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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.

Sincerely,

Laura Yeager
Texas Educators Vote

 

 

 

2018

January 5th
January 11th
January 19th
January 25th
February 1st
February 9th
February 16th
February 22nd
March 1st
March 8th
April 5th
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2017

August 23rd

August 31st

September 8th
September 15th
September 22nd
September 28th 
October 5th
October 12th
October 19th
October 26th
November 2nd
November 8th
December 1st
December 11th
 
 
2016

September 6th

May 19th

May 12th

May 6th

April 29th

April 22nd

April 15th

April 8th

April 1st 

March 24th 

March 11th 

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February 26th 

February 19th 

February 12th 

January 22nd 

January 15th 

January 8th 

 

 

2015

December 17th

December 11th

December 4th

November 20th

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