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Opinion: Have Your Say in Decisions that Impact Your Life – Vote!

Jerrie Champlin, president of the League of Women Voters-Comal Area, says there are many things residents can do to defend democracy and prepare for March primary elections.

by Jerrie Champlin
President, League of Women Voters-Comal Area

As the first anniversary of the Jan. 6 violent attack on our democracy approaches, laws passed in several states including Texas limit our freedom to vote and our electoral process, and partisan gerrymandering limits fair and accountable representation.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is partnering with other nonpartisan community organizations to make this Jan. 6 a day of remembrance and action.

Americans across race, place, party and background are holding candlelight vigils and voter actions to urge Congress and President Joe Biden to pass federal legislation to protect our freedom to vote and our democracy.

Evening vigils are scheduled in Austin and San Antonio.

What can you do?

Exercise your freedom to vote!

Check your voter registration status at votetexas.gov or try calling your county elections office to ensure that your registration information is up-to-date and accurate.

Contact your U.S. senators and representatives and ask that they support the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Protecting Our Democracy Act to restore the checks-and-balances in our government and prevent abuse of power.

Need to register or update your voter registration?

League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWVCA) will be at the New Braunfels Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, registering voters and distributing nonpartisan information about the March 1 primary elections.

Districts have changed, and you can find out what’s on your ballot by entering your address at VOTE411.org starting in early February, before early voting starts on Feb. 14.

LWVCA also will be distributing nonpartisan information and voters guides at local libraries, food banks and other community locations.

If you are eligible to vote-by-mail, your county elections office needs to receive your 2022 application by Feb. 18.

More information and resources are available at lwvcomal.org.

Have your say in the decisions that impact your life. Vote!

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