Inside This Issue:
- Special Alert: Mail-In Ballots Require Extra Postage
- Harris County Democrats Call for Removal of GOP Precinct Chair
- Early Voting Begins Feb. 14
- Vote-By-Mail Applications Due by Feb. 18
- Harris County Elections Plays Host to February Voter Registration Events
- Check Out These Exciting Weekend Events!
- HCDP Chair Denounces Recently Reported Hate Speech
- HCDP Celebrates Black History Month
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Training Courses
- For Our Precinct Chairs
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
- Joint Senate District Convention Scheduled for March 19
Special Alert: Mail-In Ballots Require Extra Postage
HCDP is asking everyone to spread the word to Vote-By-Mail Voters: Don't let your ballot get returned because of insufficient postage. The multi-page ballot requires ** 78 cents ** postage (that's TWO Forever stamps).
We recommend mailing your ballot at least 7 days prior to Election Day (March 1, 2022) in case of delivery delays.
Harris County Democrats Call for Removal of GOP Precinct Chair
The Harris County Democratic Party this week called for the immediate removal of Harris County GOP Precinct Chair Carla Richburg, whose proposed resolutions for her precinct were described — by her own political party — as “offensive” and “promoting… actions that would be unquestionably unconstitutional.”
“We ask the Harris County Republican Party to stand up against this sad but not shocking display of hatred by removing Richburg from her leadership role,” said HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu. “Actions like hers should not and cannot be ignored.
“Failing to remove Richburg is condoning her actions.”
Click 2 Houston: Harris County Democrats call for removal of GOP Precinct chair for ‘hate speech’ displayed in controversial 2022 resolutions
ABC 13: Harris County GOP slams precinct chair Carla Richburg for hate-filled, racist resolution
Houston Chronicle: Harris County GOP official sparks bipartisan scorn with 7 shocking, 'hate-filled' proposals
San Antonio Express-News: 'Indefensible': Houston GOP precinct chair releases 'hate-filled' list of party priorities
Raw Story: Texas GOP precinct chair blasted over 'hate-filled' resolution that calls for 'deadly force'
Early Voting Begins Feb. 14
Early Voting Begins Feb. 14, and Election Day is March 1, 2022.
Check your voter registration (NOTE: A copy of your Voter Registration Card is NOT required to vote.)
Vote-By-Mail Applications Due by Feb. 18
To vote by mail in the March 1, 2022, Primary Election, Texas voters' Vote-By-Mail Applications MUST be received by the County Elections Department by Feb. 18, 2022.
Mail your application as early as possible in case there are problems that need to be corrected.
The best way to make sure your application isn't rejected is to include BOTH your: Automobile Drivers License Number & Social Security Number on it.
Harris County Elections Plays Host to February Voter Registration Events
The Harris County Elections team is playing host to Voter Registration events throughout the month of February.
Feb 12th - Cassy’s Kitchen — 4515 Mowery Rd, Houston, TX 77047
Feb 19th - 3Ds Krazy Kitchen — 5928 Leedale St, Houston, TX 77016
Feb 26th - Chicken Heaven — 1701 Cypress Creek Pkwy Suite D, Houston, TX 77090
Check Out These Exciting Weekend Events!
Got plans this weekend? We do! Join us for an event-filled Saturday on Feb. 12 from 10 AM to 2 PM. First, stop by Southwest Dems’ Candidate Free-For-All from 10 AM to noon and hear candidate speeches over a range of topics. Then, head to HCDP headquarters for Sign-Fest 2022 where you can pick up candidate yard signs and enjoy tasty treats from some great food trucks. Tell your friends and come join the fun!
“Sign” up for Sign-Fest
RSVP for the Candidate Free-For-All
HCDP Chair Denounces Recently Reported Hate Speech
A Harris County resident near Cypress raised concern over the weekend about the distribution of racist fliers in her neighborhood. The offensive propaganda was authored by unidentified people calling themselves the Aryan Freedom Network. The resident said the flyers — which depicted racist images of Blacks — were left on car windshields by individuals wearing masks.
Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu issued the following statement in response:
“This offensive propaganda is a hate-fueled attack, and we must stand together against it. I call on all Harris County residents to be active against racist propaganda of any kind.
HCDP Celebrates Black History Month
Black history is American history, & in Harris County we are making history every day. This month so far we've celebrated Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee — who in 2020 was voted the youngest and the first Black person elected to the position — and we've recognized Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth, who was elected to her position in 2020 after working more than 15 years in the clerk’s office. Hudspeth is the first Black female to hold the office.
Tired of attacks on our voting rights, angry about the erosion of Roe v. Wade, wish the minimum wage was a living wage? It's time to get involved with HCDP! We partner with Democratic volunteers to inform and mobilize voters across Harris County to work for positive change.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Harris County Democratic Party! You are critical to our success. From block walking and phone banking to registering voters as a DVR, there is a way for you to get involved with our Party.
Check out some of these upcoming volunteer opportunities:
HCDP Primary Block Walk in Northeast Houston
Hope everyone kept warm this past week! We expect wonderful weather this Saturday, as we remind our neighbors to go and vote in the upcoming March primary!
Saturday: 2/12 at 12 and 2pm
Greater Heights Democratic Primary GOTV Block Walk
Please join us Sunday afternoons from 3-5 PM to remind our neighbors about the March 1st primary. No experience necessary!
