Wednesday, September 19, 2012 , Updated 12:00 p.m., October 8, 2012
Texas voters cannot register online
As the October 9 deadline to register comes up, you'll need to print forms and mail them in.
The deadline to register to vote in Texas is October 9, and there are many ways to register. But online isn’t one of them. That's because the secretary of state’s office requires a printed signature on a registration form to validate the registration, said spokeswoman Alicia Pierce.
What can eligible voters do instead?
Pick up postage-paid voter registration cards at many government buildings, including post offices and public libraries. Fill out the card and drop it in the mail to get it to a voter registrar’s office in time for an October 9 postmark. Find a list of voter registrars by county here.
Anyone deputized by the state to register voters can take a registration form directly, so look for voter registration drives at schools, libraries and other places and give the form directly to a deputy voter registrar.
Voters who have moved since they last voted must follow the same process to submit a change-of-address request, unless the move was within the same county, in which case the change can be made online.
The bottom line: The secretary of state requires a physical signature on voter registration forms, so eligible voters can’t register online. But they can download or request registration forms online and then mail them in.
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