Want to Thank Me for My Service, Texas? Make Voting Easier

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I hear “thank you for your service” when my state leaders find out that I served our country for two decades. What I don’t see from elected leaders or Texas voters is that sentiment put in practice when it’s time to vote. Just this past October, although I was able to vote early, there were no guidelines posted curbside at my county seat in George West, Texas. The only instructional advertisement was inside the county courthouse, in the hallway. Nothing was posted in the parking location. 

Early voting in my rural county spanning 1,028 square miles is not easy or accessible for disabled persons. There was only one voting location, and it was only open Monday through Friday between 8 am and 5 pm. We had no weekend voting. The one dropbox for mail-in ballots was located inside the county courthouse. If I, as a voter, didn’t know my rights or that I could call the elections office to request curbside assistance, my vote would have been hindered or not possible.

Do better, Texas.

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Malissa "Mal" Torres is a U.S. Air Force veteran from Talladega, AL. She served from 1986–2006 in the Air Force Intelligence Command and cross-trained into Manpower Resource Management. Currently, she serves as a Texas Democratic Party County Chairwoman and a South Texas voter registration organizer in Coastal Bend Texas and she volunteers with Common Defense, DemCastUSA, and Texas Lege Indivisible.

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