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Published on Mar 29, 2012
Window Opens March 30 for Vote-by-Mail
Eligible voters may request ballots from their county election office between March 30 and May 21. As part of our commitment to expanding democracy, Jobs with Justice and the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans will hold a public rally for voting by mail. Please join us.
4 PM Thursday, March 29 Outside the Dallas Records Building, 600 Main Downtown Dallas In case of rain, we will try to get into the doorway of the Old Red Courthouse across the street.
Seniors over 65, disabled people, and students living in dormitories away from home are eligible and should take advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail. Those who vote by mail get several advantages:
The certainty of their voting increases dramatically because they do not have to worry about last-minute emergencies, rain, transportation failure, etc
They get more time, sometimes weeks, to look the ballot over, do research, ask questions, and decide which candidates and propositions are best for them.
The Texas "Voter ID" law, which may yet be implemented in time for the May 29th election, does not change the rules for voting by mail
Even though the U.S. Department of Justice has blocked the Texas "Voter ID" law on the basis that it is blatantly racist, Attorney General Abbott has applied to the courts to allow him to implement the law immediately. He argues, further, that Texas does not need the supervision mandated by Section 5 of the Voter Rights Act of 1965, because Texas is no longer racist. Ironically, if he gets out from under Section 5, he will immediately implement the racist "Voter ID" law!
Texans should note that Abbott may appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has already established its anti-democratic credentials, so that the "Voter ID" law may be implemented at some time in future. According to the Dallas newspaper, Abbott has launched a total of 20 such lawsuits asserting Texas hegemony over the federal government.
Vote by mail is a very good idea anyway, but the threat from General Abbott makes it even more important!