A Daily News reader sent an anonymous note this week with a concern about the voter registration deadline, which is Monday.

The reader’s mother recently moved to Bayou Vista from Edinburg, Texas. In late August, she filled out and mailed in an application to change her voter registration to Galveston County.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Bailey Jones

Detailed voting rules are here -

https://www.votetexas.gov/faq/

Don't let anyone tell you that you can't vote. Even if you don't have an ID, if you are registered you can vote - although there are additional forms to fill out, and you may only be able to cast a "provisional" ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you "visit the county voter registrar’s office by the sixth calendar day after Election Day. At the county voter registrar’s office, you will have to show one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo identification listed above, or, if you qualify, submit a natural disaster temporary affidavit referenced above. If you present a proper form of photo identification or submit the natural disaster temporary affidavit, the provisional ballot will be counted."

Remember, your right to vote belongs to you. It's not some benefit granted by the government. But your right to vote comes with the responsibility to follow the rules. Bring your ID, or be prepared to fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. If you don't have your ID handy - vote a provisional ballot and supply your ID after the fact. Your ID (drivers license, for example) does NOT have to be current - "For voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid."

The name on your ID doesn't have to be exactly the same as what is on your registration - A voter’s name on the identification provided is considered substantially similar if one or more of the following circumstances applies:

The name on the ID is slightly different from one or more of the name fields on the official list of registered voters. The name on the voter’s ID or on the list of registered voters is a customary variation of the voter’s formal name. For example, Bill for William, or Beto for Alberto. The voter’s name contains an initial, middle name, or former name but it is either not on the official list of registered voters or on the voter’s ID or is different on those documents. A first name, middle name, former name or initial of the voter’s name occupies a different field on the presented ID document than it does on the list of registered voters.

If you have a discrepancy in your name, you can correct it when you vote so it doesn't happen again.

There is no requirement that the address on your ID match the address of your registration. Your ID is only to determine who you are, not where you live. Your voter registration identifies where you live.

"If you moved within the same county where you are currently registered, you must file the new address information in writing with your voter registrar OR you may submit the "in county" change online. The last day to make a change of address that will be effective for the November 3, 2020 Election is October 5, 2020. If you missed this deadline, you may return to your old precinct to vote, if you still live in the political subdivision holding the election. If you moved within the county, you will have to go back to the precinct in which you are currently registered (your “old” precinct), and, at that location, you will be required to complete a "statement of residence" confirming your new address. This will act to update your registration information for the future. You will then be allowed to vote a regular ballot as long as you are otherwise eligible. If you moved to a “new county,” you must re-register in your new county of residence by October 5, 2020, to be eligible to vote in the November 3, 2020 Election.

As a registered voter in Texas, you have the right to:

A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.

Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).

Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.

Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.

Bring an interpreter to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.

Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.

Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State (1.800.252.8683) or to your local election official.

Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters.

Vote once at any early voting location during the early voting period within the territory conducting the election.

The job of a poll worker is to help everyone vote, not to prevent people from voting. If you feel that you are being unfairly turned away, or if you feel under any form of intimidation, call the Secretary of State (1.800.252.8683).

Also - don't wear anything that expresses a political opinion - hats. shirts, buttons, etc., are NOT allowed in a polling place. Don't express your political opinion while waiting to vote. Talk about the weather.

If you are concerned about "poll watchers", understand that they must be appointed by one of the parties, and must adhere to a set of rules, under penalty of law - those rules are here - https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pollwatchers-2018.pdf

Poll watchers are NOT allowed to:

Talk with an election officer regarding the election except to call attention to an irregularity or violation.

Converse with a voter.

Communicate in any manner with a voter regarding the election.

Reveal the following information before the polls close:

• How a voter has voted.

• The number of votes that have been received for a candidate or for or against a measure.

• A candidate’s position relative to other candidates in the tabulation of the votes.

• Whether a measure is passing or failing.

• The names of persons who have or have not voted in the election.

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Carlos Ponce

Surprising how many drive to a polling place then say they have NO driver's license.

