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Posted on: September 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] COMMISSIONERS COURT PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER AS VOTER AWARENESS MONTH IN HIDALGO COUNTY

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Voter participation in Hidalgo County continues to lag behind other Texas communities. Commissioners Court has joined non-partisan efforts to turn the tide by promoting voter registration and voter turnout.

On Tuesday, that tradition continued when Commissioners Court proclaimed September as Valley Voter Awareness Month.

"Only four out of 10 people vote in South Texas, while six out of 10 vote in other parts of the state," said Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon. "In order to reach those who have not fully embraced their rights and responsibilities as citizens, the community must expand opportunities for voter education and nonpartisan registration."

Alberto Morales speaks on the importance of increasing voter registration and participation.

Ramon was joined at Commissioners Court by two members of the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT Now) Alberto Morales and Carlos Martinez.

"This is an incredible organization that has supported the Hidalgo County Election Department now for so many years and these two gentlemen have done an incredible job," Ramon said.

The AACT representatives said invited organizations and businesses to promote voter registration and participation prior to the November General Election.

"We are here, once again, to invite entities in both the public and private sector, educational, cultural, and religious institutions, grassroots organizations, and the media to contribute to the movement of increasing voter awareness and participation," said Morales. "We would like for Hidalgo County as a community partner, to expand voter education and nonpartisan 'get out the vote' opportunities among the various employee departments and the rest of the community."

Morales said last year's efforts were successful in increasing participation from AACT's existing partnerships, recruiting new partners, and in establishing an ambassador program within various organizations.

Morales said AACT representatives are available to assist businesses, communities and organizations with voter registration drives, voter education presentations, pledge-to-vote campaigns, and other promotional activities. For additional information, call (956) 664-2228 or visit www.aactnow.org.

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