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Saturday, September 28 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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Even if the state won’t lift a finger. Here’s how.

Supported by MOVE Texas. Programmed in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.

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Alexa Ura

Demographics Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers the intersection between politics and race, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population, as the Tribune’s demographics reporter. She also covers voting rights issues for the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura is a graduate... Read More →

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Jacquelyn Callanen

Bexar County Elections Administrator
Callanen was appointed elections administrator for Bexar County in 2005. Previously, she served as an election judge and elections manager, and she has conducted over 700 elections. She is a member of organizations including the secretary of state’s Committee on Forms Review and... Read More →
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Chris Davis

Williamson County Elections Administrator
Davis is the elections administrator in Williamson County. He is a past president of the Texas Association of Elections Administrators. Davis began his career in elections helping with local candidate races in his hometown of Brownsville. Before moving to Williamson County, he served... Read More →
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Celia Israel

State Representative
Israel, D-Austin, has represented House District 50 since 2014. She sits on the House Elections and Homeland Security & Public Safety committees. She also serves as vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the House's first-ever LGBTQ Caucus. Previously, Israel... Read More →
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Diane Trautman

Harris County Clerk
Trautman was elected Harris county clerk in 2018. Previously, she served for six years on the Harris County Board of Education and was an assistant professor of education at Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State universities. Trautman also worked as a teacher at Houston and... Read More →

Saturday September 28, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Maximilian Room