Ted Gillis

I’ve used a republican poll watcher to assist me with crowd control once when I was as a Galveston County election judge. I was one clerk short that day and the line got very long close to 7:00pm. I asked the poll watcher if he could help, and he agreed to. I quickly swore him in and directed him to stand out front, queuing people up in line and handing out stamped pieces of paper to each person until I announced the official poll closing at 7:00pm I had him wave people in who were just pulling into the parking lot to hurry up and get in line. Anyone without one of these signature stamped pieces of paper was not allowed to vote. He was a great asset. I don’t even remember his name, but I was thankful for his willingness to help. I guess with him being there all day and observing us, convinced him that our “by the book” processes was never influenced or hindered by Proud Boys, Antifa, or LQBT infiltrators.

Bailey, thanks for posting those current rules. (they all sound so familiar).

Carlos, my son likes to throw off the clerks by showing them his military ID. They ask if he has a driver’s license, and he says “no!, but I have this!”

Carlos Ponce

"Proud Boys" is headed by a man named Enrique. He is of Black Cuban ancestry. Enrique says their group is against racism, bigotry, white supremacy, violence, etc. They are PROUD to be Americans. But because the "Southern Poverty Law Center" lists them as a malevolent group, Liberals don't like them. SPLC are FACISTS.

Dan Freeman

Why Mr. Ponce used a discussion of voter registration to defend the Proud Boys is curious at best. He says “Proud Boys is headed by a man named Enrique. He is of Black Cuban ancestry. Enrique says their group is against racism, bigotry, white supremacy, violence, etc. They are PROUD to be Americans. But because the "Southern Poverty Law Center" lists them as a malevolent group, Liberals don't like them. SPLC are FACISTS.” None of this is supported by evidence.

Perhaps Mr. Ponce refers to Henry “Enrique” Tarrio who replied “Standing by sir” on the conservative social media platform Parler in response to President Trump’s request. Mr. Tarrio is a leader of one of six Proud Boy clubs in Florida. According to public records, Tarrio also has a history in the courts that includes theft charges. In 2013, he was also sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for re-branding stolen medical devices and reselling them across state lines, according to federal records. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-ne-proud-boys-react-to-trump-20200930-wg3y74dzhjbsffb4oc7w6pwt64-story.html

The Proud Boys boast of being Western Chauvinists and assert “If you are a man and you know that the west is the best, then you can join The Proud Boys." They have been identified as participants in at least 16 separated white nationalist events including in Portland and Charlottesville. Because of their stated ideology they are identified as a far-right, white nationalist, and neo-fascist male only organization that engages in political violence.

As for the SPLC being FASCIST {Mr Ponce’s caps}, no evidence supporting the assertion has been provided.

Mr. Ponce continues to repeat stories from Russian disinformation organizations that are under indictment subsequent to the Mueller investigations.

Carlos Ponce

Leave it to Dan Freeman to support SPLC a FACIST group who has a VERY ant- Catholic bias.

"The Southern Poverty Law Center is a hate-based scam that nearly caused me to be murdered"

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/08/17/southern-poverty-law-center-hate-groups-scam-column/2022301001/

"After allegations of a toxic workplace culture that discriminates against women and people of color, the Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to emerge and chart a way forward. Turmoil in the civil rights organization last month resulted in the firing of its famous founder and the resignations of its longtime president and legal director."

https://www.npr.org/2019/04/17/713887174/after-allegations-of-toxic-culture-southern-poverty-law-center-tries-to-move-for

"5 Reasons The Southern Poverty Law Center Is A Hate-Mongering Scam"

https://thefederalist.com/2018/05/07/5-reasons-southern-poverty-law-center-hate-mongering-scam/

"The Southern Poverty Law Center Is in a State of Moral Collapse"

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/03/the-southern-poverty-law-center-is-in-a-state-of-moral-collapse/

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Jim Forsythe

Dan, did you not hear that the The Proud Boys are going to be poll watchers. That's the reason it is ok to insert The Proud Boys into a this story about elections.

The Proud Boys----They put the president’s words on their logo, posted a cheering video, and began to sell T-shirts saying “stand down stand by.” “Trump basically said to go ---- them up! this makes me so happy,” a Proud Boys organizer said."

