The elections may be months away, but the democratic party has a strategy to tackle voter apathy. It's a grassroots effort.
The democratic party says they're going to do all they can to address the need to increase voter turnout in an off election year.
It's a summer afternoon, and 22 year-old Nicholas Cox is practicing going over some hurdles with his skateboard. Come November, that's something political parties will also have to do when it comes to what Cox describes as a big problem among voters. "There's a lot of issues that correspond directly because of apathy. People in my generation are kinda dropping the ball."
Very soon, the Texas Democratic Party will be implementing their new Voter Activation Network project, VAN. County Democratic Party Chair Abraham Rodriguez explains what that program entails. "It's a program put together by the Democratic Party to help us at the grassroots level to organize and get out the vote for the upcoming elections." He says his party is anticipating the challenges of this year's elections. "We're in an off year election, but there are critical elections that are going to be taking place in Texas specifically for Lieutenant Governor and governor."
With the VAN program, the local party will be going through some training to understand how to use the Texas democratic party's database on voters. All with an effort to get people like Cox to vote, something he's already set his mind on doing this year. Cox says, "It's time. I'm only 22 and I haven't voted. It's my opportunity to make some change. And, that's anyone's opportunity to make some change."
Democratic Chair Abraham Rodriguez says the training will begin soon. Election day falls on November 14, 2014.