Travis County Tax Office

Tax Office launches Voter Registration Month, welcomes 5,000th volunteer deputy registrar

The Tax Office’s volunteer deputy registrars will fan out across Travis County to register voters and update voter records in September for National Voter Registration Month.

Look for these volunteers at small businesses, movie theaters, festivals, job fairs, organization events, retirement and nursing homes, and college, university and high schools throughout the county. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 9 for the November midterm election.

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In a milestone Tuesday evening, Austin artist Jack Sanders became Travis County’s 5,000th volunteer deputy registrar.

“People are still coming out by the hundreds to become volunteer deputy registrars to register eligible voters and we’re excited about that, but right now we must focus on getting people registered in time for the Nov. 6 election,” said the county’s Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant. “It’s not just first-time registrants we are looking for. If you are already registered to vote, stop by a voter registration table to ensure your voter registration record is up-to-date.” Residents can check their voter registration record online at www.VoteTravis.com.

More than 90 percent of the county’s eligible voters are registered, but there is concern about those who may have moved within the county and failed to update their address. “One of the issues we run into is people think the address on their photo identification, such as their driver’s license, must match the address where they live when they go to vote and that just isn’t so,” Elfant noted. Voters’ photo identification must show they live in Travis County and the name on it must exactly match the voter roll, but the ID does not need to show their current address.

“When you move, you do need to get a new driver’s license, but the state understands you may be waiting for your new license to arrive in the mail when it’s time to vote in your new precinct,” Elfant said. Residents are required to be registered in the precinct where they live, Elfant added.

Volunteer deputy registrars can provide information from the county clerk’s election division on the proper forms of voter identification needed to vote.

“You can find a wealth of information at our voter registration tables, including information on the League of Women Voters’ nonpartisan voting guide and where to find sample ballots to how to request a mail-in ballot or vote in your car,” Elfant said.

The Travis County Tax Office is responsible for voter registration while County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir oversees voting and elections. The two offices, along with the Austin area’s League of Women Voters, work together to ensure registered voters receive the information they need.

“All of us just want to make sure that you are registered to vote, that you come out to vote and that your experience at the polling booth runs smoothly,” Elfant said.

The Tax Office is targeting different groups throughout September for National Voter Registration Month. Small Business Week runs through Saturday and you can find voter registration tables at all Bird’s barbershops, P.Terry’s dine-in locations, Casey’s Snowballs, OpCity and the Soul of Austin Culture Fest. Senior Week begins Sunday and runs through Sept. 15 and voter registrars will offer registration and voting information at more than a dozen assisted living, retirement and nursing homes throughout the county.

Civic Week runs Sept. 16 to Sept. 22 and all government entities, organizations and corporations are being asked to host registration drives for their employees. Anyone needing help staffing a voter registration drive can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Education Week starts Sept. 23 and ends Sept. 29 with a special recognition for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 25. Look for voter registration drives at the county’s colleges, universities and high schools. Volunteer deputy registrars also will be on the corner of Sixth and Trinity streets, Sept. 22-23, at the Pecan Street Festival and at the Palm Square Resource Fair, Sept. 22.

Ongoing voter registration efforts include voter registration drives at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas every Friday and Saturday night as well as every Friday at all JuiceLand locations through Oct. 7.

“We have much work to do and very little time to do it,” Elfant said. “While there are many events planned through the Tax Office for Voter Registration Month, we expect our volunteer deputy registrars to organize and run voter registration drives anywhere they can find a spot, from apartment buildings to neighborhood events. They are truly an army of good and I am so grateful they give their free time to make sure every county resident has a chance to register, be counted and vote.”

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