THE TEXAS TURNOUT COALITION

Texas Turnout Rio Grande Valley convenes the Texas Turnout Coalition, a group of nonprofits dedicated to advancing civic engagement and voter participation in the Rio Grande Valley. These organizations are based locally and throughout the state, ranging in work such as voter education, college access, immigrant justice, election protection, and voter identification.

Learn more about the members of our coalition:

VOTERIDERS

VoteRiders’ mission is to ensure that no eligible voter is prevented from casting a ballot that counts due to voter ID laws, either directly from lacking acceptable ID or indirectly because of voter confusion. VoteRiders educates voters and assists citizens to secure their voter ID. We inspire and support organizations, volunteers, and communities to sustain such voter ID education and assistance efforts.

Registered voters in Texas need to confirm their identity with photo ID when they vote in person.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, there may be other ways you can confirm your identity.

TEXAS RISING

A project of the Texas Freedom Network, Texas Rising is building the power of young people in our communities and at the ballot box. Their program organizes and builds power with young people of color in a multi-issue, intersectional social justice framework.

AACT NOW

AACT began in order to forge a single organization that will improve voter registration and voter turnout in the community.

For over 50 years, South Texas has been well below the state average for voter turnout. Reaching the community in a meaningful way has proven to be a difficult task to many in state and out of state organizations. As a result, a group of concerned leaders from the South Texas community came together to form the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT).

NEXTGEN TEXAS

NextGen is the nation’s largest youth voting organization using innovative digital and field strategies to turn out young voters in key states. We’re empowering the largest and most diverse generation in American history through voter education, registration and mobilization. At NextGen we share lessons learned with the broader progressive community to build a stronger, more nimble and effective democracy.

By working with young people across the country, we’re shaping a government that respects us, reflects us, and represents us — not just for an election cycle but for generations to come.

RIDESHARE2VOTE AWARE

RIDESHARE2VOTE AWARE increases voter turnout and combats voter suppression. We turn out low-propensity voters through repeat contact and a safe round-trip ride to the polls both during early voting and on Election Day.

FUTURO RGV

Citizenry group dedicated to the Quality of Life of the Rio Grande Valley.

COMMON CAUSE EDUCATION FUND

STRENGHTENING DEMOCRACY
Common Cause Education Fund is a 501(c)3 affiliate organization of Common Cause that supports national, state, and local efforts to strengthen our democracy.

Common Cause Education Fund harnesses the power of philanthropy to create a truly representative democracy that answers to the people, not the powerful. Using research, public education, citizen engagement, policy development and litigation, we aim to make the promises of the Constitution real for every American.

BLACK VOTERS MATTER CAPACITY BUILDING INSTITUTE

The goal of Black Voters Matter is to increase power in marginalized communities. We agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he said, “Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

LUPE

Founded by labor rights activists César Chávez & Dolores Huerta, LUPE builds stronger, healthier communities where colonia residents use the power of civic engagement for social change. The LUPE strategy of change has evolved over the last three decades and now rests on four pillars.

Responding to the social and economic needs of low-income people in their struggle to overcome the barriers and challenges their face in their daily lives.

Investing in the development of the members and community at large. This self-help program is designed to develop and enable the capacity of low-income families.

Transforming is the element of LUPE that results from the people’s participation in addressing their social and economic needs, developing their human capacity, and advocating for themselves.

Building a Community of Conscience that bridges economic and social differences across the entire community.

CP FUTURE

Next Gen Led | Historically Inspired | Community Centered
CP FUTURE is a community created by new, young and driven leaders for fellow Gen Zs who want to engage civically and expand access to democracy. More than that, they want to provide opportunities, resources, and programs to build leadership skills mobilize them for sustainable reforms.

Democracy is something we do, not something that is. Change demands action.

We are the future of America and ready to get to work!

ACTIVOTE

ActiVote is changing the way citizens engage with their government. Our easy to use nonpartisan app – educates voters on important issues, when and where they can cast their vote, connects them with their elected officials, and allows them to make their voice heard by quickly answering key polling questions.

CSLAP

The College Scholarship Leadership Access Program (CSLAP) believes every student can attend and graduate from a college or university. Based in the Rio Grande Valley, CSLAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches college access lessons and provides one-on-one mentoring sessions for high school students applying to college. We expand opportunities, enhance applications, and individualize every lesson to ensure student success.

TEXAS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT

Texas Civil Rights Project is an 501 nonprofit organization that advocates for voter rights, racial and economic justice, and criminal justice reform. It was formed in 1990 by attorney James C. Harrington.

NEW ENDEAVOR TEXAS

New Endeavor Texas trains and equips organizers in under-resourced counties to create long-term solutions for their local priorities.
Founded on the principle that we cannot solve the issues facing Texas with unpaid volunteer labor, NET empowers organizers to create sustainable local change by strategically directing progressive investments to local organizers, sustaining their work and improving often-ignored communities on their own terms.

STUDENT VOTER INITIATIVE

The Student Voter Initiative (SVI) is a statewide high school student voter registration and education program. Young people are a substantial and largely untapped block of potential registrants and voters. Over 300,000 Texans turn 18 each year, and growing this program is one of the best investments we can make to increase civic engagement across the state.

McAllen Federation of Teachers

The McAllen Federation of Teachers believes in democracy in education, and education for democracy. The McAllen Federation of Teachers believes that America can only educate its students through a strong system of public schools which are funded by the public and run by the citizens through representatives who are elected democratically. We believe that those schools should offer every student an equal opportunity to learn to the best of his or her ability. We believe the only limit on educational opportunity should be the limit that an individual student places upon himself or herself. There should be no special privileges for the rich or the well-born; there should be no special burdens placed upon those born into less fortunate circumstances. The McAllen Federation of Teachers believes that our students deserve a world-class education. The MFT stands for quality education for students, and dignity for those who provide it.

THE GOOD DEED CORPS

The Good Deed Corps believes that a nation is made stronger when more of its citizens participate in the civic process.
We encourage and inspire citizens in overlooked and under-resourced communities to register to vote, vote, and encourage their friends and family to do the same.

To accomplish this, we bring food, music and passionate, knowledgeable volunteers to meet would-be voters where they are and engage them in relaxed nonpartisan conversations.

Our pilot programs in Atlanta, Savannah, and rural Southeast Georgia helped turn out a record number of voters in the U.S. Senate runoffs in Georgia this year.

We plan to bring the same energy, dedication and resources to Texas (a state 47th in the nation in voter participation) to help set new records for voter turnout in 2022 and 2024.