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Voter Guide

NOVEMBER 2022

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Important Dates

Early Voting

Oct 24 - NOV 4

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Last Day for Counties to Receive Mail-In Ballot Requests

Oct 28

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Election Day

Nov 8

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

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Why voting matters

It may be your first time voting and you need to know what the heck is going on. Or it may not be your first election, but you still catch yourself at the voting machine wondering if “comptrolling” is a verb. Whatever the case, we want to make sure you have all the tools to successfully cast an informed ballot.

Registering to vote and turning out for an election is often the first form of democratic action young people take. As the largest electorate in Texas, 18-35 year olds have so much potential power at the ballot box – and that potential for power depends on the election, the level of government, and voter turnout. We believe in making voting a lifelong habit, because every election looks and impacts us in different ways, so we all deserve a say in who represents us. You could be a climate voter focused at the local level because your local city council has the power to close coal plants and reduce carbon emissions. You can be a criminal legal reform voter and vote to decriminalize marijuana in your community. You can be an election reform voter and support county leadership who advocate for college campuses as polling locations. Young people can determine the outcome of elections, change cities and counties, build new leadership ready to take the fight higher, and transform circumstances in Texas and beyond. 

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“Hope is a discipline.” - Mariame Kaba

About Our Issues

Office 101

State

  • Governor - The highest executive position in the state, tasked with signing and vetoing bills, convening special sessions of the Legislature, submitting state budgets, and more.

  • Lieutenant Governor - Establishment and appointment of all legislative committees, chairpersons, and members.

  • Attorney General - The chief legal officer of Texas, tasked with defending Texas laws and representing the state in litigation.

  • Comptroller of Public Accounts - The chief financial officer of the state government, in charge of maintaining the state’s finances.

  • Commissioner of General Land Office - Manages about 13 million acres of Texas’ publicly owned lands as the head of the Texas General Land Office.

  • Commissioner of Agriculture - The head of the Texas Department of Agriculture, tasked with regulation of fuel pumps,use of pesticide, and organic food certification, overseeing statewide agricultural production, and more.

  • Railroad Commissioner - This office oversees the state’s oil and natural gas industry, including pipelines, coal mining operations, and natural gas utilities

  • State Board of Education - Manages Texas public schools (including curriculum!).

  • State Senators - Members of this body represent half of the state legislative branch. It is the smaller of the two bodies

  • State Representatives - Members of this body represent the other half of the state legislative branch. It is the larger of the two bodies.

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County

  • District Attorneys - Responsible for criminal prosecutions within the County and legal counsel for the County

  • County Judges - Presides over County Commissioners Court, overseeing County departments, and more

  • County Commissioners - The governing body of the County. Responsibilities include setting tax rates, adopting County budgets, establishing voting precincts and more

  • School Board - The governing body of Texas school districts. Responsibilities include passing policies, adopting budgets, appointing personnel, and more.

Voter How-To

  • Check your registration before the deadlinemovetexas.org/register

  • Be prepared when you head to the polls. Bring a mask, sanitizer, finger glover or pencil, and one of the accepted forms of ID.

    • Texas Driver’s License

    • Texas Election ID Certificate

    • Texas Personal ID Card

    • Texas Handgun License

    • US Military ID Card containing the person’s photograph

    • US Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph

    • Passport

  • Vote early to avoid long lines and crowds 

  • Vote by Mail - If you meet any of the qualifications below, complete and sign an application to vote by mail. The County Clerk must receive your application via mail by October 28th.  

    • are 65 years or older;

    • are sick or disabled;

    • will be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or

    • expect to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day; students, if you moved away to attend university or college in a different county, this means you!

    • are confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

  • Curbside voting- If you are physically unable to enter the polling place without personal assistance or likelihood of injuring your health or if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can vote curbside, meaning that a poll worker must bring a ballot or voting machine out to you.

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Election Protection Hotlines

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866-OUR-VOTE - English

888-VE-Y-VOTA - Spanish

888-API-VOTE - Asian Languages

844-YALLA-US - Arabic

301-818-VOTE - ASL/Video Call

888-796-VOTE - Disability Rights Texas

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Howdy! MOVE (Mobilize, Organizer, Vote Empower) Texas is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization building power in underrepresented communities through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy! Together we are building a Texas that believes in young people and centers their democratic participation.

About Us

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Deeds Not Words is an intersectional community working to galvanize the power of young people through policy-making, organizing, art and voting. Guided by intersectional core values rooted in gender justice, we envision a future for young leaders of color where they have autonomy to reach their full potential through freedom from violence, reproductive autonomy, economic opportunity and equitable representation. Led by YOUth, we’re uniting young changemakers to push progress forward — not through talk. Through deeds.

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