Wrap your heads around this: Texas has about 11.4 million Hispanic residents as compared with 11.9 million whites.
These trends and numbers are astounding given the disparities we continue to see today with respect to Hispanic representation in our flagship institutions, legislative, school board, and city council representation, the teacher workforce, and white collar occupations and industries, as a whole. So much of this does connect to the vote as this piece suggests, but any close reading of Texas history shows that it's deeper than that. Much deeper.
Consider for instance, an underlying dynamic that journalist, Michelle Garcia, identifies in her recent CNN Opinion piece posted to this blog titled "In Texas, A call to action against white supremacy."
"Attacking Latinos is deeply woven into the genetic coding of the state that was built on the perception that some are more worthy to govern than others."
So the "problem" isn't simply reducible to Hispanics not voting when everything has been done legally and extralegally to curtail it. That said, we can expect the seemingly unending forms of discrimination, prejudice, and exclusion that we're witnessing in full view today bodes positively for Hispanic voter turnout in 2020 where according to estimates by the Pew Research Center (cited by Garcia), "Latinos are projected to be the largest non-white voting group in 2020."
Accordingly, please note the following pertinent info provided by Laura Yeager of Texas Educators Vote:
The deadline to register to vote in the November 5th election is October 7th. There will be 10 constitutional amendments on the ballot and special legislative elections will be held that day also. Creating a culture of voting means voting in every election. Make sure everyone you know is registered to vote!
To do:1. Check your voter registration status. https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do2. Apply to register to vote if you are not already registered. https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp3. If you don’t have a printer, stamp, or want to look up your county election office, go to Register2Vote and get a completed voter registration application sent to you to sign and put in the mail. This saves you some steps, but takes a little extra time, so do it today! https://register2vote.org/Social Media Posts to share: -Make sure you are registered to vote. Deadline to register for the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election is Oct. 7th. #txed #txlege #vote #TxEdVote -Vote in every election. Make sure you are registered today! #txed #txlege #vote #TxEdVote