Friday, May 30, 2008

Democratic Party Links

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Groups and Information Links

Democratic Party Local

Democratic Party National

Elections

Government

Texas Information Sources

Voter Education

Polls



Organizations

National Media

International Media

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Election Links

Am I Registered to Vote?
Collin County Elections Administrator
Collin County Election Day Polling Places
Collin County Elections Department
Collin Co. Early Voting Locations and Dates
Democratic Party of Collin County
Deputy Voter Registrar Information
Election Worker Information
Get Out The Vote Information
Get Out The Vote In Collin County
Request a Mail-in Ballot
State of Texas Online Poll Worker Training
TX Secretary of State’s Elections Division
Voter Registration Form
What is my Precinct?
Who are my Elected Officials?
Who is my Precinct Chair?*
U.S. and State Legislators for Collin Co.


First day to apply for ballot by mail
Last day to register to vote (for this election)
First day of early voting
Last day to apply for ballot by mail
Last day of early voting
General Election
September 5, 2008
October 6, 2008
October 20, 2008
October 28, 2008*
October 31, 2008
November 4, 2008
* - Ballot by mail application must be received in the Elections Office by this date.

Know Your Voting Rights
Voter Rights Handout (PDF)

Please vote early this year - you'll be glad you did. Early voting starts on Monday October 20th at 7AM and continues until Friday 7PM on October 31st at several convenient locations around Collin County on October 20th 2008.

Please remember to take your Voter's Registration Card with you to the early voting polling place when you vote.

Please DO NOT cut the bar code off of the orange card - election clerks can use the bar code to electronically verify your voter registration status, which makes the voting lines move much faster for everyone!!!

Did you receive your Orange Voter's Registration Card? If you did not receive an orange registration card during 2008 and you have moved or you have not voted in an election in Collin County during the past two years, your voting registration record may have been "suspended." Check your registration status here.

You are eligible to vote with a mail-in ballot if you meet certain conditions that are set by the Secretary of State. In general, you may be eligible if you are disabled, over 65, or if you will be out of Collin County on Election Day and during Early Voting. For specific information and to determine your eligibility, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site or click here to visit the Collin County website. To get an application for a mail-in ballot, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site, where you can download an application or request that one be mailed to you. See important dates above regarding when your application must be made and your ballot must be received. The authority responsible for mail-in ballot voting in Collin County:

Collin County Elections Department
2010 Redbud Blvd. map
Suite 102
McKinney, TX 75069
Email: election@collincountytx.gov
Phone: 972-547-1990 (McKinney)

972-424-1460 ext. 1990 (Metro)

800-687-8546 (Toll Free)
Fax: 972-547-1914

Have you registered to vote yet? The October 6th deadline to register to vote in the fall election is fast approaching! In general, you are eligible to vote in Collin County if you are a United States Citizen, a resident of the county, 18 years old, not a convicted felon and not declared mentally incapacitated. For specific information and to determine your eligibility, click here to visit the Secretary of State’s web site and read the pamphlet on Texas Voting. Check whether you are already registered to vote here and if you are not yet registered to vote, get your Voter's Registration application here.

Note: Your Precinct Number, U.S. Congressional District Number, Texas Legislative District Number and other important information can be found on your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card. Did you receive your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card? Are you registered to vote? Check your registration card information and voting status here.

Election Day Voting starts at 7AM on November 4th 2008 at 126 election day polling places around Collin County. The polling places will close at 7PM on November 4th.

The Democratic Party of Collin County needs need Election Clerks, Poll Greeters and Poll Watchers to work on Election Day, Nov 4th. If you can work all day or even just a few hours, please phone 972-578-1483 to volunteer!

