First time voters register on deadline day for voter registration

Many young voters went to the Jefferson County tax collector's office for voter registration

BEAUMONT - It was a busy day inside the Jefferson County tax collector's office. This is where Simon Guillory registered to vote for the first time.

He's thrilled that he can cast his vote for president on November 8.

"I'm a little nervous but it's really exciting up and getting to do new things and it's really exciting,” Guillory said.

Guillory watched the last presidential debate but is still undecided on who to vote for, and he's not alone.

Mikayla Pentecost, another first time voter says she's still weighing her decision as well.

"I'm still very undecided but I know every vote counts and it's your right as a citizen,” Pentecost said.

But for Kelly Catholic High School student Garrison Bowling, the decision is clear.

"I think the economy is most important so I feel I'm leaning towards Trump because he's a businessman," Bowling said.

Regardless of who's running for office, or how you plan to cast your ballot, County Tax Assessor and Voter Registrar Allison Getz reminds us that 148,000 registered voters still need to hit the polls in order for their vote to count.

"I think that it's the interest in the election uh kind of is an indication of how many people we get. It's great to register to vote, but you got to get out and vote," Getz said.

After all, you're helping to decide the next leader of our country.

"It's going to have to be a game time decision, yes sir,” Guillory said.

The record for registered voters in Jefferson County was set at over 152,000 in the 2008 election.

If you're not sure if you're registered, click here for more.

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