Welcome to Day 1 of your 5-day Activist Challenge!
Today, we’ll take the first step toward involvement in Texas government: registering to vote.
Watch our tutorial video to see a Texas NORML Board Member complete today’s action and give some colorful tips about the process!
DAY 1 ACTION: AM I REGISTERED?
Go to the Am I Registered? site for state of Texas:
Enter your info, and click the button to see if you’re already registered! Here’s a screenshot of what you’ll see when you go to the page:
Are you officially registered to vote in Texas? If so, find us online and let us know at our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #texasvotescannabis!
Now that you’re aware of your voting power, your upcoming elections, and where you cast your ballot, you’re capable of steering this state toward your goals with the tool that matters most: Your Vote. (If you aren’t registered, take the steps below and share when complete.)
WHAT IF I’M NOT REGISTERED?
Follow this link to the “informal” voter registration form.
Now print it, sign it, and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence.
List of Voter Registrars by county.
The online form is not enough for Texas. You are not registered until you have filled out the online application, printed it, signed it, and mailed it to your local County Voter Registrar.
Your County’s Voter Registrar will then process your application, and your registration becomes effective 30 days after it is submitted (and accepted) by the County Voter Registrar.
WHAT IF I CAN’T VOTE DUE TO PREVIOUS INCARCERATION?
In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after completing their sentence. Therefore, once you have completed the punishment phase (including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by the court), you should be eligible to re-register and vote in the state of Texas. (source)
THE BOTTOM LINE
If it seems like Texas makes it difficult for you to register, consider that it’s because of the power your vote carries. Imagine if you banded together with thousands of other like-minded voters, and elected candidates and policies in line with what you want?
Join Texas NORML today to do exactly that!
You’ve established that you’re a Texas voter… now it’s time to learn who got elected to represent you! On Day 2, we’ll find out which officials are yours, and where they stand on the issue of cannabis law reform. See you tomorrow!
Keep up with the previous day’s challenge emails here, on our blog.