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CollinDems Links

Democratic Candidates
On Collin County Ballots in '08

President of the United States Candidate
- The Electoral College and Texas
- Barack Obama Campaign
- Obama'08 National Campaign Blog
- Obama '08 YouTube
- Obama Rapid Response Fact Check
- Obama Collin County
- Obama Rockwall County
- Obama Grayson County
- Obama Dallas County
U. S. Senate Candidate
- U.S. Senate Seats from Texas
- Lt. Col. Rick Noriega
- Rick Noriega YouTube
U. S. House of Representatives Candidates
- U.S. Congressional Districts of Texas
- Tom Daley - District 3
- Distric3 Map
- Tom Daily Video
- Glenn Melancon - District 4
- District 4 Map
- Glenn Melancon YouTube
Texas Supreme Court Candidates
- What is the Texas Supreme Court?
- Graphical Guide to the Texas Court System
- Judge Jim Jordan - Chief Justice
- Judge Jim Jordan YouTube video
- Judge Sam Houston - Place 7
- Judge Sam Houston YouTube video
- Justice Linda R. Yanez - Place 8
- Judge Linda R. Yanez YouTube video
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Candidates
- What is the Court of Criminal Appeals?
- Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
- Susan Strawn - Place 3
- Susan Strawn YouTube Video
- J.R. Molina - Place 4 (no website)
- J.R Molina YouTube video
Texas 5th District Court of Appeals Candidates
- What is the Fifth District Court of Appeals?
- Texas District Courts of Appeals
- Don B. Chae - Place 3
- Judge David Hanschen - Place 6
- Tina Yoo - Place 8
Texas Railroad Commission Candidate
- What is the Texas Railroad Commission?
- Mark Thompson
- Mark Thompson YouTube video
Collin County Commissioner Candidates
- What is Collin County Commissioner?
- Commissioners Courts of Texas
- Collin County Commissioners Court

- Victor Manuel - Precinct 3
- Precinct 3 District Map PDF
- Jean Power - Precinct 4
- Precinct 4 District Map PDF


Democratic Groups and Information

Asian American Democrats of Texas
Christian Democratic Network of Greater Dallas
College Democrats of America
Frisco Democratic Meetup Group
Health Care for America No
Latino Rights and Advocacy
League of Women Voters Collin Co.
League of Women Voters National
League of Women Voters VOTE411.org
Matthew 25 Network
Progressive Populist Caucus of Texas
Progressive Democrats of America
Stonewall Democrats of Collin County
Texas Coalition of Black Democrats
Texas Democratic Veterans
Texas Democratic Women
Texas Democratic Women of Collin County
Texas Young Democrats
Women's National Democratic Club
Yahoo Club for Texas Democrats
Young Democrats of America

Information

State of Texas Information
Texas Legislature
U.S. and State Legislators for Collin Co.
State of Texas Information
Texas Legislature

Democratic Party Links

Democratic Party of Collin County
Democratic National Committee Blog
Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Democratic National Convention Blog
Democratic National Convention Denver
Democratic National Convention YouTube
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
Texas Democratic Party
Texas Democratic Party YouTube videos
U.S. Senate Democrats
U.S. House of Representatives Democrats
Dallas County Democratic Party
Denton County Democratic Party
Grayson County Democratic Party
Rockwall County Democratic Party
Democratic Primary Election Results, Collin Co.
Democratic Primary Election Results, Texas
Plano 4th of July Parade - Democratic Party
Collin County '08 Primary Convention Pictures

Election Links

Am I Registered to Vote?
Collin County Elections Administrator
Collin County Election Day Polling Places
Collin County Elections Department
Collin Co. Early Voting Locations and Dates
Democratic Party of Collin County
Deputy Voter Registrar Information
Get Out The Vote Information
Get Out The Vote In Collin County
Request a Mail-in Ballot
State of Texas Online Poll Worker Training
TX Secretary of State’s Elections Division
Voter Registration Form
What is my Precinct?
Who are my Elected Officials?
Who is my Precinct Chair?*
U.S. and State Legislators for Collin Co.

Note: Your Precinct Number,
U.S. Congressional District Number,
Texas Legislative District Number and
other important information can be
found on your 2008 Orange Voter's
Registration Card. Did you receive your
2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card?
Are you registered to vote? Check your
registration card information and voting
status here.

Please remember to take your Voter's
Registration Card with you to the polling
place when you vote. Early voting starts
at several convenient locations around
Collin County on Monday October 20th
at 7AM and continues until Friday 7PM
on October 31st.
Early Voting Locations and Dates

Please vote early this year - you'll be
glad you did
.

