Today my husband John, my son Eamon and I Early Voted. It was an event I won’t soon forget. At the very beginning of the day, when I realized my son was going to vote for me (I finally won him over) during his first time voting, I actually got a little teary eyed. After all, he and my younger son Charlie are a huge part of why I am running. I want to make sure we leave our children and young people with an affordable and livable Travis County. Realizing that my son is now able to make his voice heard through the power of the ballot box was very powerful.
I don’t think we fully understand and appreciate the importance of voting --a lot of people take it for granted. It’s crazy to me that there are those who actively seek to limit democratic participation through various laws requiring people to jump through hoops to be able to vote. We need to make voting easier, not more difficult.
In fact, when Eamon presented his DPS issued Identification he was told, “you’re not registered to vote.” To which I said “would you mind checking again? I registered him and I hand carried the application form to the voter registrar office myself. I know he’s registered.” Sure enough, when they went back and hand entered the information he was able to vote. The same thing happened to my husband John. That should be a lesson to all voters, if anyone tries to tell you you’re not registered but you know you are, have them go back and hand enter it.
Because of our persistence, both Eamon and my husband were able to cast their ballots and make their voices heard. Eamon even said he thought voting was “pretty cool.” I encourage you to get out to the polls to make your voice heard. While you’re at it, bring a friend, you will double the turnout and like Eamon said, “voting is pretty cool.”
Find out when, where and how to early vote here.