TX Joins Momentous Effort to Register Young Voters of Color
Monday, September 18, 2023
The annual National Voter Registration Day returns tomorrow, and a Texas organization has a goal of registering 1,200 new young voters from diverse backgrounds.
Claudia Yoli Ferla, executive director of MOVE Texas, said one in three voters there is a young person. Texas, she noted, is one of the most diverse states in the nation - and many of the young voters are progressive and homegrown.
"We are young, we are Black and Brown, we are women, we are men, we are outside and in between the gender binary," said Yoli Ferla, "and elections are an opportunity for us to tell the story of our communities, our vision for the future and the story of our collective power."
MOVE Texas, which was started in 2013 by a group of students at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will hold voter tabling events there and in other communities tomorrow.
Republican lawmakers in the Lone Star State have introduced multiple bills in recent years to restrict voting, including one this year to prohibit polling places on higher-education campuses.
Young people historically have low rates of participation in elections in Texas and nationwide.
Yoli Ferla said she believes that with greater awareness of how laws affect them, electing those who represent their interests will become a greater priority.
"I see every single day young people who are hungry for that change, who are hungry for politicians to serve them," said Yoli Ferla, "and who are hungry to ensure that issues that they most care about are reflected into policy solutions."
In Texas, Latinos now outnumber non-Hispanic whites as the dominant ethnic group.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinos made up more than 40% of Texas' population last year, while the non-Hispanic white share fell just below 40%. Important voter dates are listed at 'sos.state.tx.us.'
Support for this reporting was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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