Texas voting registration ends today for upcoming elections

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Texas’ Nov. 7 general election, a process students can complete online. Students can visit the Texas Secretary of State’s Web site, sos.state.tx.us, and click on the link for “Elections and Voter Information” on the home page to print a voter registration form.

The next step is to mail the completed registration form to the voter registrar in the voter’s county.

Official applications to register to vote are postage-paid by the state of Texas, meaning a voter won’t need a stamp to submit his or her registration.

In roughly thirty days, a voter registration card will be mailed to the voter. This card should be taken with the voter when he or she votes – but if the voter loses it, he or she can vote with a valid Texas ID.

Ralph Carter, chair of the political science department, said it’s important that everyone participate in the voting process and not just students.

“It’s important to take a role in governance,” Carter said. “It’s important for any citizen to take stake in their government and be involved.”

To be eligible to register to vote in Texas, there are five requirements: The voter has to be a U.S. citizen, registered in his or her respective county, must be at least 18 years old, must not be a convicted felon and must not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

Kristina Smith, a senior political science major, said she thinks students should take action in elections.

“I vote because I want to make sure I am represented,” Smith said. “I also think it’s important to be educated on the person you are voting for.”

Sobeida Moreno, a freshman fashion merchandising major, had a much simpler reasoning behind why she votes.

“Vote or die,” Moreno said.