Valley a Votar: What to know about the 2021 elections

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HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, Sept. 27. ValleyCentral spoke with local and state officials on the importance of voting and the upcoming local elections.

Important election dates

Monday, Oct. 4 — Last day to register to vote
Monday, Oct. 18 — First day of early voting by personal appearance
Friday, Oct. 22 — Last day to apply for a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)
Friday, Oct. 29 — Last day of early voting by personal appearance
Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. — Election day; last day to receive a ballot by mail (postmarked before that timestamp.)

How to register to vote

You might already be registered to vote. To check your status, visit Am I Registered?, an application powered by the Texas Secretary of State.

Once information is entered, look under Voter Information, which is on the right-hand side of the webpage. Look for the line that says “Voter Status,” if it says “Active,” you are registered to vote. If not, take a look at some of the ways you can register to vote.

To register to vote, you must complete a voter registration application, print, sign and return it to the county election’s office before the deadline, which is Oct. 4.

You can also request a printed application, and the Texas Secretary of State will mail it to your address.

The third option to register is contacting the county’s voter registrar to complete the registration process.

Am I eligible to vote?

To be eligible to register, and to vote you must:
–Be a United States citizen;
–Be a resident of the county where you submit the application;
–Be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
–Not be a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole);
–Not have been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

What’s on the ballot?

Every odd-numbered year, Texas hosts its election to amend the Texas Constitution. This year eight proposed amendments will appear on Texans’ ballots.

The propositions range from gambling laws, whether or not a county can finance infrastructures, limiting taxes for spouses of veterans, and more.

The propositions will be n the ballot on Nov. 2, the same day that some cities will have their local elections. Contact your county’s elections office to find out more.

Listed below is the contact information for each county in the Rio Grande Valley:

Courtesy: Texas Secretary of State,

Hidalgo County:
Address: P.O. Box 659, Edinburg 78540-0659
Phone: (956) 318-2570
Fax: (956) 393-2039

Cameron County:
Address: 1050 E. Madison St., Brownsville 78520 — PO Box 3587 Brownsville 78523
Phone: (956) 544-0809
Fax: (956) 550-7298

Starr County:
Address: 100 N. FM 3167, Ste. 206, Rio Grande City 78582
Phone: (956) 716-4800 
Fax: (956) 716-8222

Willacy County:
Address: 190 N. 3rd St. Raymondville 78580
Phone: (956) 689-2387
Fax: (956) 689-5341

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