The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9th. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jackie Callanen says the date is extended because of the Monday holiday, and she’s optimistic that a few extra people might register before the deadline.
"When we had the primary election, here in Bexar County we had 875,000 people registered to vote," said Callanen. "Today when I looked at the numbers, we had 898,000. So we're increasing by about 1,000 or 1,500 a day from the applications that we have."
However, Callanen said the total number of registered voters is down by 30,000 since the 2008 presidential election. She said part of the decrease can be attributed to voters moving and failing to update their registration.
"If we have gone through two cycles and we've had the people on the list for basically two federal elections and we haven't heard from them and they haven't voted; 30 days after the general election we purge the list," said Callanen.
Anyone who has moved can vote in their old precinct or go online before the Tuesday deadline and update the home address. The online change of address will require numbers from both your driver’s license and your voter ID card. New residents to Bexar County and new voters can print the application online and drop it off at the elections office; you can also find voter registration cards available at your local public library.
Callanen says to help more people register to vote, the elections office at 203 W. Nueva will be open both Saturday and Sunday and until 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Fill out a voter registration card online at: www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml