Voter registration efforts intensify as election day nears

From Staff Reports

Sept. 26, 2008 -Two local groups will both be working the next two weekends toward the same goal, getting people registered to vote.

The first event, called "Got VoteFest" will be conducted from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Pacific Park. There will be an open mic, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate by either registering to vote or encouraging others to get registered.

Got VoteFest is being sponsored by the United Citizens of Hopkins County.

The following Saturday, Oct. 4, Hopkins County African American Leadership Conference will present "Lets Get It On: Come and Get Registered to Vote" from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Star's Place, located at 501 Fuller St. This event too is designed to get local residents to register to vote so they can make a difference.

Those participating in the Oct. 4 event will enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks. The voting event is sponsored by T-Ray, Latosha Petty, Melvin Syrie, Pastor M. LaVelle Hendricks, Rodney "Dink" Bradley and Deacon Freddie Taylor.

While these two events offer two easy opportunities to let people register to vote, they are not the only way a voter can register. But potential voters not yet registered to vote, will want to note that the very last day to register in order to vote in the Nov. 4 general election will be Monday, Oct. 6.

Also, anyone who has moved but who still plans to vote in the Nov. 4 election will also want to know that Oct. 6 is also the last day a registered voter can make a change of address that will be effective for the election.

If you've been registered to vote but aren't sure of your current voting status, you can go to the Texas Secretary of State's website (http://www.sos.state.tx.us/), click on "Am I Registered" and follow the prompts. Information about voter registration (including an "informal voter registration" which can be printed and mailed), voter information, candidate information, election results, and other voting and election information may also be obtained on the Secretary of State's website. Simply log on, select the vote menu and click on the topic of interest.

Questions about voter registration may be directed to Hopkins County Tax Assessor-Collector Debbie Pogue Jenkins at 903-438-4063 or at her office, 118 Main St. in Sulphur Springs. A list of pertinent voting dates, including voting locations, can be found on Hopkins County's website: http://www.hopkinscountytx.org/

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