Early voting has officially started today in the state of Texas. Registered voters are able to vote for local and presidential candidates through February 26th.
The Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT NOW) is working to increase voter turnout in South Texas. The organization was established to engage, empower, and educate the community regarding the electoral process and the importance of voting.
Now, they are reaching out to children as well.
“The school districts are now incorporating the importance of voting in their curriculums. They’re incorporating this message throughout the schools,” said Edna Desaro, AACT NOW advocate.
Desaro also says educating children can help further increase voter turnout in the future.
Students at UTRGV also feel it is important to get out there and cast their vote.
“By not casting your vote you’re kind of limiting the voice of the public. Which is kind of what America is all about. It’s a democracy here and we need to speak our voice,” said UTRGV student, Angelina Villarreal.
“Every number counts. And everyone’s opinion is reinforced in the voting polls because they get to choose who they want to vote for and they get to choose who they want representing them, and they get a chance to know who the candidates are,” agreed UTRGV student, Angel Rodriguez.
UTRGV Edinburg and Brownsville are two of the many locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley holding early voting. For a complete list of voting locations, visit aact now.org.
Early voting hours in Hidalgo County are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hours vary by location in Cameron County so voters are encouraged to check the online schedules for voting hours of the location closest to them.