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Constitutional Amendment XIX

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex. Ratified August 28, 1920.

VOTE EARLY

Early Voting October 22 to November 2, 7am to 7pm

During early voting you can vote at any of the 45 voting location across the city. To check locations go to: www.harrisvote.com/early.

You can also vote by mail if you are over 65, disabled, or out of the country. To get your Absentee Ballot and voting requirements information, visit: vote.org.

Elections are too important to leave to chance. The chance that you may not be able to vote on Election Day due to some unforeseen event, finding out too late you are at the wrong voting location, or you do not have the correct credential with you to vote mean you must be prepared beforehand.

The lifeblood of a democracy is a voting system that is free, fair, and accessible to all citizens. But as our lives become more complex, confining voting to a single 8 or 12 hour period is simply not reflective of how we live. In Texas we have the opportunity to VOTE EARLY. Early voting adds flexibility and convenience as well as keeps elections safe and secure. Research shows the key benefits of early voting in person are reduced stress, shorter lines, and early identification and correction of registration errors and voting system glitches.

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, laws requiring voter ID are popping out all over the country. Texas requires voter identification when voting in person (Senate Bill 5). When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of 7 acceptable forms of photo ID. Election officials are required by state to determine whether the voter’s name on the identification presented matches the official list of registered voters.

To find out more about voting requirements and eligibility check: votertexas.gov.

V0TE EARLY MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

Pat Farnell, Dorothy Lauterbach, Roslyn Metchis
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