Texan explains their experience with voting suppression in Lone Star State

In Texas, it’s widely known it’s not easy to vote. Recently, a Texan shared her experience with voter suppression in the Lone Star State in a viral TikTok. Caitlin Ford reminded others to check their voter registration after she was purged from the system. 

Ford said she registered to vote in 2021, was eligible for local elections and received a voter card in the mail. However, she saw how she’s no longer eligible to vote after checking her status. Ford said she’s having to register again. 

“Texas, on purpose, does not make it easy to register to vote,” Ford said in her video that has received more than 217,000 views and 45,000 likes. 

She added how Texas does not offer online voter registration. While nearly all states allow voters to register online and many states allow voters to register on Election Day, Texas requires voters to register 30 days before Election Day and the application must be mailed or handed in. If you don’t have a printer, you can request the state to mail you a voter registration card. 

“As a woman who’s been here since everything’s gone down, not only is it horrible to see my rights getting taken away this year, but also Texas attempting to take my right to stop my rights from getting taken away [any longer],” Ford said. “…I urge you to check your registration status.”

Many people in the comments pointed out how they were purged from the system as well. Blondie Zero said she’s been registered to vote for over 20 years and that Texas did the same thing to her. Jessica Moss Fruge chimed in she’s upset about the purge.

This isn’t uncommon in Texas. In August, the Houston Chronicle reported that a federal judge ordered Texas to release data on its voter purge program aimed at immigrants. The judge ruled that the state was violating the law by refusing to list the more than 11,000 registered voters that are identified as potential noncitizens. Essentially, the state was removing of fraud without proving it.

The Texas Tribune also reported 18,742 ballots were tossed in 16 of the 20 Texas counties with the most voters during the primaries in March.

Check your voter registration status at votetexas.gov. Texas law requires eligible voters to register by the 30th day before Election Day. The voter registration deadline for the November 8 Election is October 11.

Watch the viral TikTok below:

@caitlinfordhair CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION. TX is purging voters. #votersupression #beto2022 #votebeto #texascheck ♬ original sound – Caitlinford

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