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 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.