If you want to vote in this fall’s election, you’ve got to be registered to vote at your current address.
Don’t worry if you’re not registered where you live (you can check here), as the deadline is October 9. But the process to do register is overly cumbersome, requiring you to know a volunteer deputy registrar, head to a government office, or have access to a printer.
Fortunately, there’s a new solution to help Texans make their voice heard at the ballot box.
Austin Tech Alliance is proud to partner with Register2Vote.org, a recently launched nonprofit that provides as close an experience to online voter registration that’s allowed under Texas law.
Register2Vote works to meet the electorate where they are and makes both registering to vote and volunteering to help others register more accessible. Here’s how it works.
If you need to register to vote or update your registration, visit Register2Vote.org and fill out the fields that correspond identically with a voter registration application.
Register2Vote then prints out your pre-filled application and mails it to you along with a stamped envelope that’s already addressed to your voter registrar. You simply sign and date the registration form and stick it back in the mail. It’s that easy. Register2Vote uses USPS tracking technology to ensure that your registration arrives safely at your local voter registrar.
Register2Vote will serve an especially paramount role for increasing civic participation in the Lone Star State. Due in part to the fact that Texas is one of only 12 states that has yet to implement online voter registration, Texas consistently ranks near the bottom in voter turnout.
In fact, Texas was dead last in the country in turnout in 2014.
Since launching around a month ago, Register2Vote has already registered hundreds of people to vote with minimal advertising.
Want to help Register2Vote fulfill their mission? Sign up to volunteer. They need volunteers to help with printing, envelope preparation, mailing, training, and voter registration outreach.