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."
Biden-Harris @ The White House
Victory Speech (Nov 7, 2020)
"This is the time to heal in America"
Vice President Harris
Biden/Harris "Go From There"
"It’s time we see each other as fellow Americans who live in — and love — the United States of America."
The Lincoln Project Oct 2020
"Vote for change.
Vote for our sons.
Vote for Joe."
"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
"You don’t need to be black to be outraged. You need to be American and be outraged."
President Biden: "We've learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed."
Mar 9, 7:00 PM Zoom Monthly Meeting
Apr 13, 7:00 PM Zoom Monthly Meeting
Agenda Item: 2021/2022
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Thank you to the Van Zandt County Community for your very much appreciated efforts in keeping us all safe during this weather/energy/water crisis.
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Texas Warming Centers (2/18/21)
Texas — Hundreds of warming centers are open across the state. Head to http://tdem.texas.gov/warm to find the center nearest you or call 211 for additional assistance.
"Texans are suffering without power because those in power have failed us. As with Covid, a natural disaster has become far deadlier due to the inaction & ineptitude of Abbott and Texas’ Republican leadership. This didn’t have to happen and doesn’t have to continue".
"While they focused on bathroom bills, “show me your papers” legislation and fighting with sports teams over the Star Spangled Banner, 30 million Texans were left vulnerable to uncontrolled Covid spread, a bungled vaccine rollout and now this “rolling” power blackout".
Can you find Texas on this map?
“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.
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
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.
Activism, Organizing, VAN: Free On-line Training
Stay Safe, Wear a Mask, Social Distance, Get Vaccinated
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 40,000 people have died.
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 3800 confirmed and probable cases, 1300+ active cases, and 66 deaths.
PBS News Hour: Biden, Harris speak at memorial to COVID-19 victims ahead of inauguration
"We just hit $4 million!
Reps. Sylvia Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee & Al Green of Houston are doing incredible work w/ local relief organizations to get emergency relief to Texans.
Today we went to food distributions, water delivery sites, and home tours of impacted Texans."
Thank you, AOC, and Texas Reps!!!
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 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.