September 24, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – May Her Memory be a Blessing
by Mike Rawlins, County Chair

She came to be known to many of us as “The Notorious RBG.” She was so incredibly dedicated, and seemed indestructible, persistently and insistently carrying on the work of her life’s passion through numerous personal hardships and illnesses. Until she didn’t. I think that’s one reason that her passing last Friday evening felt so unexpected, and such a blow.

One of the most touching remembrances I’ve seen was this tweet from her long time friend, NPR legal correspondent Nina Totenberg: “A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment bc they were needed most & were the most righteous. And so it was that #RBG died as the sun was setting last night marking the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.”

I further heard that this even more significant with Rosh Hashanah falls on the Sabbath.

Justice Ginsberg was certainly needed. While she has finished her labors, the quest for equality that was her lifelong passion isn’t. Let us honor her memory by picking up the torch and continuing her work.
Vote-a-Palooza
DRIVE-UP VOTER REGISTRATION MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
Last day to register to vote for the November Presidential Election is Monday, October 5 from noon until midnight. The Democratic Party of Collin County will offer Drive-up Registration at their Office, located at 1915 N. Central Expressway, Suite 150, on Park Blvd across from QuikTrip, SW corner of Hwy 75.

Bring any family and friends who need to register to vote, or have questions about registering or about the upcoming Election.
  • If you need to check your voter registration, you can go to votetexas.gov
  • You can check registration, sign up for voting reminders, and start the process of getting registered if you are not by going to Register to Vote Texas Democratic Party.
  • If you need to apply to vote by mail, we can help
  • If you want to know who is on the ballot or what the Election Dates are, we know that, too!

Questions? Call 972-578-1483
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Plano Dems Voter Protection Virtual Happy Hour
Texas is not a non-voting state, it is a voter suppression state.

Plano Dems are excited to have the CCDP Voter Protection Chair Tom Adair along with local voter protection activist Brandon Maxey as our guests for this week's virtual happy hour! They'll walk us through local voter protection efforts and we will learn what each of us can do to protect our fundamental rights.

Don't forget to RSVP for your Zoom link!
When: September 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom link available when you RSVP here.
3 On 3 Register Me!
Come out to McKinney, play some games, and get registered to vote. We'll have music, Dominos, life-sized Connect4, life-sized Jenga, prizes, and more.

You must be 16 and up to play, and you must be 18 and up to be registered to vote. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing.

When: September 27th, from 1-5 p.m.
Where: Fitzhugh Park, 700 Fitzhugh Street, McKinney

We need VDRs to help register voters. Please send an email to info@mckinneydemocrats.org if you can help.
WOW Dems Taste the Blue Wave Road Rally
We are SO OVER the countless political campaign gatherings on Zoom!
Aren’t you?

So, mask up and get out of your house for a socially distant, drive-by TASTE THE BLUE WAVE ROAD RALLY!

On Saturday, October 3rd, follow the clues to find Dem Candidates at a favorite community business, which they’re supporting by giving out that business’ special Treats and Eats to Road Rally ticket holders.

A ticket purchase gets Road Rally-ers a clue to the first candidate stop, where at 1:00 p.m. they will receive an “I TASTED the BLUE WAVE” t-shirt, special Treats and Eats, and directions to the rest of the candidate stops. Road Rally-ers get great food – Candidates get an awesome meet and greet opportunity, and support local businesses!

Road Rally-ers who share photos/videos on social media of themselves with Candidates and/or “I TASTED the BLUE WAVE” t-shirt with Sharpie candidate signatures from over 50% of the candidate stops will get a special Blue Wave Road Rally prize! AND, Road Rally-ers get to tell us which Candidate they want their ticket proceeds to go!

Purchase tickets to our TASTE THE BLUE WAVE ROAD RALLY! here.
When: October 3, 2020 1:00 p.m.
Where: Find out the first location with your ticket purchase.
October Ridin' With Biden Parade & Rally!

Join Liberal Women of Collin County and the CCDP for a Ridin' With Biden car parade through Collin County as we gear up - get it - for the most important election of our lifetime!

We’ll meet up in a local parking lot, wear masks, give elbow hugs, meet some candidates, and go for a ride down then back up one of Collin County’s main roads to stir up some excitement and remind people that now’s the time to get out and vote like they’ve never voted before.

Decorate your vehicle with your favorite GOTV, Biden/Harris, Pride, and BLM banners and flags.

When: Sunday, October 11, 2:00
Where: To Be Announced
RSVP: Below
Show Your Colors Collin Blue

Proudly show your Democratic support and help us turn Collin County blue. Order your Biden/Harris, MJ Hegar, and Hate Has No Home Here yard signs at txdp.cc/store
All the Information You Need to Vote by Mail
Know Someone Who Would Like to Vote by Mail?
Forward this Email to Them!

If you are a Collin County registered voter, you can vote by mail if:

  • You expect to be absent from the County during both the early voting period and election day;
  • You have a disability;
  • You are 65 years of age or older; or
  • You are confined in jail and not finally convicted of a felony.

Note: Fear of COVID-19 alone does not qualify as a disability under state law. The decision to apply to vote by mail because of a disability or physical condition is your own (subject to a correct understanding of the law) based on your current health conditions and health history.

We strongly recommend that you APPLY NOW if you think you may want to vote by mail this November. Applying now will provide enough time for your application to be processed and for you to receive and return your ballot in time to have it count. Please do not wait to apply! 

