Registration to vote in the upcoming statewide election ends Monday.
The Taylor County general election will take place Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can choose to participate in early voting instead from Oct. 20 to Oct. 31.
This year, Taylor County is implementing voting centers. This countywide polling system will allow registered voters to vote in any precinct rather than the one they are registered in. Registered voters in Taylor County will have the option to vote at any one of the 23 different locations throughout the city of Abilene.
“This is a huge step for Taylor County,” said Kristi Allyn, Taylor County elections administrator. “It’s going to be a great convenience for the voters because they can just go to any of our locations.”
Voting centers will be open on Election Day only.
Allyn said early voting will be conducted through the weekend giving voters more opportunity to vote.
The process for early voting take place two weeks before the general election. Early voting will be offered at six locations around Abilene.
“About 50 percent of voters take advantage of early voting, so we’ll have a huge turnout for early voting as well as Election Day,” Allyn said.
Young people, primarily college students, typically do not vote.
James Sulzer, freshman political science major from College Station, said he is not registered to vote because he was unaware of the registration process.
“I think if people were aware of the process, we would find more voters getting involved and taking a look at political views,” Sulzer said.
Students interested in participating in the upcoming election can register in Taylor County and vote in Abilene or register in their hometowns and request ballots by mail.
To vote by mail, students must request the ballot, fill it out and mail it back to their home county.
Sulzer said he will register to vote in the upcoming general election before deadline if time allows.
For more information or to find a voting center in the area, visit www.votetaylorcounty.org.