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.
“Huge Victory”: Black Farmers Hail $5B in New COVID Relief Law to Redress Generations of Racism
"A major provision in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill aims to address decades of discrimination against Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian American farmers who have historically been excluded from government agricultural programs. <...>
John Boyd, a fourth-generation Black farmer and president of the National Black Farmers Association, says the new funds begin to address issues he has been fighting for 30 years. “This is a huge victory for Black farmers and farmers of color,” says Boyd."
Mike Collier - Collier for Texas
“Abbott’s lack of foresight and inability to manage this crisis is part of a repeated pattern. He didn’t take action when Texans were displaced during Hurricane Harvey, he refused to plan appropriately for the coronavirus crisis, his handling of vaccine distribution has been abysmal, and now, in Texas’ time of greatest need during this winter storm, his incompetence is once again on full display. This isn’t partisan politics. This is a question of his basic ability to do the job he was elected to do. We’ve given Abbott chance after chance to prove that he can manage our state government and he’s failed to answer the call every single damn time.
On top of all of this, before even addressing Texans directly, Governor Abbott spent precious time spewing lies on right-wing television while again passing the blame off to somebody else. This is the classic Abbott playbook: lie and do whatever it takes to not take responsibility for your actions."
2021 Election Dates
Jan 13 - Feb 12, 2021
Candidate Filing Dates (ISD Board of Trustees, City Offices & Council)
Apr 1, 2021
Voter Registration Deadline for
May 1 Local Election Voting
VZ County Clerk
Apr 19, 2021
First Day of Early Voting
Apr 20, 2021 by 5 PM
Vote-by-Mail Applications must
be RECEIVED by the County Clerk's Early Vote Office
Apr 27, 2021
Last Day of Early Voting
May 1, 2021
Last day (see rules) for ballot by mail.
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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
If you are a DVR in one county, you may submit a Request for Appointment as a Volunteer Deputy Registrar to become a DVR in another county (see Texas SoS BW2-1) .
Sign up for a DVR virtual training event through Beto's Powered by People. You do not need to live in Harris or Travis county to do the training.
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Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Get Vaccinated
Van Zandt & East Texas Vaccination Sites
Still looking for a COVID-19 vaccination? Try these locations, recheck often:
Texas COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Texas Department of State Health Services has information about hub providers, community providers, & vaccine availability.
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 48,000 people have died.
CDC - Data & Vaccinations
COVID Data Tracker
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 4100 confirmed and probable cases, 100+ active cases, and 69 deaths.
PBS News Hour: Biden, Harris speak at memorial to COVID-19 victims ahead of inauguration
REGISTER TO VOTE
Are you registered to vote? Or need to update your voting address?
Register to Vote in 3 Easy Steps
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.
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.
VOTE BY MAIL
Stay Safe and Vote By Mail (VBM) -
How to Request to VBM
Request a VBM application from the VZ County Clerk's Election Office.
Fill-out & sign your VBM application. Keep a copy of your signed application.
When Your VBM Ballot Arrives
Mail-in your carrier envelope/ballot as soon as possible. Allow at least 5 days for delivery.
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).
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 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.
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?
The Governor of Texas issued a proclamation expanding VBM ballot drop-off options for the November general election.
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.