The Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas wishes to remind voters that Early Voting continues through Friday, October 30th, at 62 polling locations across the Rio Grande Valley.  

Visit our website for a full list of election sites and sample ballots.

So far, we have a tremendous and historic voter turnout in the Early Voting period of this 2020 Presidential Election.

We are pleased to announce that Early Voting ballots casted have surpassed both the numbers of the 2012 Election and those of the election in 2016, with still about a week of voting left.  

However, even though we are experiencing a large turnout, South Texas counties are trending towards the bottom of the most populated counties in the state. Currently, four out of ten Valley voters have voted, which means that six out of ten can still exercise their rights; therefore, every registered voter is encouraged to help make democracy work and improve the community through their vote.

As we continue to confront COVID-19, voter participation is more important than ever. Electing the leaders who have the peoples’ best interest in mind will ensure our region can secure the resources to strengthen the recovery. Voters should rest assured knowing many precautionary measures (social distancing, mask-wearing, sanitized equipment, curbside voting, and other vote-safe practices) are being resorted to at all polling locations for the safety and well-being of everyone.  

They should also know to bring a valid form of identification so that the process can go smoothly. Some of the most common forms of ID include: Texas Driver’s License or ID Card, a U.S. Passport, U.S. Citizenship Certificate with photo, Texas Concealed Handgun License, a Military ID, and Texas Election ID certificate.

We are very proud of the voter turnout numbers thus far; however, we would like to keep the momentum going.  Millions are voting across the country and our state, and we must do what we can to make sure our region has a voice in 2020.  

AACT, along with all its community partners, would like to call on all registered voters to participate in this crucial election. Your vote is your voice!

Editor’s Note: The above guest commentary was penned by Carlos Martinez, director of the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas. AACT is a non-profit, non-partisan organization established to increase voter turnout in the Rio Grande Valley. The guest column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian with the author’s permission. Martinez can be reached via email here: [email protected].

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