Voter registration deadline near

ThinkstockPhotos-485333012By Mary Alys Cherry

The year 2016 will be a busy one for voters as we choose a new president, elect or re-elect congressmen and state legislators during the March 1 Democratic and Republican primaries to select party nominees. Then we have city elections Saturday, May 7 in many area cities as residents choose mayors and city councilors and vote on various municipal proposals.

In between, there’ll be runoffs, also.

But you can’t participate if you’re not registered to vote. And, if you’re not registered, you have until Feb. 1 to do so. In Harris County, it’s quite simple. google Harris County voter registration and you’ll get the Harris County Tax Office page. To your right you’ll see a box labeled Voter Registration Applications. Fill it out. Sign it and mail it in by Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

For Galveston County, Google Galveston County voter registration. Fill out the form online, print it, sign it and mail it in in the postage-free mailer provided before the Feb. 1 deadline. Or stop by the county courthouse in Galveston or any of the three branch offices in League City, Santa Fe and Texas City and fill out a form and turn it in.

If you don’t make that deadline, the last day to register to vote in the primary runoffs is Monday, April 25.

The last day a candidate can file for a place on the May 7 city election ballot is Feb. 19.

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