Groups that help register new voters in Texas are challenging the state’s effort to remove noncitizens from voter rolls, claiming it’s an attempt to intimidate people of color, a growing demographic in the state.
Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez is executive director of a political group in Austin called Jolt, one of the groups suing state officials over the attempt to purge voters they suspect aren’t citizens. She has been organizing young Latino voters over the past few years.
“We talk to people about … building a movement of Latinos across Texas,” she says, “that soon we will be the majority, and we have the ability to determine the future of the state.”
At the core of Tzintzun’s ambitious goal is getting thousands of young Latinos registered to vote before the 2020 election, an expensive and time-consuming undertaking.