Volunteers Across the State Join Battleground Texas to Register Voters for #MLKAction Day

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Over the weekend, Battleground Texas observed Martin Luther King Day by asking volunteers to turn out and register voters in their community. Only 74% of the voting age population in Texas is registered to vote, and less than half of those who could vote turned out in last November. The Annette Strauss Institute's recent Texas Civic Health Index ranked Texas dead last in voter turnout. Registering voters across the state is the first step to a turning Texas blue statewide in November.

Battleground Texas held events across the state, from annual marches in Austin and San Antonio to Houston and Laredo. Thousands of volunteers came out to register voters in their communities.

More on the #MLKAction events below the jump.  Volunteers turned out across the state, from Carrollton to Laredo, to register voters and participate in rallies and marches in their communities.

As volunteers in Houston discovered, the family that registers together stays together.

Civic engagement has no age limits, as this volunteer proved on Monday:

Senators (and statewide candidates) Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte joined Battleground Texas and over 150,000 Texans at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day march in San Antonio:

While there, they got to meet some very important people:  

As Battleground Texas, Team Wendy, and democrats across the state start the push towards November, registering voters is key. One volunteer was excited to register people who had never voted before:

The weekend ended with a call to action as Battleground Texas asked everyone to commit to volunteer and keep the momentum moving forward.

Sign up here to volunteer with Battleground Texas and help us go blue statewide in November.

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Genevieve Cato

Genevieve Cato is a feminist activist and a native Texan. While not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, serving as a community member of the Communications Committee for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beers.

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