TTV proposal contributes towards the solution to decades-long voting issue
HOUSTON, TX. September 26, 2013 ― True the Vote (TTV), the nation's leading voters’ rights and election integrity organization, today announced its support for a new agreement to finally return central campus voting to Prairie View A&M University, an historically black college or university (HBCU). The relocation effort had been ongoing for over a decade.
“Waller County has set a fantastic example of how Texans working together can manage their elections in the post-preclearance era,” True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said. “It is my hope this matter helps set a new tone for the advancement of voters’ rights across the country. Our nation needs to place precedence on solutions over struggle.”
True the Vote submitted a proposal to Precinct 3 Commissioner Jeron Barnett and other members of the Waller County Commissioners Court and Election Administrator Robyn German on September 4, proposing that the County should designate the PVAMU Memorial Student Center as a precinct location for Election Day by November 2013. The university sits within Commissioner Barnett’s Precinct.
“This experience demonstrates the power of voters’ rights in action,” Engelbrecht added. “Not only do we have a right to register and vote, we can also ask direct questions and seek better services from local election officials. It was our pleasure to work with Student Government Association (SGA) President Priscilla Barbour and a broad coalition of alumni, students and public officials, assembled together to solve a decades-old problem.”
“Tackling this issue not only helped heal old wounds, but opened the door to increasing the number of polling locations all across Waller County,” Commissioner Barnett said. “I appreciate the support given to the plan by my colleagues on the Court and I applaud the work done to by our election administrator Robyn German in getting us ready for the November election.”
True the Vote was initially made aware of the issue of central campus polling access by a number of Prairie View A&M University alumni, state lawmakers and current students in the late summer of 2013. The organization learned that PVAMU had been a central campus voting location throughout the 1980s and was temporarily moved to allow construction for a new student union building. Until late 2013 the campus remained without a central campus voting location for Election Day.
To read the complete proposal submitted by True the Vote on the matter, click here.
True the Vote (TTV) is a nonpartisan, voters’ rights and election integrity organization, founded to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.