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Register to vote – we’ll help

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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Voter Registration

The form immediately above this column is a Texas voter registration card.

Yes, it’s real.

You can download the forms online at www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/vrformsindex.shtml

If you are not registered to vote, we encourage you to fill out the form and send it in, either by mail or by hand, to the Wise County Elections Office located at 200 S. Trinity St. in Decatur. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1597, Decatur, TX 76234.

The form must arrive at the elections office by Oct. 9 in order for you to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Wondering if you are already registered? Visit wcmess.com/registered to find out.

The next step is to find out if you are eligible to vote. In Texas, you are eligible to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

So why are we doing this? Because we feel it is important for everyone to take part in the democratic process, and there is nothing more important than making an informed vote.

Wise County voters will have many important decisions to make in November. While we won’t have any contested partisan elections at the county level this year, we will have a number of local issues to decide.

All county voters will decide a ballot issue that would affect municipal annexation.

Voters in the Boonsville area will vote on the creation of Wise County Emergency Services District No. 2.

Aurora residents will decide on an alcohol proposition.

Decatur citizens will once again be asked to enlarge the Wise County Water Supply District to include newly-annexed land in the city.

Rhome residents will vote on a $2.75 million bond issue for improving and extending the city’s water and sewer system.

Voters in Slidell ISD will vote in a contested school board election.

The ballot will also include a number of contested statewide races, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and U.S. senator. The Wise County ballot will also include contested races for U.S. representative and state senator.

The Wise County Messenger is asking for your vote – not for any certain candidate or issue, but a commitment to participate in the democratic process. We promise to continue covering the people and the issues that affect Wise County so you can make an informed vote.

If there are races or issues we can’t cover, we’ll do our best to send you to places where you can find that information, such as nonpartisan groups like the League of Women Voters (my.lwv.org/texas), which is currently putting together a voter’s guide.

If your household needs more voter registration forms, feel free to come by our office to pick up another All Around Wise, or better yet, just go by the Wise County Elections Office located across the street (one building south) from our office to fill one out and turn it in.

Keep reading All Around Wise and the Wise County Messenger in the weeks to come as we’ll provide information about early voting times and locations and Election Day times and locations.

Finally, don’t forget to vote.

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