Will Ike Keep Incumbents in Office?

September 30th, 2008

It’s hard to register folks to vote in November when they’ve been impacted by Hurricane Ike, according to a recent AP story that ran in papers statewide. But Galveston County officials are taking steps to have polling locations in place by Election Day.

This is a critically important election, one of the most important elections in memory by any account. It would be a great tragedy if victims of Hurricane Ike weren’t heard from at the polls on Election Day, and it would be a tragic loss for democracy in Texas.

The tasks confronting folks returning home to Galveston and other hurricane-damaged areas are almost insurmountable. Let’s hope officials are able to accept late voter registration from the Gulf Coast and are able to provide proper, functioning polling places as close to their regular locations as possible.

Texas harmed by Ike may understandably be discouraged, disgusted and discombobulated. Let’s hope they’re also not disenfranchised.

Make sure you’re registered to vote. The deadline is Monday.