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January 30, 2014

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Deadline to register for primary near

Athens — On March 4, Henderson County voters will be asked to decide on elections involving more than two dozen candidates at the county level or below, and also give their opinion on several issues.

The first step toward making a difference in the upcoming 2014 Primary Election is to be sure you’re registered to vote.

County Election Administrator Denise Hernandez reminds that Monday, Feb. 3 is the final day to register. Once you’re signed up, you’ll also need an ID to present at the polls.

According to Hernandez, if the address on your voter certificate is your current address, and the name on the certificate matches, or is substantially similar to the name on the ID you will be allowed to vote. Current law requires that you be  registered in the county you call home, and have a picture ID to vote. Contact the Voter Registration office at 940-626-4453 or 940-627-3656, if you have questions.

Texas election law states that a person desiring to vote must submit an application to the registrar of the county in which the person resides. The application must have the applicant’s first name, middle name and last name. It must also include any former names the applicant may have had.

Hernandez said if the names don’t match, but are similar enough for the election clerk to determine that it is indeed the voter, the voter will be asked to read an affidavit, and initial a box affirming that they are the person listed.

The affidavit states that by initialing, the voter swears to be a resident of the precinct in which he is attempting to vote, was a resident at the time the information on the voter’s residence list was last provided to the registrar, and did not deliberately provide false information to secure registration in an precinct other than the one in which he resides.

The affidavit also states that the person at the polls is voting only once in the election. If a person comes to the polls with a name similar to, but not an exact match for the one on the list, he or she will be given the opportunity to sign an affidavit, swearing to be the person on the list.

Once registered, voters can go to one of three early-balloting locations beginning on Feb. 18 and running through Feb. 28. They are the Henderson County Elections Center at 201 E. Larkin St. in Athens, the Chandler Community Center at 811 Highway 31 East, in Chandler and the Seven Points City Hall at 428 Cedar Creek Parkway in Seven Points.

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