City leaders use concert to educate people about early voting

A concert at Pan Am Park in Austin brought in hundreds to learn about early voting. (KXAN photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Early voting starts this Monday and Austin city leaders are pushing people to get out and vote. And what better way to do it, than in true Austin style with live music.

Mixing music and politics is how the Travis County Democratic party says they are going to get people to vote early.

“We are passing out early vote locations, we’re passing out where our office is so people can come volunteer and also find out more information about our candidates and how they can get involved,” said TCDP Chairman Vincent Harding.

Regardless if you’re democrat or republican, city and state leaders say the culture of voting in Travis County needs to change.

“We need you to do more than tweet or get on Facebook and say something important,” said Congressman Lloyd Doggett.

Because this year, your vote might make the difference. “You know, half of the people based on the history may not come out to the polls and that’s not right. There are too many things at stake in our future. People don’t vote because they don’t think their vote matters, this year the presidential election in Texas is going to be really close,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

In just a few hours, the event brought hundreds out to listen to live music. For some, what started out as free entertainment ended with a passion to see voters hit the polls. “Texas is kind of a swing state, so let’s make a difference,” said one concert goer.

The Republican Party has also been busy this week. Saturday morning, the group went door to door in many Austin neighborhoods sharing information about candidates and putting out signs. On Thursday, the party also held a full training session for poll watchers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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