21 Sep RELEASE: Less than 20 days before voter registration deadline, TCRP releases resources to ensure compliance with the state’s high school voter registration law

 

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For Immediate Release
September 21, 2016

Contact: Zenén Jaimes Pérez, Communications Director
Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 116
Email: zenen@texascivilrightsproject.org

 

RELEASE: Less than 20 days before voter registration deadline, TCRP releases resources to ensure compliance with the state’s high school voter registration law

 

Austin, TX — Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP) published the first guide and advocacy materials to help ensure that high school principals across Texas can meet their obligations under the state’s high school voter registration law. Under the Texas election code, high school principals are required to provide at least two opportunities for eligible students to register to vote every year.

These resources come just as the Texas Secretary of State released a letter and new FAQ document to all high school principals in the state reminding them of their obligation.. The letter and FAQ documents follow much advocacy and research from TCRP, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Texas Organizing Project, and other organizations working to promote high school voter registration in Texas.

Numerous studies show that when young people learn the voting process early, they are more likely to continue their democratic participation later in life. With only 19 days before the voter registration deadline of October 11, high school principals must have all of the tools they need to ensure that their students can participate in the democratic process.

In addition to these new and valuable resources available to all students, parents, and faculty in high schools, TCRP will continue to work with the Secretary of State to monitor and encourage compliance with the law.

Cassandra Champion, Staff Attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

“High school students need to have all of the resources and opportunities possible to get registered to vote and participate in the democratic process. Our advocacy and research has shown that too many high school administrators simply did not even know they needed to register eligible high school students to vote, while others were too afraid to register students because they felt there was insufficient training and information.

Our new resources, available to all Texans, help clarify and answer any questions they might have just before the voter registration deadline. Along with this, we’ll continue our partnership with partner organizations and work with the Secretary of State’s office to make sure high schools across the state meet their obligations under state law.”

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The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.