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Texas 2022 Elections

Texans make the case for why voting matters

The Texas Tribune spoke to Texans across the political spectrum and asked them to make their case for why voting matters this year. The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 11. Early voting runs from Oct. 24 to Nov. 4.

Christina Cheng-Patel, Dacoda Burkholder, Celia Goode-Haddock, Brienne Shkedi, and Cécile Fandos spoke to The Texas Tribune on the reasons why they believe voting matters.

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What Texans say 

Christina Cheng looks through a binder full of forms related to her role as  Collin County volunteer deputy registrar in her home in Allen, on Oct. 7, 2022.
Christina Cheng looks through a binder full of forms related to her role as  Collin County volunteer deputy registrar in her home in Allen, on Oct. 7, 2022.
Christina Cheng shows a jade bracelet that she has worn ever since she was 16 years old, as part of a cultural tradition, in her home in Allen, on Oct. 7, 2022. The bracelet is meant to act like a safeguard against bad luck. When Cheng went to take her first test to become a Collin County volunteer voter registrar, she was turned away because the rules for the test stipulate no jewelry. Cheng returned a second time with a special form that permitted her to take the test with the bracelet on.
Nacogdoches, Texas: Dacoda Burkholder poses for a portrait on October 4, 2022 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Mark Felix/The Texas Tribune
Celia Goode-Haddock in front of the Brazos Center, one of the Brazos County's voting locations in Bryan. Goode-Haddock served as an election judge and spent most of her time at polling places throughout the Bryan-College Station area.
Independent voter Brienne Shkedi fixes her daughter’s hair outside of their Pearland home on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022.
Independent voter Brienne Shkedi follows her two children to the retention pond behind their Pearland home on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022.
Independent voter Brienne Shkedi outside of her Pearland home on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022.
French Texas resident Cécile Fandos speaks with a resident in her neighborhood in Austin on Oct. 6, 2022.
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 6, 2022: French Texas resident Cécile Fandos block-walks in her neighborhood in Austin, Texas on October 6, 2022, as a volunteer for the Travis County Democratic Party. (Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 6, 2022: French Texas resident Cécile Fandos poses for a portrait in Austin, Texas on October 6, 2022. (Photo by Montinique Monroe for the Texas Tribune)

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