We're Meeting In-Person.
2nd Saturday, 1:00 PM, American National Bank in Canton.
TX SB#1, SB#8
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 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.
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.
"The For the People Act will create a stronger democracy with fairer elections for all Americans."
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.
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.
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."
Biden-Harris @ The White House
The White House
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."
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
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.
Phil Latham, From Behind the Pine Curtain:
Feb. 12, 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting
Mar. 12, 1:00 PM Monthly Meeting
Monthly Meeting, 2nd Saturday @ 1 PM:
American National Bank in Canton
2nd Floor Conference Room
Canton, TX 75103
Turn Rural Texas Blue: working to increase Democratic votes in non-urban & rural Texas.
Black Voters Matter: "Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny"
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
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
Early Voting at Old Canton City Hall
Barack Obama 2008 - "Yes We Can"
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
Click for more information about becoming a DVR.
Activism, Organizing, VAN: Free On-line Training
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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
For name changes or address changes, update your voter registration on-line.
Fast, New, & Easy!
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.
Change you voter registration to your away from home location (30 or more days before the election).
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.
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
Request an ABBM
ABBM aka Form 5-15f
Order on-line from the Texas SoS
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Download from the Texas SoS
*** NEW FORM for 2022 ***
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.
When Your VBM Ballot Arrives
VBM ballots are sent out a few weeks before the election.Protect your VBM ballot from fraud with Helpful Hints from the TX SoS.
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.
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 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.
Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Get Vaccinated
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
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 10000 confirmed and probable cases, >1700 active cases, and 244 deaths.