The last day to register to vote in the November General Election is Monday, Oct. 7, according to Hopkins County Voter Registrar Debbie Jenkins.
Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 21, and continues through Friday, Nov. 1.
Of special interest to voters in Hopkins County in the November election will be the $16 million bond proposal to fund construction of a new county jail.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an order upholding a requirement that voters present photo identification when voting in Texas and that requirement becomes effective with the Nov. 5 General Elections.
County Clerk Debbie Shirley, the county's elections administrator, said the photo ID requirement will not affect many of the voters in the county because they already present driver’s licenses. But for those who may not have a drivers license, there are other forms of identification that are acceptable.
“You can't just take your voter registration card anymore, you do have to be registered to vote and be on the list,” she said. “There are seven items the state will let you use to meet the photo ID requirement: a driver’s license, a passport, a concealed handgun license, Texas personal identification card, United States military identification card containing a photograph and United States citizenship certificate containing a photograph.”
Shirley said there are still some voters who may not have one of these forms of photo identification card and the Department of Public Safety will provide photo ID free of charge for use in voting only.
“If you go out there [DPS], there are a couple of things you have to do to get an election identity card,” she said. “You do have to prove you are a citizen and prove that you are registered to vote in this county.
The information is available on the county's Internet website: www.hopkinscountytx.org. Click on “County Offices” and scroll down to the “County Clerk” tab and then click on “Voter Information.”
If you have moved, had a name change or have other changes that would affect voter registration, the changes can be made in County Tax Collector Debbie Jenkins’ voter registration office.
Or, Shirley said the state has a website that can be used to check if your information is correct and, if not, you can make necessary changes to voter registration information.
“There is also a great website, www.votetexas.gov, that allows you to register to vote, change your address; you can correct your name so it matches our ID,” she said. “You can do any of those things at that website and you never have to leave your house.”
The county clerk said she has available in her office all the information regarding voter registration and will also have the information available on the county's website.
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