Texas Works to Eliminate Grassroots Voter Drives
Since at least 2011, Texas has worked to eliminate grassroots voter registration drives, I heard a number of you talk about voting rights in the '60s and '70s and '80s, and so you know that voter registration drives have been a really incredibly important way to bring new people into the electorate, particularly young people and persons of color. Sadly, in Texas, it's a crime to register your neighbor to vote, unless you've jumped through a lot of hoops, and have gotten deputized by the State. The very predictable result of this regime has been the elimination of this sort of grassroots effort. And unfortunately, that has led to ridiculous situations such as, for example, in 2016 in the city of San Antonio, a city with a population of more than 1.5 million, there were under 1000 people eligible to register somebody else to vote.
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