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County Chair Featured on National ASP Blog

Check out this article written by our county chair on the national ASP website!

The article talks about building coalitions with other groups in solidarity to a common cause and the advancement of the Texas Voter Choice Act.

Click the link to read it!

https://solidarity-party.org/2019/03/14/coalition-building/

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Texas ASP at Rally for Life

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Come join the Texas ASP this Saturday at the Texas Rally for Life at the State Capitol, here in Austin!

The march to the State Capitol starts at 1 at 14th and San Jacinto. Texas ASP members, led by Texas ASP State Secretary and San Antonio head Warren Christiles will be meeting in front of the Bob Bullock Museum before the march. They can be identified carrying ASP signs.

Come out and show Texas that life matters, and help promote ASP as a voice for all life!

ASPTC Partners with Texans for Voter Choice

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DECEMBER 17, 2018

The American Solidarity Party of Travis County has joined the Texans for Voter Choice Coalition. This is a coalition of groups all across the State of Texas working for common sense ballot access reform. This group includes the Libertarian, Green, and Constitution parties of Texas, among many other groups working to end the bitter duopoly the limits the freedom of Texans to have leaders that align with their conscience and values.

Texans for Voter Choice’s mission is:

“Texans for Voter Choice is a non-partisan coalition organized in support of the Texas Voter Choice Act. We believe voters—not private parties or incumbent politicians — should decide who gets elected to public office. That’s where we step up. The Texas Voter Choice Act provides voters with more meaningful choices on Election Day by dismantling the unnecessary barriers that make it so hard for qualified candidates to appear on the ballot in Texas.”

Their mission aligns with the Civic Engagement plank of the National ASP platform

“The American Solidarity Party calls for the reform of electoral laws at every level of government in order to encourage voter participation by all citizens. We believe that the current system disenfranchises third parties and those they represent through systemic legal and procedural measures that favor and uphold a two-party system.” Platform of the American Solidarity Party

Working for ballot access reform doesn’t end with joining an organization. Having a partnership is only the beginning. Bringing the voice of the people to the ballot box requires hard work, determination, and building relationships. Relationships in in our party, between organizations, in our communities, and at the State Capitol in Austin. Therefore, we ask that during this Legislative Session you talk to your friends, family, and acquaintances, and most importantly your State Representatives and Senators about the Texas Voter Choice Act.

Having a choice at the ballot box is important, not only to give Texans more freedoms, but also so that the American Solidarity Party can better promote

  • The Sanctity of Human Life
  • The Necessity for Social Justice
  • The Responsibility to care for the Environment
  • and Promoting a More Peaceful World

If you want to help spread this mission, connect with us on our Contact page.

In Solidarity,
Brian Talbot Jr.
County Chair

The issue with runoff elections

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Travis County Chair Brian Talbot Jr. after voting in local runoffs.

Runoff elections, one of the outcomes of our election system. Whenever any candidate can’t get 50% or more in an election it goes to a runoff election scheduled at a later date. Seems like a pretty reasonable compromise. But is this system really the best we have?

Today I went and early voted in the runoff elections in my area. I’m the kind of person that votes for as many offices as I can, and two of the offices I voted for (ACC Board, and AISD Board) went into a runoff (along with Austin City Council Districts 1,3, and 8). So when I saw this I figured I needed to do my duty and support the people I voted for just only a month ago. So I went to my local polling place early on a Saturday morning, with my daughter in tow. There were four people working the polling station helping me get situated while cooing at my daughter and talking with me about UT and the Big 12 Championship game. I signed the voter roster which only had one other name on it, voted and went on my way. Afterwards I realized me and the other voter will probably be the only people that will vote that day, and there probably won’t be many before or after us.

The truth is runoff elections historically have the lowest voter turn out of all elections. In some elections no one even turns up at all, as was the case in Hall, King, Lynn and McMullen counties for their Democratic primary runoffs this past May. But even with the low turn out polling places still need to be staffed for the early voting period and election day for runoffs. This shows a waste of time, money and resources from our communities for a system that does not even allow for the electorate to vote their conscience.

Well there is a better way, a way we can have runoffs the same day as election day and let voters realistically have more than two choices. The solution I am talking about is Ranked Choice Voting, also known as Instant-Runoff Voting. In this system instead of just holding your nose and picking the “lesser of two evils” or picking the candidate that is least likely to win, you can choose whoever you want and not have your vote thrown away. With Ranked Choice Voting you simply rank the candidates 1,2,3. After the first round of voting if your first-choice candidate is eliminated your vote gets transferred to your second-choice candidate; and so on until you have a a candidate that has 50%+ of the vote.

This system makes for a more equitable elections as it more accurately represents the voice of the people by giving all candidates a shot at winning. It also makes for more civil elections as candidates still want to be a voter’s second or third choice so it encourages them not to be disparaging at each other.

Now Ranked Choice Voting is not without its faults. There are occasions where a less popular candidate wins as opposed to the most popular candidates, such as the 2009 mayoral election in Burlington, VT. But such problems are prevalent in the current system, like with the 2000 and 2016 Presidential Elections.

Overall, Ranked Choice Voting is showing its successes in Maine who just had their first RCV election, and in municipalities across the country. This success can continue starting here in Travis County! We, the American Solidarity Party of Travis County ask that you write your City Council as well as your Mayor to start using Ranked Choice Voting in your local elections.

In Solidarity,

Brian Talbot Jr.
County Chair
American Solidarity Party of Travis County.

Response to AG Sessions Firing

Yesterday President Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jefferson Sessions to resign, and yesterday he did. President Trump then appointed Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General and boss of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, instead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Whitaker is not someone who has a favorable, or even neutral position on Mueller and the Russia Investigation. Whitaker has not recused himself like his predecessor had.

These actions undermine the independence of the investigation, and of our justice system in general.

Today November 8th, citizens all across the nation are taking to the streets in peaceful, non-violent protests to let the President know that we the people will not stand for this injustice. Here in Austin there are protests planned for outside of City Hall at 5 pm. As well as outside the Austin office of Representative Michael McCaul at 5:30 pm. There will also be protests infront of the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown and on the Square in San Marcos. Both at 5pm.

I am planning on attending the protest in front of Rep. McCaul’s office, I hope that other Solidaritists will join me or in solidarity at any of the other protests.

In Solidarity,

Brian Talbot,

County Chair-ASPTC