The Laredo Civic Center was packed as local democrats attend this years Webb County democratic convention. The purpose of the convention is to better educate the community on local and state democratic candidates. Locally the Democratic Party has been working with the grass roots movement Battleground Texas in hopes to get more people to the polls. Webb county democratic chairman, Silverio Martinez, explains.
"What we want is more face to face contact with voters specifically with the communities of this county. Getting people registered and making sure they know the importance of voting."
Getting more people to the polls is what it's all about especially in a state known to go republican. The way democrats plan to get the votes they need is focusing on young people. Voter turnout is usually low in south Texas and democrats what to change that.
"Statistically the Hispanic vote is low and we've been trying to change that. It comes down to the mentality that my vote doesn't count and that needs to change.
During March primaries, Wendy Davis who is seen to be the democratic nominee for the race for governor did not receive the necessary votes in Webb County.
"The question is why? It’s the lack of information and people didn't know her yet. She obviously carried through the state, I’m sure the general election in November she'll come out ahead.”
With 74 delegates, Webb County is the biggest district and the driving force behind the senatorial district and is why the party is doing what they can to get the votes.