As if 2020 couldn’t be any more bizarre or complicated, we’d like to remind you it’s also an election year. On Tuesday, November 3, we’ll be voting for not only a president, but also a U.S. Congress Representative, a State Senator, the El Paso Mayor and the El Paso District Attorney.
Our team strongly believes in civic participation and we’ve worked with the El Paso County Elections Department for the last five years to support and encourage voter turnout. Our work includes developing their bilingual website (which was voted ‘Outstanding’ by the League of Women Voters of Texas), building a complementary mobile application and coordinating the production and placement of TV and radio spots to inform voters of early voting opportunities and changes to the voting process in 2020. We hope these tools and information help you and the rest of our community to exercise your right to vote.
Confirm You’re Registered
You can use the Elections Department website or mobile application to make sure you’re registered to vote. If you aren’t registered, the deadline to register to vote in Texas is October 5. The Voter Registration Application is available on the website and at any U.S. Post Office.
Vote by Mail
If you’ll be out of the county or otherwise unable to vote in person, you can request a ballot by mail. You must submit an application for a ballot by October 23. The Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) can be found on the Elections Department website. Once you receive your ballot, you must return the completed ballot to the Elections office by November 3.
The Elections Department has revised operations and implemented strategies to protect the public and poll workers. These include abiding by local social distancing and mask regulations, disinfecting vote stations after each use and offering curbside voting upon request. Each polling site will have its own clean team and each voter will be given a Vote Safe kit. The kit includes hand wipes, a disposable marking tool, a finger cot (it’s like a glove for a single finger) and the “I Voted” sticker.
This year, the Early Voting period has been extended. Early voting started October 13 and runs through October 20. The website and the mobile application both utilize geolocation services so you can find the polling location you’re closest to. You aren’t required to vote at a location in your precinct. The website and app even have estimated wait times so you can plan when and where to vote. Finally, a selection of the early voting locations will be open until 10 PM.
Vote at ANY Vote Center
This year El Paso is switching to Vote Centers. This means voters can vote at ANY vote center, not just the one in their precinct. The website and mobile app can direct you to the closest one, you’ll just need to enable the geolocation services.
Voting is essential to our community and our country. Make your voice heard.
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