(Seguin) -- Time is running out if you have not yet registered or updated your voter registration information for the upcoming Nov. 7 General Election. Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says Tuesday, Oct. 10 is the last day to register to vote and still be eligible for next month's election.
"What this means is if you aren't already registered to vote, that's your last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the election. If you are already registered and maybe you've moved and you haven't updated your address with us, it's also the last day for you to update your address with us so that that is also in effect by the November election date. So it's a really important deadline, if you've had any changes as far as your residence," said Adam.
Although a photo ID is required at the polls, Adam says it's not sufficient in pairing up a voter with the right ballot.
"What we're checking for when a voter comes in with an I.D. to vote -- is we're checking their picture I.D. to make sure that that's the voter that is standing in front of us. The address is really important because for example, the city of
Seguin is having a special election for District 3. If you're old address was not in District 3 and your new address is in District 3, unless you change your address with us, you won't be eligible to vote on that race that you really should be able to vote on. So those kinds of local races are affected especially by where your residence is," said Adam.
Adam says it's so important for voters to be registered at the address at which they reside, as this dictates which local races will appear on each voter's ballot. In addition to the Constitutional Amendments, there are eight local jurisdictions
that are having an election in November. She says depending on where they live, some voters may have more than Constitutional Amendments to select on their ballot.
"We've added Vote Centers and that's going to hopefully make things easier for voters on election day to show up and vote, but yes, this is something that the voter has to take care of. We have no way of knowing if they moved between
counties or if they moved within the county. If they're not sure if they're registered or if they're not sure if they updated their registration address with us, then they just need to call the office or stop by and we'd be more than happy to look them up and tell them what address we have them at or what their registration status is. It's a lot easier I think for them to call us prior to the registration deadline and us to be able to tell them either 'yes, you're good to go, don't worry about it' or 'no, this isn't current,' -- then wait until election day and not be able to vote potentially or vote in a district they don't live in anymore and possibly miss the opportunity to vote on a race that they feel very strongly about," said Adam.
Sample ballots are available at the Guadalupe County Elections Office or on its website at www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/elections/. Again, voters who question their voter registration status are encouraged to call the elections office today at 830-303-6363.
The first day for early voting is Monday, Oct. 23.