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VAN ZANDT COUNTY DEMOCRATS

We're Meeting In-Person.

2nd Saturday, 1:00 PM, American National Bank in Canton.

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 TX SB#1, SB#8

OnTheDocket 9/3/2021:

 

Texas Voter Suppression Bill

"S.B. 1 bans these measures, which were particularly popular in urban, Democratic-leaning counties, and institutes a wide range of other restrictions which disproportionately impact low-income voters and people of color.

 

S.B. 1 also adds documentation requirements to vote by mail, makes it a felony for local election officials to proactively send mail-in ballot applications, empowers partisan poll watchers and more. "

 

Texas Extreme Abortion Law


"Texas’ new, extreme law (S.B. 8) bans abortion at about six weeks (before many individuals even know they’re pregnant) and allows private citizens to bring a civil suit against a person they believe helped someone get an abortion. Take action and donate to groups on the ground to support Texans who need help."

Marc [Elias]: "By refusing to grant emergency relief, Texas’ near-complete ban on abortions went into effect on Wednesday. Here’s the thing — Congress could pass a national law codifying Roe v. Wade, protecting the right to choose from further attack. They must do so and quickly".

Texas Public Radio  9/3/21

 

Texas Planned Parenthoods Seek Restraining Order Against Anti-Abortion Group Over New Law


"Anti-abortion activists are already staking out our health centers, surveilling our providers, and threatening our patients,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president for public policy litigation and law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “The physicians, nurses, and clinic staff at Planned Parenthood health centers in Texas — and at abortion providers statewide — deserve to come to work without fear of harassment or frivolous lawsuits.”
 

Link to donate to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc.

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 LEGISLATION

For the People Act of 2021 Passes the House

The For the People Act would mandate the use of paper ballots, require made in the  U.S.A. voting equipment, establish independent commissions for state redistricting, and close loop holes for dark money election contributions.

It is supported by the League of Women Voters®:

"The For the People Act will create a stronger democracy with fairer elections for all Americans."
 

Brennan Center For the People Act Bill Analysis Guide

Link to the For the People Act  (H.R. 1):

"This bill addresses voter access, election integrity and security, campaign finance, and ethics for the three branches of government. <...>"
 

Not one Texas House Republican supported this bill. They said NO to fairer elections, NO to paper ballots, NO to better election security, and NO to campaign finance transparency.

President Biden Signs the American Rescue Plan

 

The American Rescue Plan:

  • Sends $1400 stimulus checks directly to households

  • Funds more vaccines

  • Expands access to health care coverage

  • Helps small businesses & local governments

  • Extends unemployment benefits

  • Offers relief to renters and struggling families

  • Addresses decades of farm policy discrimination in rural America

  • Gets children back to school safely

  • And gets Americans back to work

 

Every Texas Republican in Congress who voted to give billionaires a tax cut in 2017 opposed the American Rescue Plan.

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 BIDEN/HARRIS

      January 20, 2022 Year One

 

"It's never been a good idea to bet against America. And, there's nothing we can't do if we do it together. We are stronger today than we were a year ago."

      January 20, 2021 Noon EST

 

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

President Biden"We've learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed."

Follow

Biden-Harris   @    The White House

The White House

  • Facebook
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President Biden

Victory Speech  (Nov 7, 2020)

"This is the time to heal in America"

Vice President Harris

Victory Speech (Nov 7, 2020)

"I hope every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities."

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 POLITICAL VIDEOS

Joe Biden:

BATTLE for the SOUL of the NATION

"Keep Up (Aug 2020)   

Biden/Harris  "Go From There"

(Oct 2020)

"It’s time we see each other as fellow Americans who live in — and love — the United States of America."

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 EVENTS

Election Workers Needed

Would you like to serve as an election worker for the upcoming Democratic Primary on March 1?

 

Want to work the Van Zandt County 2022 election near you? Hours are 7 AM to 7 PM.

Use the  Subscribe for Updates form to contact us. Please include your name, phone number, email, and best time to contact you.

Check Your Mailbox

The Texas State Democratic Executive Committee recently sent  out Applications  for a Ballot by Mail to eligible voters.

