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The Last Word: Include civic responsibility in your New Year's resolutions

Save money, stay fit – but also don't forget to vote and fill out the census form.

AUSTIN, Texas — As we begin this new year, a lot of us are filled with excitement and optimism. We have hope for the type of "fresh start" only a new year can bring. 

And this new year promises to be filled with excitement – it's the "Roaring '20s" after all! But as you build those vision boards, set your intentions and mark your calendars, I want to ask that you to remember to resolve to get involved.

This year, you will have several opportunities for civic engagement. 

The start of a new decade means there is a census, providing data that is critical to our country. It will take you all of 10 minutes to fill out the form – and this year, you can do it online!

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And, yes: 2020 is a presidential election year. But please don't wait until November to hit the ballot box. Your first chance to vote is just six weeks away, with the start of early voting for the March primary.

Of course, that means your last day to register to vote is less than a month away on Feb. 3. 

So hop to it, people! Let's make 2020 the best year yet.

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