As the General Election approaches, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is your one-stop shop for voting safely and finding non-partisan information on how, when, and where to cast your vote.
There are only 41 days before election day (November 8) and 26 days until early voting begins (October 24). We urge you to plan ahead and apply for a mail-in ballot if you are eligible. If you plan to vote in person, make a plan to vote early to avoid longer lines and take a family member, friend, or neighbor with you!
Be aware of election deadlines and take steps to ensure you are ready to vote in General Election 2022!
- October 11: Last date to register to vote (or submit an address change)
- October 24: Early voting begins (use this site to verify early voting locations)
- October 28: Deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot
- November 4: Early voting ends
- November 8: General Election Day
Here are two new resources that explain the ins-and-outs of voting and include information about who and what will be on the ballot.
- The Texas Tribune includes the information you need about how and when to vote as well as who is on the ticket in statewide races. You can confirm your voter registration, request a mail-in ballot, and register to vote using the links included on the page.
- Raise your Hand Texas is an education advocacy group and one of TRTA’s partners in the Texas Educators Vote Their website allows you to view your voter information, research candidates, and register to vote.
Making Your Decision
As you decide which candidates deserve your vote, please take a look at the TRTA 2023 Legislative Priorities. These may be useful to you as you determine which candidates at the state and federal levels support issues that impact retired Texas public school personnel.
If they are congressional candidates, will they commit to ending the Social Security offsets— the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO)—that reduce Texas educators’ earned benefits?
If they are candidates for the Texas Legislature, will they commit to funding a meaningful, substantial cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retirees? Use these COLA Talking Points when visiting with candidates about why a COLA for TRS retirees is needed now!
Many TRTA local chapters are conducting candidate forums at their meetings. Ask for details from your local chapter president if you already are a local chapter member or contact a local unit near you for more information. Candidate forums are a great way to get your questions answered before you vote.
TRTA will continue to use the Inside Line to share resources every week about how, when, and where to vote! Stay tuned.
Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. We hope all of our members are making their voting plans now! Please make your General Election 2022 voting plan today!
TRTA is the only group that focuses solely on your TRS retirement security! Please join us today!
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