18 of Austin's newest Volunteer Deputy Registrars covered the Texas Capitol Wednesday for the Ramon Ayala concert sponsored by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. The event, which drew thousands of fans, was a wonderful kickoff for our voter registration program.
Grassroots volunteer Bob Hendricks, supposing that the event might draw in people from neighboring counties, went to Hays and Williamson Counties this morning to get deputized to register voters from those counties. "I figured it would be helpful, and I got to register three people from Williamson County tonight," he said.
Deputies are fired up to register more voters this weekend. "That was great! When can I do this again?" asked Andrea Rose. "I stood at the entrance and got five people to register; a few change of addresses, and a few new voters. It was a lot of fun."
May 02 2013
Last night, we held our first official Battleground phone bank in Austin.
Since we'e relatively new and we were calling a good number of friend-referrals, beforehand, we prepped callers on how to explain what BGTX is. But it turns out we didn't need to explain much. "I've been waiting for your call!" "Oh, I know exactly who you are!" "Turn Texas blue!" "How can I help?" Volunteers were nearly jumping through the phone to find out how they could get involved.
In two short hours, we scheduled 40 people for upcoming deputization trainings. One college student told me he doesn't usually get up at 10 on the weekends, but he could make an exception this weekend to get deputized.
The most exciting thing of all was seeing the brand new volunteers, who had been so unsure about making calls, ask when they could come back to make more because they had so much fun. Game on, Texas.