VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Constitutional Amendment Order Decided For November 5 Election

The November 2019 Election season is here and we’re working hard to get citizens registered, informed, and out to vote. This November we will be voting on ten (10) Texas Constitutional Amendments. There are also several local municipality elections throughout Travis and Williamson Counties including Propositions, Bond Measures, and Council Member races.

Register to vote by October 7, 2019 to vote in the November 5 election

On November 5, 2019, Texans will have the opportunity to vote on nine amendments with a majority vote. See details at State of Texas website

https://www.sos.state.tx.us/about/newsreleases/2019/072319.shtml

ACLU of Texas

 Austin Redistricting Postcard Party

OCTOBER 21, 2019 @ 6:00 PM –
@ 8:00 PM

For years, politicians have counted on Texans tuning out during this convoluted process — choosing to conduct their business behind closed doors and out of the public eye. The result? Partisan and racially gerrymandered districts where manipulated boundaries limit the power of voters. The time is now to keep the pressure on lawmakers to ensure a fair and transparent redistricting process.

A few weeks ago, lawmakers held a redistricting town hall in Austin to listen to residents’ thoughts on the redistricting process, but we want to make sure this isn’t the last they hear from you! If you weren’t able to make your testimony in person, you’ll have the chance to send the redistricting committee members a message at our postcard party on Monday, October 21.

 

Redistricting

By Terri Burke, Executive Director, ACLU

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 – 3:00PM

I’ve got a secret for you, one that some Lone Star State politicians might not want you to know. An important statewide process is getting started ahead of the 2021 legislative session, a process that happens once every 10 years.

It’s called redistricting, or the redrawing of the districts that make up the legislative and congressional maps in Texas, and it matters more than you may know.

Redistricting is simple enough to grasp when you compare it to other things we replace every few years, like, say, an old car. When it just isn’t working like it used to or doesn’t meet your needs anymore, it’s time to think about getting a new model.

Similarly, redistricting should lead to new and improved electoral maps that reflect the growth and demographic changes that Texas communities undergo with time. Every 10 years, after the U.S. census determines how our communities have expanded and contracted, the Texas Legislature gets the task of redrawing fair maps that are inclusive of everyone.

Except it doesn’t always quite work that way, because, unfortunately, redistricting isn’t as easy as going to the dealership and riding out with a shiny, new F-150 two hours later.

The process is often fraught with complications, like lack of transparency and self-interest. Unlike in some other states, where an independent redistricting commission redraws the electoral maps, Texas legislators redraw and approve their own districts. If that seems backward, it should — after all, shouldn’t voters be the ones who select their elected officials, and not the other way around?

To make matters more complicated for the 2021 process, there have been a number of court battles as a result of the state redistricting that happened in 2011. The Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Texas won’t need future federal oversight, as it has had for decades, to ensure that partisan gerrymandering — the intentional drawing of districts to benefit one party over another — doesn’t occur. All this despite immediate concerns from federal court judges about Texas’ past actions in redrawing its maps illegally.

This means that in 2021, redistricting will be totally in the hands of state legislators with no one to look over their shoulders, with costly litigation seemingly the only fix if things go awry.

 

Read more at: https://www.aclutx.org/en/news/redistricting-will-shape-our-next-10-years

 

League of Women Voters

100th Birthday & Fall Kickoff

League of Women Voters Austin Area invites you to celebrate our 100th Birthday at our Fall Kickoff Event on Sunday, September 22nd. Doors open at 12:45pm and the day’s activities will include a 100 Years Strong celebration (featuring cake and beverages), remarks from our leadership, a special performance, and more! Free admission and parking. Open to the public.

  • Date: Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
  • Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Where: Austin Asian American Resource Center 8401 Cameron Rd., Austin, TX 78751
RSVP Today!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

League of Women Voters Austin Area

www.LWVaustin.org

512.451.6710

Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

Austin Interfaith

Central Texas Interfaith

Action Agenda Assembly

Sunday, September 9th 2:00 – 4:00 pm

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 8724 Travis Hills Dr., Austin TX 78735

 

Central Texas Interfaith is an initiative of Austin Interfaith, an alliance of 37 congregations, public schools, labor unions, and social service agencies in Central Texas.  Our purpose is to train leaders to organize their communities around addressing common concerns such as poor street conditions, living wage jobs, and access to health care.

