Friday marks registration deadline

Published 12:29 am Friday, March 2, 2012

Dallas County Board of Registrars member Lola Sewell — and the rest of those in the office — are enduring what they consider one of, if not the busiest week they will face this year.

In recent weeks, the office has mailed out nearly 29,000 voter registration identification cards, working to verify the number of active voters in Dallas County and working to get the voting rolls organized ahead of the March 13 primary elections.

“It has been a lot of work, but it has been fun,” Sewell said. “Maybe that’s because I’m new, but it is really an exciting process for me. We are kind of enjoying this. Getting the chance to meet the voters.”

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Today marks the final day residents can register to vote for the March 13 primaries.

According to Sewell, the office has seen a rush of activity with the approaching registration deadline as campaigns and groups have worked to register voters.

“We have people out there doing voter registration drives and we have had them bringing those in by the handful,” Sewell said. “Then we have had a lot of people coming in doing on-site change of address or registration, and then we’ve had people sending back in their ID cards. So, it’s been pretty busy.”

The Board of Registrars office is located in the Dallas County Courthouse and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those wanting to register do not need to have a picture ID or proof of residency, but do need to provide their name, address, date of birth, their drivers license (if they have one) or the last four digits of their Social Security Number.

“Only when voters go to the polls to vote will they have to present ID to prove they are who the rolls say they are,” Sewell said.

As for why the deadline to register is 10 days before election day, Sewell said it gives the office time to get everyone’s address changed, new voters put into the system and the voting rolls prepared.

“During the last week — during the last few days — everybody comes in that has registered or needs to change their address,” Sewell said. “We will end up with a big stack that we have to try and get in the system so those residents can vote on March 13.”