|Posted on 10/9/2018 7:36:00 AM.|
(Guadalupe County) -- Guadalupe County has plenty to celebrate on this last day to register to vote. In preparing for the upcoming Nov. 6 General Election, Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says the county has hit a milestone in the number of registered voters in Guadalupe County.
"We've seen a tremendous increase in voter registration activity over the last month or so and we are actually up over 100,000 registered voters now. If they are calling or coming into the office, we have been inundated with foot traffic and phone traffic so if they try and call us and don't get us the first time, don't give up. Don't be frustrated. Just be patient with us because we are doing everything we can to get everyone processed so that we will be able to process all the registration and have everyone ready in time the election," said Adam.
Although the exact number is still be processed by the elections office, the last reported number was on Sept. 1 at 98,956 registered voters.
According to officials, millions of Americans are unable to vote every year simply because they failed to register on time. Adam says locally, her staff remains committed to helping everyone who wants to exercise their right.
"There are several ways that they can do that. Firstly, if they are going to mail a voter registration application back to us, it has to be postmarked by today. We can receive it after today by mail but it has to be postmarked by today. If they want to come in and register in person, we encourage that. Our office at 215 S. Milam is the place in Seguin that they can register. They can register at our Schertz Office at 1101 Elbel. They can also go online. If they go to our website, we will direct them to the Secretary of State's website where they can complete an application on the web but they can not register online in Texas. So what they will have to do is complete the application on the website, then print it, sign it and mail it and it will need to be postmarked by today. So there's several options there. If they are not sure if they are registered, they can call our office at 830-303-6363 or they can also go to the Secretary of State's website under voter registration and they can check their registration that way to see if they are registered to vote," said Adam.
Today is not only the deadline to register to vote. Adam says it's also the deadline to change and update a voter's information.
"Today is also the deadline to change their address. So if you have moved within the community, if you have moved from outside the county either way, we want to make sure that we've got you registered at the address at which you reside because that is going to have a tremendous impact on the races that appear on your ballot. We do have several single member districts with both city and schools. We have water districts. We have a JP race and a commissioner race at the county level. So it's very important that we have voters registered at the address in which they reside so that they can actually vote on the offices that have an impact on their daily life," said Adam.
Those wishing to register to vote must be a United States citizen, be a resident of the county in which they submit their application and be at least 17 years and 10 months old or 18 years of age on Election Day.