• March to the Polls

    a voter empowerment coalition

    mission

    increase voter participation of
    historically under-represented citizens
    and ensure that candidates and elected officials
    advocate and promote justice, equity and equal opportunity
    for ALL

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Who We Are

We are a non-partisan voter empowerment coalition with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. We are made up of our volunteer network and partner organizations. Our mission is to significantly increase voter participation and turnout, especially among historically low-propensity voters, and to ensure that candidates and elected officials (national, state, and local) advocate and promote justice, equity, and equal opportunity in American life. We seek to empower voters by removing barriers to voting and bringing low-propensity voters into the political process. We also work to address the overlap and lack of coordination that historically has afflicted efforts by multiple organizations to conduct voter registration and engagement activities in local communities.

We utilize our trained, non-partisan volunteer network of over 1,200 volunteers, a collaborative website, social media and other communication channels and coordination and cooperation with coalition partners. Through these, we facilitate and promote all aspects of voter empowerment, including registration, education, engagement, motivation, protection, and get-out-the-vote activities. We also engage in social justice advocacy.

Registration

We have a network of trained volunteers and Volunteer Deputy Registrars ("VDRs"), principally in Dallas County, that has grown steadily since 2015 from a handful of volunteers to over 1,200 by spring 2019. We hold multiple VDR training sessions in concert with the Dallas County Elections Department, conduct many of our own voter registration events, and work with and provide volunteers for voter registration events for groups such as the League of Women Voters and the League of United Latin American Citizens ("LULAC"). Since its inception, MTTP has registered tens of thousands of new voters. Our primary efforts have been at high schools, local colleges, and community events.

Registration – High Schools

We are the official voting registrar for the Dallas, Richardson, Garland, DeSoto and Farmers Branch/Carrollton ISD. These districts represent over 60 Dallas County high schools and tens of thousands of students who turn eighteen each year. MTTP uses an interactive approach by going into classrooms to engage students on issues relevant to them and on the importance and mechanics of voting. Each year, we conduct over 1200 high school classroom voter registration events and register thousands of students. Our high school registration program is rapidly expanding into additional schools and school districts.

Registration – Colleges

We have conducted voter registration drives and motivational events and assisted other organizations with their drives at multiple Dallas County community and area colleges representing over 75,000 students. We intend to expand our college voter registration activities.

Registration – Community Events

We have and will continue to register potential new voters at various community events such as festivals, neighborhood fairs, back-to-school events, and social justice rallies, primarily in areas representing MTTP’s target demographics. In addition, we work closely with coalitions partner like the Latino Voter Engagement Coalition to support voter registration at neighborhood outreach events.

Education

We provide digital and printed information that makes voting easier to understand, helps allay new-voter fears, and dispels negative ideas, misinformation, and systematic disinformation that many voters may hold or be exposed to about voting. Through personal contact and our materials, we seek to foster an understanding of the rules and mechanics of voting and how these voters can bring about change through their votes. MTTP seeks to further break down barriers to voting that we hear about in our work, such as cultural, social, economic, legislative, and familiarity barriers.

Barriers to Voting – Cultural

  • "No one in my family has ever voted."
  • "I would feel threatened at the polls."

Barriers to Voting – Social

  • "No one cares about me or my issues"
  • "My vote won’t make a difference"
  • "Voting is too much trouble."
  • "My friends would make fun of me if I voted."

Barriers to Voting – Economic

  • "I don’t have a driver’s license and I have no transportation to get a Texas ID."
  • "How can I get to the polls?"
  • "There isn’t a bus stop anywhere near my polling location."

Barriers to Voting – Legislative

  • "I don't have a voter ID"
  • "I don't know where my voting place is"
  • "My job keeps me from getting to the polls on time"
  • "We have no voter registration program in our high-school, even though the law requires it"

Barriers to Voting – Familiarity

with Voting Process

  • "Registration and voting seems too complicated."
  • "I don’t understand what to do at the ballot box."
  • "How do I find my polling place?"
  • "How do I find out when an election is being held?"

with Issues and Candidates

  • "How can I find out what issues the candidates are for or against?"

Engagement, Motivation and Mobilization

We seek to engage historically underrepresented voters in the electoral process through outreach efforts in neighborhoods, high schools, and colleges. MTTP, with its partner, the Latino Voter Empowerment Coalition ("LVEC"), organizes neighborhood outreach programs in Latino communities in Dallas. We plan to reach out to minority neighborhoods throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex by working with residents, local businesses, congregations, and students. In schools, we partner with the Student Voter Empowerment Coalition ("SVEC"), which is forming chapters throughout area high schools and colleges. We work to motivate people to vote by addressing their beliefs that they are powerless to make changes, their vote does not matter, and voting is complicated. We mobilize voters by transporting them to the polls and supporting our partners’ Get-Out-the-Vote efforts.

Voting Rights and Voter Protection

We understand that empowering voters includes not only enabling them to vote, but also fighting against voter suppression and attempts to dilute the power of their votes through gerrymandering. We have educated voters about Texas voter ID requirements and assisted them to obtain photo IDs that can be used to vote under Texas law. We plan to advocate, assist, and coordinate with our members and coalition partners in the implementation of initiatives that expand and protect citizens’ right to vote and the impact of their votes.

Advocacy

We will advocate and coordinate advocacy with coalition partners on many of the social justice issues that directly impact them and the demographic groups supported by MTTP. For example, along with several other organizations, we successfully advocated to the Dallas County Commissioners regarding opposition to gerrymandering in congressional and state legislative districts. Advocacy will be aided by our website, which will be a "one-stop-shop" that permits volunteers, coalition partners and advocates to learn about and engage with their chosen social justice issue(s) and, through an interactive calendar, participate in activities addressing those issues.

We strive to empower
historically underrepresented
people to make a difference
through voting

What We Do

Through our own projects and in conjunction with coalition partners, we engage in a full array of voter empowerment activities. We mobilize our volunteer network to, among other things, conduct voter registration drives, educate and motivate voters, and advocate on critical social justice issues such as voting rights. In addition to our own projects, we act as a roundtable and clearinghouse for our coalition partners’ voter empowerment and social justice activities.

Projects & Activities
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Sincerely,



Richard Marcus
Founder and CEO of MarchToThePolls.org