INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT
Small, but positive, gains in municipal voter turnout are encouraging against one of the most difficult-to-shift numbers in a community. In fact, we are on track to achieve our 2020 goal, nearly doubling turnout between 2013 and 2015, albeit to only 12.43%. To be clear, municipal elections included are general elections. Special, run-off, etc. are not included in this measure. It is worth noting that early voter turnout in Bexar County during the 2016 national election broke a record from 2008 and turnout overall was just over 57%. The momentum from our national election could carry us beyond our 2020 goal in the municipal election in May 2017.
Call to Action:
- Check to see if you're registered to vote in Bexar County.
- Register to vote.
- Vote and encourage others to vote and become involved in government.
- Get involved in the political process. Get to know your local and state representatives: State Representatives, City Council Representatives, and Bexar County Commissioners.
- Attend City Council meetings, other community meetings, and Town Halls. Ask questions and make suggestions to our leaders for the benefit of our communities.
- Participate in the election process.
- Use Citizens to be Heard at the City and County meetings in a way that helps communicate issues to the elected members.
- Read the newspaper and/or tune into/read local news sources to stay informed about civic issues.
Updated December 2016
Corporations are another important part of our cycle of community change. Visionworks, a leading national eye care provider, is based in downtown San Antonio and commits both time and resources to increasing Civic Engagement in our community. Visionworks understands the value of an engaged, aware workforce and to that end strongly supports Leadership San Antonio (LSA). Some of Visionworks’ own leadership were members of LSA classes, which provides a forum for leaders across San Antonio to come together and discuss the issues, challenges, and problems facing our community—and then assume leadership roles to try to solve them. In addition to encouraging employees to participate in programs like this, Visionworks also promotes service and philanthropy within the company. In 2016, Visionworks served SA2020 Partners Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, SAMMinistries, and San Antonio Food Bank. An impressive 75% of employees participated in the company’s volunteer program in 2016. We’re so glad to have a successful company like Visionworks helping to cultivate inspired and effective leaders in San Antonio.