Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson, a Brownwood native and Brownwood High School graduate, will return home next week as part of a statewide campaign to get out the vote for the Nov. 6 constitutional amendments election.
Arrangements for Wilson’s visit here were made Wednesday, according to Suzy Young, Brown County Elections Administrator.
Scott Haywood of the Texas Secretary of State’s staff confirmed the scheduled visit, and said additional details would be announced later this week. Both Haywood and Young said Wilson is expected to be here Monday afternoon.
“Secretary Wilson is traveling the state to build awareness of the constitutional amendment election Nov. 6,” Haywood said. “The deadline to register to vote for that election is coming up, on Oct. 9.”
The deadline to register 30 days prior to the election has been extended because it falls on a weekend, and extended further because the following Monday is the Columbus Day holiday. Early voting will run from Oct. 22 through Nov. 2.
Wilson serves as the chief elections officer for the state, overseeing elections in Texas and providing support to election officials statewide to ensure fair and democratic elections. When the order of the constitutional amendments for the ballot was drawn in August, Wilson said he will spend the weeks before the election traveling the state to remind Texans of their right and responsibility as citizens to vote.
“Voting is an important part of being a Texan and is imperative to maintaining the strong democracy we have come to enjoy in our state,” Wilson said last month. “I hope my fellow Texans will recognize their duty to cast their ballots on Election Day and will join me in exercising one of our most important rights we possess as Americans.”
Wilson, who was previously responsible for Texas’ economic development and job creation initiatives as Gov. Rick Perry’s deputy chief of staff, was appointed Texas secretary of state by the governor on July 1.