County elections department to stay open late
The Cameron County Election Office is staying open a little later today for last-minute voter registration and for updates to name or address changes.
Instead of closing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election, the Cameron County Elections Office will stay open until 7 p.m. The office opens at 8 a.m.
“ We want to do everything we can to help people get registered to vote. There are still a few options to get your applications to our office before the deadline, by mail, by fax or they can be hand delivered,” Elections Administrator Remi Garza said in a press release. “We hope the extra office hours give everyone a chance to secure their place on the rolls and make sure they are ‘Vote Ready.’”
As of Friday, Garza said his office had received 205,961 voter registration applications and predicted Cameron County would surpass 206,000 registered voters by today’s deadline.
Typically, there is increased voter activity during presidential elections, but Garza said last week activity during a midterm election in Cameron County has been unprecedented.
During the last midterm election, in 2014, Cameron County reported 186,563 registered voters, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
However, just a few more than 21 percent of those voters actually cast ballots in the election, with Cameron County reporting a total of 39,386 voters.
The last day for registered voters to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 26. The application must be received, not post-marked to, by the Cameron County Elections and Voter Registration Department by that date.
Early voting in the Nov. 6 elections begins on Oct. 22.
There’s plenty on the ballot this year, too.
Gov. Greg Abbott is challenged by Democrat Lupe Valdez and Libertarian Mark Jay Tippets.
Sen. Ted Cruz is fending off a challenge by Democrat U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Libertarian Neal M. Dikeman.
District 34 U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela is being challenged by Rey Gonzalez while incumbent Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. is going up against former Cameron County Judge Carlos H. Cascos.
The Nov. 6 election also includes judicial, municipal, school board and bond elections.
For more information, contact the Cameron County Elections and Voter Registration Department at (956) 544-0809 or online at www.co.cameron.tx.us/elections. Voter registration forms can also be faxed to (956) 550-7298.
The office is located at 1050 E. Madison St.