May 17, 2018
Texas Educators Vote Update
Tomorrow is the last day of early voting for the primary runoff.
Election Day is next Tuesday, May 22nd.
Please encourage staff, students, and community members to vote!
If anyone tells you that his or her vote doesn’t matter, please share these stats from the May 5, 2018 local elections. Many school districts held bond elections, which are extremely important to determining the future of a community and its schools. Seven elections were determined by three or fewer votes. One was a tie, two bonds passed by a single vote, and two others lost by a single vote. One bond election passed by three votes and one lost by three votes. These numbers are staggering, especially when the stakes for 5.4 million Texas kids are so high. As Robert Kennedy once said, “Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.”
March primary races where no single candidate received over 50% of the votes will be decided in the runoff election. In 2016, less than 4% of registered voters turned out to vote in the Republican and Democratic runoffs combined. In 2014, the total turnout in primary runoffs was 7%. Some state house districts have contentious races that will be determined in these elections, and in many cases, the candidates have vastly different views of the state’s role and responsibility to provide public education to every child in our growing and diversifying state. It is urgent that citizens research their choices and vote in support of candidates who will support public education. Don’t forget that anyone who didn’t vote in the March primary can vote in either party’s runoff. If someone voted in the March primary, he or she can only vote in the runoff of that same party.
For a full list of races that will be determined in the runoff, click here.
You may also find this new Texas Tribune article interesting. It breaks down each race and provides additional information on the race and candidates.
There are several ways a voter can find out what they will vote on, when, and where they can vote:
1. See what you will be voting on at the League of Women Voters’ site Vote411.org.
2. Learn about what you need to vote, and other important election info at the Texas Secretary of State’s voting website VoteTexas.gov.
3. For specifics on polling locations and times, contact your local county elections office.
Don’t forget to like and follow Texas Educators Vote on Facebook and Twitter for voting reminders and motivating messages. Our websitealso has links to all of the websites listed above in addition to Teach the Vote, which has candidate responses to specific education-related questions.
Lastly, follow TACS on Facebook and Twitter for additional links to pro-public education organizations and candidates.
To close with a timely quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower, “The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” Educators take on a herculean task each and every day. Let’s make sure voting is second nature and that they help secure the future of the republic while working to provide each Texas student a bright and promising future.
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