In California, Ohio, and Texas, citizens in four localities voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, challenging the balance of power between state officials in charge of regulating drilling and local communities concerned about the potential risks.
"What we want them to think is, 'There's no reason. She doesn't have an opponent. I don't need to go to the polls. I'll go spend my food stamp money at the grocery store or whatever, you know, on election day,'" a Dallas County judicial candidate said.
Texan Eric Kennie has voted in every single general election since his 18th birthday — his parents raised him to understand the importance of the right to vote for African Americans like himself. Yet Kennie will not be voting in next week’s election. He can’t, thanks to Texas’s new voter ID law.