Carlos Ponce

Any poll watcher looks for signs of election fraud and reports it to the election officials. And that's all. If a poll watcher acts inappropriately then the poll watcher of an opposing party reports them.

Carlos Ponce

"Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio grew up in Miami, Florida, and has described himself as a first-generation Cuban immigrant. At the time of his campaign, Tarrio owned several companies that were involved in the surveillance and security industry. In October 2020, Tarrio was listed as the Florida State Director of Latinos for Trump."

https://ballotpedia.org/Enrique_Tarrio

So he has a bad past. Take a look at one of Obama's supporters: Bill Ayers who was a member of the WEATHER UNDERGROUND who bombed NYPD headquarters, the U.S. Capitol building, the Pentagon and a San Francisco police station, He and his wife Bernardine Dohrn went into hiding to evade the FBI. He was later a professor at the University of Chicago. Did Dan Freeman hold that against Obama? No, Leftist anarchist can turn their lives around but a Black Hispanic is forever tarred by Freeman.[rolleyes]

Bailey Jones

There's nothing curious about it at all Dan. Trump gave a shout out to the PBs. Now Carlos and every other Trumpuppet is jumping around trying to get some of daddy's sweet cold hearted love. If you follow these guys long enough you'll notice that they really have no opinions of their own - they simply echo whatever squirrel Trump is lavishing his precious attention on at the moment. I wish there were real conservatives here to talk to.

Carlos Ponce

To please Bailey, Dan and all the others who think Proud Boys are bad, Trump backed away from any support of them. He still says he has no idea of who they are so best to back away.

Now will Biden back away from bad groups like antifa or BLM??? Looting, rioting, arson, attacking police are NOT peaceful protests.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos said "Trump backed away from any support of them" meaning he did support them.

When did he stop supporting them?

Ted Gillis

I’ve heard Joe Biden denounce the protest violence on several occasions in the past few weeks at town halls, news casts and I think he even has a political add with him stating such. What do you want him to do Carlos, give you a personal call?

Carlos Ponce

Has Biden denounced the groups behind violence, BLM and Antifa? No.

Bailey Jones

Tweet me more lies, tweet me sweet little lies...

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-fail-condemn-antifa/

Carlos Ponce

Sorry, Bailey, I don't get KGAL in Harrisburg, PA. Is it on cable/satellite, online?

But Bailey accepts:

Q: Do you condemn Antifa?

BIDEN: Yes, I do -- violence, no matter who it is.

But Liberals will not accept:

CHRIS WALLACE: You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left wing extremist groups. But are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia group and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we've seen in Portland.

DONALD TRUMP: Sure, I'm willing to do that.

And that was on a dozen National networks.

Bailey Jones

"I'm willing to" is weasel speak. (What weasels do when they lack the moral courage to actually say something.) #worstpresidentever could have ended all of this at that moment. But #worstpresidentever chose not to. So instead of ending it, it became a shock wave that went around the world:

"Proud Boys, stand back, and stand by."

"Aye aye, Mr. President! Standing by."

But you know all of this. You just lack the moral courage to say it.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey, Trump has posted, written said aloud his condemnation of white supremacists, KKK, etc dozens of times which I have provided links to some of them. To deny those times is a denial of your intelligence.

And you must need a lesson in English, Bailey.

Stand back definition: to move a short distance away from something or someone

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/stand-back

Stand by definition: to allow something unpleasant to happen without doing anything to stop it

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/stand-by

Carlos Ponce

Jim Acosta @ Acosta

Trump condemns KKK and white supremacists commenting on Charlottesville: "Racism is evil." 9:42 AM 8/14/17

https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/897136278277410817

Liberals have known Trump has condemned white supremacists et al for over three years.

But Bailey and SNOPES expects us to know what Biden said to a local NBC affiliate in Harrisburg, PA WGAL.

Bailey Jones

Speaking of white supremacists... this just out of the Dallas FBI Office - https://www.scribd.com/document/478202738/Boogaloo-Adherents-Likely-Increasing-Anti-Government-Violent-Rhetoric-and-Activities

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