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MEMBERS EDITION

September 15 meeting to feature Biden/Harris campaign advisor Mike Collier of Texas


Mike Collier nearly became our state’s lieutenant governor in 2018. Now, he will be the featured speaker at our meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom to discuss Joe Biden’s science-based plan for the country and what we can do to help defeat Republican incumbents.

Collier's political savviness and dedication to Democratic ideals have him working as a senior advisor to the Biden/Harris election campaign in Texas.
 
BCDCTX meets on the 3rd Tuesday of every month (via Zoom for now). Register for the Sept. 15 meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
 
Invite your friends! Non-members can request an invitation by emailing democratsclubburnetcounty@gmail.com.
Minutes and Reports links for members:

August membership meeting minutes

September board meeting minutes

September treasurer’s report
 
Bring your questions to the Sept. 15 meeting. 

Chrysta Castañeda, Railroad Commission, kicks off Candid Candidates Series Virtual Townhalls   

Join Castañeda on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m.

You’re electing more than just the president in November, so get to know the down-ballot candidates through the BCDCTX Candid Candidate Series! The events start on Sunday, Sept. 13, with an up-close-and-personal Zoom session with Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission.
 ad for Chrysta Castaneda, RR Commission, appearance on Sept. 13
What makes the Railroad Commission such an important entity?
 
“The Railroad Commission’s #1 job is to prevent waste and protect our natural resources. At this very minute, oil companies are lighting on fire enough energy to power the city of Houston, wasting natural gas and polluting our air. That doesn’t make sense,” Castañeda says.
 
She’s been endorsed by the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats - Harris County, Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity, Mexican American Democrats of Texas – San Antonio and Great Southwest, and many others, including groups near us.
 
Free registration for this or any Candid Candidate Series event is at bcdctx.org/townhalls.

Here's the lineup:
Sept. 13 - Chrysta Castañeda, Railroad Commission
Sept. 20 - Julie Oliver, Congress
Sept. 27 - Jessica Tiedt, State House
Oct. 4 - Here Come the Judges

If you have friends or acquaintances who would appreciate hearing about these Sunday Socials, please email us so we can keep them informed ... or feel free to share the link and invite them yourself!

Questions or comments? Please email the Club. These sessions are for you! 

BCDCTX Events Info

 
The best way to keep up with Club and candidate
events and opportunities is on our Facebook page! 
Latest Club Accomplishments
(or, How We’re Turning Texas Blue!)
  • Made or are in the process of making monetary or in-kind (advertising) contributions to Burnet County candidates Julie Oliver, Clayton Tucker, Jessica Tiedt, Chrysta Castañeda, MJ Hegar and judges.
  • Hosting candidates and promoting their appearances at Candid Candidate Series.
  • Added substantial Election Info to website: https://www.bcdctx.org/election-info
  • Added links to info on all candidates to website: https://www.bcdctx.org/can
  • Holding phone banks for various candidates
  • Sent postcards encouraging voters 65 and over to request vote-by-mail applications and designing a follow-up postcard now.
  • Topped 100 followers on Instagram.
  • Reaching 1,000+ people a month via Facebook page.
  • Instructed meeting attendees on how to write letters to the editor.
  • Raised funds through art donation by Catherine Hicks.
  • Distributed nearly 500 Democratic-themed signs
NOTES ON SIGNS:
  • If your sign is stolen from your yard or place of business, we’ll replace it for free as long as supplies last!
  • We’re getting 250 more Biden-Harris signs so we can blanket the county, and you can order yours at a donation amount dictated by your conscience.
Not too shabby! Congratulations and thanks to everyone who's helping out! 
Members, you heard it here first:
Your Club received a donation of $5,000 last week! Learn more at the meeting.
How to Fill Out & Submit an Application for Ballot By Mail (ABBM)
(also referred to as Voting By Mail, VBM)
 
image of instructions from vote-by-mail ballot applicationWe've had a lot of questions about how to submit the Vote by Mail application, so we have simplified the instructions here. If you have any questions about voting procedures, call the Burnet County Elections Office; they're here to serve citizens. (512) 715-5288

Residence Address:
  • Use your full address as shown on your voter registration certificate.
  • If you have moved but not changed your address with the voter registrar, use your new residence address.
 
Mail Ballot To:
Use the address where you want to receive the ballot if it’s different from the address above. NOTE: Your ballot must be mailed to where you live or to the mailing address on your voter registration certificate.
 
Reason for voting by mail:
Select one:
  • You are 65 or disabled (you don’t have to describe a disability).
  • You live in a nursing home, assisted living/retirement center, with a relative, or are in a hospital.
  • You will be in jail on all voting days (including early voting).
  • You will be outside the county on all voting days (including early voting).
 
Annual Application:
This is for your convenience and isn’t required. If you are at least 65 years old or are disabled, check Box 6a to receive all applications for all elections through the mail for a calendar year.
 
Submitting Your Application:
1. Sign and date your application.
2. Once early voting begins on Oct. 13, 2020, deliver your application to an Early Voting Clerk in person or send it by mail, common contract carrier, fax* or e-mail.*
NOTE: Only the person named on the application can submit it using any of these methods; you cannot submit an application on someone else’s behalf.
*NOTE: If using fax or email, you must also mail the physical application so that the Early Voting Clerk receives it within 4 days of the date you sent the email or fax.)
3. A valid application must be received by the Early Voting Clerk no later than Oct. 23.
 
 

How to Zoom

STEP 1. Register:

When you receive an email from BCDC with a link to register, click to register. You'll then receive a second email with a link to the meeting. Tip: Add this link to your calendar so you can easily find it on meeting day.

STEP 2. Before the meeting:

  • Download and install Zoom Client for Meetings.
  • Pretest your Zoom connection with Join Meeting Test (sound and video): https://zoom.us/test.
  • Click here if you’d like to watch a video on how to join a meeting.

STEP 3. To join the meeting:
Simply click on the link provided in the email (from step 2 above).

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