In the fall of 2016, we spearheaded the coordinated non partisan election protection in Texas, connecting the national efforts of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law with local grassroots initiatives.
We trained dozens of legal volunteers in Texas to answer calls from a national hotline, and help voters in select polling locations and reached over 1 million people with information about the State’s voter ID law.
Through our Take Back the Vote efforts, TCRP is committed to bringing national awareness to voter suppression efforts and working to build the capacity of grassroots organizers and other advocates in Texas working to make sure every eligible voter can cast a ballot that counts.
Using the information we gathered through the election protection efforts and conducting our own analysis of the provisional ballots in Texas’ five most populous counties, we published the most thorough analysis of the problems faced by voters in the 2016 election cycle.
In response to the enormous confusion among voters and election workers about the state’s Voter ID law, we partnered with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Texas Association of Broadcasters’ Public Education Partnership Program to launch our own public service announcements throughout the state. The English and Spanish language radio and television ads reminded voters about their rights and what they need to bring to the polls in order to cast a ballot that counts. Our ads generated over 1.5 million impressions across the state.