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Last day of voter registration a busy one in Nacogdoches

Stickers were handed out for the last day for Election 2016.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Stickers were handed out for the last day for Election 2016. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The next step is Early Voting. Many election offices will open early and close late, with a Saturday thrown in starting Oct. 24. (Source: KTRE Staff) The next step is Early Voting. Many election offices will open early and close late, with a Saturday thrown in starting Oct. 24. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches County Elections Clerk, Linda Jones answers voters questions on the last day to register to vote for the November presidential election. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches County Elections Clerk, Linda Jones answers voters questions on the last day to register to vote for the November presidential election. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Voter registration for the November presidential election ended Tuesday at 5 p.m. 

Online forms will be accepted by mail, but only with today's postmark. Diversity was evident at Nacogdoches election headquarters.

At one point, a Hispanic woman who spoke no English, a university student, and two senior citizens were filling out or updating voter cards at the same time. Interest in Election 2016 is all over the board. 

"We've had every walk of life come in to register to vote,” said Todd Stallings, Nacogdoches County’s election administration. “It's something that just about everybody wants to participate in."

The value of a vote is understood by everyone from teenagers to mature adults. Voter registration forms for high school seniors were turned in by their principal.  

"We had very good participation,” said Monty Pepper, a Woden ISD principal. “Several had already taken care of that and the ones who had not done so were interested in getting that done."

Similar thoughts come from Linda Jones' 87-year-old mother. The debate watcher felt an urgency to update her voter information. 

"She was just in a panic to make sure that she got her registration filled out,” said Pamela Lovell, a registered voter.

Numerous university students registered Friday, but representatives of the organization, SFA Votes Matter failed at convincing all their peers to take part in Election 2016.

"A lot of other students; they don't want to vote.,” said Katherine Banks, an SFA Votes Matter member. They don't like the candidates, or they don't want the process. They don't believe in the electoral college. They don't think their vote counts. That it doesn't matter."

Those were clearly not the thoughts of first-time voter Emily Brown. 

"Whether or not my candidate wins or not, I know that I voted for my values,” Brown said. I voted for my opinion and that's really the reason why I want to vote."

Voting means a lot to Jordan Barrow, who came back for an “I registered to vote today” sticker. 

"It's a lot on my shoulders, and I just hope that I make the right decision,” Barrow said.

"Eight to five and then we'll do it Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” said Linda Jones, an elections clerk.

Early to late hours and even a Saturday thrown in for good measure will be the early voting hours offered by many election registrars. 
It's the next step. Early voting gets underway October 24 and ends November 4. 

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