September 3, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Texas Democratic Party is Signing Up One Million New Voters
This week the Texas Democratic Party launched “Texas Voter Registration Week” targeting one million unregistered voters across the state in a massive voter registration drive as the country turns its attention away from the conventions and toward November. The drive will be the largest in the state party’s history. 

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, who spoke at the Collin County Democratic Party's Virtual Ann Richards Dinner this past Saturday, is helping lead the effort. The state party is partnering with Joe Biden’s campaign for president and MJ Hegar’s campaign for U.S. Senate and will focus their outreach to young people and minority communities.

“Registration is critical to our path to victory,” Luke Warford, voter expansion director for the Texas Democrats, said in a Dallas Morning News article announcing the voting drive. “There’s a huge population of unregistered folks in the state. We know that the unregistered population leans heavily Democrat. They’re young, they’re people from communities of color, and we want to register every Democrat in the state.  

Join Team Colin
for Virtual Phone Bank

With your help this Saturday, September 5, we will win the fight to keep TX-32 blue! We are hosting two shifts calling folks all across the district, so get ready to call for Colin!

We will start our Zoom meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 5, and get right into phone banking, so make sure you are on time!

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Reach Out to Friends

Stuck at home during the pandemic? One of the best things we can do to help keep TX-32 blue is reach out to the people in our lives and make sure they know what's at stake this election.

Every Sunday at 1 p.m. join us as we reach out to our personal networks and invite them to join Team Colin!"

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Show Your Colors Collin Blue

Proudly show your Democratic support and help us turn Collin County blue. Order your Biden/Harris yard signs at txdp.cc/store
CCDWD Monthly Meeting
Via Zoom Tele/Video Conference

You don't have to live in Collin County or have a disability to participate. Allies and advocates are welcome and much appreciated!
When: Monday,September 21, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom.
Contact: disabilitydemocrats@gmail.com or 307-314-ABLE (2253)
All the Information You Need to Vote by Mail
Know Someone Who Would Like to Vote by Mail?
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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.
SUPPORT THE DOUGLASS COMMUNITY
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
CLOSING THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Time and again we have saved capitalism from its own excesses.
I am confident we will do so again."
Robert B. Reich
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor in
Saving Capitalism