“Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us.” – Barbara Jordan
Voting is not a choice unless you are a United States citizen. Yet citizens often don’t register to vote and miss the great opportunity to be a part of the conversation on local and national issues impacting our lives. NCLR (National Council of La Raza) reports over 10 million Latinos are currently eligible to vote but haven’t registered yet.
Karen Gonzalez, Program Director for Con Mi MADRE was one of those 10 million then everything changed. She became an American citizen on September 25, 2015, and then met a voter registration volunteer. “I was inspired to take her up on the invitation and registered to vote. With many of the issues impacting our country and the world, I wanted to take part.”
Karen voted for the first time at Ojeda Middle School on March 1st this year – adding her voice to the 673,169 Travis Country voters in the “Super Tuesday” presidential primary. The general election this November will be another first for Karen when she casts her vote for President of the United States. Karen’s advice to new voters?
Don’t take this right for granted and be sure to study the issues you’ll see on the ballet on Election Day. Before I didn’t have a say, but now I can express my right.
You are eligible to register to vote if …
- You are a United States citizen;
- You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
- You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
- You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your
- sentence, probation, and parole); and
- You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
Ready to register? Click on this “Become a Voter” button, or visit any Travis County Tax Office. You can also text “REGISTER” to 48683 to get an application.
The next voter registration deadline is Thursday, April 7, 2016. It’s the last day to register to vote in the May 7, 2016 local election. Tuesday, October 11, 2016 is the deadline to register to vote in the Presidential election this November. Will you add your voice?