NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There was excitement in the air today in Nacogdoches as Texas Secretary of the State Carlos Cascos made his next stop on his Vote Texas Tour.
"It's principally going out and informing and educating our voters about the new requirements regarding photo id."Cascos said.
Cascos has been on a very busy tour encouraging voter's registration across the state.
"We've been traveling throughout the state, far west, the panhandle, south Texas and now the east side of Texas." Cascos said.
The primary focus for the secretary and staff has now changed slightly not that the final voter registration deadline has passed.
"Initially it was about voter registration, well that's now gone so now the talking points are about photo id, the importance of getting out and being engaged, voting, civic engagement and things of that nature."Cascos said.
Cascos made time to stop by Stephen F. Austin University to speak with students and visit with faculty and staff to stress the importance of the millennial vote.
"I believe that what we're doing in terms of engaging those first time voters, those nineteen to twenty to twenty one year olds, they are a part of the millennials and so I believe it's important to reach out to them, because if nobody does we're going to lose them." Cascos said.
And for those who are discouraged about casting their vote for the presidential ballot.
"Even though they may not have a decision made as to who they're going to vote for on the presidential side, please consider those down ballot races, they're just as important." Cascos said.
Cascos stresses that you may not think your vote matters, but nothing could be further from the truth.
"We've got more registered voters today than in the history of Texas, we just surpassed over 15 million registered voters. More than half of Texas' total population is now registered to vote." Cascos said.