Sunday 2/13 at 3pm
Get Out the Youth Vote
Calling all Young (or young at heart) Democrats! Early Voting kicks off on Feb. 14th, and now is the time to engage the next generation of voters! Join HCDP, St. John's Young Liberals Club, and other young Dems who are talking about the upcoming Primary to voters under 30 and voters who have recently registered.
Saturday: 2/19 at 10am and 12pm
HCDP Primary Block Walk in Southeast Houston
We will be talking to recently registered voters as well as those who may need some motivation to get to the polls. Please join us!
Saturday: 2/19 at 2pm
Sunday 2/20 at 2pm
Area 5 Democrats Block Walk
Come join Area 5 Democrats as we talk to voters about the upcoming Primary Election.
Saturday: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 at 9:30am
Sunday: 2/13, 2/27 at 2:30pm
Bayou Blue Primary Canvass
Bayou Blue DEMs are kicking off Primary 2022 Canvasses in our geographic areas. Purpose: 1) Get likely DEMs to vote in DEM Primary, 2) recruit volunteers & 3) Build bench strength in our Precinct Chair & volunteer groups.
Saturday: 2/12, 2/26 at 9:30am
Walk Your Own Way with Southwest Democrats and Houston Blue Action Dems
Walk Your Own Way means you can work on your list at your convenience. Just let us know when you're done! You have the freedom to work your list any day or time.
Sunday: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 at 11am
Humble Area Democrats 2022 Primary GOTV Block Walk/ Lit Drop
Throughout February, we will be delivering information cards for the Primary to voters in several precincts in Humble, Atascocita, Walden, Summerwood, and Fall Creek areas.
These are “Walk Your Own Way” Lit Drops. No experience necessary!
Sunday: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 at 1pm
HCDP Primary Block Walk in Northeast Houston
Time to remind our neighbors to go and vote in the upcoming March primary!
Saturday: 2/26 at 11am
Sunday:2/27 at 2pm
Vote By Mail Phone Bank
We will be calling Democratic voters over the age of 65 to give them the tools needed to apply to receive their ballot by mail. Closer to the March 1st Primary, we will be shifting our focus to calling those who have received their ballots and encouraging them to return it.
Every Monday from 5-7pm
Class of 2018 GOTV Phonebank
IN-PERSON EVENT! Join HCDP, as well as some of our amazing candidates from the Class of 2018, to call voters about the upcoming Primary! We will be reminding everyone that Early Voting ends in just a few short days (February 25th!) and Election Day (March 1st!) is right around the corner.
Dinner will be provided to all volunteers and has been sponsored by Judges Tanya Garrison and Donna Roth.
Tuesday: Feb 22nd from 6-8pm
Bayou Blue Primary GOTV Phone Bank
Help us turn out low-propensity, likely DEMs in our geographic area! Early Voting begins on February 14th and ends on February 25th. Election Day is March 1st. See y'all on the Zoom!
Every Sunday from 3-5pm
Latino GOTV Phone Bank
Are you Spanish bilingual and ready to make a difference in your community? The Harris County Democratic Party is focused on reaching out to Latino voters to inform them about the upcoming election and confirm their support for our Democratic candidates!
Every Tuesday from 5-7pm
Primary GOTV Phone Bank
This is designed to help get out the vote in between Early Voting and Election Day! We'll be calling Democratic voters who are less consistent in their voting habits to try to energize and engage them in the process.
Thursday, Feb 17th from 3-5pm
Thursday, Feb. 24th from 3-5pm
Sunday, Feb 27th from 3-5pm
Tuesday, March 1st from 12-2pm
HCDP Training Classes Currently Take Place on Thursdays. Here are the upcoming courses:
Week 6: Working at the Polls
Week 7: Canvassing Apartments & Gated Communities
Week 8: Understanding the Election Cycle
For Our Precinct Chairs
Applications for Place on the Primary Ballot Due by Feb. 12
All current precinct chairs or anyone who would like to become a precinct chair must file an “Application for a Place on the General Primary Ballot for a Precinct or County Chair” by 6:00 pm on February 12, 2022.
**Due to COVID, HCDP is not open to the public. With that change, please review the process to complete and submit an application.
Common Mistakes to Avoid on Ballot Applications
Check out these common errors that prevent Precinct Chair ballot applications from being accepted:
- The top line should read, "Application for Precinct Chair on the Democratic Party General Primary Ballot.
- We need to know how you'd like your name on the ballot - please include that in the appropriate field
- You must fill in an occupation. "Retired" is perfectly acceptable.
- Don't forget that your name must be entered twice in the oath section - there are two separate spaces for your name in addition to your signature.
- Please include your precinct number in the oath in the 4th line down so that it says, "being a candidate for the office of Precinct Chair of Precinct 001" (or whatever is the correct precinct number for you.)
- All Applications are due by February 12, 2022. Please email completed, notarized forms to email@example.com.
Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
Work by the Harris County Democratic Party is supported through our membership program.
- Friend of HCDP - $10 a month
- Ally of HCDP - $15 a month
- Activist of HCDP - $30 a month
- Advocate of HCDP - $60 a month
- Champion of HCDP - $125 a month
Sustaining members who donate a regular monthly or annual amount allow us to underwrite our day-to-day operations. This is how we pay our staff. This is how we support Democratic candidates. This is how we fund our voter outreach.
This is how we help elect more Democrats to office.
Joint Senate District Convention Scheduled for March 19
Get ready for the Harris County Joint Senate District Convention on March 19!
Fighting for a Better, Brighter Future!