Applying for a mail in ballot is easy using this link: txdem.co/vbmapp 

  • When you submit the application form, you will be given two options:

  1. Have the application mailed to you with a pre-addressed envelope that you then return by mail.            
  2. Download and print the application. Complete it/mail it to: Early Voting Clerk, 2010 Redbud Blvd, Suite 102, McKinney, TX 75069

About the voting by mail process

  • After you have submitted a valid application to vote by mail, you will receive a mail-in ballot in the mail, when they are sent out (e.g. late September for the upcoming election), pursuant to the application unless the Collin Elections Department contacts you directly.
  • When you receive your ballot, follow the instructions. In particular, make sure to sign your application the same way you will later sign your ballot envelope. When you submit your mail-in ballot, the signature on the ballot envelope MUST MATCH the signature on your application if your vote is to count. For example, if you sign John D. Jones on the application and J. D. Jones on the ballot envelope -- they don't match and your ballot may be rejected.
  • You can return your completed mail-in ballot two ways:

  1. Simply mail it back (with postage) to the Collin County Elections Department, 2010 Redbud Blvd, Suite 102, McKinney, TX 75069, or
  2. Drop it off in person at the Collin County Elections office during office hours (8 am - 5 pm, M - F). You have to go inside, sign a form, and show your ID. You can only take your own ballot.

Important:
 
* Only one first-class stamp is required on when mailing in your ballot.

** Only one ballot may be put in an envelope. Example: if you put your ballot and your spouse’s in the same envelope, it is likely that one or both of the ballots will not count.

We strongly recommend you fill out and send in your ballot as soon as you receive it.
   VOTE BY MAIL FAQ

Q. "I voted by mail in the Primary Runoff, will I automatically get a ballot for November?"

A. Yes, you should, but you can verify by calling the Elections Department at 972-547-1900. 

Q. "When are mail ballots being sent to us?"

A. Starting in late September the Elections Department will begin mailing out ballots to those who have registered to vote by mail. 

Q. "I'm confused. I voted by mail in the Primary and assumed I would get my November ballot in the mail, but I received another Vote-By-Mail Application in the mail. Do I need to complete it?  

A. There are several groups, including the Texas Democratic Party, that are sending out vote-by-mail applications to voters. If you have previously applied to vote by mail and are certain you will be getting a mail-in ballot, you can discard this application. If you are not sure, you can follow up with the Elections Department at 972-547-1900.

Q. "How do I know if my vote counts?"
A. Every morning after the previous day of Early Voting, the list of voters is available for anyone to view on the Collin County Elections Website. (It is a large spreadsheet and might take a long time to download. Once you have the list, you can search for your name.).

Q. What if I request a mail in ballot and then decide I want to vote in person?
 
A. You can still vote in-person, but bring your mail-in ballot with you to the polls. You will then turn in your mail-in ballot at the polling center and they will then let you vote in person. If you do not take your mail-in ballot with you, you will be allowed to vote a “provisional ballot,” which will be counted on or after Election Day once the Elections Department confirms you did not also send in your mail-in ballot. 
      
Q. Can I drop off my ballot at a vote center?

A. No. Mail-in ballots cannot be dropped off at the polls. The only place they can be submitted in person is at the Collin County Elections Department office, 2010 Redbud Blvd, Suite 102, McKinney, TX 75069, during business hours.

If you have additional questions, you may contact our Collin County Democratic Party Elections Team at elections@collindemocrats.org or call 972-578-1483.
FAQs about the November General Election
Questions about the upcoming November General Election are coming up frequently.

This article answers many of those questions and provide resources for you.
If you have a question not answered, email: elections@collindemocrats.org
or call the CCDP Office at 972-578-1483

FAQs and useful information can be found on the County Elections Website.

FAQs are also available on the CCDP Website.

The most often asked questions:

Last day to register to vote: Monday, October 5, 2020 (mailed applications must be postmarked by October 5, 2020). Follow links above for more information on registering, changing an address, voting when overseas, etc.

Last day to apply for ballot-by-mail: Friday, October 23, 2020 (received not postmarked).

Complete your ballot as soon as you receive it and mail it immediately OR drop it off at Collin Elections Office at 2010 Redbud Blvd, Suite 102, McKinney.
You must drop off your OWN ballot and be prepared to show ID.

There was some question about the envelope needing two stamps. This is not the case.

However, some have sent both spouses’ ballots in same envelope – these likely cannot be counted. Mail them in separate envelopes or take them to the Elections Office.

Taking them in person to the Elections Office will avoid US Mail delays.
Collin All Democrats Phone Bank
The CCDP Coordinated Campaign hosts the Collin All Democrats virtual phone bank every weekend. Volunteers socialize, play games, win prizes, and make calls to get out the Democratic vote and turn our County Blue. Join the fun online at 2 p.m. every Saturday through November! Sign up here to receive the Zoom link.

Phone banking is easy and fun! We give you a script so that all you have to do is fill in the blanks as you talk to voters. And training is available at each event. See you soon!
Collin / Denton Counties Club Challenge
Virtual Phone Bank Training Session
We are reaching out to the "Likely Dems - need to ID" in the voter database. The voters in this category need to be confirmed as Dem / Rep / Ind / etc. It's a short, easy conversation. We've divided Collin and Denton Counties up into teams based on Texas House Districts and will be competing head to head for the number of calls made.

Virtual Phone Bank Training,
Monday & Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Smiling & Dialing Sessions
Monday & Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m.

You don't have to attend "Smiling & Dialing" to help out - calls can be made any time from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

For more information, visit our Facebook Group.
Events and Community Outreach Committee
Looking for Volunteers

Events and Community Outreach wants you! Our mission focuses on community ties by:

  • Reinforcing/building relationships with groups in the broader community
  • Being visible/present allies
  • Delivering on the promise of being a "big tent" party

We need your help!

  • Help us identify groups to connect with
  • Help us make the connection
  • Be the connection with other groups

Can you help us out? If so, please email EventsAndOutreach@collindemocrats.org