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Secretary of State promotes voter education

By Melissa Crowe
May 9, 2012 at 12:09 a.m.

For more information about voter education, visit the State Secretary's website at


VOTER FAQ:• Early Voting: Any registered voter may vote early in person from May 14 to May 25 for the primary election. To vote early by mail, you must first complete an application for a mail ballot.

• Where to Vote: You will vote in the precinct in which you are registered. Victoria County has 34 voting precincts for the primary election. You can check your precinct from or at

• Primary Voting: A voter can only vote in one primary party election. The election is May 29, registration has passed. Voters must bring some form of identification, such as a voter registration card; it does not have to be a photo I.D.

• Run-Off Voting: A voter does not have to vote in the primary election in order to vote in a run-off election. The run-off is July 31. To vote in this election, register by July 2.


In preparation for the May 29 primary election, Secretary of State Hope Andrade encouraged Victorians to make their mark on Texas.

Her office recently unveiled a new $3 million voter education campaign that incorporates social media, a smart phone application and a dynamic website to make finding answers to any election issue a cinch.

"We're committed to giving everyone all the resources they need," she said.

This election was filled with setbacks and delays regarding redistricting that have generated some voter confusion. The campaign is aimed at answering questions about voting and the voting process for Texans in the 2012 election cycle.

Under the approved redistricting maps, Victoria County joined Congressional District 27, Senate District 18 and House District 30.

Rich Parsons, director of communications at the state secretary office, said their goal is to "go where the voters are."

Victoria County has 49,968 registered voters. Add the adjoining counties and there are more than 106,000 registered voters, said George Matthews, the county election administrator.

The website answers simple questions from, "Am I registered to vote?" all the way to outlining special provisions for military and overseas ballots.

Andrade said the new campaign, "Make your Mark on Texas," is a call to action, intended to empower voters.

By voting, you can have an impact on this state, she said.



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