 

The envelope has a blue label that says Mail-Ballot Request Form Enclosed

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Terrell - Kaufman County Democrats

Voter Registration & Canvass Kick Off

Jan 29 @ 10 AM - 12 Noon

Come meet Kathleen Bailey and join the Kaufman County Democrats for  their Canvass Kick Off Event.

Kaufman County Democratic HQ

114 N. Adelaide St.

Terrell, Texas 75160

Monthly Meetings - In-Person!

Masks requested due to Omi-COVID.

 

Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 12 @ 1 PM at the American National Bank in Canton (2nd Floor, Conference Room).

 

Meet Your Texas Candidates

We will be hosting Kathleen Bailey, running for U. S. Congress, District 5, at our Feb. meeting.

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Phil Latham, From Behind the Pine Curtain:

Don't be shy in asking candidates questions

 

Feb.  12, 1:00  PM  Monthly Meeting

Mar. 12, 1:00  PM  Monthly Meeting

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Monthly Meeting, 2nd Saturday @ 1 PM:

American National Bank in Canton

2nd Floor Conference Room

401 TX-243

Canton, TX 75103

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Turn Rural Texas Blue: working to increase Democratic votes in non-urban & rural Texas.

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Black Voters Matter: "Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny"

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 ELECTION DATES

 2022 Election Dates

 

Jan 1, 2022

First day to apply for annual Vote By Mail ballots (includes 2022 Democratic Primary, Runoff, & General Election)

Jan 31, 2022

Voter Registration Deadline for

Democratic Primary 2022

VZ County Clerk

Election Information.
 

Sample Ballot

Feb 14, 2022

First Day of Early Voting

Early Voting Hours

Feb 14-Feb 18:    8 AM to 5 PM

Feb 19:                 7 AM to 7 PM

Feb 21: POLLS CLOSED

Feb 22-25:           7 AM to 7 PM    

Feb 18, 2022  by 5 PM

Vote-by-Mail Applications must

be RECEIVED by the County Clerk's Early Vote Office

Feb 25, 2022

Last Day of Early Voting

Mar 1, 2022

Democratic Primary 2022

Last day (see rules) for ballot by mail.

Mar 19, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 2 PM

Democratic Party County Convention

Senior Citizens Building

200 W. Groves St.

Canton, TX 75103

Democratic Primary

Polling Locations

Early Voting at Old Canton City Hall

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 CANDIDATES

Senate District 2 Candidate

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  • Prince4TexasSD2

U.S. House District 5 Candidates

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  • Kathleen Bailey for Congress
  • Kathleen Bailey
  • Bailey for Texas
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Texas Candidates State Level

Texas AFL-CIO - Cope Convention '22

Texas Attorney General Candidate Debate

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I VOTED

for the

Democratic Party!

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 VOLUNTEER

Barack Obama 2008 - "Yes We Can"

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TX DEM TRAINING

If you are a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar (DVR), you will need to re-certify in 2021.  Tx Democrats DVR & Voter Registration

For DVR training & test questions go to the Texas SoS.  Or check out the League of Women Voters® of Texas.

Click for more information about becoming a DVR.

Activism, Organizing, VAN: Free On-line Training  

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Support the Van Zandt County Democratic Party

ActBlue

PayPal

Or donate by mail with a check:

Van Zandt County Democratic Party

P.O. Box 217

Canton, TX 75103

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 VOTE  KIOSK

Do you need more information?

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to see more...)

Contact the VZ County Clerk's Office.

Go to Vote Texas Website.

Still registered?  Verify your voter registration status.

Verify your voter ID document.

League of Women Voters® of Texas

Felony conviction? Find out if you can vote.

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 REGISTER TO VOTE

Are you registered to vote?  Or need to update your voting address?

Register to Vote in 3 Easy Steps

1.

Verify your voter registration status.

2.

Complete your voter registration application.

3.

Mail or hand-deliver your application to the VZ County Clerk's Registrar.

For name changes or address changes, update your voter registration on-line.

Fast, New, & Easy!

1.

You will need:

   Texas Drivers License or ID

   Social Security #

   Voter Registration Card VUID

2.

Update voter name & address on-line.

