Can I Register to Vote Online in Texas?

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Hey, Texplainer: Why can’t I register to vote online? How can I register instead?

The deadline to register to vote in Texas is Oct. 9, and there are many ways to register. But online isn’t one of them. That’s because the Secretary of State’s office requires a printed signature on a registration form to validate the registration, said spokeswoman Alicia Pierce.

What can eligible voters do instead?

Pick up postage-paid voter registration cards at many government buildings, including post offices and public libraries. Fill out the card and drop it in the mail to your voter registrar’s office in time for it to get an Oct. 9 postmark. Find a list of voter registrars by county here.

The form is also available online. Print out a pdf of the form on the Secretary of State’s website or request a postage-paid version.

Anyone deputized by the state to register voters can take a registration form directly, so look for voter registration drives at schools, libraries and other places and give the form directly to a deputy voter registrar.

Voters who have moved since they last voted must follow the same process to submit a change-of-address request, unless the move was within the same county, in which case the change can be made online.

The bottom line: The Secretary of State requires a physical signature on voter registration forms, so eligible voters can’t register online. But they can download or request registration forms online and then mail them in.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/secretary-of-state/how-can-i-register-vote-texas/. Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

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[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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