vote-buttonLet’s get real, Texans. You really suck when it comes to voting.

According to the Secretary of State, 1.9 million of you went to the polls in the March 2014 primaries. In the May 2014 run-off elections, 954,063 of y’all turned out.

That year, there were 13.6 million registered voters of the 18.9 million eligible adults.

In the general election, only 4.7 million of y’all went to the polls.

But I’m not blaming you. Instead I’m encouraging you to make sure you are registered to vote today. Why today? Because today is the last day to qualify to vote in the March 1 primary. This is a huge presidential election year, with just as important races down the ballot.

Here’s how you do it:

Register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s office. (In most Texas counties, the Tax Assessor-Collector is also the Voter Registrar. In some counties, the County Clerk or Elections Administrator registers voters.)

Or you can register by mail by obtaining an application from your county Voter Registrar’s office or the Secretary of State’s office. You can also pick up applications at libraries, government offices, or high schools.

After you check, double check and triple check, check out the League of Women Voters of Texas voters guide to learn more about the candidates.

Early voting for the primary begins Feb. 16.