May 21, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
***Correction to the Vote by Mail article below***
Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony

Let us remember our fallen Service Members on Memorial Day.

The Events Committee was tentatively planning a Memorial Day Picnic and Remembrance gathering but after reviewing the latest COVID-19 requirements, our concerns for our member’s health and safety, we are not able to meet for our annual Picnic. In its place we have planned a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony and Veterans Food Drive.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
Our County Chair and a few of our Democratic Veterans will meet at a social distance at the Plano Veterans Memorial Park, 2101 Bay Hill Dr, Plano, TX 75023 ( map) at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 to lay a wreath. This will be posted as a Facebook Live event on our CCDP Facebook page.
Veterans Food Drive
We have arranged a Veterans Food Drive Collection to donate items to the Veterans Center of North Texas. Suggested Items are Peanut Butter, Cereal Bars. Canned Goods, Tuna, Vienna Sausages, Chili, Spaghetti, Fruit in Juice, Mixed Veggies, Fruit Juice, Face Masks and Toilet Paper. Another type of donation would be Toiletry Kits in individual baggies, containing some or all of these items: toothbrush, toothpaste,razor, wash cloth, shampoo, soap, deodorant.

A donation drop box will be located outside of the Party Office 1915 N Central Expressway, Suite 150, Plano TX 75075 on the morning of Friday May 22nd thru the end of day Sunday May 31st. We will pick up items as least once a day in the evenings. You may call ahead if you like to let us know you are dropping off items (972-578-1483) or email .

Thank you for your generosity towards the men and women who have served in the armed forces!
What’s the Message?
Mike Rawlins, County Chair
The question that new Democratic activists almost always ask is "What's our message?"

It isn’t “not Trump” or “not Republican.” We always tell candidates to talk about what they’re for before they talk about their opponents, if they talk about them at all. And with the media covering Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic 24/7 and the Republican’s fawning defense of him, we really don’t need to say anything about it.

What voters want to hear is why they should vote for Democrats – what we’re going to do better. We promise:
  • Competent government
  • A sound economy that works for everyone
  • Social and economic justice
  • Health care for all
  • Restoring the environment
  • And so much more

Too many of us are looking for the magic catchphrase or that perfect soundbite that sums up everything we’re about in one sentence. They don’t exist, because every voter is different and how we talk about all of this needs to be aimed directly at the individual voter. And “we” is important! It’s not up to just the party or even individual candidates to tell the story. We all have to, in our own words, and to our friends, neighbors, and families.

Find the message that works for you with whoever you’re talking with, and tell that story. Let’s win!

Vote by Mail
To vote by mail, registere d voters must do the following:

Timely send a completed Application to Vote by Mail to:

    Collin County Elections Department
    2010 Redbud Blvd., Suite 102
    McKinney, TX 75069 ( Map)

NOTE: If you have questions or need assistance in completing the Application, call our Election Hotline at 469-609-0539 or send an email to

  • When you have filled out the Application, you may either download and print it, or have it mailed to you.

After receiving a Ballot in the mail, timely complete and sign the Ballot, and send it back to the Collin County Elections Department ( Map).

Please Note the Following Requirements:

  • Sign the Application the same way you will later sign the envelope that includes your completed Ballot.
  • Signatures on the Application and the ballot envelope must match.
  • Please do not have someone sign either your Application or your ballot envelope on your behalf.
  • The Application may be initially sent by email or FAX, but the original Application must immediately follow by mail.
For information on the procedures for Collin County, click here.
Deadlines for VBM for July Primary Runoff

The following deadlines apply for the July 14, 2020 Democratic Primary Runoff Election:

  • July 2 – Last day for an Application initially received by the Collin County Elections Department
  • July 9 – Last day for an Application received by mail, if initially sent by email or FAX on July 2.
  • (Original Applications must be received by mail within four business days of an email or FAX.)
  • July 14, 7:00 PM – Latest postmark for a completed Ballot
  • July 15, 5:00 PM – Latest time a completed ballot may be received by the Collin County Elections Department

NOTE: Different deadlines apply for Military and Overseas Voters. Also, special procedures apply for those who become hospitalized or suffer a death in the family after July 2. Click here for more information.

Again, if you have questions or need any assistance, please call our Election Hotline at 469-609-0539 or send a message to
CCDP Office Closed until Further Notice
The Collin County Democratic Party offices will be closed to the general public indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, please do not hesitate to contact us at 972-578-1483 or through . We look forward to hearing from you.
WOW Dems May General Member Meeting
Join WOW Dems for their VIRTUAL May 28 general member meeting at 7:00 p.m.! Guest speakers will be Marty Jones from Braver Angels and Allen City Councilwoman Lauren Doherty.

Register here for more details and to attend. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24 hours before the event.

Candidates who wish to speak at the meeting should send an email request.

See you on Zoom!
Your Donations Matter – Now More Than Ever!
During these difficult times there are those who need our help more than ever. A few local organizations you can support who do this work include:
Minnie’s Food Pantry
Donate money by texting MINNIES to 41444

Drive & Drop items
Where: 661 18 th St., Plano TX 75074
When: Monday, Wednesday - Saturday
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Canned Meat
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Bagged Beans
  • Jelly
Allen Community Outreach

Drive & Drop items
Where: 801 E. Main Street in Allen
  • Canned Soups- Chicken Noodle, Tomato, Alphabet
  • Canned Pastas- Ravioli, SpaghettiOs, Lasagna
  • Canned Meats- Chicken, Tuna; Jellies- Grape, Strawberry
  • Fruit Cups/ Snack Packs
  • Fast Food Restaurant Gift Cards
  • Paper Towels/ Toilet Tissue
  • Toothbrushes/ Toothpaste
  • Kids Soaps and Shampoos
  • Hand Sanitizer/ Wipes
Community Lifeline Center

Drive & Drop items
Where: 1601 N Waddill St #102, McKinney

  • Cereal boxes of any size; spaghetti sauce 24 oz bottle or can
  • Pears, Peaches, Mixed Fruit, and Applesauce, 15 oz can
  • Ravioli, 15 oz. can
  • Oatmeal cylinder
  • Mac & Cheese 7.5 oz box
  • Cornbread mix
  • Rice 1 lb bag