Dates

General Election
First day to apply for ballot by mail
Last day to register (for this election)
First day of early voting
Last day to apply for ballot by mail
Last day of early voting
11/04/08
09/05/08
10/06/08
10/20/08
10/28/08*
10/31/08
* - Ballot by mail application must be
received in the Elections Office by this date.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Poll Greeter Guide

Poll Greeters are outside the 100-foot marker and their activities are not very restricted. They can electioneer, help voters with ballots, wave candidate signs, and help support Democrats in the voting process as long as they stay outside the 100 ft marker of the polling place.

Contact your Political Party’s and or Candidates’ campaign office(s) and ask for the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) or Poll Greeter Coordinator to inquire about a poll greeter assignment.

What to Wear:

  • Comfortable layers of clothing as the temperature will change throughout the day.
  • Comfortable shoes, because you may be standing for long periods of time.
  • Sunscreen, as there is little shade at polling places.
What to Bring:
  • Bottles of Water and snacks/energy bars
  • Extra sunscreen, sunglasses, an umbrella (for shade and rain)
  • A book, radio or MP3 player for when there is no voter traffic
  • A cell phone (or locate a nearby payphone)
  • A folding chair
  • Handbook for Election Judges and Clerks
  • Election Day phone numbers and web address
  • Folding table for Candidate and Party literature
  • Candidate and Party literature and signs
What to Expect:

People happy to see you there; those who are hostile to you being there; and many people indifferent to you being there
  • An election official, a hostile voter or someone from another party may question your presence. While this is rare, be prepared for anything. In addition, ALL greeters, signs and literature must be a specified distance from the entrance to the polling place.
  • Voter traffic will fluctuate dramatically. Many tend to vote before or after work. Some arrive during their lunch break or after-school. Typically, there is a lower turnout during non-presidential election years.
  • A long but satisfying day. You may leave with more energy than when you started because you made a huge difference.
As a Poll Greeter, your main responsibilities are:
  1. To project a positive, enthusiastic attitude;
  2. To give palm cards or other handouts; and
  3. To thank arriving people for voting, encourage them to vote for your party or particular candidates and ask if they have any last minute questions.
  4. Thank departing people for voting too.
The job seems simple and extremely repetitive, but executing all three tasks at the same time throughout the day is harder than it seems. Make each handout and greeting as genuine, enthusiastic, and effective as the first.
  • Say “Thank you for voting today, and please vote for these great candidates.”
  • If you are alone, do not encage in lengthy discussions of the issues/candidates with people that want to talk. Direct them to the Hospitality Table that you set up that has candidate and or party literature.
  • Position yourself next to the main pathway into the polling place, but do not block it. Always make sure you are outside the restricted area.
  • Keep smiling, even in the face of hostile people. Remember that you are making a positive difference and there are lot more people grateful that you are there. Your calm and polite response to a hostile voter creates a positive impression of both you and the party.
Keep your chair and personal items nearby so you can easily sit down when time permits but you are able to remain in position to greet new voters. Please know that you are critical to the success of the Democratic Party. Thank you for making a difference!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Voting Info For Sidebar

Please vote early this year - you'll be glad you did. Please remember to take your Voter's Registration Card with you to the early voting polling place when you vote and PLEASE DO NOT cut the bar code off of the orange card - election clerks can use the bar code to electronically verify your voter registration status, which makes the voting lines move much faster for everyone!!!

Did you receive your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card? If you did not receive an orange registration card during 2008, your voting registration record may have been "suspended" or "canceled." Check your registration status here. If you are not yet registered to vote, get your Voter's Registration application here.

Note: Your Precinct Number, U.S. Congressional District Number, County Commissioner Precinct Number and other important information can be found on your 2008 Orange Voter's Registration Card.

Full Election Information and Links

Touchscreen Voting: A How to Guide for Collin Co. Early Voters

WhyBarack.com

Check Election Day Polling Places

Democratic Candidates Whose Name Will Appear On Collin County Election Ballots.

09/05/08 - First day to apply for ballot by mail
10/06/08 - Last day to register (for this election)
10/20/08 - First day of early voting
10/28/08 - Last day to apply for ballot by mail**
10/31/08 - Last day of early voting
11/04/08 -
General Election Day
** Ballot by mail application must be received in the Elections Office by this date.

Full Election Information and Links

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