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TX Runoff Election: 3060 ballots issued, 10 people bothered to vote

I am a Precinct Chair and Election Judge in Tarrant County.

Two of those votes were my hubby and myself. So, only 8 people showed up to vote. I was in charge of officiating 17 precincts.

This is a huge problem with Democrats in Texas. They do not get out to vote. Why? I have no idea. I have been a precinct chair since '08 and this is what I am up against. People not doing their civic duty and voting.

I am hoping to get email addresses so I can do email campaigns to GOTV. The Tarrant County Democratic Party is working on turning our county blue. They have several programs devoted to helping the precinct chairs to get voters to the polls. However, the voters have to vote to make a difference. When our voters refuse to vote then the other side always win. It is that simple, yet, it is a difficult task to undertake. But I am so frustrated by the lack of voter turnout that I am compelled to work harder at getting my precinct out to vote.

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, says the new Congressional Voting Rights Caucus

also will work to strike down laws in Texas and other states that require voters to show photo ID to cast a ballot. Texas’ voter ID law is “the clearest manifestation of modern day suppression tactics,” Veasey said at the caucus launch. “They must be done away with immediately so that everyone can have full access to the ballot box.”

Veasey is the lead plaintiff in a legal challenge to the state’s voter ID law, a case that is before a federal appeals court Tuesday.

The caucus emerges nearly three years after the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a move that Veasey and other congressional members said has helped give rise to voter suppression efforts across the country. The Voting Rights Caucus so far has nearly 60 members, including Texas Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas; Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston; Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; and Al Green, D-Houston.

The caucus’s first order of business, the new members said, is to urge Congress to update the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling. The nation’s highest court effectively eliminated the requirement for Texas and eight other southern states to receive pre-clearance in order to change its election laws, saying the criteria used to monitor them were outdated.

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2016/05/blasting-texas-voter-id-law-fort-worth-congressman-launches-group-focused-on-voting-rights.html/


It was a good article until the DMN decided to add input from Hans von Spakovsky, (a shill) legal scholar with the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation.



Marc Veasey is someone to watch. Glad to call him one of our own (Fort Worth)!


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