Campaigning for public office is a long and expensive process. In addition to trying to create a platform that fits your constituency, it takes hours of talking to people and refining your marketing to make sure your message gets in the right hands.
Whether you are running for election or you are supporting someone’s campaign, your constituents need to vote on election day. With the election around the corner, you want to make sure you are having conversations with people who will be able to help your cause.
Here’s what you need to know about the rules for voter registration in Texas.
Citizens must go through the registration process
Although some states will allow residents to show up on Voting Day with an identification card and a utility bill to prove they live in a specific district, Texas has different rules.
At this point, citizens must have already registered to vote. To be able to get through the registration process in time, residents must submit their application at least 30 days before an election.
Some residents may not remember if they registered and skip Voting Day. Remind them that checking on their voter registration is one simple internet search away. When your constituents know a visit to the ballot box will not be a waste of time, they will be more likely to cast their vote.
It still pays to have the conversation
Whether you win the election or not, chances are, you will still be involved in politics and may run in a future election. If you are talking to a resident who is not registered, encourage them to get registered now so that they are prepared for next year’s election.
When the next election comes, you will want people to remember that you valued the conversation even if they were unable to support you with a vote this year. Also, invite them to be involved in your campaign if they are interested in what you are doing. They may be able to have valuable conversations with others who can vote on election day.