The only thing which can prevent you from voting in the November 6, 2012 General Election is if you are not a registered voter. The deadline for registration is October 9th.

All elections are important and the one coming up has been building for four years. There are lots of issues that you, as a voter, must determine for yourself which are the most important. In evaluating the issues, you choose a candidate who most closely matches your own view. There are a lot of offices on the ballot other than just the president and vice-president so there is a lot to research.

In Texas you must be a U.S. Citizen and resident of the county. You must also be 18 years, or older, by Election Day. You must also register as a voter to be eligible to vote in the election. Registration becomes effective 30 days after you submit your registration. The registration provides us the certification as to your age, your residence and your citizenship.

If you have registered but have changed your residence, you must update your voter registration information to the correct address. Your residence within the county determines what candidates are on your ballot.

If information about yourself has changed, such as your name, you should register under your new name.

The last day to register or update your registration information is Tuesday, October 9th. This is the day after Columbus Day, which because it is a federal and state holiday, allows for the extension of the 30th day deadline. Applications must received no later than 5 pm or have a postmark of 10/9/12.

Contact the Elections Office at 576-0124 or e-mail us at elections@vctx.org for more information. Or if you like, come by the office at 111 N. Glass.