October 22, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Early Voting Continues to Surge in Collin County & Texas
Over 270,000 Have Voted in Collin County as of October 21
Over 3.1M People Have voted in Texas’ 10 Largest Counties
Texas early voting numbers: Turnout in the state's...

Through , the day of early voting for Texans in the 2020 general election, people had voted in person and by mail in Texas' 10 largest counties- of registered voters in those counties. According to the latest figures reported by the secretary of...

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Let's Make History Together
This is THE most important election we have EVER had.

Vote for EVERY Democrat to the bottom of the ballot!
Voting Locations Dates Hours and Times
Collin County Voting Locations Interactive Map

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Poll greeting makes a critical connection to voters. Many people come to the polling place with only a vague idea of who they will vote for! And many know the top of the ballot - President and Vice President, or maybe Congress - but don't know about down-ballot candidates that are so important. Talking to voters on their way in to vote gives us a chance to remind them to vote for all the Democratic candidates, all the way to the bottom of the ballot.
Sign up below for a 2-hour shift, or more if you have time. Anything helps! Click the button for the part of Collin County you want to poll greet in.
Join the Collin County Democratic Party and Collin County Blue Caucus as we drop slate cards at every Democratic door in House District 67!
These are the final weeks before the most important election in our lives. Let’s go make a difference! Every Sunday at 10:00 AM. Snacks provided. You'll get more detailed information after you sign up. This is a social-distanced outdoor event. MASKS REQUIRED. Location is private and will be provided upon RSVP.

  • Sun, Oct 25, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 1, 10:00am–12:00pm (Standard time - Note Time Change!)
State House District Lit Drops This Weekend!
Pick a State House District Candidate to support, and come out and join a lit drop! When we lit drop, you grab a list and lit to leave on voters' doors. We wear masks and don't knock on doors to minimize risk. You can't go wrong - we have great candidates for State House in Collin County!
When: Sunday, 10/25/20, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Warren Sports Complex, 7599 W Eldorado Pkwy, (southeast parking lot near Rogers Road), Frisco
RSVP via the button below
When: Saturday, 10/24/20, 9:30am - 11:30am
Where: Old Settlers Park (across from Webb Elementary), 810 E Louisiana St, McKinney
RSVP via the button below
When: Saturday, 10/24/20, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Where: McMillen High School, 750 N Murphy Rd, Murphy
RSVP via the button below
Team Collin Virtual Phonebank
Join Team Colin for a virtual phone bank! With your help, we will win the fight to keep TX-32 blue! Each week, we host 5 virtual phone bank shifts to call folks all across the district, so get ready to talk for Colin!

We will start our Zoom meeting and get right into phone banking so make sure you're on time!

  • Thu, Oct 22, 6:00pm–8:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 24, 10:00am–12:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 24, 12:00pm–2:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 24, 2:00pm–4:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 25, 12:00pm–2:00pm
  • Sun, Oct 25, 2:00pm–4:00pm CDT
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, and other Dem swag including buttons and stickers at txdp.cc/store
Collin All Democrats Phone Bank Needs You!

With Election Day just a few weeks away, our Coordinated Campaign asks you to help strengthen our efforts to contact the voters whose decisions will make or break our hopes for a Blue Collin County. 

Conversations like those we have in our weekly ‘Collin All Democrats’ phone-bank is the most impactful way to get those folks to vote, and we’re now even more efficient with the use of our autodialer program.

It’s simple: Follow the link to Mobilize and sign up for one shift (or more). Later, you’ll receive an emailed link to a Zoom meeting that you can join from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday.

We will go over our script and train you how to use your computer and phone to reach voters with our autodialer (make sure your computer has either Firefox or Chrome). You don’t have to use your own phone number, and you get to have dozens of meaningful conversations.

And because we use Zoom, you’ll be able to connect with other volunteers just like you to ask and answer questions, share experiences and laughs, and sometimes meet a special guest or receive campaign swag. Whether you can join for the whole time or just for an hour, you are making a major contribution to a vital effort and having fun doing so.

Without you, we cannot make the difference necessary to get out the vote for all of our great candidates. If you want to know more or have questions, contact Matt Leahy (469-853-7701, mateoleahy@gmail.com). There’s never been a better time to volunteer, and there is no better place than Collin All Democrats.
All the Information You Need to Vote by Mail
Do You Know Someone Who Would Like to Vote by Mail?
Forward this Email to Them!

Note: Given the many last-minute changes imposed by Governor Abbott, we recommend you vote in person if at all possible. However, if you need to vote by mail, or have already applied to vote by mail, please read this information carefully.

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.

If you have not already applied to vote by mail, we recommend you vote in person unless the alternative is not voting at all. If you need to vote by mail, the deadline to apply to vote by mail is Friday, October 23. Your signed application must be received by the Elections Department Friday, Oct. 23 by 5pm. You must download and print the application, complete and sign it, then FAX, EMAIL, or DROPOFF the application at the Elections Office.

For an application submitted by fax or email to be effective, the original copy of the application MUST also be mailed and received by the Elections Office by the fourth business day after it was faxed or emailed. (Texas Election Code 84.007, effective Dec. 1, 2017.)

Download the vote by mail form by using this link: txdem.co/vbmapp 

After faxing or emailing the application, mail it to: Collin County 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 unless the Collin Elections Department contacts you directly.
  • When you receive your ballot, follow the instructions. In particular, make sure to sign the vote by mail ballot envelope the same way you signed your vote-by-mail application. the signature on the ballot envelope MUST MATCH the signature on your application if your vote is to count.
  • 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 voting hours (7am-7pm now through Oct. 30, except on Sunday (1p-6p), Nov. 2 from 8am-5pm (no voting), and Election Day Nov. 3, 7am-7pm. You do not have to go inside, there is now a drive-through drop-off, located behind the building, open during the same hours voting locations are open. You must show your ID. You can only take your own ballot.

* 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.

*** Seal the return envelope, then sign the envelope. If you sign and then seal the envelope, you will obscure part of your signature and make it more difficult for officials to validate your signature and count your ballot.

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

Q. "I applied for a vote-by-mail ballot, but I have not yet received it, what should I do?  

A. You can call the Elections Department at 972-547-1900 to make sure you are on the list to receive a mail-in ballot. The mail-in ballots were delayed this year, but all mail-in ballots requested by about October 15 have been mailed out. If you haven’t received yours or wait a little longer and still do not receive one, go vote in person. If you are on the vote-by-mail list and do not have your mail-in ballot with you at the polls, you will have to cast a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted once the Elections Department confirms you did not also send in your mail-in ballot. 

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. See above for drop off hours.

Q. "Can my spouse and I send our ballots back in the same envelope?" 

A. No. Each ballot must be sent in its own return envelope, which must be signed by the individual voter. 

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:

Voter registration closed: Monday, October 5 was the last day to register to vote and to mail applications. Follow links above for more information on registering, changing an address, voting when overseas, etc.

Early voting is open now through Oct. 30th. You can check wait times before you head to the polls with this interactive map: txdp.cc/wheretovote

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 U.S. Mail delays.