Ed. Note: We all share the consequential hardship when voters cast a ballot without having some understanding of the underlying circumstance. There is no good reason to allow blind political party loyalty to decide between those who are well and ill suited to be seated at a desk of public service. HB 1288 would eliminate straight party voting in Texas. Republished from Texas Liberty Foundation, March 15, 2015.
On Monday the Elections Committee at the Texas House will be holding a hearing on HB 1288, for the Elimination of Straight Party Voting.
This bill would mean that low-information voters would not be able to check off one box to vote for all the candidates of a party. They would need to actually go through all the races and vote for a specific candidate in each one. This would encourage voters to become more informed about the issues and candidates. It’s a simple change which would make a huge difference for Texas.
If you want to improve the quality of elections in Texas we encourage you to call or email members of the committee. Just click on the names below to see their email and phone contact info.
|Chair:||Rep. Jodie Laubenberg|
|Vice Chair:||Rep. Craig Goldman|
|Members:||Rep. Pat Fallon|
|Rep. Celia Israel|
|Rep. Dade Phelan|
|Rep. Ron Reynolds|
|Rep. Mike Schofield|
Below is a sample email you can borrow from to prepare your own message to the committee members. Use your own words or call them:
If you care about this issue and can get to Austin on Monday, come and testify at the hearing at the Capitol in room E1.026 at 2pm. Call Representative Simmons office for information at (512) 463-0478. Even if you can’t make the hearing, your opinion can make the difference.
Thanks for your support.
Dave Nalle, Director
Ed. Note: Republished from Texas Liberty Foundation. CLICK HERE to read the original.
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