voter registration

Bexar County

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."

Fred Lewis, the Director of Texans Together, says the real challenge is getting people involved more often on a local level, so they can see concrete results from participating. University of Texas at San Antonio political science professor Walter Wilson says poorly distributed congressional districts contribute to poor Latino voter turnout. Saul Elbein's article, “No Shows: why so few Texans bother to vote” also explores the reasons why so many people don't even try to get to the polls.

Just in time for National Voter Registration Day, local university students came together to encourage fellow students to register and to vote while they are residing in Bexar County.

UTSA Professor Patricia Jaramillo said the first step was training, and the students took the lead in the project:

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Dead voter letters are one way that Texas scrubs its voter registration rolls. Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and voter registrar Don Sumners says he’s not going along with the Texas plan to scrub the voter rolls, and the state says he is violating the law. Gardner Selby with Politifact Texas talks about how they check statements made by politicians.