Why Are Students Walking Out to Vote in Texas?
The debate over drive-through voting ban has been the subject of thousands of students walking out of class in Texas this week. Students are demanding more gun control measures and a ban on drive-through voting. However, educators are urging students to make their voices heard at the polls. Why? Politicians want to hear from them. In fact, they want to hear from you, too. So, why are students walking out to vote in Texas?
Students across the country walk out of class to demand gun control measures
As a protest, students from all over the country are walking out of class to demand increased gun control laws and an end to mass shootings. Many are asking why the Senate is hesitant to pass gun legislation. A bipartisan group of senators is negotiating new gun laws. They want to raise the minimum age for purchasing guns to 21 and prohibit the sale of semiautomatic rifles to people younger than 21. While the senators may not agree on every issue, the majority of the American people do.
Some of the students were trying to block the speaker and remained at the front during the speech and the moment of silence. A high school sophomore from Bellevue High School in Colorado called the recent school shootings “normal” and said she is frustrated that a school has been’shot up’ on average every four days this year. Larrondo’s actions were also in response to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Thousands of texas students walk out of class to protest drive-through voting ban
This bill has drawn fire from a number of Democrats in Texas who have worked to stop the measure. Democratic lawmakers blocked the legislation and left the state, forcing a Special Session to eliminate controversial elements, including Sunday morning voting hours, criminal penalties for voting mistakes, drive-through voting, and 24-hour voting hours. The legislation also boosted the power of partisan poll watchers at voting sites. Students are protesting the legislation because of the ramifications it will have on their lives.
Republicans say the bill is needed to reduce voter fraud, and that empowering poll watchers and creating stricter penalties would deter voter fraud. One study found that the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spent 22,000 hours detecting voter fraud in the 2020 election, and uncovered 16 cases of voters who registered with false addresses. But the bill is similar to others Republican-led bills across the country.
Educators urge students to make their voices heard at the polls
As a teacher, your vote is your voice, so use it wisely. Use it to speak out on issues that affect you and your students. But, most of all, use it to make sure that your voice is heard. This election season, there is no better time to take action than now. There are many reasons to participate. Just get out and vote! Educators urge students to make their voices heard at the polls in Texas.
Voting is an important part of civic participation and education. The Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos issued a proclamation on October 17 designating the first Friday of the early voting period as Student Voting Day. All students are encouraged to vote at any polling location in their county of registration. The proclamation follows the Secretary of State’s High School Voter Registration Initiative, which resulted in unprecedented participation from more than 800 Texas high schools.
Politicians want to hear from them
Students across Texas have a right to register to vote, and politicians want to hear from them. Many lawmakers are worried about voter turnout, but the current law gives students the right to do so. Regardless of the motivation, politicians want to hear from students who are walking out to cast their ballots. That is why President Biden and Senator Ted Cruz will be in Philadelphia this week to pitch their efforts to protect voting rights.
However, the new law that limits students’ ability to vote in the state is imposing further barriers to campus voting. Students who want to register to vote should speak up, and civic groups are working to create flexible voting opportunities that will allow students to exercise their right to vote. The new law also limits the ability of students to organize get-out-the-vote activities on campus. Students who do not want to register or help others will be excluded from such efforts.