Category Archives: Voter Resources

First day of early voting in Tarrant County sees long lines, fewer voting machines

Early voting in Texas kicked off on Tuesday as voters headed to the polls to cast their ballot for federal, state and local candidates. Despite the pandemic, people are turning up at the polls in record numbers.

According to the Tarrant County elections website, 36,666 early voting ballots have already been cast as of 4:18 p.m., which represents 3.06% of all registered voters in the county. In the 2016 presidential election, there were a total of 43,149 ballots cast on the first day of early voting in Tarrant County, or 4% of all registered voters within the county.

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First-time Texas voters: Here’s what to expect

Ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, which experts said may garner one of the highest voter turnout rates of any election in recent years, many Texans will likely be voting for the first time this fall.

While the actual voting method can vary based on the polling location and type of election, voters in Texas can expect the in-person voting process to follow the same basic steps.

According to VoteTexas.gov, upon arrival at the polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven acceptable forms of photo identification unless the voter has a permanent exemption on the voter’s registration certificate.

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How North Texans can prepare for voting this election season

Election Day is approaching, and so are key deadlines. This election will look a little different in Texas with COVID-19 precautions and the absence of straight-ticket voting. Here are some things to look out for this October and on the Nov. 3 Election Day based on a presentation by the Texas secretary of state’s office and the League of Women Voters.

Registration

The deadline for voter registration was Oct. 5. To check on resident registration, check online here or on a local county website.

More information on early voting in specific counties can be found at each North Texas county’s elections website:

Information about state rules and guidelines can be found at the VoteTexas website; from the Texas secretary of state’s office; and Vote411, a website by the League of Women Voters.

Read more about Early Voting, Voting by Mail, Safety Precautions When Voting, Straight-Ticket Voting and Assistance While Vorting at Community Impact…

Voters Ride Free on Election Day

image002A valid voter registration card is a free ticket to ride Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 3.

This is a long-standing tradition by DART to help make it easier for people to get to the polls. On election day riders can ride DART bus, light rail, Paratransit, or Trinity Railway Express commuter rail between CentrePort/DFW Airport station and Union Station, by showing a valid voter registration card.

Additional details about DART services are available at DART.org or by calling Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

General Election Official Results

The statewide canvass for the November 6, 2018 General Election has been certified by Governor Abbott. Click HERE to view official results.

(Results courtesy of the Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos)

EARLY VOTING – NOW OPEN

DqH7_3_VYAAV3UkDuring early voting, Grapevine residents may vote at The REC, 1175 Municipal Way, or at any polling location in Tarrant County.

 

Schedule:

  • 10/22-26,Mon-Fri, 8a-5p
  • 10/27, Sat, 7a-7p
  • 10/28, Sun, 11a-4p
  • 10/29-11/2, Mon-Fri, 7a-7p

For more information, click HERE.

Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake’s November 2018 election: An interactive voter’s guide

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When to Vote:

  • First day of early voting: Oct. 22
  • Last day to apply for ballot by mail: Oct. 26
  • Last day of early voting: Nov. 2
  • Election day: Nov. 6

Early Voting Locations:

  • Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St., Colleyville
  • The REC of Grapevine, 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine
  • Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St., Southlake

Election Day Polling Locations:

Registered voters in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake can cast their ballots at any polling location in their respective cities during early voting. Election Day polling locations are organized by precinct.

For map and more information, click HERE

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TurboVote Assists Voters for 2018 Elections

Screen Shot 2018-10-08 at 3.35.47 PMWe’re a non-profit service dedicated to making sure you always know when elections are happening, and have the information you need to vote. Sign up and receive election reminders, get registered to vote or apply for your absentee ballot!

For more information, click HERE

For Voting Information, Click HERE

Pearland ISD Position 7 Candidate discusses local issues

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Pearland ISD has three Trustee positions up for re-election on May 7. Rebecca Decker, who sits in Position 5, is running unopposed as is Lance Botkin, who holds Position 6. Pam Boegler is giving up her seat in Position 7, and hopefuls Jeffrey Barry and Kelvin Williams are both running to take her place.

We sent questionnaires to Barry and Williams. As of press time, Williams had not responded. Barry’s responses are outlined below.

Q1: Why did you decide to run for the Board of Trustees?

I want to continue to give all of PISD’s students the best opportunity to excel, either in academics or trades, so that they can start their lives being given every opportunity to be higher than average wage earners wherever they go.

Q2: What is your campaign platform’s most important issue?

We really have three issues that I like to include together: Academic excellence, teacher retention and fiscal responsibility. I believe that all three of these issues share the number one position in my campaign.

Q3: There have been issues that have historically come up during election time. What are your ideas about overcrowding and what are some realistic ideas to deal with it?

Overcrowding is an issue that all growing communities face over time. The District constantly checks zoning areas to make sure that the population of students aren’t concentrated in certain school areas and if there are then they are forced to rezone certain areas. Once those options are exhausted, we must consider expansion of schools and/or new construction.

