Voter Registration Deadline
by: Jim Bell, March 10, 2008 12:03:00 pm
State law says people who want to vote must be registered at least 30 days before the election they want to vote in, and today's the 30th day before the April 8th runoffs. County Voter Registrar Paul Bettencourt:
"What that means is that you've got to turn in a voter registration card postmarked today, or drop it off any tax office, or go on-line at HCVoter.net."
Bettencourt says Texas law allows people to vote in either party's primary regardless of their own party affiliation, but they can't switch parties in the runoffs.
"If you voted in the Republican Primary you have to stay in the Republican runoff. If you did like 400 thousand people did, which was vote in the Democratic Primary, you have to stay in the Democratic runoff on April the 8th."
Bettencourt says on the other hand, people who didn't vote in either of the primaries can vote in either runoff.
Runoffs are needed to settle eight races left unsettled in both parties last week. The Republican Primary has runoffs in the 22nd Congressional District, State Representative District 144, the 174th District Court Judgeship, a Justice of the Peace race and Harris County District Attorney. The Democratic Primary has runoffs for Railroad Commissioner, State Representative District 27, the 80th District Court judgeship and a Justice of the Peace race. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.