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UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. All through 2020 the UUA is supporting congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands of Unitarian Universalists to mobilize for electoral justice at the local, state and national levels.

The Emerson Social Action Council (SAC) is working closely with First UU Church and Texas UU Justice Ministry to identify and then organize local UU The Vote initiatives. SAC will keep Emersonians updated through our weekly e-blast.

Educate ourselves

The UUA has recommended UU’s watch the following documentary on Voter Suppression. It underlines importance of electoral justice activism in 2020.
Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed_watch_now

2020 UU the Vote Events at Emerson

Adult RE, May 24, 2020, 10:00 AM
“The Fight Against Voter Suppression: UUA and UU Churches Lead the Way” – A discussion of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote and how we as UU’s can have meaningful impact in 2020, despite Covid-19.

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Support the health, safety, and voting rights of all Texans

It is imperative that each citizen has the opportunity to vote safely. An expansion of vote-by-mail would enable voters to participate in upcoming elections while mitigating risk of exposure. However, a plan for expansion needs to be implemented immediately so that the state and counties can be ready in time for elections this summer and fall. SAC is recommending you contact state leaders with your opinions about expanding vote-by-mail.  Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov.Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs, Texas House and Texas Senate. You could also write your federal, county, and city representatives.

Who Represents Me provides information about your representatives based on your home address.

Texas Secretary of State, Ruth R. Hughs. The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the State of Texas.
P.O. Box 12060
Austin, Texas 78711-2060
E-mail: elections@sos.texas.gov
Toll free: 800.252.VOTE(8683)
Local: 512.463.5650
Fax: 512.475.2811

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
Mailing address 300 W. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Email: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/contact-us
Phone 512-463-2100

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (mayor@houstontx.gov)  and city council representatives  (https://www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html)

Talking Points for a call or Sample Letter in favor of Vote-by-Mail for All Texans

Dear            ,
Please support Vote by Mail for all Texans and begin implementation of this action plan immediately. Advisory guidance must be sent immediately to every county to allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in all upcoming elections.
Each registered voter should:
• receive a ballot in the mail with no need to apply.
• be able to check the status of that ballot to be confident it has been counted.
• have time to request, receive, and return a ballot by mail if one is not initially received.
Please take immediate action to ensure that all eligible Texans have safe and fair access to our elections during this coronavirus pandemic. Please let me know how I can help in these efforts.
Thank you for your leadership and for your time and attention.
Sincerely,

The League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters website VOTE411.ORG provides up-to-the-minute election and voting information.

Verify your Voter Information

Verify your voter registration, Find Early Voting Locations, Find your Election-day Polling Place, View Your Sample Ballet

Election Resources

Resources Description
Transition Houston   Excellent Resource Guide; Provides candidate responses to position questions.
Texas Decides   Provides user specific ballots and candidate Q&A information. It’s a collaborative site of LWV, local NPR, Texas Standard, etc.
League of Women Voters Houston Voter Guide   Side by side view of candidate positions from long-standing organization that is famous for their objective voter guides.
Houston Chronicle Candidate Overview   The Houston Chronicle usually provides a voter guide with an overview of candidates and their positions.