Texas HD28 Get Out the Vote

Week of Action

January 22 - 28

Led by Commit to Canvass & Swing TX Left

Why Texas?

Texas is on the brink of becoming a blue state. Democrats are nine seats away from a majority in the Texas State House: thirteen Republican seats are flippable, with five of them in the Greater Houston metropolitan area. Texas has also three flippable US Congressional Districts, one of which, TX HD- 22, is in the Houston metropolitan area. Winning the state’s 38 electoral votes would be a game changer for Democrats.

Kicking off 2020 with our first election, Dr. Eliz Markowitz (https://www.eliz4tx.com) is the Democratic candidate running in the runoff of the special election for Texas House District 28 (HD-28) in Fort Bend County which is part of the greater Houston area. Democrats both inside and outside Texas are intent on flipping HD-28 which used to be a reliably Republican seat, since a win in this district would serve as a momentum boost heading into the 2020 Election.

Between 2014 and 2018, the Texas voter rolls grew by 1,800,000 voters, with the majority consisting of women and people of color. Looking forward to 2020, there remain 2,600,000 unregistered voters in Texas who are likely to vote Democratic if registered. Additionally, there were 2,400,000 registered but non-voting African American, Hispanic, and Asian American voters in 2018 who are primed to be mobilized to vote in this Special Election and at the end of the year in the presidential election.

There is momentum in Texas, and we could make huge gains there with your help!

January Schedule

From January 22 to January 25, we will knock doors and encourage voters to participate in early voting in HD-28. From January 26 to January 28 we will encourage HD-28 voters to go to the polls on Election Day and cast a vote for Eliz.
We plan to canvass all day each day from January 22 through January 28. You can choose to come for some or all of the shifts.

Best Travel Dates

Arrive to Houston anytime January 22 - 24
Leave Houston on the evening of January 28 or the morning of January 29.

Housing and Transportation Info

We are a grassroots organization and so we ask you to be self-reliant during this weekend of action. Please bear in mind that Swing Left will not provide or broker meals, accommodations, or transportation for the weekend.

But, once you register below, we will connect you with other volunteers heading to Houston so you can coordinate among yourselves to share rides and rooms. We will also be working with local Houston Swing Left activists to identify supporter housing and rides (although we cannot promise there will be supporter housing or rides for everyone).

We’ve watched what our self-starter activists accomplished in 2018, and we’re excited to unleash that can-do attitude in 2019!

Registration Information

Please fill out this form before making travel arrangements, so we can confirm the trip with you. Every participant should fill out the form individually, including couples.

Register here

Please read our Swing Left Organizers Liability Statement before you sign up.


Commit to Canvass Collective (East Bay in the Bay Area) Contact:
Victor Markowitz, [email protected]
Swing TX Left Contact:
Rebecca Shukla, [email protected]