President Obama Calls Upon Texas to Make Voting Easier

By Anna Whitney, Digital Manager

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President Obama was in Austin on Friday, and after completing the important task of ordering tacos at Torchy’s, he spoke with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at SXSW and called upon government to make it easier to vote, alluding to the fact that Texas doesn’t allow its citizens to register online.

“It is much easier to order pizza or a trip than it is for you to exercise the single most important task in a democracy, and that is to select who’s going to represent you in government,” he said.

Getting registered to vote — and even voting itself because of voter ID laws — isn’t always easy for Texans to do. That’s why we started Battleground Texas, to register and engage voters who are tired of their voice not being heard, so that the leadership of Texas reflects the diversity of the people who live here.

We’ve called on leaders in Texas to make it easier to vote. We’ve registered over 100,000 Texans. And we’ve started Texas’ only statewide voter protection hotline where Texans can get answers to their questions about voting and report problems at the polls.

But there’s still more we can do.

That’s why I encourage other like-minded Texans to join us in working to ensure that voting is fair and accessible — and you can help by registering Texans to vote.

Sign up now to pledge to register voters this year.

I know that you’re up for the challenge of bringing more people into the political process — take the pledge now!

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