Suffrage Group Shot

Women present at the Paris City Council meeting Monday in City Hall join together for a photo after Mayor Pro Tem Paula Portugal read a proclamation celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women in the U.S. the right to vote.

The Paris 19th Amendment: Hard Won, Not Done group will host a voter registration drive on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout September. The deadline to register to vote in Texas is Oct. 5, so now is the time for all eligible voters to be sure they are registered and ready to vote on Nov. 3, group members said.

The nonpartisan 19th Amendment group has been "Celebrating, Educating and Activating," according to its mission. On Aug. 10, the Paris City Council issued a proclamation honoring the 100th anniversary of the amendment that guaranteed the right to vote to women. Texas State Rep. Gary VanDeaver also issued a letter of appreciation for the group's efforts as he celebrated the centennial of women's suffrage.

The 19th Amendment group created an educational display at the local Paris Library and sponsors a Facebook page that shares interesting history about the suffragists who fought for women's rights to vote. Now the group is activating voters by helping people get registered and have good information about how, when and where to vote in Lamar County.

The current registration drive will take place at the Downtown Food Pantry. Volunteer deputy voter registrars will be available Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 and Thursday mornings from 8:30 until 11:30. Any eligible voter can fill out an application, which will be promptly delivered to the Lamar County Elections Office. The elections administrator will verify the applicant's information and then issue a voter registration card. Voters can bring their card, along with appropriate ID, to their proper polling place when they vote. Registered voters may apply for a mail-in ballot if they are over 65, disabled or will be out of town during the election season.

Important dates to remember:

Sept. 22 - National Voter Registration Day

Oct. 5 - last day to register to vote

Oct. 13 - early voting begins at the Courthouse Annex (231 Lamar Ave)

Oct. 30 - early voting ends

Nov. 3 - National and Local Elections

Celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday by contacting the 19th Amendment: Hard Won, Not Done voter registration drive at the Downtown Food Pantry, or contact the Lamar County Elections Office by calling 903-782-1116.

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