Voter Registration Deadline Quickly Approaching

Texomans will soon have some big decisions to make, who should be Governor along with our U.S. and state representatives.

But in order to make your voice heard, you must show up at the polls.

As Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers reports, the deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching.

If you want to vote in the November 2 elections, you must register by Monday.

"You do need to make sure your information especially your address is correct because it determines what precinct in which you can vote," Penny Miller said.

Miller is the President for the League of Women Voters in Wichita Falls.

She said they don't expect as many people to participate this year as in 2008.

In that election, Texas was 46th in eligible voter turnout.

"Unfortunately, we don't have a lot of people who turn out for elections. Our goal in the league is to encourage people to get out and vote a and make sure they are registered and informed so they can get out there," Miller said.

Each year, the league publishes a voters guide with detailed information on each candidate.

Miller said it should be available around town by the end of this week.

"You have to be knowledgeable. It goes with our duty as citizens being a knowledgeable voter," Wichita Falls resident Ron Pierce said.

He, along with all the other Texomans we talked with, said they plan to be at the polls in November.

"It's our responsibility as citizens and if we don't take action we can't complain so, if you don't vote you have no voice," Pierce said.

"It's important to vote because I think we need a change. I think things have not been good lately and it's time for a change. Things need to be better," Wichita Falls resident Monte Vancey said.

"First of all, it's our privilege, our God given privilege and we need to do it. A lot of people in Washington need to be moved out and new faces there so that's the reason I will be voting," Wichita Falls resident Wilma Whitehead said.

To register to vote in Texas you must be a U.S. citizen, a Texas resident and at least 18 by election day.

You can verify your voter registration, change the address on your card or complete a form on a new web site through the state or at the county courthouse.

You can learn more about those who are running for office in our area at a candidate forum scheduled Monday October 11th.

It will be at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at Memorial Auditorium in Wichita Falls.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6