voter registration

Bexar County Sees Record Number of Voter Registrations

Feb 9, 2016

Bexar County is seeing a record number of residents registering to vote before the March 1 primary for the presidential elections. 

"We are just thrilled. We’ve seen a huge ramp up in our registered voters," said Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen.

The last time the country had a presidential election with no incumbent running was 2008. There were 871 thousand 9 hundred and 16 voters registered here. Now, the country has that same kind of race and today, there are 975 thousand 3 hundred and 29 registered voters.

Voter Registration Deadline Looms

Jan 28, 2016
Chris Eudaily / Texas Public Radio

If you plan to cast a ballot in the March 1 primaries, the deadline to register is Monday. 

To register in Texas you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the county and 18 years old. If you are mentally incapacitated, as deemed by a court of law, or a convicted felon, you are ineligible to register to vote.

David Martin Davies

Confusion over Texas' voter photo identification requirement potentially discouraged as many as 9 percent of registered voters from going to the polls in the November 2014 elections in the Latino-majority U.S. Congressional District 23 (CD-23), according to a new study by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy.

On Thursday Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in Texas on voting rights. Speaking at the historically black Texas Southern University Clinton called out Republicans, including former Governor Rick Perry, who she said have restricted voting rights. And Clinton called for the expansion of voting opportunities in America.

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

On a fall Monday in 2010, agents with the Texas attorney general’s office raided the offices of Houston Votes, a large-scale voter registration project.

Attorney General Greg Abbott said the raid was required to protect the integrity of the ballot box. Critics say it was a heavy handed effort to intimidate voter registration in an area where voter turnout is historically low.

Fred Lewis is the president of Texans Together, the nonprofit parent group of Houston Votes.

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