Several non-profit groups are hitting the streets during this political season. But they are not promoting a specific candidate, they are urging valid valley residents to go out and vote. Victoria Acosta-Rubio has more information.
To better the quality of life of the colonia residents, activists in the Rio Grande Valley are doing their part to increase voter turnout. They are knocking door to door, educating colonia residents about their options to vote.
“We are here to tell residents that early voting started on the 14th until the 25th. People can vote this weekend,” said Kristela Rocha, LUPE Activist, “Sunday the polling places will be opened from 10 until 3 and Saturday 7 to 7.”
This student from The University of Illinois, born to Mexican parents, traveled to the RGV to take part in this cause.
Bianca Urbina from Illinois said if people do not vote, they will continue suffering.
“We need more lighting, drainage systems, there is a lot of work to be done but the only way people can better their colonias, is by voting,” said Kristela Rocha.
In this third day of early voting, 13,599 people have already voted. This reflects an increase in comparison to the 2010 Primary Elections.
But there is still a lot of work to be done according to activists, to exceed the average state voter turnout, 194,000 people need to come out and vote in Hidalgo County. 300,000 are registered.
The LUPE organization and acct now are offering free transportation services to the voting polls, for those who need it. You can find copies of the primary ballots at the Hidalgo County Election Department’s webpage. That’s www.co.hidalgo.tx.us. There you can find out who the candidates are and about the propositions you need to vote in favor of or against.