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Nearly 15 million Texans are registered to vote

(Source: KAUZ) (Source: KAUZ)
WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

14.8 million Texans are registered to vote. You have until October 11th to register to vote. 

"The last presidential election in 2012 we had about 13.6 million so there's definitely and increase in the number who have registered since the last presidential election," Alicia Pierce, spokeswoman for the Texas Secretary of State said. 

In late September that number has risen to more than 1 million people. 

"There's always an interest in presidential elections that we see numbers tend to correlate a little higher," Pierce said. 

We reached out to Wichita County Clerk, Lori Bohannon to see if the same type of increase was seen in the county.

"Not really more than what any election brings. We expect an increase every time there is an election. That's when people think about registering, changing their address, things like that " she said. 

There are several factors that contribute to the increase across the state. 

"There's a natural population increase that's happening in Texas so that can cause the numbers to go up," Pierce said. 

The fact that it's President Barack Obama's last term also plays a part. 

"Especially when there's not an incumbent running for the white house you tend to see those numbers generate even more interest or at least reflect that interest," Pierce said. 

To register to vote all you need to do is fill out the proper forms. You will need a valid form of identification to cast your ballot. If you do not have a government-issued I.D. there are other options for you.

You can get an Electronic Identification Certificate or EIC at your local DPS driver's license office. For more voting information head to VoteTexas.Gov.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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