Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 10, 2013

Today last day to register

Contested races, other issues in elections next month

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Citizens who want to have a voice in deciding city council members, school board trustees and other issues next month have to get registered by the end of the business day today.

Voters will be making a variety of decisions on May 11. Among those, the Athens Independent School Board has three contested races, with the seats of Raymond Williams, David Freeman and Robert Spears up for election.

Murchison has a local option election for the sale of alcoholic beverages, and a vote on whether to create Emergency Services District No. 8.

On the east side of the county, voters in the area served by the Westside Volunteer Fire Department will vote on creation of ESD No. 6.

The Henderson County Voter Registration Office will be receiving applications at its office at 201 J. East Larkin Street until 5 p.m. Thursday. The office will also accept an application by mail if it is postmarked by today. Voters can download an application from the county website.

To be eligible to vote, the applicant must be at least 17 years and 10 months old to register, and you must be 18 years of age by Election Day. Your voter registration will become effective 30 days after it is received or on your 18th birthday, whichever is later.

Because of recent changes in the election law, you must provide your Texas driver’s license or personal identification number in order to register.

According to the Voter Registration office, if you do not have a driver’s license or personal identification number, you can give the last four digits of your Social Security number as identification.