If they really wanted you to vote, they would make it easy.
The people in politics and government encourage voting the same way other institutions encourage dieting, fitness and saving for retirement.
But those other institutions don’t create obstacles. And this is not a partisan complaint: both the Democrats and the Republicans in Texas have had many chances to change the system and, for their various reasons, have left things as they are.
Say what you will about voter registration, but in Texas you have to have that voting license all set up well before it’s time to actually vote ...