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December 26, 2013

We can all increase voter registration

By JOHN STEEN

Texas Secretary of State

How is Texas doing in regard to voter registration? Well, in October of 2012, right before the presidential election, Texas reached the highest ever recorded number of registered voters—more than 13.6 million.

As we Texans prepare for another election year in 2014, it’s a good time for us to remember to both register to vote and encourage others to register to vote and help our registration numbers keep pace with our state’s growing population.

As we have done in the past, the Office of the Secretary of State will invest in television, print, radio and digital messages to educate voters about the elections process, including registration. However, as I have traveled all across this state to promote voter education, I have seen firsthand that friends, family and neighbors hold a lot of sway when it comes to encouraging people to register.

With that in mind, I want to share with you a few ways that you can register to vote and also encourage fellow Texans to do the same.

Registering to vote has never been easier. You can visit VoteTexas.gov to download and print an application or request a pre-printed, postage-paid application be mailed directly to your specified address.

Additionally, you can pick up pre-printed registration cards from your county registrar, many post offices, libraries, Texas Department of Public Safety offices, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices throughout the state. We work with all these agencies to encourage voter registration at the point of service.

County registrars also find innovative ways to promote voter education in their communities. For example, many sent volunteer deputy registrars to the 25 mobile election identification certificate (EIC) stations our office deployed throughout the state in the fall in partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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