Early Voting Starts Jan. 21 for Celia Israel (D) in North Travis County HD-50 Special Election

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Democrats across Texas are already excited about our regularly scheduled March 4 Democratic primary; but some Texas voters will have an opportunity to flex their electoral muscles as soon as next week. Prompted by the resignation on June 26, 2013 of State Representative Mark Strama (D), Texans have been on near seven month journey to replace him in the Texas legislature. On January 28, that journey will end.

On November 5, 2013, the first opportunity to replace Rep. Strama occurred. Because no candidate received over 50% of the vote, a runoff election was forced to occur between the top two finishers: Democrat Celia Israel and Republican Mike VanDeWalle.

Texas' House District 50 gave President Obama 57% of the vote in 2012, meaning in a normal election the seat should lean safely Democratic. However, because this is a special election turnout can be unpredictable. Earlier this month in Virginia, a special election was held to replace then Lieutenant Governor-Elect Ralph Northam (D). Pending a recount, Democrat Lynnwood Lewis has won by NINE votes. Virginia's Senate District 6, like Texas' HD-50, gave President Obama 57% of the vote in 2012. This election will not be decided by persuasion, but by who shows up.

Early voting will occur from from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm from Tuesday, January 21 until Friday, January 24. Election Day will be January 28 with voting occurring from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. There will be NO weekend voting in this election.

From the Travis County Clerk's webpage, early voting will occur at the Travis County Offices on Airport Blvd, the County Tax Office in Pflugerville, and at the Randall's Grocery at the intersection of Research and Braker. Mobile voting locations will also be available. Mobile voting and election day polling locations can be seen on the County Clerk's webpage.

So, what can you do to make sure Democrats retain House District 50 later this month? Click after the jump to find all the important information you need to make sure Celia Israel keeps this seat in Democratic hands!Make sure you, or any friends you have who live in HD-50, have a voting plan. A voting plan means you know when you are going to vote, where you are going to vote, how you will get to your polling site, that you have the necessary photo ID to vote, and who you will bring with you when you vote.

First, you must find out if this election will affect you or someone you directly know. You can click here to look up what Texas House District you live in by inputting on your voting address.

You can also look at the following map of HD-50 and visually check if you have any close friends that live within the boundaries of the district. If you do, please make it your responsibility to make sure they are aware of this election and they go vote.

Even if you do not live in HD-50, you can still help get out the vote for Celia Israel.

Battleground Texas is hosting a phone bank tomorrow to help make sure Celia Israel gets elected. The phone bank will be at the office of Victoria Hendricks at 3906 N Lamar Blvd from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm, tomorrow, Wednesday January 15.

If you are unable to attend tomorrow's phone bank for Celia Israel, you can reach out her campaign directly and sign up to volunteer. You can also email the campaign at celiaisraelcampaign@gmail.com

The Travis County Republican Party is blowing up the phones for Mike VanDeWalle to turn out the Republican vote. We can not be caught off guard and let this seat flip away! Share this post to help make sure you and anyone you know who lives in HD-50, have a voting plan. The only thing standing between strong, progressive representation in the Texas legislature is the our own laziness and complacency. Volunteer today!

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Joseph Vogas

Joseph was raised in Friendswood, Texas in North Galveston County. He went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science. After working for multiple campaigns, Joseph was able to work in the 83rd legislature in Austin in 2013. While retired from professional campaign work, Joseph enjoys sharing his knowledge of campaign data how to win elections in naturally unfriendly turf with others. Joseph is an avid archer and enjoys all things geek including Star Wars and DC Comics.

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