Today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming round of May elections. That means registering in person or having a mail-in registration postmarked by the end of the day.
In Kerrville, a pair of city council seats are up for grabs. Running for the Place 1 seat on council are current Place 2 Councilman George Baroody and Gary Cochrane. Kim Clarkson and Mario Garcia will vie for Place 2.
And while it is vitally important for prospective voters to be informed about the candidates, positions and issues at stake in any election, it’s also important to know where and how to register and vote.
Potential voters can check their registration status with an online tool provided by the state government. Visit https://bit.ly/1M1zo6f to check on your status — especially if you have recently moved.
You’ll need your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate or your Texas driver’s license number — if you provided it when you applied for voter registration — and your first and last name. You can also call the Kerr County Voter Registration Office, 700 Main St. in Kerrville, at 830-792-2242 to register or check on your status.
At the local level, election department workers, volunteers and other groups are working to help keep voters informed.
The Kerr County Elections Department provides a wealth of information for voters, from registration information and assistance to early voting times, poll locations and sample ballots.
The office’s website also provides a link to a helpful student voter guide, essential reading for young and first-time voters.
You can visit the office online at www.co.kerr.tx.us/elections/ or find additional information by calling the Voter Registration Office at 830-792-2242.
The League of Women Voters of the Hill Country is doing their part by participating in the national LWV web voting guide, www.vote411.org.
The website offers a quick and easy way to check on local races, links to candidate websites and social media pages, plus questions and answers on local issues and hotline numbers to call should one encounter any election day hiccups.
The online guide can be used to find upcoming voter registration deadlines, which races you’re eligible to vote in, upcoming debates and forums and a variety of other links and resources.
Those interested in learning more about the League of Women Voters can visit the branch website, lwvhillcountrytexas.org.