NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Secretary of State Carlos Cascos made a stop in Nacogdoches Wednesday one day after the start of early voting for the primary election.
He's traveling the state encouraging voters to hit the polls.
East Texas News got the scoop on why Texas' 110th secretary of state considers this message so important.
"Buenas tardes," Cascos said.
It would be a better afternoon for Carlos Cascos if more of the over 14-million registered voters in Texas would go to the polls.
"I've said it in many, many venues," Cascos said. "Texas is number one in a lot of things, but we're not number one in voting."
Nacogdoches Rotarians and guests got the message Wednesday.
"In Austin, Texas, there's a restaurant known as Franklin's Barbecue," Cascos said. "And people stand out there for hours to get a chunk of meat, but they won't stand in line for 10 or 15 minutes to go and vote."
It's not a good example for the young, first time voters Cascos is reaching out to through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
"And I've got my own Twitter that I post stuff on there too, but my staff monitors me kinda closely to make sure I don't post the wrong thing," Cascos said.
Nacogdoches resident Chester Sessions just voted. He talks face to face to the young people he knows and tends to get the same answer.
"They always talk about their vote don't count," Sessions said. "That's a story. Every vote counts. And I try to tell them that their vote counts like anybody else."
It's a lesson Olivia will hear from Tessa Dailey.
"That's something that is important to me and was always made important to me, and I plan to make it important to my kids," said Tessa Dailey, a Nacogdoches County registered voter.
Brutal campaigns are often a turn off to many voters. Cascos recognizes that.
"And it's a blood sport," Casco said. "Voting, elections, running for office is a blood sport here in Texas."
The Secretary of State encourages voters to overlook the negative and instead take voting as a responsibility to self and others.
The Secretary of State's office has several resources available to help you prepare for the polls, and we've made that easy to find. Just click on the Big Red Box on the KTRE home page.