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 2020 DEMOCRATS

U.S. President

    Joe Biden     Facebook      Twitter

U.S. Vice President

    Kamala Harris    Facebook    Twitter

U.S. Senate

   MJ Hegar      Facebook      Twitter

U.S. Representative District 5

   Dr. Carolyn Salter    Facebook

 

Texas Railroad Commission

   Chrysta Castañeda   Facebook

Supreme Court of Texas

   Chief Justice

   Honorable  Amy Clark Meachum 

   Justice, Place 6

   Attorney Kathy Cheng, Esq.

   Justice, Place 7

   Honorable Staci Williams

   Justice, Place 8

   Honorable Gisela Triana

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

    Place 3

   Judge Elizabeth Davis Frizell

   Place 4

   Judge Tina Clinton

   Place 9

   Judge Brandon Birmingham

State Board of Education

   District 9

   Brenda Davis    Facebook

Texas House District 2

   Bill Brannon     Facebook

The County Clerk's website has General Election sample ballots. Page 1 has federal and state candidates; Page 2 has local elections.  Sample Ballots

How to vote the equivalent of a straight-party ticket (Page 1 on ballots):

 

 

It is OK to print this sample ballot, bring it to the poll location, and use it as a reference when you vote.

 202o ISSUES

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.

"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

In Van Zandt County, cow/calf production makes up about 1/3 of our agricultural market; in Texas, cattle are a $10 billion business.

Since February live cattle prices paid to ranchers have dropped over 18%, while wholesale beef prices, which consumers pay, have increased over 115%.

A bipartisan group of 19 senators from cattle production states requested action by the DOJ regarding market manipulation.

 

JOHN CORNYN did not sign-on.

From meat packing to court packing, it is time to send Fake-Ag John Cornyn packing.  Support MJ!

 2020 CAMPAIGNS

Joe Biden     U.S. President

Joe Biden     Facebook      Twitter

Joe Biden Acceptance Speech

August 20, 2020

Kamala Harris

U.S. Vice President

 Kamala Harris    Facebook    Twitter

Kamala Harris

Acceptance Speech

Democratic National Convention

MJ Hegar           U.S. Senate

   MJ Hegar     Facebook     Twitter

 

MJ For Texas  

Texas is a battleground state, y'all!

 Chrysta Castañeda

Texas Railroad Commission

   Chrysta Castañeda   Facebook

Join Chrysta on Oct. 21 @ 5 PM

Virtual Town Hall Dallas, Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33) and Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party, Cliff Walker

Bill Brannon

Texas House District 2

Bill Brannon Radio Spot -- "We Can Have a Strong 2nd Amendment and Common Sense Gun Laws"

 POLITICAL VIDEOS

Joe Biden:

BATTLE for the SOUL of the NATION

"Keep Up (Aug 2020)   

The Lincoln Project & VoteVets "Our Moment" (Sep 29, 2020)

"11 years ago, Sully was called for his moment. Now, we are all called to this moment.

Join Sully in regaining control of this nation's destiny by voting Donald Trump out"
.

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".

The Lincoln Project  Aug 27, 2020

"Daughters" 

 

"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."

The Lincoln Project        Aug 30, 2020

"Doc" 

"You don’t need to be black to be outraged. You need to be American and be outraged."

Meidas Touch  April 2020  The Snake

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.”

Updated Aug 25, 2020

Morning in America - 1984: Reagan's vision and the Republicans' promise to America.

 EVENTS

Nov 10, 7:00 PM  Zoom Monthly Meeting

Agenda Item:  Election Results

October Newsletter

Email us for Zoom Meeting Id

Monthly Meeting, 2nd Tuesday @ 7 PM:

Zoom-hosted  VIRTUAL Monthly Meeting

Oct 22 @ 8 PM Presidential Debate

Email us for Biden/Harris

Yard Signs 

"We’ve got to come together to defeat Donald Trump –– Democrats, Independents, Republicans, and yes, even Demo-cats". - Joe Biden

#CatsForBiden Volunteer! Make a Difference!

