If last week's polling numbers in the Ted Cruz-Beto O'Rourke U.S. Senate race are any indication -- polls mean nothing unless everyone who is eligible to vote actually does.
The state of Texas has 15.2 million registered voters, yet only 9 million turned out for the 2016 presidential election. Even one or two votes can change the entire political landscape.
“If you look at the results from Harris County for the primary elections that were held March 6, some of those races were decided, or not decided and had to go to runoff, by a handful of voters,” says Lisa Cohn, president of the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area.
“District K, Houston City Council special election and the primary runoff, we kind of suspect that very few people are going to participate,” she says. “But it magnifies the importance of every single voter who does participate.”
Cohn urges voters to get informed, use the league's voter guide to find out which candidates represent you best.
“If you're happy with things, wonderful, vote for those who wish to keep things as they are,” she says. “If you think our democracy needs a little tweaking, this is your opportunity to go to the polling place and make that tweaking happen.”