For Immediate Release: Monday, May 9, 2022
NEW: Austin Voters Pass Ground Game Texas Ballot Initiative To Decriminalize Marijuana and Ban No-Knock Police Raids with 85% of Vote
Ground Game Texas passes first of nine ongoing ballot initiative campaigns to expand electorate and mobilize voters behind progressive change
AUSTIN, TX (May 9, 2022) — On Saturday, May 7th, voters in Austin passed Proposition A, a Ground Game Texas ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana and ban no-knock police warrants, by more than 85% of the vote. The initiative, also known as the Austin Freedom Act, will end enforcement of low-level marijuana offenses and end the dangerous practice of no-knock raids by Austin Police.
"The Austin Freedom Act is proof positive that when we put popular, progressive policies in front of voters, we can bring thousands of new voters into the fold and mobilize the electorate behind important change," said Julie Oliver, Executive Director of Ground Game Texas. "We're thankful for the support of voters in Austin, who will no longer be criminalized for marijuana use or subjected to dangerous no-knock police raids. We look forward to the success of similar ballot campaigns across Texas that will help register and mobilize thousands of voters behind popular progressive policies like workers, wages, and weed."
Ground Game Texas secured more than 30,000 signatures to place the Austin Freedom Act on the citywide ballot, and identified more than 10,000 Austin residents in need of updating their voter registration information, which the organization will assist voters in completing. Ground Game Texas also recently secured enough signatures to place a marijuana decriminalization initiative on the ballot in Denton, TX. The Austin campaign is one of nine campaigns Ground Game Texas has launched across the state of Texas to bring new voters into the fold and mobilize them behind progressive change.
About Ground Game Texas
Ground Game Texas is a voter engagement and mobilization organization founded by Register2Vote leaders Julie Oliver and Mike Siegel in 2021. Based in Austin, Ground Game Texas seeks to organize voters community-by-community, collaborating with partners on the ground to meet voters at their doors and push for popular progressive policies across the state of Texas.