Early Voting Underway for Local School Board Elections

Although no statewide races or ballot issues will be decided, the May 6 election includes hundreds of school board races, municipal elections, bond issues and other local propositions across the state. Included in the mix are several hotly-contested races where our local unions are supporting school board candidates. So be sure to check with your local […]

Candidates Backed by Texas AFT Affiliates Sweep Local Runoffs

Congratulations are due to the two Texas AFT local affiliates that spearheaded a sweep of December runoffs for their local boards of trustees. The ACC/AFT, our local for Austin Community College employees in Central Texas, endorsed and worked successfully to elect two new trustees, Sean Hassan and Julie Ann Nitsch, in decisive fashion in a […]

Election Postscript: Rejecting Hate and Economic Inequity

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s column from yesterday’s New York Times is an eloquent plea for solidarity across the lines of class and race and faith that have been exploited to divide America. Here is her column in full: The recent presidential election revealed a deeply divided and disaffected America. While Donald Trump won the electoral […]

Voters on Tuesday Passed Key Education and Labor Ballot Measures

Besides making a host of personnel decisions for every office from president to school board at the polls on Tuesday, voters also passed a remarkable array of pro-public-education and pro-worker ballot measures across the country and here in Texas. The biggest headline story nationally was the defeat of a charter-expansion referendum in Massachusetts. This hard-fought […]

Reading the Election Returns, Looking Ahead to Key Runoffs—Impact on Public Education

For the second time in the last five presidential elections, a candidate who lost the popular vote has won in the electoral college and hence will assume the mantle of the U.S. presidency. As a result, the national presidential race has given us a president-elect who, among many other causes for concern, campaigned in support […]

Make a Plan, Then Get Out and Vote Tuesday!

We’re down to the wire—voting begins at 7 a.m. tomorrow, November 8, and continues through 7 p.m. in the general election that will decide who governs at every level from school board to the White House. You can still cast your ballot if you are in line at your polling place by 7 p.m. But […]

Last Day of Early Voting is Friday, November 4

You can still take advantage of the opportunity to vote early until Friday evening, November 4 (exact hours vary by county). This the best time to make a plan to get yourself to a voting site, finish studying up on the choices before you, and take advantage of the flexibility early voting provides regarding where […]

Early Voting Robust, More Needed!

Early voting in the November 8 general election across Texas continues through Friday, November 4. This the best time to make a plan to get yourself to a voting site, finish studying up on the choices before you, and take advantage of the flexibility early voting provides regarding where and when you can cast your […]

Watch What You Wear at the Polls

Yes, go and vote early. No, don’t wear your partisan T-shirt, or be prepared to cover it up. The Texas Tribune’s “Texplainer” outlines what’s OK and what counts as electioneering–and thus is illegal, unless you keep your distance–at the polls. Remember, early voting ends November 4, so if you haven’t voted yet, do it now! For information […]

Want to Track Early Voting Totals?

Want to see how many people are going to ballot box early? Here’s a great way to follow the record-setting early voting in the ten largest Texas counties. Need to look at more specifics, or your not-so-big county? Try ProPublica’s Electionland. Remember, early voting ends November 4, so if you haven’t voted yet, do it now! […]