By Summer Lollie, Dallas Organizer

Happy new year, Texas! My name is Summer and I am Battleground Texas's newest organizer; my first day was actually just on Monday. I’m on the ground in Dallas and I've made it my New Year's resolution to register as many new voters as possible. Will you join me?

I remember how excited I was when I registered my first voter. Empowering someone to make their voice heard through voting felt great. It all started when I became a part of BGTX’s Texas Future Leaders Program, and I was immediately hooked.

Since then, I've registered as many voters as I’ve been able to in Dallas County and that exciting feeling is still there every time I register someone new.

It doesn't matter if you've never registered a single voter in your life, or if you've registered thousands over your lifetime - join me in this January's Voter Registration Month of Action! Take a Volunteer Deputy Registrar training in your county and then get out and get your neighbors, church members, classmates, and friends registered to vote.

Let's register Texas, y'all!

Will you join our Voter Registration Month of Action?

By Priscila Martinez, Battleground Texas Field Director

The last few weeks have been non-stop for our team in Houston. I couldn’t be prouder of the work we did and Sylvester Turner’s big win!

While I was block walking two Saturdays ago, I stopped to talk to a woman who was in front of her house watering her garden. We discussed the election, the importance of voting, and then she mentioned that she was trained to register voters--she’d gone to her church and registered 37 people on her own!

I told her about Battleground Texas, how we work to recruit people like her, and asked her if she would like to meet some of the other volunteers. She stopped her gardening, washed her hands, and came right over. After meeting everyone, she signed up for the next blockwalk and the following Saturday she was out knocking doors with Battleground Texas for Sylvester Turner!

In organizing, we call this the Ladder of Engagement. You engage someone who has never been involved politically before and you inspire them to sign up. Then they receive an email about an event in their neighborhood and they come to volunteer for the first time. Hopefully, they volunteer more and more and eventually, they become a leader in their neighborhood team. Sometimes it happens fast, sometimes it takes a little longer. In this case, Amelia is on the fast track!

The Houston Mayoral Run-off was a fast and exciting ladder of engagement and collaboration! Worker’s Voice, representing the labor unions, and the Texas Organizing Project were deeply involved. Battleground Texas joined to knock over 7,100 doors in total and in only one day we knocked on 1,843 doors, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes provided extra boots on the ground to finish knocking important precincts, and some Democratic Club leaders knocked 200 doors a day.

Everyone worked together and as it got closer and closer to Election Day, the team effort deepened. Together we knocked more doors, made more phones calls, and gave more rides to the polls. It was a great way to close out the year and set the tone for how great 2016 can be. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish!

Crunch Time in Houston

December 02, 2015

By CJ Farley, Clearlake Volunteer Leader

I’ve got young women, 12 and 16, growing up in my house – it’s important to me that we elect a mayor that will work with everyone, for everyone. A mayor that will ensure that all Houstonians have a chance to be successful and achieve their dreams. A mayor that won’t campaign by attacking his or her constituents for political gain. A mayor that will solve our budget concerns, smartly improve our infrastructure, and keep Houston safe – a mayor like Sylvester Turner.

Sylvester Turner needs help from all of us to keep Houston moving forward. The runoff election gets decided on December 12th, but early voting starts TODAY. We have phone banks that supporters across the state can call into. If you want to travel to Houston for a few days to work hard, we will find you supporter housing and get you in the field. I will be spending the next 2 weekends block walking and running a staging location to talk to voters about how important this election is.

We need to make this happen right now! This runoff is here and we need to dig down and find the hours to win it. This is an election Sylvester Turner can win, but we need your help to make it happen.

Please sign up here: http://join.battlegroundtx.com/page/s/get-our-the-vote-for-sylvester-turner-

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