WF organizations prepare for National Voter Registration Day

WF organizations prepare for National Voter Registration Day

WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) - Midterm Election Day is six weeks away but you only have about two weeks to register in order to be eligible to vote.

Every year millions of Americans are unable to go to the ballot box because they missed the registration deadline, didn’t update their information, or simply because they didn’t know how to vote.

On Tuesday, for National Voter Registration Day, volunteers and organizations including some in Wichita Falls will hit the streets to help inform others about the importance of voting.

The League of Women Voters of Wichita Falls is one of those organizations who will be out offering voter registration information.

“To reach out and give people the opportunity to register to vote who might not otherwise know how to register or where to go,” said Kay Holland, the President of League of Women Voters of Wichita Falls.“As we do that we want to educate them on the upcoming elections and the dates.”

The nonpartisan group plans to stop by several libraries in Wichita County on Tuesday, including the Wichita Falls Public Library to encourage members of the community to get more involved with city, county, state, and national elections.

“You need to have a say, all of these races impact the voter,” said Holland. “Some say it doesn’t impact me, it doesn’t affect me, yes it does! These people make decisions that will be influential.”

Dr. Steve Garrison, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Midwestern State University said they’re encouraging students to register to vote but more importantly to cast their ballot.

"There may be more interest in registering and thinking about voting and so on but unfortunately when election day comes around they usually don't vote on the same rate as they might be interested in class," said Dr. Garrison. "It's important for young people an all Americans to be involved in the political process."

If we compare this election to the most previous midterm election, Dr. Garrison said about a third of registered voters in Texas voted which he believes is a small percentage compared to about 60 percent in the last presidential election.

"Generally there isn't the national attention that you have with the presidential election," said Dr. Garrison. "We tend to pay more attention to those elections. It's also based on each states electoral races."

The last day to register in Texas is October 9. Election Day is November 6th.

The League of Women Voters will be at the following locations on Tuesday.

Wichita Falls Public Library

600 11th Street 76301


Registration Time: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Burkburnett Public Library

215 E. 4th Street 76354


Registration Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Electra Public Library

401 Waggoner St. 76360


Registration Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Iowa Park Tom Burnett Memorial Library

400 E. Almeda St. 76367


Registration Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To find out if you’re eligible to register to vote in Texas or to confirm your voter registration status, click here.

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