In 2018 less than half of 26,941 registered voters in Atascosa County went to the polls. That means that in a vibrant county of 51,153 citizens only 12,294 people’s voices were heard. Even as voter registration in Texas is presently surging, the citizens of rural communities need to cast their votes as well.
Atascosa County Democrats have launched a series of voter registration drives throughout the county hoping to encourage all citizens to exercise their right to be heard. On Saturday, Aug. 15 they will be in Poteet on Hwy. 16 across the street from Dairy Queen from 6-8 p.m. and on Aug. 22 they will be set up in Jourdanton at the Rock House, 2102 Zanderson Ave, from 6-8p.m.
The registration forms are very simple to fill out and you can sit and fill them out at the booth in case you have questions. Or you can take it home to complete and then drop them in the mail, postage paid, or take them to the Atascosa County Elections office in Jourdanton, 914 Main St., #115. Or they will be happy to turn them in at the County Elections Office for you. It won’t take but a few minutes to complete the form and you should receive a voter registration card in the mail in a few weeks.
All citizens 18 years and older are eligible and those young people who will be 18 on Nov. 3 are also eligible. We will also have mail-in applications for ballots available for those who are eligible. If you don’t know if you are registered in the county, go to www.register2vote.org to check. And remember that in Texas, online signatures are not valid so checking the box to register to vote when you renew your license online does not mean you are registered.
Registering and voting ensures that all voices in Atascosa County are heard on election day.