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"Come and Take It" campaign brings insight to low Texas voter turn outs

Local conservative groups are trying to educate people about voting in order to get more Texans to the polls.

Texas has a history of a low voter turn out and leaders from FreedomWorks, Grassroots America, and We the People of Longview are hoping to change that.

"The reason we are here is to learn how to get the vote out and how to keep people more informed. We need to get the folks that are not voting informed," said Margarita Delagarza'grahm, an attendee at the "Come and Take It" campaign.

Many gathered for Friday night's "Come and Take It" campaign. It's a conservative push to keep Texas from turning blue.

"If they turn Texas blue, the Republicans and Grassroots will never have a chance in The White House so that's why it's really important for us to promote conservative ideals in both the family, schools and in the community to keep Texas red," said Jordan Russell, an attendee at the campaign. 

Their fear of Texas turning blue comes from a low voter turn out, something this campaign is bringing light to.

"I didn't realize that the voter turn out in the state of Texas was as low as it has been in the last few election cycles and that's a little worry some because it needs to be more representative of the people," said Margarita.

People in these groups say that Conservative voters are being complacent rather than active.

"Start acting and promoting our ideals rather than just expecting," said Jordan.

One of the campaign's major goals, reach out to younger generations.

"It's really important for young people to realize the importance of voting, the importance of getting involved in society with what they believe in because they might believe in something but if they're not acting on what they believe, they're not going to effect change or promote welfare in the future," said Jordan.

For Margarita, these events are important

"Any event such as this motivates folks to get out and vote and to go make phones calls, get on your emails or call your relatives," said Margarita.

According to a University of Texas at Austin study, Texas ranked 51st in voter turn out back in 2011, including Washington D.C.

That study also showed Texas ranked 42nd in voter registration.

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