In response to Texas House Bill 2390, which would prohibit counties from putting a polling place at a college or university, NextGen America President Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez released the following statement:
“This bill is a continuation of the voter suppression tactics that have unfortunately become emblematic of Texas under Republican leadership. NextGen America strongly rejects and condemns this clear attempt to dilute the power of young voters.
“It is no coincidence that as Republicans see the strength of young Texans grow, they are doing everything they can to suppress our votes and silence our voices. Texas is the third-youngest state in the country – with one in three Texans under the age of 30, and a majority of them Black and brown. We recognize that instead of responding to the policy needs of young voters in this state, Republicans are determined to rig the system to remain in power.
“Banning access to polling places on college campuses would not only strip away the electoral power of young people, but would have a dangerous impact on the future of Texas. We need to expand access to voting at all public higher education institutions, not eliminate it.
“Every eligible voter should have access to the ballot box, but right now young people face too many unnecessary barriers that hinder our participation in democracy. NextGen America is committed to fighting back against voter suppression.”
About NextGen America
NextGen America is the leading national organization for engaging young people through voter education, registration and mobilization. We invite 18-to-35 year olds — the largest and most diverse generation in American history — into our democracy to ensure our government works for them and to find new solutions to the dire challenges facing our society and the world. Since 2013, NextGen America has registered more than 1.3 million young voters and contacted 9.6 million young eligible voters during the historic 2022 midterm elections.