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NEXT WEDNESDAY: Ground Game Texas To Announce Success in Securing Ballot Initiative To Decriminalize Marijuana in Killeen, TX
KILLEEN, TX (Friday, May 20, 2022) - On Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, the voter engagement and mobilization organization, Ground Game Texas, will hold a press event to announce they have successfully collected enough signatures to secure a ballot initiative that would decriminalize marijuana in Killeen, Texas.
The ballot campaign, launched in partnership with local community groups and leaders, successfully collected more than 2,400 signatures, surpassing the 1,000 signatures needed to secure the initiative on the November 2022 ballot. If approved by voters, the initiative would amend the Killeen city code to decriminalize low-level marijuana offenses.
"In a quickly growing and thriving community like Killeen, there's no excuse for the continued over-policing and incarceration of community members for marijuana use," said Julie Oliver, Executive Director of Ground Game Texas. "On the heels of voters approving our similar initiative in Austin last week, we're proud to give Killeen voters the same opportunity to end enforcement of marijuana offenses--which disproportionally hurts diverse communities like Killeen."
Last week, Ground Game Texas successfully passed a ballot initiative to decriminalize marijuana and ban no-knock police warrants with more than 85% support from voters. The Austin campaign is one of ten ballot campaigns Ground Game Texas has launched across the state of Texas to bring new voters into the fold and mobilize them behind progressive change.
Details for WEDNESDAY, May 24TH Press Event:
WHAT: Killeen ballot campaign press announcement event
- Julie Oliver, Ground Game Texas co-founder and Executive Director
- Louie Minor
- Stacey Wilson
WHERE: Killeen City Hall - 101 N. College Street, Killeen, TX, United States, Texas
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, May 24th at 11:00 am CT/12:00 pm ET
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or request interviews.
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.