Get Ready to vote: County kicks off registration campaign

BROWNSVILLE — Cameron County is reaching out to its residents and making the voter registration process as accessible as possible.

This week marks the start of the election department’s Vote Ready campaign. Throughout the month, county residents can expect to see programs promoting voter registration.

“We want to highlight voter registration and check voter registration status, so that come Election Day the experience is smooth for everybody,” said Remi Garza, elections administrator. “Knowing in advance you don’t have any problems with registration and knowing where to vote is extremely important.”

The elections department will have registration booths in every public library on Constitution Day (Sept. 17) and every county building on National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 27).

Registering to vote is a simple process and does not require any special information, though having a driver’s license number and Social Security number on hand does help to speed up the application process.

The application process takes about 30 days, which is why prospective voters need to submit their applications before Oct. 11, Garza said.

The Department of Elections & Voter Registration encourages people to share that they registered with the hashtag #IAMVOTEREADY.

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What you need to know to vote

– Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.

– The seven acceptable IDs are: a Texas driver’s license, a Texas ID, a Texas election ID certificate, a Texas handgun license, a U.S. military ID, a U.S. citizenship certificate and a U.S. passport.