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 the Texas Tribune, which stated,
“the rash of recent House GOP retirements is just the latest sign of a state party in distress: In last year’s midterms, Democrats flipped a pair of longtime GOP districts, a Democrat came within striking distance of a Senate seat, and more than 50 elected Republican judges lost their jobs. Democrats also gained ground in state legislative races.
Changing demographics and a suburban revolt against President Donald Trump have turned Texas from a conservative bedrock to a major political battleground, especially for House seats.”
Getting out the Vote:
But to make electoral victories happen in Texas, we must Get Out The Vote! Texas has the lowest voter turnout in the nation. We must change that in 2020 with a multi-pronged, targeted approach.
First, let’s get voters registered! You can become a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in your county (or multiple counties) and attend events in the district to register voters. You can even help your neighbors register without being a VDR with MapTheVote, an app that helps identify unregistered voters in your neighborhood.
Afraid to block walk? Have no fear! We (mostly) go in pairs and 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 effective GOTV strategies and tactics, see A Practical Guide to Winning Elections.