|Think you don’t have to tune into the mid-term elections until November? Wrong!
Primary voting to choose the candidates who will run in this fall’s mid-term elections is already underway. Here are ten reasons LGBTQ Texans and the people who care about them can’t afford to sit the primaries out.
10. We’re fighting for the soul of both parties. Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, the March primary battles will set the course for both parties in the months to come. If you don’t like how your party has been conducting itself, vote in the primary to take your party back!
9. In gerrymandered districts, the primary is the election. Many districts are intentionally gerrymandered to favor one party over the other; the primary winner in the favored party almost always wins in the general election. Since the primary battle is the race, don’t sit it out!
8. We’re here, we’re queer, part 1. Ever wish the LGBTQ community had the political power to change things? We do! Only a tiny fraction of registered voters shows up for the primaries. Even a small bump in turnout can change the outcome. Imagine how our state would be different if LGBTQ Texans turned out in force to choose the candidates of both major parties!
7. Bathroom access is on the GOP primary ballot. Yes, really. Enough said.
6. Choices, choices, choices. There’s been a high level of interest in running for office this year. We’ve got many more contested races than usual, which means we have more choices than ever.
5. We’re here, we’re queer, part 2. There are a record number of LGBTQ candidates running in both parties. This has the potential to be a banner year for equality.
4. We’ll know if you don’t show up! Did you know that whether or not you vote is a matter of public record? We’re not judging, but . . . . Ok, we’re totally judging!
3. Be on trend. That “I voted” sticker is this spring’s must-have accessory. Get yours at your local polling place while supplies last.
2. It’s your right. The right to vote was withheld from so many for so long. But through the generations, Americans organized, they marched, they went to jail, and they died for the right. We honor their sacrifice and claim our heritage every time we enter the voting booth.
1. You’re mad AF. There’s so much work to do here in Texas and beyond. It can seem like politics is broken when problems don’t get solved. But that’s exactly why our participation is needed now more than ever. Pledge to do more than complain. Get out there and make your voice heard.
P.S. Not sure who supports equality? Here’s a handy list of where every candidate for the Texas House stands on bathroom regulations, which is a terrific way to tell who supports our community, regardless of party!
P.S.S. Keep up to date at Queer the Vote, Y’all.
First Day of Early Voting – Feb 20, 2018
Last day to Apply for Ballot by Mail – Feb 23, 2018
Last Day of Early Voting – Mar 2, 2018
Last Day to Receive Ballot by Mail – Mar 6, 2018