Texas voters who are discouraged by the choice between historically unfavorable presidential candidates are not alone, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos said.
While traveling to Texas universities with bilingual voter-education initiative Vote Texas, Cascos said he’s heard a familiar refrain.
“‘We’re not going to vote in this election … we don’t like each one of them,’” Cascos said during his talk. “I understand, and I share your pain.
“If you’re not totally happy or you just can’t make up your mind in terms of Hillary or Donald, don’t sweat it. But don’t throw out the whole ballot simply because you’re not happy with it.”
The former CameronCounty judge and commissioner brought Vote Texas to students Thursday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s PlainsCapital Student Union Theater in Edinburg.
Cascos insisted students focus on the importance of voicing support for down-ballot elections if their heart isn’t in voting for a presidential candidate.
“Those local races are, if not more so, equally important than the presidential race, because you’re electing local leadership that has a direct impact on our community, whether it’s a sheriff or congressional race,” Cascos said.
Before bringing Cascos to the stage, UTRGV President Guy Bailey called the official “one of our own” because he grew up in Brownsville. “It’s great to be back home — and when I say home, I mean South Texas (and) the Valley,” Cascos said.