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Prairie View A&M Students Finally Get A Polling Place

News from Waller County, Texas has come to us – the county commissioners have finally agreed to put a polling place on the Prairie View A&M campus. This comes after decades of struggle by students at the oldest African-American university in Texas to get a convenient on-campus polling place. Here’s the story as reported in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/a-polling-place-of-their-own-students-win-a-long-battle.html?_r=0

The Houston Chronicle covered this earlier: http://www.chron.com/news/politics/article/Prairie-View-students-will-finally-be-able-to-4843888.php

As noted by the Election Academy blog for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, one remarkable element of the story is the active involvement of True the Vote in getting the polling location. (It is also the first time that the Texas Secretary of State has ever gone to the Prairie View campus to lend first-hand support to the effort).

The history of black voting rights in Waller County is a long and sad one, and so this is a promising development.


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