Texas is NOT a red state!

Gallup map

Did you think you’d live to see the day when a national polling organization would declare that Texas is no longer a red state? Check out this article from Gallup about the map you see above.

The implications of this shift in party affiliation, according the article, include the following:

Democrats regained momentum at the state level in 2017, with 10 states showing enough of a shift in residents’ party affiliation to change from a Republican state to a competitive one, or from competitive to Democratic. The 2017 shift was manifested in major Democratic victories in statewide elections in Virginia and Alabama, as well as close losses in congressional districts in Kansas, Montana and Georgia that had traditionally backed Republican candidates.”

But to make electoral victories happen in Texas, we must Get Out The Vote! Remember that Texas has the lowest voter turnout in the nation. We must change that in 2018. Check out our Get Out The Vote resources. We have guides for each county that include contact information for a point person who is a member of TX21 Indivisible. This is your contact to get started. Please leave questions in the comments section.

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

Good news…and Get Out the Vote!

What a relief to have some good news in the midst of the constant flood of Republican schemes to take away our rights, our healthcare, and our money. First, Democratic candidates won big races in the elections on Tuesday. Read about it in this article the Washington Post.

Second, the resistance (that’s us!) is acknowledged as a major contributor to the election results. Read about it here.

Third, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added TX21 to its target list of swing districts for 2018! With Lamar retiring, strong Democratic candidates, and the Republicans scrambling to enter the race, we have a chance to win TX21! Read about it here.

Get Out the Vote!

A key factor in Tuesday’s stunning wins was Getting Out the Vote (GOTV). What is GOTV? It’s contacting people who have voted Democratic in the past few elections and encouraging them to, yes you guessed it, get out and VOTE! Unlike Republicans, who are consistent voters, Democrats tend to NOT vote in every election. GOTV has been proven to work to elect Democratic candidates. It worked in Virginia for this week’s election and it worked for Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Check out our own Lynn Kurth talking about TX21 Indivisible’s GOTV initiative, called Work your Circles! It’s easy and everyone can do it. Let’s get started!

Resistance getting you down? Wondering what’s next? Get Out the Vote!

Resisters! What can we ALL do next? This is easy and important – simply talk to the progressives you know and help them commit to voting.

TX21 Indivisible’s Get Out the Vote (GOTV) initiative is called “Work your Circles.” We are developing GOTV guides for each of the 10 counties in TX21. They provide the info you need. Here is the first batch, with more to come.

GOTV Guide Kerr Co

GOTV Guide Gillespie Co

GOTV Guide Kendall Co

GOTV Guide Comal Co

GOTV Guide Travis Co

GOTV Guide Hays Co

Here’s how to Work Your Circles.

Reach out to your circles of friends and family and talk about their voter registration. Ask if they’re registered. If they’re not, tell them how. Ask if they have moved, changed their name, etc. Any of these changes could cause them to be turned away from the polls.

Most importantly, look them in the eye and get their commitment to vote for progressive candidates. Make them promise. Offer to remind them to vote. Be persistent.

Use this conversation to talk about the election coming up November 7, 2017! Yes, there’s an election coming up and early voting has already started. Offer this Guide to Constitutional Amendments to assist voters.

Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendments

Let’s Work our Circles and elect progressive candidates in 2018!