Student’s Practical Guide to Voting – The Prospector
As November approaches, election time approaches and with a high-profile race this year, some may be overwhelmed with how to vote. Election day is scheduled for November 8.
The seat that made the headlines is that of the Governor of the State of Texas. However, local elections will also take place, which may have a more direct impact on the community.
“Samples of ballots for the November 2022 general election are available on our website under the ‘Elections In Progress’ page,” said Melissa Rosales, Elections and Information Coordinator. “If voters want their personalized ballot for this upcoming election, under ‘Am I Registered?’ search engine, fill in all the required fields, press search and their sample ballot will be available at the top right of the screen.
All candidate names appear on these sample ballots for anyone wishing to research the candidates they wish to vote for.
To determine if a resident is registered, a quick visit to epcountyvotes.com can allow students to enter their information to determine if they are already registered. From there, people can register in person or by mail by going to their website and downloading the voter registration app. Postage is prepaid and the address is already on the app.
“Registration applications are also available at any U.S. Post Office, Department of Public Safety, El Paso County Public Libraries, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices,” Rosales said.
Anyone can vote in advance and it is a way to avoid queues on election day. Early voting will take place from Monday October 24 to Friday November 4. Residents can go to any early site or any election site to vote.
A list of voting sites is available at epcountyvotes.com with an option to search for the polling location closest to where you are.
The only thing required to vote is photo ID. Approved forms of identification include Texas driver’s license, Texas voter ID, Texas personal ID, Texas handgun license, military photo ID , a citizenship certificate and a passport.
In the state of Texas, to be eligible for absentee ballots, residents must be either: 65 years of age or older, have a disability, be within three weeks of giving birth before or after Election Day, out of of the county or serve a prison sentence. A mail-in ballot must be completed and received by October 28.
For those interested in volunteering, call 915-546-2154 or complete the “Poll Worker Interest Form” located on their website.
The November 2022 general election is just weeks away and Rosales is encouraging people to register.
Kristen Scheaffer is a contributor and can be reached at [email protected]