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    How do you impact the future? How can you shape direction? How do you guide decisions? All three questions can be answered with one word—vote. 

    Voting is one of the most important rights maintained as American citizens. It is an opportunity that past and present generations have fought to preserve. Exercising that privilege is a guaranteed way to ensure your voice is heard in governmental matters. But you have to be a registered voter to participate in the process.  

    The people you elect decide how much to fund public schools, and more.

     

    §  Every vote counts! In 2010, Texas Representative Donna Howard won the election by only 4 votes out of about 52,000 cast.

    §  In the 2014 Gubernatorial elections, only 10% of eligible voters voted in the primary, and about 5% voted in the runoff elections. 

    §   Let’s move Texas out of last place in voter turnout! 

    Please vote to show your support of the more than 5.4 million Texas school children.

     

     Check your voter registration status: https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

    NEW -- Register to vote:  http://registertovote.org/


    Last Day to Register to Vote in Texas is Oct 9th for the Nov 6th general election. 

    Early Voting Dates for November 6th, 2018 general election:

    October 22 - November 2, 2018

    MATAGORDA COUNTY:


    Bay City Service Center, 2105 Ave. M, Bay City 
    October 22 - November 2, 2018 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mon-Fri only)

    Extended days of early voting at the Bay City Service Center only
    October 25 and November 1, 2018 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

    Matagorda County Courthouse Annex, 405 Commerce, Palacios
    October 22 - November 2, 2018 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Mon-Fri only)

     

    Can anyone vote early to avoid lines on Election Day?

    Yes, early voting is easy and even preferred by many voters. If you are new to a community and uncertain which precinct you reside within, early voting is the way to go.

    Remember, any registered voter may vote early in person. Registered voters may vote at any early voting location in their county of residence. To find out specific locations in each county, go online to:

    www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/cclerks.shtml

    Alternatively, you may do an Internet search for Early Voting Locations in ____ County.

    Polling place hours vary at each early voting location.


    What’s on the ballot? 
    See the Matagorda County Sample Ballots: http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/page/matagorda.SampleBallots  

     

    What do I need to take to vote?

    Bring your registration card and a valid ID* (Texas driver’s license, DPS-issued election ID, U.S. passport, military ID, concealed handgun license) to show to the election official. If you have misplaced or lost the voter registration card, don’t panic. Take your ID to the polls. The election official has information on all registered voters and will check your address and ID against the official list.
    You may bring with you any paperwork you choose to help you vote. Just don’t display it publically within 100 feet of the polling location. Just stick it in your pocket or purse and pull it out when you are actually voting. You may print a sample ballot and bring that with you too. Cell phones are not allowed at the polls.

    More info about voting in Texas: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/largepamp.shtml 

    Election Day: Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 -- 7 AM till 7 PM

    Where to Vote?

    In some counties, voters may cast a ballot at any poll in the county. But in most Texas counties, on Election Day persons must vote at their precinct poll. Your precinct number is on the bottom of your voter registration card. To find the address of the polling place for your precinct, check the local newspapers close to the election date or call the County Clerk or County Elections Administrator to find the polling location.

    Matagorda County's County Clerk is Janet Hickl -- 

    1700 7th Street, Room 202 
    Bay City, TX 77414-5094

    (979)244-7680   Fax (979)244-7688  

    For more information, call the Secretary of State’s office toll free number 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).


    Where to vote on election day in Matagorda County 
    see Matagorda County’s website for polling locations –
    http://tools.cira.state.tx.us/users/0101/docs/County%20Clerk/Documents/Elections/Polling%20Locations%2011-6-2018.pdf

    Matagorda County Election Info website: http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/page/matagorda.Elections