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McAllen community leaders recently proclaimed October 3-7 “Vote America! Rally Week,” in support of the Texas Young Lawyers Association civics education project ahead of the upcoming voter registration deadline.

TYLA’s Vote America! project aims to educate students about the fights for equality and democracy throughout U.S. history in an effort to remind them of their civic duty to vote.

The city of McAllen and the McAllen Independent School District adopted proclamations at their recent board meetings setting aside the first full week of October to mark the occasion.

McAllen Assistant City Attorney and TYLA Director Victor Flores will be making presentations to about 1,500 seniors at the area’s high schools.

Flores will be joined by University of Texas System Regent Ernest Aliseda, an attorney at Dykema Cox Smith in McAllen, and Judge Randy Crane of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas at McAllen High School; State Bar Board of Director Chair Joe Escobedo and Judge Micaela Alvarez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas at McAllen Memorial High School; and McAllen Mayor Jim Darling at James “Nikki” Rowe High School.

The McAllen City Secretary’s Office will also be sending registrars to help students with voter registration before Texas’ October 11 deadline.

Photo from left: McAllen Memorial High School Student Council members Lilith Cain, Tavien Talamentez and Fernanda Aguilera; TYLA Director and McAllen Assistant City Attorney Victor Flores; McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, TYLA President-elect Baili B. Rhodes; McAllen Memorial High School teacher and student council adviser Vivian Tamez and teacher Valeria Carpenter; and student Michael Mata.