Democrats Ask Republicans to Help Engage Texas Students in Their Democracy
Today, the Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party Gilberto Hinojosa sent a letter to the Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri asking him to co-sign a letter to Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry regarding election code Sec. 13.046.
Section 13.046 of the Texas Election Code states that a principal or designee of a public or private school shall serve as a deputy registrar and distribute and receive registration applications forms from students and employees of the school. The provision also states that the secretary of state shall prescribe any additional procedures necessary to implement this. [Texas Constitution and Statutes]
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement:
“Texas was ranked 51st in voter turnout after our last gubernatorial election. No matter what your political affiliation, you can not argue that getting students and educators involved is good for our democracy. Students represent the bright future of Texas. It is our duty to help engage them in the political process and encourage them to exercise their right to vote. Registering students to vote on their high school campuses is a giant step in the right direction. This law already exists, now we must do more to let principals know about the program and provide them with the tools and materials they need.
“I hope Chairman Munisteri will join me in calling on the secretary of state to ensure that our students’ voices are heard and that all school districts implement and expand this important law.”