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Prop B Passed - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Prop B Passed… Now What??

Summary On May 1st, 57 percent of Austin voters approved Prop B. Earlier this week, the city manager unveiled the city’s plan for enforcing it. Action Box Donate to a local nonprofit organization that is helping to serve & house Austinites experiencing homelessness. Keep reading

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Clouds
Community News + Partner Posts
Office_Of_Sustainability

Why healthy air is important for everyone

About The Author This post was written by the City of Austin Office of Sustainability. Their mission is to protect and improve Austin’s quality of life now and for future generations by leading efforts to achieve net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, a healthy & just

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Prop H - 1
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

TODO LO QUE NECESITA SABER SOBRE LA PROPUESTA H

RESUMEN El 1 de mayo, 8 propuestas diferentes estarán en la boleta, incluida la Propuesta H. CAJA DE ACCIÓN ¡No olvides votar! La votación anticipada comienza el 19 de abril y dura hasta el 27 de abril. El día de las elecciones es el 1

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Earth
Community News + Partner Posts
Janis Bookout

Happy Earth Day in the Middle of the Great Pause

About The Author Janis Bookout is the Executive Director of Earth Day Austin, as well as one of the organizers of Community Resilience Trust, a grassroots coalition that came together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of making Austin a more equitable

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Prop G
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

TODO LO QUE NECESITA SABER SOBRE LA PROPUESTA G

RESUMEN El 1 de mayo, 8 propuestas diferentes estarán en la boleta, incluida la Propuesta G. CAJA DE ACCIÓN ¡No olvides votar! La votación anticipada comienza el 19 de abril y dura hasta el 27 de abril. El día de las elecciones es el 1

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Prop F
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

TODO LO QUE NECESITA SABER SOBRE LA PROPUESTA F

Resumen El 1 de mayo, 8 propuestas diferentes estarán en la boleta electoral, incluida la Propuesta F, que tiene que ver con el gobierno de nuestro sistema local. CAJA DE ACCIÓN ¡No olvides votar! La votación anticipada comienza el 19 de abril y dura hasta

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Prop E
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

TODO LO QUE NECESITA SABER SOBRE LA PROPUESTA E

Resumen El 1 de mayo, 8 propuestas diferentes estarán en la boleta electoral, incluida la Propuesta E, que tiene que ver con la votación por orden de preferencia. CAJA DE ACCIÓN ¡No olvides votar! La votación anticipada comienza el 19 de abril y dura hasta

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Episode 16
Essays
Amy Stansbury

Should Austin Implement Ranked Choice Voting? (Episode 16)

“…. Turnout is just inherently higher when there’s a presidential race happening… In Austin that means that more than 100,000 additional voters participate in presidential years. And not only is it a larger electorate. It’s also more diverse in terms of income, age, and race…

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Prop H
Civics 101
Amy Stansbury

Everything You Need To Know About Prop H

Summary On May 1st, 8 different propositions will be on the ballot, including Prop H, which has to do with creating a Democracy Dollars program in Austin. Action Box Don’t forget to vote! Early voting begins April 19th & lasts through April 27th. Election Day

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