Voter registration cards usually arrive in about 30 days.

Questions about registering to vote?   We can help. Text 903-275-1064 to reach one our volunteers.

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 STUDENT VOTERS

Are you a Texas student voter, living away from home?

You can vote!  Choose  either A, B, or C - they all require a bit of advance planning.

A.

Change you voter registration to your away from home location (30 or more days before the election).

B.

Vote early or on election day at home.

C.

Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail from the Texas SoS, as early as possible, but at least 10 days before the election.

Apply to have the ballot sent to your away from home location.

See VOTE BY MAIL below for more information.

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 VOTE BY MAIL

Are you eligible to request an Application for  Ballot By Mail (ABBM)?

Stay Safe and Vote By Mail (VBM) -

How to Request to VBM

1.

Verify your VBM eligibility.

2.

Request an ABBM

    ABBM aka Form 5-15f

   Order on-line from the Texas SoS 

                      --- or ---

    Download from the Texas SoS

 *** NEW FORM for 2022 ***

3.

Fill-out & sign your VBM application.

*** NEW:  A TX DL or other TX ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security # is required.

 

PROVIDE BOTH to avoid delays. ****

Keep a copy or photo of your signed application.

4.

Mail or hand-deliver your VBM application to the VZ County Clerk's Election Office.

When Your VBM Ballot Arrives

5.

VBM ballots are sent out a few weeks before the election.Protect your VBM ballot from fraud with Helpful Hints from the TX SoS.

6.

Complete your ballot and carefully follow the directions for its return.

*** NEW: Use the same TX ID # and/or Social Security # that you provided in Step 3.  ****

 

Sign the carrier envelope the same way as you signed your application in Step 3.

7.

Mail-in your carrier envelope/ballot as soon as possible. Allow at least 5 days for delivery.

8.

Track your ABBM and your  ballot status. ** NEW **

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FPCA Voters

Service members, their families, and overseas citizens may request an absentee ballot using a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

1.

Request an absentee ballot.

2.

Track your FPCA absentee ballot.

Make Sure Your Vote Counts - Avoid These Common Errors

No signature on carrier envelope. Before you drop your carrier envelope in the mail, double-check to verify that it is signed.

Ballot received too late.

With a few exceptions, ballots must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) at the VZ County Clerk's Office by the day after election day.

 Signature on carrier envelope does not match application.  

For households with more than 1 person voting by mail - before you sign, verify that the printed name on the carrier envelope is your name.

Do not sign the carrier envelope for other members of your household.

TX ID # or Social Security # does not match application.

Verify that the ID number on the carrier envelope matches your application.

Carrier envelope contains more than 1 ballot.

A carrier envelope can contain only 1 ballot. Do not bundle ballots together.

Are you concerned about using the USPS to return Your VBM ballot?

If you are concerned that there will not be enough time (allow AT LEAST 5 days) to mail-in your VBM ballot for the election, you may drop-off your ballot (see instructions) at the County Clerk's Election Office.  You will need a valid ID, and you may only drop-off your own ballot.

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 COVID-19

Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Get Vaccinated

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COVID-19 Testing at Home - No Cost to You

The US Postal Service is delivering free COVID-19 tests to residential addresses.

 

Enter your name, address and email at www.usps.com/covidtest to request your free tests.


COVID-19 tests will start shipping in late January. USPS will only send one set of 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests to valid residential addresses.

- Business and Industrial addresses will not work
- Tests will begin shipping at the end of January
- 4 tests per address

Texas COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

The Texas Department of State Health Services has the latest information about access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Are you, like 25% of the people in Van Zandt County, 60+ years old?  

In Texas, 80% of COVID-19 deaths are people aged 60+; by race/ethnicity, almost half of the deaths are Hispanic. Over 77,000 people have died.

CDC - Data & Vaccinations

COVID Data Tracker

 

TEXAS

COVID-19 Updates    COVID-19

Texas Health and Human Services

VAN ZANDT COUNTY

NET Health (Northeast Texas, includes Van Zandt County)

Updated Jan 24, 2022

Van Zandt County: over 10000 confirmed and probable cases,  >1700 active cases, and 244 deaths.