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Update: Texas Reaches Record Number of Registered Voters on Voter Registration List for November 6 General Election

Voters Urged to Prepare for Early Voting

October 19, 2012
Contact: Rich Parsons or Alicia Pierce
512/ 463-5770

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade today announced Texas reached a record number of registered voters on the Official List of Registered Voters. As of Friday, October 19, Texas has 13,646,226 registered voters; the highest number in state history. Tuesday, October 9 was the last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2012 General Election.

“I want to thank all Texans who registered to vote this year and all Texans who are already registered voters. The next step is getting to the polls during Early Voting or on Election Day,” said Secretary Andrade.

The previous record number of registered voters was 13,575,062 set for the November 2008 General Election.

As a reminder, Early Voting begins Monday, October 22, 2012 and runs through November 2, 2012. Voters can find links to polling places and times at www.VoteTexas.gov. During Early Voting, voters may cast a ballot at any polling place in their county of residence.

“With Early Voting beginning October 22nd, now is a perfect time for Texans to begin preparing to cast their ballot,” said Secretary Andrade. “Now’s the time to verify your voter registration status, locate your registration certificate, make sure it’s signed, verify where your county’s polling places are, review what’s on your ballot and make plans to go vote.”

Photo identification is not required when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day. To cast a ballot during Early Voting or on Election Day, voters should present their Voter Registration Certificate or in lieu of a Voter Registration Certificate, at least one of the following:

  • A driver's license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
  • A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
  • A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity;
  • Your United States citizenship papers;
  • Your United States passport;
  • Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

For more information on the November 6 General Election, please visit www.VoteTexas.gov.