October 8, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
This is Our Time
Turn Collin County Blue
Collin County Democrats are Talking, Walking, Texting, Bicycling, Delivering Signs, Smiling and Dialing, and Parading.

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NEW TROUBLE FOR PAXTON
AG Paxton's Legal Woes have Collin County Roots

On Thursday, senior staff in the Office of Attorney General formally requested that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton be investigated for improper influence, abuse of office and bribery. The news couldn’t have come at a worse time...

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Ridin' With Biden Parade & Rally Sunday, October 11!

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

Decorate your car and JOIN US for a family-friendly, social-distanced CAR PARADE through Collin County. The Ridin' with Biden Car Parade and Road Rally is a guided drive, from the safety of your car, led by your local house district representative: Angie, Sharon, Lorenzo, Ray or Andy. Plus, special appearances by “The Magnificent Seven” Judicial Candidates, Lulu Seikaly, and more!

Join one of the following five parade routes:

HD 70: The Angie Bado Route (McKinney Area)

HD 66: The Sharon Hirsch Route (West Plano)

HD 67: The Lorenzo Sanchez Route (Allen / Plano Area)

HD 89: The Ray Ash Route (Wylie, Lucas, Fairview Area)

HD 33: The Andy Rose Route (The long route: Farmersville / Anna / Frisco)

Please wear a mask, ride with members of your household only, and GEAR UP with us for the most important election of our lifetime! Can't make it? We'll be live-streaming the whole thing so you can register to participate virtually.

Hosted by: Liberal Women of Collin County, the Collin County Democratic Party, and many of our Democratic Clubs. Register Today!

When: Sunday, October 11, 2:00 p.m- 3:00pm

***Please arrive at your starting point EARLY between 1:30/1:45 to line up, take photos and share extra decor before we start

Where: Parade Start - To Be Announced. You’ll get a follow-up email with your route two days before the event.
Election Day is almost here, and it's time to get out the Democratic vote! This Saturday, help the CCDP Coordinated Campaign text important voting information to 100,000 Democrats across Collin County, before early voting starts. 

Texting is one of the easiest (and fun) things you can do from home to ensure we turn out the Democratic base to elect fair judges, flip the Texas House, send Democrats to Congress and turn Texas blue for Joe Biden. 

We'll meet up on Zoom for a quick training session on how to use the Hustle app to text voters, and stay online to socialize while we text. Help us Turn Collin Blue! 

When: Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m.

Where: Virtual event; Zoom link provided to those who sign up through Mobilize.
"First Day of Voting"
Collin County Candidate Reception
When: Tuesday, October 13 at 6 p.m.
Where:
TPC Craig Ranch
8000 Collin McKinney Parkway
McKinney, Texas 75070

Hosted by Attorney Don Flanary

Special Guests:

For Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

For 5th District Court of Appeals

366th District Court

380th District Court

401st District Court

416th District Court

469th District Court

471st District Court

Donations are not required to attend, but contributions to individual campaigns will be accepted at the event.

PLEASE RSVP! RSVP requested to help us plan catering - click button below.

HD67 GOTV Richardson Roundup Lit Drop
Saturday, October 10th is the perfect day to Get Out the Vote in Richardson!

Help give our voters a reminder of election dates, times and locations, along with other voter information. And since straight ticket voting is no more, they need to go up and down the ballot to Vote For Every Democrat, all of whom are all listed on our slate cards!

Do your part this election and get these cards onto doors! This is a NO-knock, NO-Contact activity. You must wear a mask and we will provide hand sanitizer, bottled water and light snacks when you pick up your literature and list numbers, and get trained.

Sign-up for one 2-hr shift, or (two for 4-hrs), and download the "MiniVAN Touch" App on your smartphone or tablet before Saturday. Further details will be emailed to you.

When: Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m.

Where: Creek Hollow Park, 4100 Breckenridge Boulevard, Richardson, TX 75082

Plano Dems Happy Hour:
Voting Questions
Are you really ready to vote?

With all the recent changes, it's so hard to keep track of what's going on with voting. Join Plano Dems for their last pre-voting Happy Hour, this Friday, October 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., via Zoom. They are welcoming local voting activists Barb Walters, Tom Adair and Brandon Maxey and devoting the entire hour to your questions. How do mail-in ballots work this year? Who is eligible for curbside voting? What if your driver's license is expired but you can't get an appointment to get it renewed?

Bring your questions and get an answer just in time for early voting.

Can't make it but have questions that need to be answered? Too embarrassed to ask your question in public? No problem! Email caroline.werner9@gmail.com and your question will be asked for you.

Zoom link provided upon RSVP. Sign up here.
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.
ROAD SIGN CAMPAIGN HUGE SUCCESS!

Thanks to all who generously donated to purchase our new Road Signs to help us Paint Collin County BLUE.

With your help we raised nearly $3,000 and we will be purchasing 75-100 road signs to help spread the word to vote BLUE for every Democrat -- from the White House to the courthouse.

The signs will be arriving around October 14th, and with the election underway, we’ll want to put them up all over the county as quickly as we can. If you want to help put up signs - as a driver, as a stake pounder, or to just suggest some prime location - please click the button below and sign up via our form.

Look for our signs — coming soon to a corner near you!
Univ. of North Texas Theatre honoring
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
with free ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ performances
UNT Theatre is offering free admission to its upcoming virtual performances of “The Diary of Anne Frank” to commemorate the legacy of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dr. Andrew Harris, professor of theatre and the play’s director, said the department was contacted hours after Ginsburg’s death by anonymous donors who requested that the “Anne Frank” performances be dedicated to the late justice and made free and accessible to the public.

Due to health and safety concerns with the pandemic, UNT’s “Anne Frank” production will be pre-recorded via Zoom and available for viewing at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 17-18. The play was adapted for Zoom by UNT media arts alum and playwright Jake Sampson. In addition to featuring UNT Theatre students, the production includes music written by College of Music doctoral student Rachel Whelan.

The Oct. 18 performance will be followed by a live discussion about the historical events surrounding the play featuring:

PANELISTS

  • Richard Golden, UNT Jewish and Israel Studies director
  • Kerry Goldmann, lecturer in the UNT Department of History and historian of Jewish American history, African American history and American culture
  • Lisa Devine, adjunct associate professor in the UNT Department of Dance and Theatre
  • Charlotte Decoster, the Ackerman Family Director of Education for the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum 

MODERATOR

Cindy Renker, a senior lecturer of German in the UNT Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  
When7:30 p.m. Oct. 15-17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 17-18

WhereReserve free tickets at unt.universitytickets.com.

Ticket holders will receive an email with a link to the performance prior to their selected showtime.
VOTING BY MAIL: WFAA-TV
Check out this informative WFAA-TV report on Voting by Mail, featuring Collin County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet.
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, 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.

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:

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.

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.
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? Please email EventsAndOutreach@collindemocrats.org