Austin - Just a few days after reports of voter suppression and discrepancies in voter registration in Waller County in two precincts that hold the jurisdiction of Prairie View A&M University, students at Texas State University are facing similar voter suppression efforts from the Hays County GOP to prevent further early voting on campus.
The image of an email sent from North Hays GOP President Wally Kinney, discloses the purely partisan tactics behind efforts to make voting more difficult for thousands of students at the University, stating that “it favors Democrats, and we sure don’t want to do that in this- what is going to be a close election as it is.” [see below] The Texas Young Democrats echo the call of students,TYD Endorsed Candidates Steven Kling and Erin Zwiener to the Commissioner’s Court to expedite additional early voting opportunities on campus.
“Students across Texas face a considerable number of barriers to voting. From the refusal to accept collegiate IDs, to the reduction of polling sites on campus, we’re tired of waiting for others to fix a system rigged against the young voters in our state,” stated TYD President Celia Morgan. “Whatever happens on November 6th, our organization will be working with ANY elected official willing to author legislation that mandates at least one full week of early voting on EVERY college campus in Texas. In the meantime, we urge the Commissioner’s court, in Hays County and in counties across Texas, to make reasonable accommodations for student voters by extending campus voting hours, or the addition of extra early voting days on campuses.”