Skip to main content

What is going on in Texas? Record setting voter registration, that's what.

    At Tuesday’s deadline for voters to get registered to take part in the Nov. 6 election, elections officials across East Texas told us they had been swamped — with lines at times literally out the door in Gregg County — by voters doing paperwork to make sure they would be able to make their voices heard at the ballot box. In Harrison County, election officials said it was possible there would be more active voters this November than in 2008.

     And it wasn’t just happening in East Texas, where recent elections have enjoyed a bit heavier turnout than has been seen across the rest of the state. The Texas Secretary of State told us voter registration applications were coming in at high volume statewide right up to the deadline.

  I'm no expert on Texas politics, so I don't know how this plays out, but it is always safe to say that more Americans voting is a good thing. That is also exactly the opposite of what Texas Republicans wanted when the Texas Legislature intentionally discriminated against minority voters in drawing up electoral district maps and tried to pass restrictive voter ID laws that were designed to keep primarily poor, younger, older and minority Texans from participating in our Democracy. Of course, in the words of Todd Akin Federal Appeals Courts have "ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

   A little more below the orange croissant of justice

  I couldn't agree more with this final statement . . .


    The implications at the state and local office levels could be interesting and, in many cases, results will come down to how many registered voters turn out at the polls.

    While Texas is a lock for Mitt Romney in the presidential race, that doesn’t mean Democrats will stay away from the polls, and that’s good. The greater the turnout, the better for all, regardless of the outcome.

  Clearly, what Republicans in the Texas Legislature and Governor Rick "Oops" Perry wanted was less people engaged in the political process. It looks like they are going to get the opposite of that. One only hopes that a sleeping giant has awoken, and that all those people that Texas Republicans tried to disenfranchise at the ballot box got a clear wake up call and decided to do something about it. Either way, "The greater the turnout, the better for all, regardless of the outcome."

   I don't get to write this too often, but way to go Texas!

Peace and love to all,

The floor is now yours.

Image Hosting by




Originally posted to MinistryOfTruth on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by Southern Action.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Sylv, northsylvania, Chi, hannah, Odysseus, eleming, glitterscale, Danno11, PeterHug, greenbird, Shockwave, wu ming, Wintermute, eeff, rubyr, exNYinTX, tom 47, BlackSheep1, wonkydonkey, whenwego, CoolOnion, highacidity, boadicea, mkfarkus, chimpy, roses, ivote2004, fumie, Cedwyn, lirtydies, revsue, Texknight, ninothemindboggler, TexDem, pat bunny, Noodles, cosette, wdrath, Penny Century, Steven Payne, Bluehawk, defluxion10, annetteboardman, walkshills, Diana in NoVa, Sembtex, randallt, TexasLefty, rickeagle, rmx2630, Sassy, sebastianguy99, TexMex, Gowrie Gal, Skennet Boch, bloomer 101, Tinfoil Hat, Ckntfld, ichibon, UncleCharlie, deepfish, Freakinout daily, OpherGopher, JohnB47, dewtx, llywrch, stagemom, Brooke In Seattle, markdd, davidslane, Savvy813, joeotter, coolbreeze, daddybunny, JanF, Box of Rain, mightymouse, kathny, Jim R, reddbierd, martini, third Party please, Shirl In Idaho, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, BlueInARedState, seefleur, The Wizard, Lefty Coaster, blueoasis, StrayCat, twigg, Libby Shaw, plf515, armadillo, Preston S, llbear, BlueMississippi, doingbusinessas, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, Texdude50, Dreaming of Better Days, Compostings, Temmoku, anotherdemocrat, Cronesense, Old Gardener, Loudoun County Dem, camlbacker, yoduuuh do or do not, karmsy, Msinformed, deepeco, Shadowmage36, jayden, millwood, pioneer111, Wreck Smurfy, uciguy30, GeorgeXVIII, BasharH, sable, vet, jwinIL14, revm3up, Cordwainer, Youffraita, Involuntary Exile, lineatus, thetadelta, mikeconwell, Calamity Jean, Lujane, smartdemmg, Snarky McAngus, Jeff Y, temptxan, codairem, Gemina13, venger, Troubadour, suesue, priceman, statsone, Wordsinthewind, lostboyjim, JBL55, legendmn, 207wickedgood, Ripeness Is All, J M F, litoralis, mjkellett, divineorder, juca, Mislead, elziax, MKSinSA, bfitzinAR, stevenwag, jan0080, Larsstephens, BlueOak, Railfan, mamamorgaine, awcomeon, gramofsam1, Tea and Strumpets, UTvoter, eb23, Crabby Abbey, angelajean, LOrion, alguien, Eddie L, pixxer, ItsSimpleSimon, DiegoUK, rja, Texnance, Betty Pinson, ericlewis0, Floande, txcatlin, slice, Xtatic, Onomastic, ozsea1, coquiero, AdamR510, hooktool, AuroraDawn, anyname, ardyess, FarWestGirl, lillyspad, California06, KelleyRN2, thatone08, zukesgirl64, thomask, txflower, KVoimakas, texasdem2004, bluedust, waiting for lefty, teknohed, Democrats Ramshield, Friendlystranger, Jinnia, stlsophos, StratCat, Metalman68, Mentatmark, CoyoteMarti, ParkRanger, No one gets out alive, left over flower child, AnnetteK, Only Needs a Beat, KiB, cwsmoke, pistolSO, Siri, IndieGuy, rexxnyc, Lonely Texan, a2nite, Deep Texan, rukidingme, 2thanks, JGibson, peachcreek, jan4insight, belinda ridgewood, TBug, MartyM, pittie70, OllieGarkey, tytalus, Glen The Plumber, dotdash2u, George3, ShoshannaD, Near Miss, Prospect Park, DamselleFly, smokey545, JayRaye, broths, IamNotaKochsucker, howabout, doraphasia, tresgray, Smoh, Avilyn, ET3117, Fairlithe, MBishop1

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site