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How to register to vote in Harris County by Oct. 4 deadline

It's National Voter Registration Day, a reminder that you have until Oct. 4 to get registered for the upcoming Nov. 2 election.

HOUSTON — Sept. 28 is National Voter Registration Day, a great reminder for citizens to get registered to vote or to make sure their registration is valid. Digital anchor Brandi Smith talked to Camille Gomes, a community coordinator with Harris County Elections to help you through the voter registration process (Watch their full conversation in the video above).

How do I register to vote?

The process starts by filling out a voter registration form, which you can get at any Harris County Public Library Branch or Harris County Elections office.

"But you'll need to make sure that you get that completed with an actual voter deputy voter registrar," Gomes said. "We've got them spread all throughout Harris County."

The form itself is simple and shouldn't take more than five minutes for you to fill out, Gomes said.

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The required fields are as follows:

Section 1: In this section, you indicate whether you're getting a new application, asking for a change of address, name or other information or requesting a replacement card. You must also answer "Yes" or "No" to questions about your age and citizenship.

Section 2: This section requires your full legal name.

"That's extremely important," Gomes said. "We don't want any nicknames or anything like that here. If your name is Alexander, please don't write Alex."

She adds that if your name is hyphenated, it should be included here in full. You can also include a maiden name or any former name you may have used legally in the "Former Name" box.

Section 3: This section establishes residence address, which requests a description of where you live if you can't offer a street address or apartment number.

"We have people who want to register who are homeless. If they meet all the other qualifications, they can absolutely register to vote, they're just going to write where they rest their head and most nights. They can write 'the corner of Preston and Main,'" Gomes said. "If they do register to vote that way, we'll just need a physical mailing address for their actual card."

Section 4: If mail cannot be received at your residence address, you must include a mailing address where your voter registration card can be delivered.

Section 5: This section is only necessary if you've recently moved to Harris County. It requests the city and county of any former residence you've had in Texas.

Section 6: In this section, you provide your date of birth in a two-digit month, two-digit day, four-digit year format.

Section 7 (gender) and Section 8 (phone number) are not required.

Section 9: For identification purposes, you are required to provide either your Texas Driver's License number, your Texas Personal ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Section 10: Before signing the voter registration application, you must read this section acknowledging the penalty for providing false information.

How to I check if I'm registered to vote?

You can verify your voter registration information on HarrisVotes.org. Simply click on "Voter Registration," then select "Voter Registration Search." By inputting your name or address, you can find your voter registration record.

"That's going to be the best and easiest way to check to see if you are already registered to vote," Gomes says.

How do I find polling locations?

Again, you'll want to visit HarrisVotes.org. This time, click on "Polling Locations" and the website will redirect you to a map that shows locations near you, their hours and any wait times.

"It's a great tool," Gomes said. "Make sure you utilize that, because that's why we put it there for you all."

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When is the voter registration deadline?

To vote in the upcoming Nov. 2 election, you will need to submit your voter registration application by Oct. 4.

For more information, visit HarrisVotes.org.