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I work in local and state politics. The majority of Texas voters are Republican-leaning, however the majority of the population is Democratic-leaning. In other words, the abhorrent government we have in Austin represents the interests of the people who actually show up to vote.

Although voter suppression plays a part in this discrepancy, it largely stems from voter apathy and family culture. When we asked non-registered citizens why they weren’t registered to vote, the most common responses were voting was unimportant or no specific reason at all. Most respondents knew in-depth details about professional sports teams or celebrities, however they could not name a single state representative or state senator. Some will argue that our corporate infotainment media or school syllabi have created a culture of ignorance (indirect voter suppression), but I think we should also expect more agency from people.

I live in the largest blue county which had voter-friendly policies (now-outlawed) such as 24-hour voting, drive-through voting, ballots being mailed out proactively, having several voting locations, etc. Despite these friendly measures, my county only had a 51% voter turnout in Nov 2020…thanks to our GOP state govt, that will no longer be feasible for upcoming elections.

Statewide, our turnout numbers are embarrassing:

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Roberto Walker
He is an associate editor and works at the political desk. He covers a wide range of news from world politics to local politics.
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