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08 Sep
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Voting Resources: Helping You Prepare for the General Election

As the November General Election approaches, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) will continue to provide non-partisan information about voting safely. We are only nine weeks from election day and six weeks from the beginning of in-person early voting. For those choosing to vote by mail, the process requires a few extra steps and has a different timeline.

TRTA is highlighting two excellent resources this week that will help you vote safely so you can make sure your voice is heard!

Texas Educators Vote

TRTA is a coalition partner with many other education and civic groups via Texas Educators Vote (TEV). This partnership is dedicated to motivating Texas educators to vote in every election and providing non-partisan resources to the education community, creating a culture of voting!

You can sign up to receive text message alerts from TEV as we move through the election calendar to help you stick with your voting plan.

In the 2018 elections, the education community came together with one voice by working together and following through at the polls, making education and retirement issues top priorities. This mobilization made a positive difference during the 86thLegislative Session with the passage of a school funding bill (HB 3) and a supplemental check for retirees (SB 12). Let’s keep the momentum going in 2020!

Please encourage your friends and family to check out these easy-to-use resources and make a plan to vote during the early voting period that begins October 13 and continues through October 30.

Vote by Mail Video (Provided by the League of Women Voters)

Voting by mail in Texas requires you to apply for a ballot with your county elections office. Click here for a list of county elections offices.

If you already have applied for a mail-in ballot this year, you do not need to apply again. If you have not yet applied, it is best to do so as soon as possible. Ballots will be sent out 30 to 45 days prior to the election. The vote by mail application deadline is October 23. Watch this video for a step-by-step tutorial on voting by mail in Texas.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

  • October 5, 2020 — Last Day to Register to Vote
    • October 23, 2020 — Vote by mail applications due
    • October 13-30, 2020 — Early Voting period
    • November 3, 2020 • 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — Election Day

TRTA will continue to use the Inside Line to share resources every week about how, when, and where to vote! Stay tuned.

Thank You!

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 doing well and making their voting plans now! Please stay safe, and either vote by mail or make a plan to vote during the early voting period to avoid long lines and big crowds.

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01 Sep
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Start Making Your Plans to Vote in the November Election!

  • In a previous version of this Inside Line, TRTA had the incorrect dates listed for the early voting period. The correct timeframe for early voting in the November General Election is October 13 through October 30, 2020, not October 19 through October 30. We apologize for the error!

Voting safely during the COVID-19 pandemic is a common theme being shared around the 2020 November General Election. September 1 is just ten short weeks away from General Election day on Tuesday, November 3. The election is as important as ever, and we know that members of the Texas Retired Teacher Association (TRTA) want to be prepared for anything that comes their way.

Over the next ten weeks, TRTA hopes to be your one-stop shop for voting safely and to find non-partisan information on how, when, and where to cast your vote.

Mark Your Calendars!

The first thing you need to do to prepare is add several important dates to your preparation calendar!

  • October 5, 2020 — Last Day to Register to Vote
    • October 23, 2020 — Vote by mail application due
    • October 13-30, 2020 — Early Voting
    • November 3, 2020 • 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — Election Day

Get Registered and More!

As you research the candidates that will be on your ballot and make your choices, we hope you will use the Inside Line and other TRTA resources. We also encourage all members to consider their safety when voting. Remember, if you are age 65 or older or disabled, you are eligible to use a mail-in ballot. Mail-in voting is simple and easy and is a safe alternative for retirees who have health concerns.

If you have not registered to vote or have not applied for a mail-in ballot this year, please so do as soon as possible to make sure you get all the tools you need. Contact your county elections administrator through your county government offices to register or request an application for a mail-in ballot.

County Elections Offices

Secretary of State Safe Voting Protocols and Checklist

League of Women Voters Vote by Mail Explainer

League of Women Voters Vote 411

  • A non-partisan, personalized voter information tool that allows voters to research the candidates on their ballot based on their address and zip code.

Thank You!

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 doing well and making their voting plans now! Please stay safe, and either vote by mail or make a plan to vote during the early voting period and avoid long lines and big crowds. Stay tuned to the Inside Line for additional information as we get closer to the election.

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21 Aug
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TRS Begins Distributing Information on New Healthcare Plans

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) decided on Feb. 21 to switch healthcare providers for participants in TRS-Care, the state-run health care program for public education retirees. Retirees under-65 will be receiving healthcare from BlueCross BlueShield. Retirees over-65 will be receiving healthcare from United Healthcare.

As a part of the transition to the new providers, TRS is distributing information about the plans. Expanded information is available on the TRS website and The Pulse newsletter regarding the changes, including a schedule of important dates and online access to providers in the UHC network.

The transition to new TRS-Care vendors (BCBS and UHC) takes place on January 1, 2021. TRS and the providers will be conducting educational seminars this fall to explain the changes and answer questions.

Be sure to stay connected to the Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) Inside Line to receive updates on changes to TRS-Care. If you’re not yet a member, be sure to join! If you’re already a member, continue to support our work by renewing your membership!

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