Today, February 28, is the final day to vote early in the 2014 Texas Primary Election! Members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) have done a great job in the past few weeks researching candidates, sharing information with fellow retirees and getting out to vote!

If you have not yet had the opportunity to vote and hope to do so today, please know that you do not have to vote in your precinct. You may vote at any location convenient for you within your county. Review early voting locations in your area here.

It is essential that we elect Senators and Representatives that support TRS-Care and the TRS pension fund. In our previous Voter Health Series articles, we discussed several contested and open seats in the Primary election. A large number of our elected officials will be NEW or have less than two years of experience by the time the next legislative session begins in January 2015.

Please review these races and determine if you are impacted! The Texas Tribune Elections Bracket can help you determine who is running for office in your area.

You still have the opportunity to vote next Tuesday, March 4 as well. Please use your influence and cast your vote!

Very few voters make it out during the Primary, but this is when your vote counts the most! Most political races in Texas are determined DURING THE PRIMARY ELECTION, not the November General Election!

Even if you are not a constituent in one of the districts mentioned in our contested and open seat races, your vote still matters! So do the votes of your fellow retirees, friends, neighbors and family! It is likely that only about 10% of residents (or less!) in your town will vote in this election cycle.

The votes of even 10 to 100 more people can drastically alter the results of a race. The votes of 80,000 public education retirees WILL make a difference!

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! Remember, you are a valued member of our organization, and your vote in the Primary Election is also valuable! Use your power and vote! If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, contact us at 1.800.880.1650.