As early voting starts for March primary, the impact of voter suppression is rearing its ugly head

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Early voting started Monday and continues through Friday, Feb. 25, for the March 1 primaries. We encourage you to make a plan to vote early and educate yourself on the issues at our Election 2022 page, which includes a link to our endorsements.

Remember, you do not register for political parties in Texas, but you can only vote in one primary: Democratic or Republican.

The backdrop of early voting is a realization of the impacts of SB 1, the voter suppression law passed last summer. In addition to more restrictive access to voting and hundreds of absentee ballot requests being rejected, we’ve seen an inept performance from the Texas Secretary of State’s office. This week, two dozen nonprofits—including our affiliate, Texas AFL-CIO—wrote a letter to Texas Secretary of State John B. Scott that criticized him for wasting time on “Stop the Steal” audits of the 2020 presidential election while his office had a quiet rollout of its ballot-by-mail web tracker and failed to secure enough paper for needed voter registration forms.

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Let’s talk to our friends and colleagues about supporting pro-educator candidates at the polls this primary. Join us Monday from 6 – 7 p.m. CT to learn about relational organizing with our new texting tool.

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