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14 Sep 2020
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Voter Registration Resources

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. We are eight weeks away from election day and five weeks from the start of early in-person voting.

Do you have a plan for staying safe when casting your vote this year? Now is the time to mark your calendar and make sure everything is in order. First, make sure you are registered to vote!

Voter Registration

The voter registration deadline for the November 3 election is October 5. Follow the list below from the League of Women Voters and Texas Secretary of State to find out if you are registered already or how to register if you have not yet done so. Be sure to take advantage of the service that sends you a registration form and pre-paid envelope if you do not have a printer at home.

  1. Check your voter registration status at www.votetexas.gov.
  2. Voters who moved to a new address within the same county or changed their name while remaining in the same county can update their information online.
  3. New voters or voters who moved to another county may use the League’s VOTE411.org  registration tool or print a voter registration application, fill it out, sign it, stamp it and send it via snail mail or turn it in to their county election office.
  4. Voter registration applications are available at libraries, government offices, or high schools!
  5. No printer? Fill out a voter registration application and have it mailed to you by visiting www.register2vote.org, your county voter registrar, or the Secretary of State website.

Making Your Decision

As you follow your plan to ensure your vote will count, you may also want to view resources comparing candidates for down ballot state elections. These offices are critical for TRTA’s advocacy efforts!

TRTA local units and legislative chairs are busy planning candidate forums and compiling resources for our members. The best resource for determining if a candidate understands and agrees with TRTA’s legislative agenda is hearing from the candidates themselves.

Be sure stay in touch with your local unit this month and in October so you may participate in any scheduled candidate forums. Watch your inbox for local unit and district event invitations by zoom or other teleconferencing services or for any candidate surveys that may come your way.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • October 5, 2020 — Last Day to Register to Vote
    • October 23, 2020 — Vote by mail application 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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08 Sep 2020
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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 2020
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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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