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The Austin City Council will hold elections for 3 seats and you must be registered to vote by this Thursday, April 14, 2011 if you wish to have your voice heard. Turnout for City Council elections are generally very low, so every vote is extremely important. If you have a desire to influence the direction of Austin’s future, then now is the time to make sure you are registered and learn about the candidates. The information that follows should be helpful in your efforts.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The next election for Austin City Council will occur on May 14, 2011.
Early voting starts on May 2, 2011 and will run through May 10, 2011.
The Austin City Council has three seats that will be contested in the next election. Every voter has the option to vote for one candidate in each of the contested districts as Austin does not have single-member district voting. You do not need to vote in all three contests.
REGISTERING TO VOTE
To register to vote in the Austin City Council elections, you actually register with Travis County Voter Registration, the same entity that registers voters for statewide and national elections. If you have previously registered with Travis County, then you are all set. Registration is permanent unless you have moved or changed your name since the last election.
To be eligible to register and to vote, you must be:
• A citizen of the United States
• A resident of Travis County; to vote for Austin City Council, you must reside in Austin.
• At least 18 years of age
• Not have been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
• Not be a convicted felon, unless your sentence has been fully discharged or you have been pardoned.
Where to Register:
• You may register online. Click here to visit the Travis County Voter Registration website.
• You may register in person at 5501 Airport Blvd, 7:30 -5:30 M-F
• You may pick up forms and mail them in. Forms are available at U.S. Post Offices in Travis County, Austin Public Libraries, and other locations throughout the area.
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