With less than 5 days left to register to vote in the midterm elections, Houston County is encouraging its residents to do so.

These elections will take place on Nov. 8, and will decide both statewide positions such as governor and senator, as well as local positions like sheriff and coroner.

Out of the voting age population of nearly 100,000, over 80,000 are actually registered to vote.

“You know, we have done I think a tremendous job in the state of Alabama encouraging voter registration. So consequently those numbers have increased significantly over the last five of six years,” Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport said.

However, there is still a gap in those not registered, as some people may feel too busy in their everyday lives to find time to register.

“You know, I think the practicalities of life get in the way of taking the time to take the steps necessary to participate in the election,” Davenport also said.

He also says that some might not see this election as important, due to it being a midterm and not presidential.

To help address this, Houston County has tried to make it as easy as possible to register, whether in person or online.

“We’re hoping, on Nov. 8, we’ll have a great turnout. All the registered voters will turn out in Houston County and participate in the process,” Patrick Davenport said.

If you have not already registered to vote, you have until Monday to either go to the 3rd floor of the Houston County Administration Building to register, or visit