Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment bc they were needed most & were the most righteous. And so it was that RBG died as the sun was setting last night marking the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.” - Nina Totenberg, NPR
After Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from Columbia Law School, at the top of her class, she found that no New York law firm would hire her. Because of her faith, because she was a wife, and because she was a mother, the doors to a career as an attorney were closed shut. She spent her life blasting open those doors – doors that never, ever should have been closed - for all of us.
A great legal mind, an intellect, a fiery voice for gender equality, for fairness, but above all she was someone who always remembered and credited those who preceded her:
“We could not have come to this point—and I surely would not be in this room today—without the determined efforts of men and women who kept dreams of equal citizenship alive in days when few would listen. People like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Harriet Tubman come to mind. I stand on the shoulders of those brave people.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We are all mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We send our deepest condolences to her family.
Rest in Peace, RBG - we will continue your fight to ensure that those doors always stay open.
U.S. Vice President
U.S. Representative District 5
Texas Railroad Commission
Supreme Court of Texas
Justice, Place 6
Justice, Place 7
Justice, Place 8
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
State Board of Education
Texas House District 2
U.S. Vice President
Democratic National Convention
Texas Railroad Commission
Join Chrysta on Oct. 3 @ 5 PM
Virtual Reception with Erin Brockovich, introduction from Gary Mauro.
The Lincoln Project Aug 30, 2020
"You don’t need to be black to be outraged. You need to be American and be outraged."
The Lincoln Project "Trump NO Nos Quiere" (Sep 2020)
"Trump no solo le falta al respeto a la comunidad hispana. Los detesta.
Trump doesn’t just disrespect the Hispanic community. He detests them".
"Dear Daughters, we want so much for you. We want you to grow up in American that believes in you.
Free of name calling.
Free of body shaming.
Free of bullying.
This is the America we want for you."
Don Winslow Films - "Trump Is Not Like You" (September 2020)
The Lincoln Project: "In 1984 Ronald Reagan’s campaign launched an iconic and memorable political ad called “Morning in America.” ‘Morning’ highlighted the positive impact of a first term Reagan presidency and presented an optimistic vision of an America that was prosperous and peaceful. Under Donald Trump, we instead face “Mourning in America.”
Morning in America - 1984: Reagan's vision and the Republicans' promise to America.
Oct 13, 7:00 PM Zoom Monthly Meeting
Agenda Item: GOTV
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Get Yard Signs, Buttons, Stickers, Register to Vote at the Pop-Up Store
Get Biden/Harris, Salter, Brannon yard signs at our "pop-up" store, Saturday, September 26, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Location will be at Hwy 80 & Hwy 19.
General Election!! Election Workers: The County Clerk's office has posted a Training Schedule for election workers. Contact them at 903-567-6503 to sign-up.
Are you, like 25% of the people in Van Zandt County, 60+ years old?
Does your retirement plan depend upon Social Security and Medicare?
Donald Trump has proposed eliminating FICA payroll contributions, including those matched by employers. His proposal effectively defunds Social Security’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Medicare.
By 2023, your Social Security monthly payment would be ZERO ($0), and Medicare would be slashed.
Dr. Carolyn Salter, candidate for U.S. Congress, will fight to keep Social Security and Medicare fully funded:
“No Texan should have Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare cut to fund tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. We deserve patient-centered care, not profit-centered.” - Dr. Salter
She understands the importance of keeping our rural hospitals open, our retirees healthy and active, and our local economy booming.
"The Biden Plan will protect Social Security for the millions of Americans who depend on the program".
"Put Social Security on a path to long-run solvency. The impending exhaustion of the Social Security Trust fund imperils American retirement as we know it. Waiting to act only jeopardizes the program further, and will make an eventual solution that much more difficult. The Biden Plan will put the program on a path to long-term solvency by asking Americans with especially high wages to pay the same taxes on those earnings that middle-class families pay". - Joe Biden
Down Ballot Races
The down ballot race for Texas House District 2 is one of the MOST important races for Van Zandt County.
If you support keeping our public schools funded, accessible rural healthcare, and an economy that works for every Texan, you and Bill Brannon agree on the issues.
And Bill Brannon loves dogs!! (Cats, too).
Another down ballot race that impacts our teachers and public schools is State Board of Education (SBoE), District 9.
Brenda Davis is a retired teacher who wants to represent teachers and rural school districts.
The SBoE has veto power over new charter school applicants. "Big-Ed" charter schools vacuum-up Texas tax dollars to benefit out-of-state corporations. Brenda Davis wants Texas tax dollars invested in Texas public schools and teachers.
As our representative to the SBoE, Brenda Davis would champion a curriculum that replaces standardized test-taking skills with one that teaches critical thinking skills.
Show your support for the next President of the United States,
Get a Biden yard sign with a $5 donation to the Van Zandt County Democrats.
Get a Biden Harris sign with a $10 donation.
Get a Biden button with a $3 donation.
Use ActBlue to donate to the VZ County Democrats
Or donate by mail with a check:
Van Zandt County Democratic Party
P.O. Box 217
Canton, TX 75103
Don't Stop at the Top!
The General Election Ballot WILL NOT have a straight-ticket Democratic Party option. Vote for EACH & ALL of these great Democratic Party candidates.
