they'll be eligible in their new precinct. If they don't change their address with us (and) as along as they're living within the county -- on election day, they'll have to go their old precinct to vote. Where as if they change their date before the deadline, they can vote in their new precinct," said Adam.
 
A representative with the elections office will be available today from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Justice Center lobby. Voter registration is also available at the elections office Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The elections office is located at 215 S. Milam St. Texans can also register to vote by downloading a mail-in application at VoteTexas.gov. Applications must be postmarked Feb. 1 or earlier to meet the deadline.

Those who aren't sure if they are registered to vote are encouraged to call 830-303-6363 for confirmation.
 
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