Voter Outreach Efforts Continue with Texas Early Voting Underway – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Primary elections are underway in Texas and a North Texas group is trying to make sure every vote is counted.

Millie Domenech, co-founder of the group Texans Taking Action, led a group of volunteers on Saturday as they toured a Dallas neighborhood and knocked on doors. The group, which began work in early 2022, is a grassroots organization focused on voter education in areas with historically lower voter turnout.

“A lot of times these neighborhoods…Black and Latino neighborhoods are ignored. Often people who live in apartment complexes, students are ignored because they are not regular voters,” Domenech said.

The group worked Saturday in the Owenwood neighborhood of Dallas. Their goal was to remind people that early voting for the March 1 primary has begun and to guide people on where to vote.

“Owenwood is primarily a Latino community. They have a neighborhood association. They are very involved, but voter turnout is low,” Domenech said.

Volunteers also handed out cards to people with information on how to vote in Dallas County, as well as contact information for Houston law firms Mr. Smith. Based in Terrell, the law firm has partnered with the group to provide free Lyft rides to voters needing rides to and from polling places.

“You hear about the Second Amendment, some amendments, the First Amendment…but most of all, the 15and amendment. Our Constitution guarantees that we have the right to vote,” attorney Houston Smith said Saturday.

Smith said his company’s offer applies to Dallas-Fort Worth voters and they will do their best to accommodate people’s needs. Certain limitations may apply, depending on their application in their first year of offering assistance.

“Our goal is that if you weren’t able to drop off your ballot in the mail…we want to pick you up. We want to do what we can,” he said. “I think as lawyers, that’s one of our most important things and it’s educating and helping our community about our constitutional rights.”

IMPORTANT DATES OF THE PRIMARY ELECTIONS

  • January 31 – Last day to register to vote in the March 1 primary
  • February 14 – Early voting begins for the primary.
  • February 18 – The last day to request an absentee ballot for the primary (request received, not postmarked).
  • February 25 – Early voting ends for the primary.
  • March 1 — election day. Mail-in ballots that are not postmarked must be received by 7:00 p.m.
  • March 3 – Mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. if the envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the election location on Election Day.
  • April 25 – Last day to register to vote in the second round of primaries.
  • May 13 – The last day to request a mail-in ballot for the second round (request received, not postmarked).
  • May 16 – Early voting begins for the second primary round.
  • May 20 – Early voting ends for the second primary round.
  • May 24 — Primary runoff. Mail-in ballots that are not postmarked must be received by 7:00 p.m.
  • May 25 – Mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. if the envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day.

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