October 1, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
GET OUT THE VOTE STARTS NOW
FIND AN EVENT AND GET INVOLVED!
The Collin County Democratic Party Office is now OPEN! Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter for hours and our modified safety procedures.
SPONSOR A ROAD SIGN!
Tired of seeing our opponents' signs around Collin County? Let's put up our own! Help paint Collin County BLUE with our new road sign design!

Sponsor a road sign and help spread the word to vote BLUE for every Democrat -- from the White House to the courthouse.

As little as $35 will put up a new road sign to spread the word to VOTE BLUE! Your donation today will place these road signs across Collin County and help elect our 2020 Democratic candidates.
COME AND JOIN A LIT DROP!
Join the Magnificent 7 Collin County Judicial Candidates, Collin County Democratic Party volunteers and the Sharon Hirsch Campaign as we continue lit dropping in House District 66 with Democratic slate cards! Please bring a mask. This is lit dropping so very safe. We will have all supplies and training available!

When: Saturday, October 3rd, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Private residence in Plano; see Facebook Event for Details

Join the Magnificent 7 Collin County Democratic Judicial Candidates, local candidates and the Collin County Democratic Party as we lit drop in House District 70. We will meet up at Finch Park just to the south of the historic downtown square and walk Democratic houses in the area. All literature, supplies and training provided. Let's go Democrats!

When: Sunday, October 4, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Finch Park in McKinney; see Facebook Event for Details

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
WOW Dems 'Taste the Blue Wave' Road Rally This Saturday!
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 3, 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 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 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.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER TO VOTE
Drive-up Vote-a-Palooza Monday, October 5
The 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
Voting Rights of People with Disabilities During a Pandemic
What You Need To Know With Molly Broadway of Disability Rights Texas

Elections are quickly approaching and there is a lot of information and discussion going around about what is and is not allowed. Get the latest information.

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, October 5, 5:30 -7:30 p.m.
Contact: disabilitydemocrats@gmail.com or 307-314-ABLE (2253)
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!

This will be FIVE parades, with a parade starting in each of our five State House Districts (33, 66, 67, 70, and 89), with our House District candidate leading the parade from their district. Each parade will form up in a local meeting area, which will be announced later, and will make their way through each district, make a lot of noise and really show off our support! The event will be all about GOTV motivation, lit and ballot reference hand-out, and more. The parades will be live-streamed via Facebook, so if you can't make it, you can still participate!

Throughout the event, we will wear masks, give elbow hugs, maintain distance, 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 p.m.
Where: Parade Start Up - To Be Announced.
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
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
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.
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