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Voter registration deadline nears for Nov. 5 election

By Glenn Evans
Oct. 4, 2013 at 11 p.m.


Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 5 Texas Constitutional amendment election.

And while the fall ballot will be the first test of Texas' new voter ID law, photo identification is not required to register, Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy said.

"I don't have to see IDs when you register to vote," she said. "But on the application, it will ask for either your driver's license number, just for the number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number."

Gregg County residents who are not registered to vote have until 5 p.m. Monday to register in Nealy's office on the first floor of the courthouse in Longview.

People mailing in registration forms must ensure they are postmarked by Monday.

"As long as it's postmarked by the 7th, we will take it," Nealy said. "You cannot register online. You can print the application online and then mail it - not drop it in the mailbox the seventh. It has to be postmarked the seventh."

For information on registering to vote in Gregg County, call Nealy's office at (903) 236-8458 during business hours.

Early voting is Oct. 21 through Nov. 1.

The election offers nine amendments to the Texas Constitution.

Proposition 6, releasing up to $2 billion from the state's emergency reserve to pay for water infrastructure, has received the most attention.

Several of the proposed amendments are somewhat housecleaning for the 137-year-old document.

Proposition 2 eliminates requirements for joining the State Medical Education Board and State Medical Education Fund. Neither are operational.

Proposition 1 allows complete or partial exemption from property taxes on a homestead for the surviving spouse of an armed services member killed in action.

Information on the amendments is available on the non-partisan Texas Legislative Council website, www.tlc.state.tx.us.

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