If not now, when? If not you, who?



    If you want to see change in your community, the real work begins AFTER elections.

    Founder: Tanisha Manning

    During 2020, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, racial injustice, and political chaos, Tanisha Manning recognized a missing link in the voting process in America. Elections are not promoted or deemed popular enough for the media or news unless there is a Presidential Election. When there is a Presidential Election, the messaging is always simply, "Go Vote". However, there are local elections every year and even more, during Presidential Election years, there are many other local, state, and federal positions on the ballot. And most important of all, the real work begins AFTER elections. Tanisha therefore created Engaged Voters to provide vital civic engagement information to the average citizen who simply "does not know." It is an organization and platform that teaches, encourages, and reaches all Americans, but especially those in Houston, Texas. Its mission is to inform citizens about not only the process of registering to vote and voting, but more importantly, what each position on the ballot is responsible for and how to engage elected officials after they're elected to those positions.


    What Does It Look Like To Be An Engaged Voter?


    The first step to becoming an Engaged Voter is Registering to Vote.


    Register to Vote

    Each state has different deadlines for registration (some allow same day registration) as well as different requirements on how to register (online vs. mail in). We have found the easiest national site is www.vote.org. Visit this site to register to vote if you haven't done so yet.


    Harris County/Houston, Texas/State of Texas:

    You must register by October 4th in order to vote in the general election on November 2nd, 2021. Also, Harris County, for all voter registration questions, visit https://harrisvotes.org/VoterRegistration/VoterIntro?lang=en-US.


    Check Registration

    For most states once you register to vote and remain an active voter, your registration won't expire. You don't have to re-register for each election. However, if you move states or even counties, you want to be sure that your registration is now active for your new place of residence and therefore re-register.


    VOTER PURGING is where each state purges, or deletes, inactive voters from their lists. This is supposed to occur way before an election, but you never know. If your name is purged from a list, you will be turned around at the polls. CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION BEFORE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE to make sure you are still registered. You can check via multiple voting sites, but here's a link for your convenience: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/


    Harris County/Houston, Texas: You can check with the link above or click here: https://harrisvotes.org/VoterRegistration/Search.


    Register Others to Vote

    Did you know you can become certified to register other people in your county or state to vote? WE NEED EACH OTHER! Search your county's election and/or voter registration website to determine if this exists and whether or not you are eligible to become certified to register voters as well as what steps you should take. If you are having difficulties with locating this information, shoot us a message at info@engagedvoters.org.


    Harris County/Houston, Texas: We strongly encourage you to sign up to register voters. Click this link (https://harrisvotes.org/VoterRegistration/Deputy) to read all the information you will need. The trainings are now online and last approximately one hour. If you have any questions, our leader, Tanisha Manning, has went through the training and can answer any questions for you. Shoot us an email at info@engagedvoters.org!


    It's important to know what positions and propositions are on the ballot. There is an election this year!


    To see what's on your individual state's ballot,

    visit www.vote411.org or www.ballotpedia.org. There are no statewide candidate elections in Texas this year.


    To see what's on your local city's ballot,

    visit www.vote411.org or www.ballotpedia.org

    29 Mayors out of the 100 Most Populated Cities: 

    Mayors are elected positions who oversee their cities' main departments including the police, fire, education, housing, and transportation departments. States also have city councils and some states give more authority to the councils rather than the mayors. Mayors preside over council meetings, sign proclamations, and may have veto power over certain city decisions. Some mayors are also responsible for hiring and firing staff and for appointing positions, such as the Chief of Police in the city.

    Florida: Miami, Hialeah, & St. Petersburg; Georgia: Atlanta; Kansas: Topeka; Louisiana: New Orleans; Maine: Augusta; Maryland: Annapolis; Massachussetts: Boston; Michigan: Lansing & Detroit; Minnesota: St. Paul & Minneapolis; Montana: Helena; New Hampshire: Concord; New Jersey: Jersey City; New Mexico: Albuquerque & Santa Fe; New York: Albany, Buffalo, & New York; North Carolina: Durham; Ohio: Cincinnati, Cleveland, & Toledo; Pennsylvania: Harrisburg & Pittsburg; South Carolina: Columbia; Washington: Seattle


    City Councils, Sheriffs, County Commissioners, District Attorneys, County Attorneys, Constables, and Various Judges

    City Councils: Drafts ordinances and creates policies for cities; oversees the city's budget such as budgets for the police departments; holds public meetings for citizens to attend and raise concerns

    Sheriffs: Maintains custody of persons committed to jail and supervises jail system. Provides court bailiffs and warrant officers, detective and investigation services, and patrol officers

    County Commissioners: acts as the executive of the local government, levies local taxes, administers county services such as correctional institutions, courts, public health oversight, property registration, building code enforcement, and public works (e.g. road maintenance)

    District Attorneys: prosecute criminal cases in courts, review police reports, and decide whether to bring charges of accused people, including police officers when necessary

    County Attorneys: similar as a district attorney, represents the state in criminal cases, prosecutes criminal cases, and works with the law enforcement agencies

    Constables: performs various law enforcement duties such as issuing traffic citations and serving warrants, subpoenas, and restraining orders

    Various Judges: give judgments/verdicts and provide sentencing for various criminal and civil cases

    Varies by County and City


    To see what's on your zip code's ballot,

    visit www.vote411.org or www.ballotpedia.org or harrisvotes.org/sampleballots


    DEADLINE TO REGISTER: October 4, 2021

    Houston Community College Board of Trustees

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    District IV

    District VI

    District VIII


    8 Statewide Constitutional Propositions

    The Texas Legislature referred these 8 amendments to the Constitution:


    Proposition 1

    Authorizes professional sports team charitable organizations to conduct raffles at rodeo venues

    Proposition 2

    Authorizes a county to issue bonds to fund infrastructure and transportation projects in undeveloped and blighted areas

    Proposition 3

    Amends the Texas Constitution to prohibit the state or any political subdivision from enacting a law, rule, order, or proclamation that limits religious services or organizations

    Proposition 4

    Changes the eligibility requirements for the following judicial offices: a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge

    Proposition 5

    Authorizes the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct to accept and investigate complaints and reports against candidates running for state judicial office

    Proposition 6

    Amends the Texas Constitution to state that residents of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, or state-supported living centers have a right to designate an essential caregiver that may not be prohibited from visiting the resident

    Proposition 7

    Amends the Texas Constitution to allow the legislature to extend a homestead tax limit for surviving spouses of disabled individuals as long as the spouse is 55 years old and resides at the home

    Proposition 8

    Amends the Texas Constitution to allow the legislature to apply a homestead tax exemption for surviving spouses of members of the military to those fatally injured in the line of duty



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