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Deadline for voter registration today

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By Britney Tabor / Staff Writer

Today is the deadline for Texans to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

Frank Phillips, Denton County elections administrator, said his office has registered a lot of new voters and expects to register even more today.

“Since Sept. 1 … we’ve registered about 7,500 new people, and we’ve mailed out 5,801 ballots by mail as of today,” he said Monday.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., people can register to vote at the Carroll Administration Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton, Phillips said.

Those eligible to register to vote must:

n be a U.S.citizen,

n reside in the county where the registration is submitted,

n be at least 18 years old on Election Day (people must be at least 17 years and 10 months old on the day they register),

n not be a convicted felon (people are eligible to vote if they have completed their sentence, probation and parole), and

n not have been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote

Registration applications are available at county government offices, Phillips said.

In recent months, representatives with the county Democratic and Republican parties said they’ve conducted drives to get people registered to vote. Drives have been conducted at area colleges and universities, churches, festivals, football games and stores.

Mary Infante, executive director of the Denton County Democratic Party, said the party has registered a large number of college students and first-time voters. She said reports in months prior indicated that those groups usually would not turn out and register to vote.

“We’re finding just the opposite is true here in Denton County,” Infante said.

Dianne Edmondson, chairwoman of the Denton County Republican Party, said the party conducted registration drives throughout the summer. Hundreds of people have been registered at churches and local festivals, she said.

“We’ve gone wherever people have wanted us to come to register voters, and we’ve registered a lot of new voters,” Edmondson said.

Early voting for the general election begins Oct. 22 and continues through Nov. 2.

“We’re anticipating a huge turnout for this election, and I would encourage people to vote early to avoid long lines on Election Day,” Phillips said.

For more information, visit www.votetexas.gov .

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876. Her e-mail address is btabor@dentonrc.com .