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(Formerly known as the Austin EcoNetwork)

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Elections 101

Did you know there's an election happening right now? Learn everything you need to know to cast an informed vote on both local ballot propositions. We make learning about elections fun and easy!


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Look through our thousands of local news stories. New posts are added weekly and every story has a focus on community engagement and ways you can get involved.


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“If Prop A passes, all of these services will be on the chopping block. We’re talking about neighborhood public libraries, neighborhood swimming pools… Instead of promoting public safety, Prop A would do the exact opposite. It would force the city to cut essential services, instead of investing in a comprehensive public safety approach that actually addresses the root causes of crime.” 


– Council Member Vanessa Fuentes, at a press conference opposing Prop A. You can check out our entire Prop A election guide here. 

Did you know? There’s an election going on right now in Austin. Here’s what you need to know… 

Early voting lasts from Oct. 18th - Oct. 29th. Election Day is Nov. 2nd.

There will be 2 local propositions on the ballot (about policing & parkland).

There will be 8 statewide propositions on the ballot, all of which are potential amendments to the Texas Constitution.

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Your Vote Is Your Voice

Latest Quiz

Because it’s time for quizzes with more helpful information in them than “what kind of toast you are” or “which Disney princess you’re most like”… (sorry Buzzfeed). 


With our quizzes, we help you learn about your local community, get personalized advice, and of course, have a little fun. — Coming soon!

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Action Item

There’s an election happening right now in Austin… don’t forget to vote!