How to vote and why you should vote were the topics discussed during the 2022 Voter Registration Drive held at Weslaco High School today. With national, state and local elections coming up November 8, the drive helps eligible WHS seniors meet the October 11 registration deadline.
League of Women Voters representative Sofia Kennedy and Precinct One Commissioner David Fuentes shared valuable information with the students.
“The first-time voter makes the most mistakes,” Kennedy said. “An ID is required; the laws have changed in Texas.”
The League offered information on VoteRiders, a national organization that helps eligible voters obtain a state-issued ID card if a driver’s license is not available. VoteRiders offers free transportation and may cover the cost of an ID.
Fuentes urged students to take part in local elections.
“When you vote and you start engaging in your local government,” he told the seniors. “That is when you have a say. If you don’t like what they are doing, vote them out. That’s the power of who you are as a voter.”
Policy and laws that impact funding for county, city and school district projects are determined by elected officials, Fuentes explained.
Fuentes also encouraged students to consider running for office.
We need people like you that are educated and have the ability to think and solve problems not just for you or your family but the community. That is the important skill set that I look for when I support a candidate,” he said. “That is something you should consider at one point in your life.”
You get what you vote for, WHS Assistant Principal Melissa Mora-Rodriguez told the students.
“This is a privilege and opportunity not everyone in the world has,” she said. “See that as an honor to participate in the legislative process to make sure you get what it is that you are voting for.”
Over 100 seniors attended the Texas voter registration drive. For more information on VoteRiders visit VoteRiders.com or www.votetexas.gov for election information.