What is GOTV?

Hays Co GOTV

Do you wonder what we mean when we talk about “getting out the vote?” Have you heard about block walking but are turned off by the prospect of knocking on doors?

When we block walk to get out the vote (GOTV), we have a list of people who we know in the past have voted for progressive candidates. We’re knocking on friendly doors. Our goal is to get a commitment to vote, not just for one candidate, but for a full slate of progressive candidates who share our values.

Our ultimate goal is to build a sustainable GOTV infrastructure and to increase voter turnout. It’s about neighbors helping neighbors learn more about candidates and making sure they know where and when to vote. This strategy is far more effective in the long run than having outside groups go into a neighborhood one time and urge people to vote.

You start with your own neighborhood. As you proceed through your neighborhood, you stay alert for people who are willing to help. As you gather helpers, who can service their own streets, you can move to other neighborhoods in your precinct, gathering yet more helpers. Our job is one of knitting together the progressive folks we meet along the way by offering opportunities for them to get to know each other. In this way, we build a network of folks who can encourage other folks to participate in elections at all levels — federal, state, county, city and school board, etc.

To learn more about how to join our GOTV efforts, please look for the guide for your county and contact your precinct chair or county point person. Or leave a comment and we will connect you.

–Special thanks to SRM for her assistance with this article

Let’s Get out the Vote!

New Yorker article

You’re going to start hearing a lot from us about getting out the vote (GOTV). What’s that you ask? It’s contacting progressive voters and encouraging them to, you guessed it, VOTE! This article in the New Yorker tells how Indivisible groups in Alabama helped get out the vote for Doug Jones.

How can you get involved? If you live in Travis, Bexar, Hays or Comal counties, you have established, ongoing GOTV efforts in your county. Look at your voter registration card, find your precinct number, and use our GOTV guides to find your precinct chairs. The primary job of precinct chairs is to get our the vote for their party. We’ve put together GOTV resources, including the guides and a short video from our own GOTV superstar Lynn about an easy way to Work your Circles this holiday season.

If you live in the Hill Country counties of Blanco, Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall or Real, please email tx21hillcountry@gmail.com if you want to hear what we’re up to.

If you have questions, please leave them here in comments.

Call Lamar today! And tomorrow!

Lamar umbrella

Alright y’all, it’s about to get real! The Senate passed the awful Trump Tax Scam. BUT IT’S NOT YET LAW, which means we still have time either to stop it or at least to ameliorate its worst effects. The bill is now going back to conference for reconciliation with the House version, which gives us more time to push back.

To that end, it is imperative that you call Lamar Smith TODAY and tomorrow and let him know how you feel. And if you can make it to an office visit this week, then please do it!

  • Austin, meet at 9:30 am at Lamar’s office, 2211 South IH 35, Suite 106.
  • San Antonio, meet at 9:00 am at Las Chiladas, 2387 NW Military Hwy, before heading to Lamar’s office.
  • Kerrville, meet at 11 am on the north side of the Wells Fargo building, 301 Junction Hwy.

AND join us for a tax protest, Thursday, Dec. 7, 5:30-8:30 at Austin City Hall. Bring signs and get ready to be LOUD!

Here is a brief summary of the Senate bill compared to the House bill. More information about the tax bill here.

Waking up to bad news…

The Senate passed the Trump Tax Scam last night at 2 am by a vote of 51-49. Senator Bob Corker was the only Republican who voted against it.

What now, you ask? National Indivisible posted this summary of next steps for the bill. Please read their post here.

Basically, the House vote could happen as soon as Monday. If it passes, the Congress will immediately move on to funding the government. This is important because the Dream Act is slated to be included in the funding bill.

So it appears we have excellent timing with Jonathan Ryan of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) of San Antonio coming to our Monday evening meeting in Kerrville to speak on the Dream Act. Everyone is invited. It’s at 6 pm, Monday, Dec. 4 at Fuddruckers in Kerrville.

Trump Tax Scam Roadside Theater!

Roadside Theater

Seventy members of TX21 Indivisible and Indivisible Austin created the Trump Tax Scam Roadside Theater yesterday afternoon outside John Cornyn’s Austin office! Watch it here.

Media coverage included Austin television stations and the front page of the Austin American-Statesman’s Metro section—no small feat! This kind of action and press coverage puts pressure on Cornyn. The machinations to get the awful tax bill passed continue. Read about the latest here.

Congrats to our own AP for another brilliant idea for making resistance fun!

Monday: Trump Tax Scam Day of Action

Trump Tax Scam

A vote on the Trump Tax Scam is expected in the coming week.

Monday is the Indivisible Day of Action to let our Senators hear our voices.

Here’s why you must take action:

Remember our fights to save the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”)? The Trump Tax Scam is the last ditch effort to repeal the individual mandate that is part of the ACA. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the repeal of the individual mandate would result in 13 million fewer Americans being covered by health insurance.

In a letter on Tuesday, groups representing doctors, hospitals and insurers urged congressional leaders to keep the individual mandate in place. The groups, including the American Medical Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans, wrote that “eliminating the individual mandate by itself likely will result in a significant increase in premiums, which would in turn substantially increase the number of uninsured Americans.”

Have you heard about the tax cuts for the middle class? Well, Republicans revealed late Tuesday that all tax cuts for individuals will expire at the end of 2025. The deep cuts in the corporate tax rate will remain permanent.

More bad news. The Trump Tax Scam takes away deductions many middle class families and young people depend upon: student loan interest, mortgage interest, medical expenses, property and sales tax, and teacher school supplies.

Two actions are planned in TX21 on Monday, Nov. 27. Show up. Bring signs.

San Antonio

12 pm – 3 pm

Sit In at Ted Cruz’s Office

Senator Ted Cruz office

9901 W. Interstate 10, Ste. 950

Austin

12 pm – 1 pm

Trump Tax Scam Roadside Theater

Senator John Cornyn office

221 W. 6th St.