Q3-1: Financials: A solution to overcrowding is to build new schools, but with the current budget, that can’t happen. What are your ideas for the future?

Without impacting the budget the best thing that we can do is to manage each school’s demographics (number of students within a certain area that attend a particular school) to make sure that our “school zones” are aligned with the student/school count. If these numbers are aligned then, in many cases, new schools are our only option.

Q3-2: Transparency: Do you think there needs to be an improvement here? If so, how would you go about making the Board of Trustees/PISD more transparent?

I think that with all of the Trustee meetings being streamed on TV, saved to the District website and having the agenda posted in advance, allowing anyone to review and choose to make open comments in advance of the meetings is sufficient, but I am open to suggestions in this area.

Q3-3: Technology: some students (and even teachers) can’t afford to buy tablets/laptops. The district doesn’t have the latest classroom technology in every classroom. Do you think this is a problem and if so, what are your ideas about moving toward a solution?

Being that we are in a “technology-driven” world these days, I believe that this needs to be addressed sooner than later. In some cases, the district is using old technology in the classroom. Technology changes faster than every 18 months these days, and if we want our students to be the cream of the crop, we need to figure out how we are going to get them the latest and greatest technology in the classroom. I do know, coming from a technology background, that technology isn’t cheap. I would approach as many technology companies for grants and, potentially, have someone on staff that is focused on technology full time. Since the budget is relatively fixed, I believe that partnering with outside companies is the solution.   The PISD Foundation and the NBCEA may be a short-term viable solution, but for the long term and on a continuous basis, we need to partner with companies like Cisco, HP, Dell, etc. to alleviate a portion of this burden.

Q3-4: Staffing issues: what are your ideas about attracting and keeping quality teachers and staff?

I understand that we live in an area that is very competitive from a teaching perspective. With Alvin ISD growing at a fast rate along with other prominent districts in the area the pool of outstanding teachers is shrinking. Always trying to pay our teachers the most money isn’t the solution. I would think that if we create an atmosphere of being the “best place to work” as far as local area ISDs go, then we will be able to attract and retain the best of the best. Administrative support and oversight is the key to success.

Q4: What in your career history and experience makes you uniquely qualified to serve as a Trustee? What will you bring to the table and what gap will it fill (if any)?

My career spans from technology to insurance, but my most important qualification is being a business owner. I have owned my own business for 12 years and employ five people, so I understand the challenges of managing a budget and making payroll. As a small business owner, I understand the value of a dollar and will take this characteristic onto the Board if elected.

Q5: Do you have any children that attend PISD schools? If so, what are their ages/grades?

I do not; however, that fact gives me a unique advantage due to fact that I can take different approach to issues that come up in the district. I can be completely objective, and my aim is for every student to have the same advantages as all the rest. Because we don’t have children in the district, my wife, Charisse, and I have put a lot of energy into helping the kids that are here.

Q6: One of the major social problems in all school districts is bullying, both in person and cyber bullying. What ideas do you have to cut down the incidences of bullying and what punishments do you believe need to be handed down to children who break the bullying rules?

Bullying is a challenging situation for the district and parents. Our best defense against bullying is awareness for teachers, administrators and parents. Keeping the parents in the loop and “partnering” with parents will be the first step to a successful resolution. Training for the district counselors and parents will help to identify that bullying is going on and allow them to work together to come to a solution. As far as punishment, we already have rules for punishment within the district, such as detention, the PACE Center and the court system, and the level of punishment must be reflective of the severity of the incident or incidents.

Q7: Feel free to mention anything about your family, your job, your experience, hobbies or anything else you’d like to share with our readers.

I have lived in Pearland for 17 years, married to Charisse Barry, and live in Green Tee. I served, active duty, in the United States Navy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. I am currently President of the PISD Education Foundation, and am on the Board of the Northern Brazoria County Education Alliance. I have also served on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Adult Reading Center and the Economic Development Corporation for the City of Pearland.

For more information about Jeffrey Barry, visit https://www.facebook.com/Jeffforkids.

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For information about Kelvin Williams, visit https://www.facebook.com/kelvinforpisdschoolboard.

Psi Mu Omega to sponsor Candidate Forum on April 12

PRESS RELEASE

downloadThe Psi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in Pearland is sponsoring a Candidates Forum for Pearland City Council and Pearland/Alvin ISD on April 12.

This event will take place at the Tom Reid Library, located at 3522 Liberty Dr. and will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The forum will give candidates for Pearland City Council Position 6 an opportunity to address issues that affect the City of Pearland.

Candidates Adrienne Bell, Terry Gray, Trent Perez and Monica Russo have been invited to participate.  An invitation will also be extended to School Board Candidates for both the Pearland and Alvin Independent School Districts.

The Psi Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a nonpartisan organization, and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international organization with chapters across the globe, with membership exceeding 260,000 women. The Psi Mu Omega Chapter was chartered in 2011 to provide community service in the Pearland/Brazoria County communities.

For more information, visit http://www.psimuomega.com/.