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Hi Friend,
Election Day is only 17 days away! Some have already voted by mail, but everyone will have the opportunity to begin casting votes on Monday. Here in Fort Bend County, you can vote at any of the twenty-eight polling locations scattered throughout the county from 7 am to 7pm starting Monday, October 24 through Saturday, October 29th. Most polls will be open Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. Again the next week, all twenty-eight polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4. If you miss early voting or choose to wait until Election Day, you can vote at any one of the eighty-two polling locations across Fort Bend County from 7 am to 7 pm.
If you are eligible to vote in Texas, and you are registered, you can vote in person during any of the 150 hours the polls are open, using one of seven acceptable forms of IDs. This includes a driver's license, an Election ID or Personal ID issued by DPS, Texas Handgun License, Military ID, or a US Citizenship certificate with a photo or US Passport. If you can’t get a photo ID due to a reasonable impediment, you can provide a copy of your voter ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or birth certificate and fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. 

You might also be eligible to vote by mail. There are five reasons someone would be eligible to vote by mail. The voter is:
  • 65 years or older
  • Sick or disabled
  • Will be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
  • Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day
  • Confined in jail, but otherwise eligible
If you qualify, your application for ballot by mail must be received by October 28. You can track your ballot online here
There are many opportunities to easily vote here in Texas. The busiest days at the polls are usually the first and last days of early voting, and Election Day. The final hours on Election Day are the busiest. Those lines can be avoided by voting at any time during the middle of early voting. 

So here is the gist of it: ALL the hype last year about you not being able to vote if we passed those election integrity bills, was a load of crap, and the quiet this year is proof of it.

Let’s take a quick stroll back through what happened last year: 2020 elections cast more doubt in people's minds about the integrity of our elections. Stacey Abrams cast doubt in the 2018 elections, Hillary Clinton cast doubt on the 2016 elections, and taking the way back machine, Al Gore cast doubt on the 2000 elections. Many people on both sides of the aisle have asked for an update to the policies surrounding our elections to bring more consistency, transparency, and confidence to the process. The integrity of our elections and the people’s trust in the elections are key pillars of our democracy.

My intentions when going into my first legislative session was not to tackle elections, but with my experience as a Republican County Chairman, I understood how elections worked. As a county chairman, you are responsible for running the Primary Election in your county. Following the 2020 elections, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to be part of the efforts to secure trust in Texas elections. Early in the session, I asked the Speaker to put me on the Elections Committee to tackle legislation that helped better secure our elections while keeping it easy to vote, to help restore trust in our elections process.

When bills were first being filed and referred to committee, many of the proposals garnered bipartisan support and understanding. I still have paperwork from democrat members who supported those election bills. It wasn’t until DC politics leaked into our bipartisan efforts that there was a clear halt to any more public cooperation. The extreme rhetoric and name-calling from the democrats began, and by the time we heard the bill on the House floor, the national democratic party called on democrat colleagues to break the quorum and end the Texas legislative session. 
Governor Abbott called Special Sessions until the democrats returned 38 days after they started the first walk out over legislation in Texas history. Prior walkouts had only occurred over the required task of the legislature to redistrict every 10 years. When the democrat Texas legislators figured out that Congress was not going to pass any meaningful legislation, they didn’t have a choice but to come back and take care of what they were elected to do in the Texas legislature. 

I participated in many local, state, and national TV interviews explaining the truth of what the election bill does. It created clearer election process guidelines so that, regardless of which of the 254 counties you live in, you can equally and easily access the polls to vote. It criminalized paid ballot harvesting and voter assistance fraud, which were not illegal in Texas before the bill passed. It provided better processes to ensure our voter rolls are updated and accurate. Voting machines across the state would be required to be electronic, completely disconnected from any network, and provide a paper backup for the voter to verify their votes and assist in manual recounts. We also require risk-limiting audits in every county to catch potential machine malfunctions or fraud. 

At the end of the day, there is nothing the democrats can point to as an example of anyone not being able to vote this year due to the election bills that were passed last year. It should be noted and remembered the fear and anger they tried to stir up in people to achieve their political goals. It should be remembered their abandoning of their jobs and costing taxpayers millions of dollars for their political stunt. 
I encourage you to exercise your right to vote over the next 17 days. If you have trouble, let us know and we are happy to assist you. We have information at our office and have dropped off kits to local municipalities to help ensure an easy election experience. Thank you for exercising your right to vote! 
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Jacey Jetton
State Representative
Texas House District 26

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