The reason for low turnout

January 28, 2015

By Miki Ramos, San Antonio Volunteer

A letter to the editor, published in the San Antonio Express-News

The fact is that we do not have enough registered voters in Texas.

Last year, I was deputized in four counties and was able to register hundreds of new voters. It’s incredibly rewarding to see people get excited about participating in the democratic process and exercising their right to vote as they stand right in front of you.

The only way we can influence who represents us in Austin is by asking more people to become a part of the process and make their voices heard. I want to live in a state where the majority of Texans feel confident that their government is listening to them. That’s why I’m continuing to register voters with Battleground Texas and getting re-deputized this month. And that’s why I encourage others in the county to get deputized as well.

By Matt Woolbright, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Danny Lucio

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi native Danny Lucio will head up Battleground Texas' field operations as the Democratic grass roots campaigning engine here attempts to rebound from a landslide defeat in the 2014 governor race.

Lucio was one of Battleground Texas' first volunteers when he joined in March 2013, according to spokeswoman Erica Sackin, and he served as the deputy field director supervising outreach in San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley and West Texas during the 2014 election.

"I'm really excited about (taking the statewide leadership position)," Lucio told the Caller-Times while working from Houston. "It's an opportunity to continue prioritizing leadership development in the state and really make an impact on how the electorate plays out here."

Lucio's job, which incudes helping manage about 30,000 volunteers around the state, involves a lot of travel, but he doesn't mind the fact he's "essentially lived on the road" the last year-and-a-half.

"It's important to have an understanding of what people are feeling in different parts of the state," Lucio said. "Getting to know those communities is just as important as any of the other work we're doing."

Battleground Texas executive director Jenn Brown praised Lucio's work in 2014 elections in a statement regarding naming him the statewide grass roots outreach leader.

"Danny is a prime example of the fantastic, talented staff and volunteers who worked with us in the last election, and who are already shaping Texas politics in 2015," Brown said. "Nothing could make us happier than seeing Danny step into this new statewide leadership role. His work will be a critical factor for our success in 2015 and beyond."

Lucio is confident Battleground Texas, despite Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' lopsided defeat, can still achieve its long-term goal, which is to make Texas into a competitive state — or, a battleground state — between Democrats and Republicans in statewide and federal races.

"I wouldn't be invested in this if I didn't think we had the ability to do it," Lucio said. "I saw firsthand how volunteers could make an impact in local communities, and we've been able to build this infrastructure that's never existed the way it does now in Texas."

Lucio graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2012 with a master's degree public administration in 2012. He also unsuccessfully ran to represent District 2 on City Council in 2011. He officially takes over field operations for the organization on Jan. 20, and he's replacing outgoing field director Victoria Zyp, who is leaving Battleground Texas to pursue other career interests.

"I've had the privilege of spending the last year working for Battleground Texas, and working closely with Danny," Zyp said. "It's been an incredible experience to watch him grow from a volunteer to a leader in this organization. I've learned so much from all the amazing volunteers I've worked with in Texas, and I couldn't pick a better person to hand off the reins to."

While the GOP celebrates…

January 20, 2015

By Jenn Brown, Executive Director

There's a huge party at the State Capitol today: a big parade, country music, four tons of brisket and a mile of sausage.

As Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick take the oath of office, rest assured that someday soon, we'll be the ones celebrating. To make that happen, we have to keep our heads down and focus on the task at hand: expanding the electorate through voter registration.

While Republicans are enjoying themselves today, we're laying the groundwork to make sure it's a Democratic party in the future. Commit to becoming a Volunteer Deputy Registrar in 2015.

Our volunteers have been flocking to voter registration trainings all over Texas because they know our mission goes far beyond one election cycle. This is a long-term fight to build a more representative state government, and the way we do that is by giving every Texan a voice and a vote.

Today's parade crosses the Ann Richards Bridge in Austin — a nice reminder that Democrats were in charge here not long ago, and we can't give up on this battle.

Let the GOP have their fun today, and pledge to register voters this year.

Pledge to Register Voters

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