Welcome to the Texas Prosperity Project
America works best when Americans vote. But the percentage of eligible voters who cast their ballots continues to decline election after election. According to a study by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, 23 million Americans contacted an elected official over a two year period, but didn't bother to go vote! We think something needs to be done.
These pages are designed to give you the information and tools you need to make it to the polls and cast an informed vote. We've included voter registration and absentee ballot information and forms for every state in the union, and the District of Columbia. We've included tools to locate and contact your elected officials. And, as candidates file for office and votes that matter are cast we'll present candidate guides and voting records.
Throughout these page we present information to assist you in casting your vote and becoming more involved in the electoral process. But we don't - and won't - tell you how to vote. That decision is up to you.
- Function: noun
Date: 13th century
Definition: the condition of being successful or thriving; especially : economic well-being
The Texas Prosperity Project is built on this belief: When Texas workers are informed and active in government and elections, our families, our communities and our state benefit.
The Texas Prosperity Project, a not-for-profit, nonpartisan group, was founded in 2008 by a number of Texas' major employers and business trade associations to help educate our state’s employers and workers about issues that impact job security, economic competitiveness, wages and benefits – and ultimately our future prosperity.
The Texas Prosperity Project provides employers and their employees materials that explain, in simple language and a nonpartisan way, the importance of state and federal elections. Materials prepared by the Texas Prosperity Project give employers and employees objective information on candidates, statewide ballot issues, and on public policies that affect job security and the economy – information to consider when they and their family members go to the polls to vote.
Texas Prosperity Project Board & Steering Committee
Devon Energy Corporation
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie S. Simpson
Texas Prosperity Project
Texas Chemical Council
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Dow Chemical Company
Texas Oil & Gas Association
Mary Kay, Inc.
Process for developing key prosperity issues and votes
The Texas Prosperity Project’s list of top prosperity issues represents a consensus agenda of Texas' employers and business organizations, and is used to engage employees and associates in a dialogue with elected officials regarding policies affecting economic growth, the ability of employers to compete, and job security. These key prosperity issues also serve as the basis for selection of votes used in the development of voting records.
The Consensus Policy Priorities agreed upon by a number of Texas' major business organizations form the core of the list of prosperity issues. A Texas Prosperity Project issues working group and the full Board of Directors continually consider additional issues for inclusion in the prosperity agenda. Any Texas Prosperity Project participant may submit items for consideration. Only issues which receive consensus approval of the organization’s board/steering committee are included.
Votes included in lawmakers’ voting records are measured with the same criteria as the key prosperity issues. The most important question asked for each vote is, ''Will this measure strengthen or hinder Texas' ability to compete with other states for investment and jobs?'' The working group, members of the Board of Directors, or individual Texas Prosperity Project participants can propose votes for inclusion in the voting record. Only those votes which receive consensus approval of the TXP2 board/steering committee are included in the voting records.