CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The fourth Tuesday of September is designated National Register to Vote Day. This year it falls today: Sept. 24.
First, you might want to check if you already are registered to vote. You can do so here. That link also will help you find your nearest polling stations.
If you aren't already registered, visit this link to fill out an application.
For the 2020 elections, registering to vote in Texas is fairly simple, as long as it is before the Oct. 7 deadline. Locally, the League of Women Voters will be holding voter registration events at three sites across the city:
- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. City Council Chambers lobby, 1201 Leopard St.
- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A&M-CC Bell Library, 6300 Ocean Dr.
- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Veterans Memorial Library (this event is not open to the public), 3750 Cimarron Blvd.
There are a few eligibility rules for voter registration:
- You must be a U.S. citizen
- You must live in the county where you apply to vote
- You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old or 18 years old on election day.
In Texas, you must have valid identification to vote. Here are the acceptable IDs:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
- Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
- U.S. Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
- U.S. Passport (book or card)
Here are the backup forms of ID, just in case:
- copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
- copy of or original current utility bill;
- copy of or original bank statement;
- copy of or original government check;
- copy of or original paycheck; or
- copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
It started in 2012 to help educate citizens about voting and remind them to register before the deadline. The holiday is recognized by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).
Voters with disabilities should visit this link for assistance.
Convicted felons may be eligible to vote if they have completed sentence, probation, and parole; and have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
Any questions regarding voter registration in Nueces County should be directed to county clerk Kara Sands at (361) 888-0580, or the Nueces County Voter Registrar's Office at (361) 888-0404.