Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. And while the presidential race is garnering the most headlines, on Nov. 3, voters also will decide who runs their cities, school boards and more.

The pandemic has shown us the great impact these elected leaders have on our communities and our lives, from deciding when businesses and schools close and reopen to mandating whether masks should be worn. Therefore, I hope you will join with me in taking the time to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues. Every vote is a voice heard, so in addition to casting your own ballot, encourage others to do so as well, so they, too, may have a say in the important issues that affect our communities.

And while the pandemic presents unprecedented challenges this election cycle, measures are being taken in our state to ensure the election is conducted in a safe and secure manner.

Early voting has been extended in Texas through Oct. 30. You can find early voting locations and your Nov. 3 poll location here. If you are voting by mail, the U.S. Post Office recommends you drop off your ballot as soon as possible. And however you choose to vote, please take precautions; the Texas Secretary of State offers tips and advice here.


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