Voter regi­stration deadline quickly appr­oaching

Voter regi­stration deadline for November election at 7 p.m. Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO - The registration deadline for people who want to vote in the upcoming Presidential election is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

That fast-approaching deadline has some voters scrambling to beat the clock.

Jacquelyn Callanen, Bexar County’s election administrator, said she has tripled her staff for the next few days to handle the crowds and questions.

“They just keep cranking,” Callanen said, referring to the non-stop phone calls her office has been receiving. “And it's a lot of people (asking), 'Am I registered? Am I registered?'"

Callanen said the voters who should be concerned most are those who have moved since the last election, or those who haven’t cast a ballot in while.

First-time voters also need to have their names added to the list. Anyone who needs to register should start by filling out a form and turning it in as soon as possible, Callanen said.

"It must be signed and then either postmarked by tomorrow or actually brought in to us,” she said.

Joe Mitchell, a recent transplant from North Carolina, was in line first thing Monday morning to make sure he would have a say at the polls in November. Before he even had a chance to settle into his new home, he unpacked all of the paperwork he might need.

"I have my utility bill and my passport and my insurance card,” Mitchell said. “Tomorrow is the last day and I tried to do it online but failed miserably."

Registering in person, though, turned out to be a breeze for him.

Michael Parrish, meanwhile, was determined to register, no matter what it took. As a member of the military stationed overseas, he missed out on the chance to help elect a new president four years ago.

"This year I'm making sure,” Parrish said. “I saw when the deadline was and decided to bring my application in personally rather than mail it."

Callanen said those who register by the deadline should receive their actual voter registration cards in the mail within a few weeks. However, if for some reason they don’t arrive by Election Day, she said, voters will be able to cast their ballots by showing identification at the polls.

Voter registration forms are available at all public libraries as well as social services and Department of Public Safety offices. They can also be downloaded from the county’s website:

For more information or to check the status of your registration, call 210-335-VOTE.

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