While most of us sleep in homes, there are at least 15,000 people sleeping on the streets of Houston.
Betty Jean is homeless in Houston. But she embraces a right many with homes ignore.
“In my opinion they just don’t care,” she said. “They got a home they got a job, but I’m not looking at that. I’m looking at what we got out here.”
On the streets of Houston that’s not a lot. Jean is looking for a candidate who will address homelessness and unemployment.
She’s among a growing number of transients in Houston voting in this historical presidential election. A right granted under the law, anyone who is an American citizen, with an address and no felonies still on paper can vote.
If there isn’t a home, what address do you use? They use shelters where many of them get their mail.
A search of Harris County records revealed more than 2,400 registered voters who are homeless. The organization with the most registered homeless is a group called SEARCH.
But voting by some of the homeless is not always about practicing the patriotic right.
Some use their voter registration card as another form of id to get their official Texas identification.
The question is whether the homeless population actually head to the polls on Nov. 4. Advocates say many have already boarded buses and cast their ballots in the early election!