Sam Houston MSTC registers almost 200 eligible voters in just two days

Dozens of HISD high schools participated in the HISD’s ‘Ya Es Hora’ voter registration drive

September 27, 2012

Armed with an energetic group of parents and a deputized registrar volunteer from the nonprofit organization Mi Familia Vota, Sam Houston MSTC took the lead in the district’s first ever voter registration drive by registering close to 200 eligible voters on their campus within just two days.

"We set up a registration booth at the entrance and exit of our building. We approached everyone that went in and out," said Diana Vasquez, PTSA president at Sam Houston MSTC. "Nobody escaped us. We wanted to make sure everyone that could was registered to vote."

The joint efforts of the Houston Independent School District, Univision 45 and the ‘Ya Es Hora’ partners to host the first district-wide voter registration drive at all participating high schools on Sept. 24 and 25 resulted in 1,005 registered voters.

"At HISD we encourage our students, staff and entire community to be civically responsible, and it starts with registering to vote," HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said. "This partnership helped us facilitate the voter registration process for hundreds across our district, and we are very grateful for that opportunity."

The HISD Ya Es Hora (It is Time) Voter Registration Drive, a collaboration with Univision 45, the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Mi Familia Vota, and the League of Women Voters, was designed to motivate students, staff and community members to exercise their right to vote by providing dozens of voter registration sites at HISD high schools across the city.

"This successful and unique collaboration is a clear example of the value and importance of our youth in the electoral process," said Univision 45 News Director Martha Kattan. "It was exhilarating to see so many high schools participate."

The "Ya Es Hora" partners provided deputized registrar volunteers to assist with the drive at all participating high schools. In addition, all HISD high school principals are deputized to register eligible voters on campus.

This was the first time any Univision affiliate in Texas has partnered with a school district to host a district-wide voter registration drive.

In HISD about 4,000 HISD students are eligible to vote in the November general election. Early voting begins Oct. 22.

The following organizations helped during the HISD ‘Ya Es Hora’ Voter Registration Drive: NALEO Education Fund, Mi Familia Vota, League of Women Voters, League of Young Voters, Texas Freedom Network, Stand for Children, Good Jobs Great Houston and NAACP.