I believe that all voters have the right to vote, and as Constitution says without hindrance. This means that we need to make sure the ALL Texans can vote, not because of a piece of plastic, but because they have registered to vote with the State.
We have heard how voter fraud is rampant, yet statistics show that is far from the case when it comes to voting in person. Texas has about 3 convictions per year compared to the millions who vote. We do need to maintain clean voter rolls but not purge people simply because they are more likely to vote for another party. This activity should be with notifications during a non-voting year.
The State was ordered to spend $2.5 to educate the people working at polling places, and so far that has failed. The League of Women Voters Texas, the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, MALDEF, and several disability rights groups never received their voting instructions mandated by the court. Latinos in Texas are specifically still unclear on what is needed to vote. Hundreds of eligible voters never voted because of that confusion.
We also need to redraw the district maps, so voters get to elect their officials and not their officials choosing their voters. This has been going on far too long. It started in 2011 and has cost the state millions of dollars in lawsuits. A non-partisan group should redraw the maps.
I feel that we should have a panel of all parties, including a few independent voter representatives, draw maps that will reflect the people of Texas. Other states, such as Pennsylvania, have already begun to use this type of strategy - Texans deserve the same. No longer should we have 11 Texas House districts be called “impermissibly tainted,” no district should be viewed in those terms. Our growing African American and Latino communities should not be split so their influence is diluted and outnumbered.
We must continue to educate every Texas voter. Texans must believe their votes are important and every vote counts towards a better Texas.