Join Team Joe - Joe Biden for President

Biden's Text-for-Joe

TDP Phone-Bank:  Texas

Beto's Powered by People Texting Team

 UPDATES

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.

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 fundedaccessible rural healthcare, and an economy that works for every Texan, you and  Bill Brannon agree on the issues.

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.

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

Carolyn Salter

Vote for ALL Down Ballot Candidates

Railroad Commissioner

Chrysta Castañeda

Chief Justice Supreme Court

Amy Clark Meachum

Justice Supreme Court Place 6

Kathy Cheng

Justice Supreme Court Place 7

Staci Williams

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

Tina Clinton

Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9

Brandon Birmingham

Member State Board of Education District 9

Brenda Davis

State Representative District 2

Bill Brannon

I VOTED

for the

Democratic Party!

How to vote the equivalent of a straight-party ticket:

 

 

It is OK to print this sample ballot, bring it to the poll location, and use it as a reference when you vote.

Barack Obama 2008 - "Yes We Can"

 VOLUNTEER

       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.

Phone-Bank:  Congressional District 5

Volunteer for MJ Hegar

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

Biden's Text-for-Joe

We need election workers for Nov 3.  Register with the Texas Democratic Party: Election Day Worker

 COVID-19

Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Social Distance

The Lincoln Project: Sep. 2020   "Nobody"

"If you're over the age of 65, Donald Trump doesn't care whether you live or die."

Meidas Touch    July 2020

"Trump Kills Texas"

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 16,000 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+; by race/ethnicity, 56% of the deaths are Hispanic.

The Lincoln Project: Le Creimos

 

"Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an outsized impact on our nations’ Hispanic communities. That’s why we’re #UnidosContraTrump."

TEXAS

COVID-19 Updates    COVID-19

Texas Health and Human Services

VAN ZANDT COUNTY

NET Health (Northeast Texas, includes Van Zandt County)

Updated October 15, 2020

Van Zandt County: over 800 confirmed and probable cases, 28 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).

BALLOT  TRACKING

The Texas SoS website has early voting turnout information, by day, including received and dropped-off VBM ballots.

  • Select Election:            2020 Nov 3rd, Submit

  • EV Turnout by Date:     Select Date, Submit

  • Look for Van Zandt County, Click Here (it is on the far right), which will download a list of received mail-in ballots in a spreadsheet format.

    Van Zandt County has 38,968 registered voters

2020 General Election Turnout

EARLY VOTING, MAIL-IN, DROP-OFF

                                Total

Date     In-Person  Mail-In     Total

Oct   4                           9             9

         5                         12           12

         9                        146        146

       12         ---          151        151

       13        861         308      1169 ( 3.00%)

       14        880         699      2440 ( 6.26%)

       15        813         774      3328 (  8.54%)

       16        997        1000     4551 (11.68%)

       17        895        1003     5449 (13.98%)

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Military and/or overseas voters, use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) Ballot Tracker to track your ballot.

 October 5, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline for

November 3 General Election Voting

VZ County Clerk

Early Voting -  Check for Updates

Sample Ballots for General Election

Election Information.

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."

How to vote the equivalent of a straight-party ticket:

 

 

It is OK to print this sample ballot and use it as a reference when you vote.
 

October 13, 2020

First day of Early Voting

Old Canton City Hall

290 E. Tyler St.

Canton, TX

Early Voting Days and Times

T-F      Oct 13 -16    8 AM - 5 PM

SAT     Oct 17          8 AM - 5 PM

M-W    Oct 19 - 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

General Election

Polling Locations

 

 

Last day (see rules) for ballot by mail.

 GENERAL ELECTION
 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

How to request an application to Vote by Mail (VBM)

Vote by Mail (VBM):  Request a ballot by mail application.

Protect your Vote by Mail ballot. Ensure your vote is counted. See VoteTexas for "Helpful Hints on Voting Early by Mail".

Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) for service members, their families, and overseas citizens

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) ballot tracker for  military and/or overseas ballots

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.

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Canton, TX 75103

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