FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2000
AUSTIN, TX--"The Border must show its power and force by sending a strong message to Austin and Washington," said state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville today, as part of his effort to encourage more Border participation in the general election.
All counties are required to begin early voting on Oct. 23, but most large counties can begin early voting on Oct. 21 or 22. Information on when early voting begins can be obtained through the county registrar's office or the local newspaper. Personal appearance voting ends Nov. 3 and then the general election is Nov. 7.
Sen. Lucio, joined by state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso, recently completed a Border wide, non-partisan tour from El Paso to Brownsville, encouraging people to vote. The chartered bus, adorned with a huge banner that read "La Frontera Si Vota" (The Border Votes), carried the legislators on the four-day journey that began Oct. 3. The Senators visited 22 cities, where they met with local officials and residents to hear their concerns and remind them of the importance of voting.
"I continue where we left off after the tour," added the Senator. "V-day (voting day) is upon us and this is what we've been working for: we want the Border communities to come out and vote in record numbers."
The average voter turnout in the Border for the 1998 statewide election was a dismal 26 percent.
Sen. Lucio explained that his goal is to see an unprecedented voter turnout from the Border, which would send a loud and clear message to Austin and Washington. "Being apathetic means less respect and less empowerment to your elected officials and representatives as we fight for the needs of our constituencies," he explained. "Participation means representation."