The deadline to register to vote in the November 6 election is today, October 9. Now is the time to make sure you are registered properly–e.g. at the right address. And yes, you should check even if you haven’t moved in years and have voted in every election possible, as we’ve seen media coverage of voters in that situation who have nonetheless faced being purged (deleted) from voter rolls.
Here’s what you can do to make sure you are ready to vote on November 6.
- If you need to register to vote, check here for information on registering and where to get an application.
- Visit the state’s website to check your voter registration status. (It’s best to have either your voter registration card or drivers license number handy, although you can try with just your birth date and address.)
- If you do notice a designation of “suspense” or some other issue, or if you can’t locate your registration, visit the FAQ page of the Texas Secretary of State for answers to common questions, and/or call your county tax assessor collector or county registrar.
- And when you find that your residence/registration is correct, use that as opportunity to see who represents you at the state and federal levels, so that you’ll be prepared to do your homework and elect friends of public education in November.
This year’s election may be the most important in many years, because there is an opportunity for public school advocates to gain a meaningful role in the Texas Senate.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has run roughshod over rules and norms in the last two legislative sessions to pass bill after bill attacking public schools and teachers because he had the votes to ignore anyone who disagreed with him. In 2018, however, we have a chance to replace three of Patrick’s anti-teacher allies. By electing Beverly Powell, Nathan Johnson, and Rita Lucido, the Texas Senate will be forced to negotiate bills and listen to minority party voices when passing legislation. That would be a vast departure from the current norm where radical special interest groups like the Texas Public Policy Foundation and billionaires like the Koch brothers have pushed through their voucher and charter-school expansion agenda.
In Senate District 10 (Fort Worth area) Beverly Powell has proven her commitment to her community through decades of charity and civic volunteer work, helping lay a path for other families to have the opportunities to succeed and build businesses the way she has. If elected Beverly Powell would focus on giving young people the chances to acquire an education and create the economic futures they deserve. She would also be a strong advocate for educators, because, as the daughter of two educators and former school board president in Burleson ISD, she has seen first-hand the dedication it takes to work in a classroom and the poor job Texas has done to keep its promise to those who have dedicated their careers to educating the next generation.
For Senate District 16 (North Dallas area) Nathan Johnson is running to restore common sense to a Senate chamber that often finds itself more concerned with bathrooms than any other part of a public school. A mild-mannered attorney (in sharp contrast to his ideologue opponent Don Huffines) who is more interested in finding spaces to work together, Nathan has proposed several solutions to filling the funding gap in education, like eliminating out-of-date tax loopholes. As a Senator, Nathan wants to make sure that North Dallas remains a driver for business in Texas with good schools and resources for families.
Rita Lucido is running in Houston’s District 17 to unseat Joan Huffman, who has directly attacked schools and educators during her Senate career by sponsoring bills trying to take away payroll dues deduction for teacher group members and being a vocal advocate for charter schools and private-school vouchers. Rita is an accomplished family attorney who will end these attacks on public education and instead focus on building community supports for kids and educators. If elected Rita would be a loud voice, willing to fight for her district and its public schools starting on day one of the legislative session.