Eanes ISD Case Study
Texas Blue Action Democrats, in partnership with Safe Schools For All, targeted a handful of school districts for the May election. One of those districts was Eanes ISD.
We invested the majority of our resources in the Eanes district. We have a Blue Action chapter that has been working diligently to build out our year round neighborhood organizing model in that area since January. We knew this district was going to be a doozy with more than $100k pouring in from right wing PACS.
We spent 4 weekends block-walking in five precincts: 320, 321, 322, 326, and 327. We won every precinct we organized except 321. Both right wing challengers live in that precinct.
The block walking impacted voter turnout drastically.
In the non-targeted precincts, turnout was 21.42%.
In the precincts we targeted, turnout was 32.59%.
In this chart you can see how in the precincts we targeted, our candidates either won the majority of the votes or came very close. Ellen Balthazar did an average of 2% better in the targeted precincts and Heather Sheffield did 1% better.
The win margins in both contests were close - just a few hundred votes determined the outcome.
Using trained leaders, proper targeting, good messaging along with proper tools and organizational efficiency made a difference in these races.
Most importantly, the work of voter contact in these hyper-local elections builds a year-round organization that voters come to rely on. That infrastructure will turn out Democratic voters in every election.
None of our the other Districts we targeted had this type of organizing infrastructure: chapter leadership, trained leaders, engaged volunteers, and four weekends of block walking.
It can not be built over night but the data doesn’t lie. IT WORKS!
Stay tuned for the school board races we are targeting next. We are doubling down for November and organizing starts now. If you want to organize your community to make a difference in November- let us know. We have to tools and resources to help!
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