Civic Engagement
“I think everybody should be civically engaged in a level that will affect policy. That’s the point. That’s how our government is set up.”
Eva Longoria, actress and political activist
Texas ranked a dismal 49th in the nation in voter turnout for the 2012 general election. For the 2010 general election, we were dead last. In large part, this is due to the fact that our state was 42nd in voter registration in 2010, with only 61.6 percent of voting-eligible Texans reporting they were registered to vote that year. The Senate Hispanic Caucus is especially concerned that without the voting rights protections established by section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, eligible voters who lack the appropriate identification documents will be wrongly prohibited from voting this November. The Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus is committed to vigilantly opposing local and state electoral changes that will diminish the voting strength of Texas’ racial and ethnic minorities.
For more information on getting more civically engaged and on the major policies affecting the Voting Rights of minorities in Texas please visit:
Senator Garcia’s Testimony to the US Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the Voting Rights Act coverage formula reauthorization
Total Population Change 2000 – 2010 Texas
Courtesy of MALDEF