Horns Up: Prison guards stand with inmates

The union representing Texas’ prison guards declared its support for lawsuits filed on behalf of convicts against the lack of air conditioning in state prisons, which has been linked to the deaths of at least 14 prisoners. Although only a fraction of the state’s correctional officers are union members, the endorsement lends a great deal of credit and legitimacy to the prisoners’ case. 

Horns Up: City Council against Voter ID

We applaud the Austin City Council for announcing its unanimous opposition to Texas’ voter ID restrictions. The gesture itself does nothing to reverse the law’s passage, but it could lead to the city of Austin joining lawsuits against the measure. 

Since SB 14 — Voter ID — passed in the Texas legislature last session, many students have speculated about the bill’s implications for our campus this fall. Among other provisions, the bill would have required voters to present a photo ID matching the address on your driver’s license – so if you’re a student and your license doesn’t match that new dorm or West Campus address, you would be out of luck.

But on Aug. 30, a D.C. federal court shut the Voter ID bill down, ruling that it would actually have a “retrogressive effect” on voting in Texas. Now that the bill’s rules are no longer a concern (for now), students have no excuse not to register to vote and have a say in the November elections.

Opportunities to register will be everywhere this fall. It’s a quick process, it’s easy, and in this time of close elections, it empowers you with the ability to make a real difference. Be sure and register by the Oct. 9 deadline, then take the next step. Register your friends, register your neighbors, and be “that person” who reminds them about the early voting and election dates.

When it comes to Voter ID, students are in the clear. Now it’s time for us to get to work.

— Calve is a government major from Dickinson and director of Hook the Vote, the campus-wide voter registration campaign.