Primary elections need participation

A ‘how-to’ on voting for seniors who have turned 18


Voting banner outside Lindale Library; Photo by Drew Austin

The general election for the president of the United States is scheduled for November 8, 2016 with early voting for the Texas primaries beginning this week. In the US, the right to vote is granted when one turns 18, which is  relevant for many seniors in high school. But how do you even go about this?

To be able to cast a ballot, one must have a photo ID and a voter registration card. There are multiple ways to get your voter registration card. Libraries and government offices have registration forms, but they can also be downloaded online. The voting hub for Texas is, where one can download a form and find out more about the process.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Follow the instructions on the form and mail it to the county Voter Registrar. For Smith County, you can mail it to: Smith County Elections Administration Office; 302 E. Ferguson; Tyler, Texas 75702.
  2. Within the next month you should receive a registration card in the mail. This card and a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license must be with you to vote in person.

Voting in Lindale will be conducted at the Lindale Public Library for the primary elections starting this month and the general elections in November. So get out and vote! Our democratic government thrives because of people who cast a ballot.