Travis County Voter Registration Drive in Full Swing for General Election

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Voter Registrar Candidate Vik Vad Predicts Record Number of Voters in November

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"It is exciting to see how much Travis County has grown, to watch some folks vote for the very first time, and to see everyone participate in the political process of selecting everyone from the President, to the Tax-Assessor!"

With the explosive growth of Travis County in just the past four years, a voter registration drive is taking place in the run-up to this year's presidential general election on November 6th. Many residents of Travis County have recently moved in from out of state, or from other parts of Texas, but have not yet filled out a voter registration form to update their new address. Others simply have never registered to vote, or have just come of voting age in the past few years. "There is so much talk about politics around town nowadays, but I am alarmed at how many of these people are not actually registered voters," states Vik Vad, candidate for Tax Assessor and Voter Registrar. "There is still some time left, and I urge anyone with questions to either contact the Tax Office or contact me directly, as I can help you to register in time."

The deadline to submit an application in time for the November election is October 9, 2012. The Travis County Tax Office has set a goal of 56,000 new registered voters by this date. Citizens looking to register can either stop by one of five tax office locations around the county, or print and mail an application from http://www.traviscountytax.org. The website also lists early voting locations and Election Day polling places, which may have changed since the last election cycle due to redistricting. "There will be a record number of registered voters this year, as well as a record number of people who actually go and vote," Vad mentions. "It is exciting to see how much Travis County has grown, to watch some folks vote for the very first time, and to see everyone participate in the political process of selecting everyone from the President, to the Tax-Assessor!"

In order to register, one must be a citizen of the United States, and at least 18 years of age. The voter registration form must be filled out completely and signed, as well as received by the deadline. A voter registration card will be mailed to the address given, and should be brought along to the polls on Election Day in order to cast a ballot. "I've said from the very beginning – Whether or not you vote for me is your business, but you should at least go and vote for someone!" adds Vik Vad, who believes in equally registering all voters, regardless of party affiliation, or geographic location within the county.

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