(Editor’s note: Last week this Inside Line was delivered with a fact sheet that featured the incorrect use of a term. This fact sheet has been corrected, and you may download it below.)

As the November General Election draws nearer, members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are making plans now to get to the polls!

If you are not yet registered to vote, please know that the last day to register to vote in Texas is Tuesday, October 11. Register today by clicking here!

If you are not sure if you are registered or want to verify that your voting information is correct (such as your address), please click here! The Texas Secretary of State websiteis a great resource for locating your polling place, as well as early voting locations.

Though many elections in Texas are decided during the Primary Election season, there are still several important races in November that will determine who our state legislators will be.

Click here to find Texas State Senate races.

Click here to find Texas State House of Representatives races.

TRTA is proud to partner with Texas Educators Vote, and we encourage all retired and active educators to take the oath to vote! Elections determine policy outcomes! They are the biggest factor in determining what happens during the Texas Legislative Session.

The Senators and Representatives who are elected during this cycle will have the enormous responsibility of deciding the future of TRS-Care. If nothing is done during the next Legislative Session to TRS-Care, participants in the program could see massive premium increases or changes in benefits, or both!

We must elect officials who see the value in not only the TRS defined benefit plan, but our other valuable retirement benefits as well!


85TH LEGISLATIVE FACT SHEET

We need your help NOW to educate candidates on TRTA’s most pressing issues for the coming session. Take some time now to visit your legislators in their district offices and contact any candidates to share this TRTA Fact Sheet with them.


To find out who your current legislators are and to receive their contact information, click here!

TRTA encourages its members to talk to each other! Local unit leaders, activate your phone trees and remind your members about early voting schedules. Early voting begins Monday, October 24, 2016 and continues through Friday, November 4, 2016.Vote early to avoid those long lines that come with the territory during a presidential election cycle!

Check with members who you think may need a ride to the polling location and offer to start a carpool on an early voting day!

Still not sure who to vote for? We recommend the following resources to help you conduct research on candidates:

Teach the Vote
Texas Educators Vote
Texas Teachers Vote
Texas Parent PAC
Texas League of Women Voters
Texas Tribune

Thank You

Thank you for being a member of TRTA! If you are not a member and are interested in joining, please contact our Membership Department at 1.800.880.1650.

Protecting your retirement benefits is one of TRTA’s top priorities, and your participation makes all the difference! Be sure to stay tuned to our other digital mediums to stay informed on all the latest news and updates. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel.