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Election countdown: register to vote now

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Election Coordinator Debra Gaston is reminded by the second that,  " The countdown to November has started. " She can say that in the literal sense. A vendor sent her a special stop watch programmed to go off on November 4th. Gaston said,  " It really puts the pressure on because I remember when I first got it. It was 120 days and then it seems like just the other day it was 90 days. "

Now it's less than 64 days away, but right now the Nacogdoches County election office is ahead of schedule by about a month. Election Coordinator Todd Stallings sits in front of a row of packets laid out on the floor. Workers and guests must step over and around them. Stallings explained,  " In front of me, these are the election kits that election workers will use at the different polling locations on election day. To my left we've got the scanners that we'll actually use on election night. "

All that work won't affect you, unless you register and vote. Pat Riley has personally registered 25 people. The Democratic campaign worker said,  " If you don't register, you can't vote and if you can't vote, you can't express your point of view. "  Public registration drives are planned for around town. Friday afternoon at 3 PM, Mr Wills on the Center Highway will host a voter registration drive. On Thursday, one will be held in SFA's Twilight Ballroom at 7 PM.     The Democratic party is pushing the younger voter to the polls.   And you can go to the election office at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex Monday through Friday. Democratic Party Chair, Tim Garrigan said, " I'm very excited about what I hope to happen this year. "

No matter what you're party affiliation, registration is important. Anyone who has moved needs to stop in the their election office and update their card. Stallings suggested, " I would recommend that you get that taken care of as soon as possible. "

Time is ticking away. The voter registration deadline is October 6.

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