Voter Registration Up in North Texas as Deadline Looms

Nearly 100,000 more voters have registered to vote in Dallas County than registered during the 2012 presidential election

The line sometimes stretched out the door at the Dallas County Elections Department on Monday as people beat Tuesday's deadline to register for the Nov. 8 general election.

"I guess they just want to be a part of it," said Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole. "We have seen an (influx) of applications here."

The back office had an assembly line of workers processing last-minute voter registrations.

"If you listen to what's going on, you don't see a real clear winner," Pippins-Poole said about the upcoming presidential election. "I think the way the debates are going, what's being reported in the media, I think that's a result of what you see here."

So far, nearly 100,000 more voters have registered to vote in Dallas County than registered during the 2012 presidential election.

"I just think it's a scary time for everyone," said Diana Pratt, as she filled out her voter registration form. "You need to get out there and voice what you want."

Pippins-Poole said there were also more people out on the streets collecting voter registrations.

"I devoted my weekend to registering people," said Deputy Registrar Doris Black, as she checked the cards before turning them in. "My job is just to encourage them to register and encourage them to vote, to exercise their rights as United States citizens."

The Dallas County Elections Department expects this week to be the busiest for voter registration. The deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, to postmark or drop off voter registrations for the Nov. 8 election.

The Dallas County Elections Department will stay open until 8 p.m.

Voters must present one of seven approved forms of photo identification in order to cast a ballot in person. The list includes:

  • Texas driver's license
  • Texas election identification certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety
  • Personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun
  • U.S. military identification card
  • U.S. citizenship certificate
  • U.S. passport

Online: www.votetexas.gov

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