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Voter registration ends in 2 weeks

Bexar Co. Elections office working in overdrive before Oct. 9 deadline

SAN ANTONIO - Voters have until Tuesday, Oct. 9, to make sure they are registered to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

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"When we had the primaries, we had 875,000 (people) registered. Today, we have 892,500," said Jacquelyn Callanen, Bexar County elections administrator, on Wednesday.

In the 2008 presidential election, there were 903,000 registered voters in Bexar county. The elections office hopes to surpass that in the 2012 election, but the past year has presented a challenge.

"This has been an exceptional year," said Callanen. "We've had the oddest election cycle and we had the redistricting. So we really just don't know."

And that's caused some voter confusion.

The Bexar Co. Election Office fields 300 to 400 calls a day from voters with questions. The all important one: "How do I register?"

Start by logging onto www.Bexar.org/elections 

"Click on 'register to vote.' That will take you to a form that you can fill out on the computer. Print that out, sign it and mail it in," Callanen said.

That form must be postmarked by Oct. 9, which is the final day to register.

You cannot register online because Texas requires an original signature on your registration form.

The elections office is also busy sending out mail-in ballots for those who qualify to receive them. So far, the office has mailed 7,000. It expects to send out roughly 40,000 total.

To find out if you qualify for a mail-in ballot, click http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml 

The county is still looking for volunteers to help with the elections. The office has 2,000 people signed up but needs 500 more.

Call 210-335-VOTE to get involved. 


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