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Oct. 9 is deadline to register to vote Nov. 6

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:54 am

Residents are reminded they only have until Oct. 9 to register in Williamson County to cast their ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.

Not only will the election determine who will be the 45th president of the United States, but Eastern Williamson County residents who register to vote can have a say in races for the U.S. Senate and House, as well as the Texas Legislature, Supreme Court, Railroad Commission and State Board of Education and a variety of county races, among others.

To register in Texas, a resident must be a U.S. citizen who is 18 years or older (citizens who are 17 years and 10 months) and has no felony convictions.

Voter registration applications may be downloaded at www.wilco.org, by calling the Elections Department at (512) 943-1630 or by picking up an application at several locations throughout the county. According to the county, forms are kept at local libraries and post offices.

Hutto residents may register through Williamson County by submitting the application online, or by mail to: County Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 209, Georgetown, TX 78627. Applications also may be delivered in person to the elections office at 301 S.E. Inner Loop, Ste. 104, in Georgetown.

Military and overseas residents may apply for a ballot by mail through Oct. 30.

There is a 30-day waiting period before a registration becomes effective for any election, so any citizen who wants to cast a ballot on Nov. 6 must register by Oct. 9.

Early voting in the election will be held Oct. 22 through Nov. 2 at locations in Taylor and throughout the county.

Those vying for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat Nov. 6 are Republican Ted Cruz, Democrat Paul Sadler, Libertarian John Jay Myers and Green Party candidate David B. Collins.

In the race for District 31 U.S. Representative, incumbent Republican John Carter faces off against Democrat Stephen Wyman and Libertarian Ethan Garofolo.

Republican Charles Schwertner is up against Libertarian Jeffrey Fox for the District 5 Senate seat while incumbent Republican Larry Gonzales is being challenged by Libertarian Lillian Martinez Simmons for the District 52 State Representative position.

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