Students Develop Online Voters Guide for Elections
TEXAS – NOVEMBER 1, 2013 – Students taking an American and Texas Government
class this fall learned about ballot propositions by developing an online voters’
divided his class of more than 100 students into working groups that did
background research and developed arguments for and against issues. The
students used some information already compiled by the Texas Legislative
Council and the League of Women Voters of Texas.
some ways I think they have learned from this that it’s not easy,” said Kaswan.
“The arguments are complicated. There may be good arguments in favor and
against. You need to consider those and think about the information and come up
with a good opinion. You can’t do that if you don’t have the basic
Garcia, 20, a freshman government major from Brownsville and a graduate of Pace
High School, was assigned to look for background information and develop
counter arguments to state Proposition 2 which calls for eliminating the State
Medical Education Board and State Medical Education Fund.
learned that some of the propositions seem they are submitted by friends of
legislators,” said Garcia. “Also some of the propositions do seem they want to
help people but they influence people with money. It does seem to have an
impact on which ones pass.”
Romano, 16, a senior at the university’s Mathematics and Science Academy from
Brownsville, created the guide’s web design. Though she is not yet old enough
to vote, Romano said the information she learned can help her when she enters
the voting booth in the future.
is important for voters to know the contents of the ballot in advance because
people shouldn’t be voting if they don’t understand what is going on,” said
university’s Center for Civic Engagement used the voting guide for Kids Voting
USA Brownsville. Center Director Estella Martinez said more than 37,000
Brownsville students used the guide and casted mock votes in the past several
said he came up with the idea for the voters’ guide as he thought of his
experiences living throughout the United States.
other states like California and Nevada, 30 days prior to an election every registered
voter receives a package from the state that gives them all the information
they need in order to get informed about the election,” said Kaswan. “Texas is
the only state I have lived in where voters don’t get the information. I think
we see the results in low turnout rates.”