To defend democracy, the best thing we can do before April 29 is to register voters and encourage eligible people to vote by mail. This year, it might be possible to work with the transit workers in the Amalgamated Transit Union to organize voter registration throughout every Texas metropolitan area. Contact us about that.
County election offices are generous with their materials and time, so it is a good idea to contact them for help. Usually, they will come out to speak to groups about all the ins and outs of voter registration. Not everybody wants to become a deputy voter registrar, but it's still free and comparatively easy to become one, so it's worth doing. Contact your county election office. If you're not sure how to contact them, look on the Secretary of State's page at on http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml. They also have "everything you always wanted to know" about Texas elections.
The Dallas Elections office sent out this list of times for free voter registration training:
There will be 9 training classes during April and May. All training classes will be conducted on the 6th floor of the Health and Human Services Building at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, 6th Floor, Dallas, TX 75207.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 7pm - 8pm
Thursday, April 5, 2012 7pm - 8pm
Saturday, April 14, 2012 9am - 10am
11am - 12pm
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7pm - 8pm
Thursday, April 19, 2012 7pm - 8pm
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 7pm - 8pm
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7pm - 8pm
For groups of 30 or more that would like to be deputized, please send an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org at least 48 hours in advance.
Dallas County Elections Staff will continue to deputize at our Voter Registration Department on the 8th floor of the Health and Human Services Building at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 820, Dallas, TX 75207
Monday – Friday 9am to 3pm If you have any questions, please contact us at (214) 819-6389.
So far, the reactionaries from the state legislature have not been able to get their anti-democratic laws past the federal watchdogs, but they can be counted on to persist if we don't take a hand. So let's take a hand!
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