Ever since I voted for the first time in 2018, my rights to do so have been under fire.
Students like myself have been continuously targeted by our elected representatives, especially in states like Texas, where I have lived for the last 8 years. This includes eliminating temporary polling locations, restrictions to voting by mail, and most recently, the proposing to eliminate polling on campus altogether. These extremist, anti-voter actors are undermining the integrity of our democracy by targeting young voters simply because of their perceived political affiliations.
Recently, longtime Republican legal strategist Cleta Mitchell was recorded asking her fellow party members to make it more difficult for college students to vote in the 2024 election. Mitchell thinks that putting polling locations on college campuses will make voting too easy, saying, “they just have to roll out of bed, vote, and go back to bed.”