Updates on Comal County Elections
National Voter Registration Day is next Tuesday, Sept. 27. To help celebrate, Comal County Elections Office and League of Women Voters are working to ensure eligible county residents are registered to vote in the November election.
On Monday and Tuesday, Sept 26-27, the Elections Office will stay open until 7 p.m. to take phone calls from residents seeking to confirm their voter registration. Those unsure about their registration status can call 830-221-1352 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on those days, or from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. any other weekday.
On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the League of Women Voters will staff a voter-registration booth from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between the Comal County Courthouse and the Landa Building (199 Main Plaza) in New Braunfels.
“We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible to register has the opportunity to do so,” said Cynthia Jaqua, Comal County elections coordinator. “With the Oct. 11 voter-registration deadline coming up and Tuesday being National Voter Registration Day, we’re hoping to make it easier for our residents to make sure they’re registered – and if they’re not, to help them get registered.”
More than 90,200 people are registered to vote in Comal County, Jaqua said.
Voter-registration forms are available from the Texas Secretary of State’s website, votetexas.gov, or at the Elections Office, 178 E. Mill St., Suite 101. Registration forms must be postmarked by Oct. 11 to count for the Nov. 8 election. Early voting begins Monday, Oct. 24.
All of the information on election changes – as well as precinct maps, polling places, voting dates and times, and sample ballots – is available at votecomal.com. County Clerk Bobbie Koepp runs the Elections Office.
Jaqua said voters should follow changes to local polling places and revisions to the state’s photo-ID requirements that allow voters to present alternate, non-photo forms of identification at the polling place.
The state’s photo-ID requirements have changed, allowing those who do not have one of the previously required forms of identification to vote if they bring proof of residence (such as a utility bill) and sign an affidavit explaining that they could not acquire a photo ID.