PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Dan Patrick

For Immediate Release
January 8, 2008

Contact: Logan Spence
(512) 463-0107 / (512) 461-3448

Texas Celebrates Volunteers for Democracy Day
Secretary Wilson and Senator Patrick Thank Precinct Chairs and Election Volunteers

AUSTIN - Secretary of State Phil Wilson thanks Texas' precinct chairs and election volunteers for their time and efforts in preparing for and administering elections across the Lone Star State.

"I want to thank the tens of thousands of Texans who have or will volunteer in our state's elections," Wilson stated. "Because of your patriotism and commitment to our state, Texas and her people can expect a smooth and exciting election season as we decide on who will lead our state and our nation in the years to come."

During the 80th legislative session, SB 393, authored by Senator Dan Patrick, declared the second Tuesday of every January as Volunteers for Democracy Day to honor the volunteers "who make valuable contributions to the nation's democratic system."

Senator Patrick strongly believes that elected officials and the citizens that elect them owe a great debt to the individuals who dedicate themselves to serving this cherished freedom. "Justice Louis Brandeis said it best when he stated, 'the most important political office is that of private citizen," said Senator Patrick, "and Texas' election volunteers epitomize that principle."

As Chief Elections Officer for the state of Texas, Wilson and his office work closely with county elections officials and party chairs to ensure elections are run according to state law. Election volunteers provide assistance in a number of tasks including voter registration, set up and tear-down at their precincts, maintaining the list of eligible voters on Election Day as well as a variety of other duties.

"Election Day is a significant, yet worthy, challenge in such a large state," Wilson continued. "And the efforts of our election volunteers play an important role in ensuring that Texas remains a flagship for democracy in the United States."

If you are Texan over the age of 18 and are interested in volunteering on Election Day, please contact your local County Clerk, Elections Administrator or Party Chair. A list of election officials by county can be found on the Secretary of State website at: www.sos.state.tx.us.

To speak with the Secretary of State's Office about this release, please contact Scott Haywood or Ashley Burton at (512) 463-5770.

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