At this assembly, we will develop our agenda of actionable issues based on concerns raised in small group discussions across Western Travis County that will guide our organizing efforts and a non-partisan voter engagement campaign. If you have an interest in working with your neighbors to advance practical political solutions to common issues, please join us!

A light meal will be provided. Please RSVP: cleal.austininterfaith@gmail.com or 210.508.8516

From Texas Impact

RUN LIKE THE DEVIL, by award-winning independent film-maker Stephen Mims, documents the 2018 US Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke.

A non-partisan deep dive that goes beyond the political campaigns, the film threads the stories of the candidates with those of their respective political parties during a historic period of national political tumult.

Participants include O’Rourke, Cruz, Evan Smith (Editor, Texas Tribune) Mark McKinnon (political consultant), David Richards (Ann Richard’s ex-husband and redistricting litigator) Bob Moore (former editor, El Paso Times) and Texas Impact’s own Josh Houston.

 

Courts & Ports

Witness with Texas Impact’s Border Initiative

Recently, Texas Impact staff and volunteers traveled to the border to witness the ongoing catastrophe of detention and deportation.

Now we’re inviting you to come with us on a two-day trip to the Rio Grande Valley to experience the crisis on the border for yourself–and return to share your experiences with your congregation and community.

Texas Impact’s Courts & Ports program features two full days of programming. Attendees will be trained by the ACLU and serve as court observers in federal court; receive a briefing from local advocates; visit a respite home for asylum-seekers; cross the bridge to stand with asylum-seekers attempting to enter the US; and participate in worship and discussion about the theological and practical implications of our nation’s current immigration policies.

To register for Courts & Ports or for more information, contact Project Coordinator Erica Nelson at erica@texasimpact.org.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Austin is in a housing crisis.
Everyone knows it. Everyone feels it.

This is why we have come together in partnership with Foundation Communities, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, LifeWorks Austin, Caritas of Austin, HousingWorks Austin and Keep Austin Affordable to advocate for what can be one of the biggest investments in our community for generations: the Affordable Housing Bond.

“Affordable Housing Bond” may sound complicated and over the next few months, you’ll see and hear us talking about it a lot. We’ve put together FAQs that you can use to become informed and to better understand why we are advocating for this — Proposition A — to be voted into effect.

Sign up for our advocacy list to stay up-to-date with the Bond and how you can get involved.

Voter Registration Basics

Voter Registration Basics

Ready to Vote?  Look up your registration, print a sample ballot, find a polling place, and view wait times at www.VoteTravis.com!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 is the deadline to register
for the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial Election.

Eligibility

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of Travis County;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old;
  • You are not a convicted felon, or, if convicted you have been pardoned or fully discharged your sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, or probation; and
  • You have not been declared by a court to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Volunteers

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help register eligible citizens to vote by distributing, reviewing, and accepting completed voter registration applications. They serve for two-year terms expiring on December 31 of even-numbered years.

Want to Volunteer?

Training classes are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, October 1 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – Room 3154, ACC Eastview Campus located at 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702.
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. (Room 410) and 6:30 p.m. (Room 201) – Highland Business Center located at 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.
  • To schedule a remote training for a group of 15 or more, contact us at (512) 854-9473 or e-mail us.

Classes will begin promptly as scheduled and latecomers will not be admitted.

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Qualifications

To be appointed, an individual must be:

  • at least 18 years old;
  • a United States citizen; and
  • a Texas resident

An individual must not have been:

  • determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  • convicted of failing to deliver a voter application to a voter registrar;
  • convicted of a felony or, if so convicted, must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court, or (2) be pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote;
  • convicted of identity theft under Section 32.51 of the Penal Code

Volunteer Deputy Registrar Duties

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help Travis County citizens register to vote by:

  • providing a voter registration application;
  • assisting in the completion of the application;
  • accepting and reviewing the completed application and giving receipts;
  • informing the applicant that voter registration certificates are mailed within 30 days;
  • submitting the applications in person to our office at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 within 5 calendar days.

https://tax-office.traviscountytx.gov/voters/voter-registration

https://www.votetexas.gov/

THE NEXT ELECTION TAKES PLACE ON

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION

The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Last day to register to vote is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 

Early voting takes place from Monday, October 22, 2018 – Friday, November 2, 2018.

To learn more about ID required for voting in person, check out the FAQs.

If you do not live in Travis County, contact the voter registrar or tax office in your county for training dates and specifics for your county.