No Exceptions for Ike-Displaced Voters
A voter-registration deadline extension looks unlikely
The governor's office responded that they would consider such a request only if it came from county officials, and thus far, it has received none. "The secretary of state's office has been in touch with those counties that were impacted, and they're not getting any indication that there are any problems," said Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle. "There's still plenty of time to register, and you can do that from anywhere; you don't even have to be in your home county. You can go to the secretary of state's website [www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml], fill out and print a registration form, and stick it in the mail."
The Chronicle contacted a few voter registrars in affected counties, and they agreed – although, notably, we were unable to contact officials with Galveston County, the hardest hit. Officials with Waller, Brazoria, and Jefferson counties said they planned no such request, and George Hammerlein, director of voter registration in Harris County, said: "We're on top of it. There was plenty of time before Ike to register, and in the weeks after. ... There is still plenty of reaction time." Hammerlein said that even at emergency supplies stations after Ike, registration cards have been made available.