The last day to register for the General Election is Tuesday, October 9th. Applications submitted in person must be received no later than 5 pm. Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked OCT 9, 2012. Late registrations will be accepted but the effective date of registration will be after the election and therefore a late registration will not be eligible to vote in the general election.
One of the requirements of voter registration is that you reside in the county. You must be able to provide a residence location and a location where you can receive a mailed certificate. If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county before the deadline. If you have moved within the county, you must update your residence address prior to the deadline to vote in your new precinct.
To register or update your registration come by the Elections Office at 111 N. Glass.
The reason locating the residence is so important is that your location within the county determines who is on your ballot. We have thirty-five election precincts which are allocated among four commissioners precincts. This year two of the commissioners positions are up for election, part of the presidential election cycle. The other two commissioners are elected in the gubernatorial election cycle two years from now.
The federal, state, district and county offices are not the only thing on our ballot this November. In addition the Bloomington ISD is conducting an election for several of their trustees. Those people who reside within the boundaries of Bloomington ISD are eligible to vote for the trustees, those who live outside the boundaries are not eligible to vote.
The registered address allows us to determine on which side of the boundary line you live and who should be on your ballot.
Sometimes we have mailed a voter registration certificate in the past and it has been returned to us by the postal service. Those individuals are then placed in "Suspense". We attempt another mailing because the voter registration, being tied to a residence address, is not forwardable. If we receive no response the "Suspense" is maintained for two federal elections, essentially two years, after which the registration is cancelled.
If you "vote in every election" and you really mean you vote in every presidential election it is possible your registration was cancelled from the last time you voted in 2008. Check to see that you have the current yellow voter registration card set to expire 12-31-13 and that your residence address listed on the card is the same as your current residence. The new cards were mailed last March.
With the registration deadline approaching, now is the time to be making certain you are registered to vote on November 6th.
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