HARLINGEN — There could be millions of Americans who won’t be voting in the upcoming election because they forgot to register.

That means thousands of people in the Valley 18 and older who might not be voting for president.

Cameron County Elections Administrator Remi Garza is doing everything he can to register new voters for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

To coincide with National Voter Registration Day, Garza has organized a countywide voter registration campaign that’s happening today.

“I can’t think of anything more American than casting your vote for president,” Garza said.

With the presidential election looming, Garza and organizations throughout the Valley are attempting to register new voters before the Oct. 11 deadline.

The Cameron County elections department will be at sites around the county today registering people to vote.

“Right now, Cameron County has approximately 193,000 registered voters,” Garza said. “That’s up about 13,000 from last year.”

He said the elections department bases its data on the Census to find out how many potential voters there are in the county.

“Our calculations show there is anywhere from 220,000 to 230,000 individuals in Cameron County that would be eligible to vote,” Garza said. “We still have a good group out there that we have not been able to contact. But we are doing everything we can.”

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