Deadline looms for THS seniors wishing to vote

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Lilah Craig

As the presidential election date nears, some seniors will be eligible to be a part of this year’s voting process and have an opinion on who they wish to lead the United States for the next four years. 

The last day to register to vote in Texas for the November 3rd presidential election is October 5, 2020. Your application must be in the appropriate  office or postmarked at least 30 days prior to election day in order to be eligible to vote. 

In Freestone County, you can register to vote at the tax collector’s office in Fairfield. It is located across Main Street from the courthouse, specifically at 112 E. Main Street. For Limestone County, you can register to vote at the elections administrator’s office. It is located in Groesbeck at 200 W. State Street in room G5. For Leon County, you can also register to vote at the elections administrator’s office in  Centerville at 155 N. Cass Street. There are voting registration application forms available in the counselor’s office at THS. Mrs.Gilbert, along with the rest of the counseling staff, is available to answer any questions. 

In order to register to vote, a person must be at least 17 years and 10 months of age and must provide a Texas driver’s license number or personal identification number given to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If neither of those apply to you, you will be required to list the last four digits of your social security number on your voter registration form. Once the application is filled out and completed, you should mail or personally deliver your form to the voting registrar’s office in the county where you currently reside. 

To further qualify to register to vote, you must also be a citizen of the United States. You may not be finally convicted of a felony, or if you are a convicted felon, you must be fully liberated from your punishment. Finally, you will not be allowed to register if you have been identified as mentally incompetent in the court of law. 

Voting is a basic civic duty that is highly encouraged by the government and local politicians alike. As a citizen of the United States, it is your responsibility to make sure your voice is heard and that your opinion is accounted for. Voting is a great way to do this. 

“Our collective futures depend on your willingness to uphold your duties as a citizen to vote, to speak out,” President Barack Obama expressed in a speech back in 2016 addressing all United States citizens.