United States President/Vice President
Joseph R. Biden/Kamala D. Harris
United States Senator
Mary "MJ" Hegar
United States Representative District 5
Vote for ALL Down Ballot Candidates
Chief Justice Supreme Court
Amy Clark Meachum
Justice Supreme Court Place 6
Justice Supreme Court Place 7
Justice Supreme Court Place 8
Gisela D. Triana
Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3
Elizabeth David Frizell
Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4
Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9
Member State Board of Education District 9
State Representative District 2
Barack Obama 2008 - "Yes We Can"
Election Workers' Training
The County Clerk's office has posted a Training Schedule for election workers. Training will be at Old Canton City Hall. Contact them at 903-567-6503 to reserve a seat. No walk-ins.
Day Date Time
T Oct 6 6:30 PM
Sat Oct 10 10:00 AM
M Oct 12 10:00 AM
T Oct 13 6:30 PM
T Oct 20 6:30 PM
Election Workers Needed
What: General Election
Paid by VZ County: TBD (approx $100/day)
Where: VZ County Poll Locations
When: November 3, 7 AM - 7 PM
Register with the Texas Democratic Party: Election Day Worker
Use the Information Request Form to contact us with your name, phone number, & best time to call.
Support our rural candidates:
Bill Brannon: TX House District 2
Brenda Davis: State Board of Education
Dr Salter: TX CD-5 (U.S. Representative)
Phone-Bank: Congressional District 5
Volunteer for Chrysta, Texas Railroad Commission
Call/text for Texas candidates:
TDP Phone-Bank: Texas
Beto's Powered by People Texting Team
Join Team Joe - Joe Biden for President
We need election workers for Nov 3. Register with the Texas Democratic Party: Election Day Worker
REGISTER TO VOTE
Are You Registered to Vote?
With all the Covid-19 disruption of our normal lives, many of us have had to put several things on the back burner to take care of later.
One of those things may be registering to vote. If you are not registered yet, but would like to be, we can help.
We have certified Van Zandt County Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars available right now. Text 903-275-1064 to make arrangements to meet with one of our registrars to get you registered to vote in November.
October 5 is the deadline for registering for the November 3 general election.
Are You a Texas Student Voter, Living Away from Home?
If you are a student voter and living away from home, voting in November will take a bit of advance planning.
1) If you are registered at your parents' or guardian's address, one option is to request an absentee vote by mail ballot from the County Clerk, to be sent to your away from home address.
Applications to vote by mail must be received by Oct 23 at the County Clerk's Election Office. Send your application in as early as possible.
2) Or, plan to vote in person, either during early voting or on Nov 3, at the location corresponding to your voter registration address.
3) Or, change your registration to your new location. The deadline to change your registration is Oct 5.
Texas Secretary of State Information
Register2Vote will send you an application and a stamped envelope addressed to your County Voter Registrar's office.
Mail your application! You are not registered until your County Voter Registrar's office receives it.
Verify your voter ID document.
For voter registration questions, contact the Van Zandt County Clerk's office.
VOTE BY MAIL
Are You Concerned about Using the USPS to Return Your VBM Ballot?
The Governor of Texas recently issued a proclamation expanding VBM ballot drop-off options.
If you are concerned that there will not be enough time (allow AT LEAST 5 days) to mail-in your VBM ballot for the Nov 3rd election, you may drop-off your ballot (see instructions) at the County Clerk's Election Office.
You may drop-off your ballot anytime after you receive & complete it. You will need a valid ID, and you may only drop-off your own ballot.
October 5, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline for
November 3 General Election Voting
VZ County Clerk
Early Voting - Check for Updates
Elimination of Straight-Party Voting - County Clerk's Office:
"House Bill 25, passed during the 85th Legislative Session, eliminated straight-party voting effective September 1, 2020.
If you wish to vote for all of the candidates affiliated with one party,
you should select each candidate one at a time on your ballot."
October 13, 2020
First day of Early Voting
Old Canton City Hall
290 E. Tyler St.
Early Voting Days and Times
T-F Oct 13 -16 8 AM - 5 PM
SAT Oct 17 8 AM - 5 PM
M-W Oct 9 - 21 8 AM - 5 PM
TH Oct 22 7 AM - 7 PM
F Oct 23 8 AM - 5 PM
SAT Oct 24 8 AM - 5 PM
M-W Oct 26 - 28 8 AM - 5 PM
TH Oct 29 7 AM - 7 PM
F Oct 30 8 AM - 5 PM
October 23, 2020 by 5 PM
Vote-by-Mail Applications must
be RECEIVED by the County Clerk's Early Vote Office
October 30, 2020
Last day of Early Voting
November 3, 2020
Last day (see rules) for ballot by mail.
Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Social Distance
The Lincoln Project: Sep. 2020
Are you, like 25% of the people in Van Zandt County, 60+ years old?
"It affects virtually nobody," Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting - Aaron Rupar
In Texas, over 15,000 people have died from COVID-19.
At his rally just now President Trump told supporters the coronavirus “affects elderly people...people with heart problems and other problems. That’s what it really affects. That’s it.” - Weijia Jiang
In Texas, 80% of COVID-19 deaths are people aged 60+.
COVID-19 Updates COVID-19
Texas Health and Human Services
VAN ZANDT COUNTY
NET Health (Northeast Texas, includes Van Zandt County)
Van Zandt County: over 660 confirmed and probable cases, 26 deaths.
East Texas Community - Join
Dr Salter and Dr Gorby for their Facebook Live COVID-19 medical updates (Mondays and Fridays at 1:30 PM).
Support the Van Zandt County Democratic Party