Deadline to register to vote early approaches; June 15 last day to submit application

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Cameron County residents ready to cast their votes in the July 14 primary runoff election will have until Monday, June 15 to register.

There are three seats up for grab on the Democratic Party ticket which include a runoff for county sheriff between incumbent Omar Lucio and former district clerk Eric Garza, a runoff for the 138 state District Court seat between Gabriela “Gabby” Garcia and Helen Delgadillo, and a runoff for state senator District 27 between incumbent Eddie Lucio Jr. and Sara Stapleton Barrera.

On the Republican ticket there is a runoff between incumbent Pedro Delgadillo and Norman Esquivel Jr. for Cameron County Constable Precinct 1.

Elections Administrator Remi Garza said it’s important that voters check their registration just to be certain everything is in order. “We want to make sure that we have you in the right jurisdiction so that you can vote in the elections for which you qualify. It only takes a few minutes to check on our website to make sure your vote is secure,” Garza said.

The county’s election information can be accessed at www.cameronvotes.org. The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is on July 2. Voters looking for guidance on who is eligible for vote by mail should visit the county’s website.

Early voting will begin on June 29 and finish on July 10. The county will be offering curbside service for residents who wish to use the service, though staff noted the process will take slightly longer.

The county is adhering to guidance on COVID-19-related safety measures published by the Texas Secretary of State and is also going even further, installing Plexiglas shields on desks, providing sanitizers, and implementing a plan to keep polling places clean.

It is recommended that voters who arrive at polling stations wear masks in order to protect others who wish to exercise their right to vote and must do so in person under Texas’ limited eligibility for vote by mail.

If a voter has moved within the same county, the voter may update their address online at www.Texas.gov. Voters can print and complete the voter registration application at www.sos.state.texas.us.

Postage-paid voter registration applications can also be requested in the mail by filling out the request form on the Secretary of State’s website, listed above.

Another resource is www.register2vote.org, a third-party website where voters can complete a form online and have a copy sent to them to sign. The service includes a postage-paid envelope mailable directly to the county voter registrar.

Cameron County voters can reach the Elections Department at (956) 550-7298.

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