Notes & Noticias: I’m All About Voting

Dear Friends,

Early voting started yesterday in the special election run-off to replace Mark Strama in House District 50. I encourage you all to remind friends who live in the district to head to the polls and support my good friend Celia Israel.

In addition to being the only Democrat in the run-off, Celia is a champion of the same issues I work on in the Legislature, including education, affordability, and equality for all. I need her help standing up to the right-wing conservatives in the House!

This election reminds us that it’s also time to think about the other exciting contests on the ballot in 2014. Read on and make sure you’re ready to vote this year.

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Support Celia Israel in HD-50

My friend Celia will be a tremendous addition to the Legislature. She has extensive public service experience, dating back to her time working in the Ann Richards administration. Celia has also been a leader with many civic organizations, including the Alliance for Public Transportation, YWCA, and Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Celia was the first member of her family to attend college, and understands the hardships that students are facing today as they try to gain the education they need to embark on a fulfilling career.

Now, Celia needs your support to make sure that we keep HD-50 in Democratic hands and send the strongest candidate to the legislature.

Republicans are targeting this race and would love nothing more than to pick up another seat in Democratic Travis County. We need to do all we can to get our Democratic voters to the polls.

Texas can’t afford yet another Republican in the Legislature. We need principled, progressive, and pragmatic leaders like Celia helping us address the serious challenges we face.

If you would like to volunteer with her campaign to help get out the vote, please click hereand sign up. Not sure if you live in HD-50? Celia’s website can help you figure that out.Need a list of Early Voting locations? She’s got that too.

Early voting ends Friday, January 24th. Election Day is Tuesday, January 28th. Please join me in helping my friend Celia win this crucial election.

… At Your Current Address?

Almost everyone, when asked if they are registered to vote, says yes. The real question is if you’re registered to vote at your current address. With the primary election coming soon and the deadline to change your address in just a few days, please make sure you’re registered at your current address.

Click here to look yourself up on the Travis County Tax Office website.

Make sure you’re registered to vote and find out if you need to change your address.

The address on your voter registration does NOT have to match the address on the photo ID you must now show to vote. However, if you need to change your name, now is the time to do it to prevent problems at the polls.

Permanent Vote-By-Mail

Here in Texas, people often ask if they can vote absentee. The answer is often, “sort of.”

If you will be out of the county for every day of early voting as well as election day, you qualify to vote by mail. If you are disabled, sick and unable to leave your bed, or confined in jail but eligible to vote, you may cast a ballot by mail. Additionally, every Texas voter aged 65 or older can vote by mail.

Voting by mail is convenient. Simply download and print out an application for a vote by mail ballot from the Travis County Clerk’s website. You will receive a ballot for the next election in which you are eligible to vote.

This year, access to voting by mail will be even easier, thanks to the permanent mail-ballot application. Individuals can check “Annual Application” on their form, and will receive a ballot for every subsequent election this year.

I am excited that the State of Texas is lowering barriers to participation. Voting by mail is especially important for senior citizens who may lack the required photo ID to vote in Texas — no ID is necessary to vote by mail.

Ask your loved ones if they would like the ease and convenience of voting by mail, and help them apply. It’s a great way to show your support for our democracy.

Thanks Again!

Thanks again for reading another edition of Notes and Noticias. I look forward to seeing you around the district soon. In the meantime, you can always keep up with the latest news on my Facebook page.