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Secretary of State promotes voter education

By Melissa Crowe
May 9, 2012 at 12:09 a.m.


In preparation for the May 29 primary election, Secretary of State Hope Andrade encouraged Victorians to make their mark on Texas.

Her office recently unveiled a new $3 million voter education campaign that incorporates social media, a smart phone application and a dynamic website to make finding answers to any election issue a cinch.

"We're committed to giving everyone all the resources they need," she said.

This election was filled with setbacks and delays regarding redistricting that have generated some voter confusion. The campaign is aimed at answering questions about voting and the voting process for Texans in the 2012 election cycle.

Under the approved redistricting maps, Victoria County joined Congressional District 27, Senate District 18 and House District 30.

Rich Parsons, director of communications at the state secretary office, said their goal is to "go where the voters are."

Victoria County has 49,968 registered voters. Add the adjoining counties and there are more than 106,000 registered voters, said George Matthews, the county election administrator.

The website answers simple questions from, "Am I registered to vote?" all the way to outlining special provisions for military and overseas ballots.

Andrade said the new campaign, "Make your Mark on Texas," is a call to action, intended to empower voters.

By voting, you can have an impact on this state, she said.

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