Fall is underway. School is back in session; the weather cools down to the 80’s (it is all relative, I know) and if you are lucky, you live in an area of Texas where the trees will change colors before dropping their leaves.
In Texas there is one thing we can always count on and that is an election in November. Whether it be for President, Governor or constitutional amendments, every Texan that is voting eligible should vote. Voter registration and education should be an all year, every year event. If we can start getting people out to vote in the smaller elections we will have an easier time in the bigger elections. The constitutional issues we vote on in November are just as important as who we elect. They determine taxes, services, infrastructure and major issues that face all Texans, so let’s remind every person we see to vote. If they ask about the election, be prepared to tell them about it. The League of Women Voters provide an election guide that explains the amendments and offers the pros and cons to each. The website is www.lwvtexas.org. Simply click on November 2015 election and download a .pdf file. Feeling particularly ambitious, run off extra and pass them out to people who ask “election, what election?”
Speaking of elections, due to an early primary election this March, we will have an early convention over the first weekend of February.
Deadlines are fast approaching for nominations for the Mae Jackson award, Oscar Mauzy award and TDW member of the year award. Look for forms will be appearing shortly on our website. Send or email completed forms to President-elect/Convention Chair Susan Shelton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Shelton, P.O. Box 152783, Austin, TX 78715-2783.
Additionally, if you are interesting in running for a position on next year’s board, please email Elections Chair Versalean Logans at email@example.com . Please include your name, contact information and the position you are seeking. If you have a bylaws change you would like to submit, please send it to Bylaws Chair Gloria Caceres @firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you all enjoy the beautiful weather. While the temperatures may be cooling down, all things elections are heating up. Let’s help making voting routine for Texans rather than an exception.
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