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September is Valley Voter Awareness Month

Last week, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court unanimously proclaimed September as Valley Voter Awareness Month. “Across the RGV, there is an urgent need to increase participation in the electoral process,” said Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramón. The Rio Grande Valley has historically had low voter turnout. Only four out of 10 people vote in South Texas, while six out of 10 vote in other parts of the state. After Ramón enumerated a long list of county voter’s statistics, she introduced her staff members and briefed the court on their duties. “Thank you for all the great work you and your staff do for our county. Voting is not only a right, it’s a privilege and an obligation,” said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia. The Commissioners Court encouraged all citizens to exercise their right to vote and to promote participation in the electoral process to all their friends, families and neighbors in local, state and national elections. “A fundamental element of effective democracy is the principle that all eligible citizens should participate in fair and open elections,” added Ramón. Early Voting for the November elections will begin Oct. 23 and continue through Nov. 3. Election Day will be Nov. 7. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 10. The cities of Edinburg, Alamo, Donna, Elsa and Weslaco will hold elections this November. Hidalgo County residents can visit www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/elections to find the nearest polling location.

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