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Election season is almost here! Here's how to register to vote

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The fall season comes with haunted houses, trick-or-treating, better weather and pumpkin-flavored everything. But it's also election season, where voters will decide the fate of two local propositions and eight constitutional amendments.

Election Day is Nov. 2, so residents will need to register to vote by Monday, Oct. 4 to be able to vote; early voting runs from Oct. 18-29 with the last day to apply for a ballot via mail on Oct. 22.

Austinites will vote on Prop A, which would mandate minimum staffing levels at the Austin Police Department to two police officers for every 1,000 residents, increase cadet training and implement measures to improve police response times; the measure would cost the city between $54.3 million and $119.8 million each year for the next five years. Prop B authorizes approximately nine acres of parkland currently used as the Central Maintenance Complex, located at 2525 S. Lakeshore Blvd., through a public bidding process. View your sample ballot here.

How do I know if I'm registered to vote?

If you don't know if you're registered to vote or not, you can check out the Texas Secretary of States' Am I Registered system to check. It will ask you for your date of birth and either your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), your driver's license number or your first and last name.

How can I register to vote?

If you haven't registered yet, you will need to complete the voter registration application and return it to the Travis County Election Office at least 30 days prior to the election date. If mailed in, it needs to be postmarked before by Oct. 4.

Applications can be found online here, although cannot be submitted online in Texas unless you're updating your driver's license. You can also request an application here or visit your local voter registrar, post offices, government offices or high schools.


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