HCDP VANual 101: Starter's Guide for Precinct Chairs

HCDP's Northwest Organizer, RJ Coronado, walks you through the 2020 VANual. This starter guide for Democratic Precinct Chairs will help you create a:

  • Precinct Chair Organizing Plan
  • Phone Bank and Block Walking list
  • Virtual Phone Bank
  • Block Walk on MiniVAN
  • Printed Phone and Walk Lists
  • Batch of Labels for Mailers/Postcards

For any VAN questions, please request help here.


HCDP Open Virtual Phone Bank Tutorial (2020 Primary Runoff Election Edition)

HCDP's Northwest Organizer, RJ Coronado, discusses the importance of getting out the vote; shares phone banking best practices; and explains how you can get started!

To find virtual phone bank opportunities near you, visit our Events page.


Mailed it! A Discussion on Vote By Mail


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During COVID-19, several lawsuits sought to expand the right to vote by mail in Texas. The HCDP held a discussion on the recent and ongoing litigations around vote-by-mail eligibility. The panel of voter protection experts, moderated by HCDP Chair, Lillie Schechter, included:

  • Chris Hollins recently appointed as Harris County Clerk and will be in charge of administering the July runoff and the November general election.

  • Jay K. Aiyer is an Assistant Harris County Attorney and part of the legal team fighting to protect vote-by-mail operations.

  • Nicole Biguenet Pedersen is a legal expert in campaign law who spearheads HCDP's Voter Protection efforts.

  • DJ Ybarra is Executive Director for the Harris County Democratic Party and a voter protection and voter outreach expert.

The Harris County Democratic Party already runs the largest vote-by-mail program in Texas for Democratic voters 65 and over. With 2020 being such a crucial election and Texas being the biggest battleground state -- we are organizing our community to take action! We’re focused on encouraging eligible voters to apply to vote by mail for the upcoming Runoff and General Election.

Join us in talking to voters from home and share with them why voting by mail is the safest, most convenient way to make their voice heard here!


Digital Organizing Series: Emails, Text Messages, & Virtual Meetings

The HCDP Digital Team discusses how to launch an effective email campaign, how to host a successful virtual meeting, and how to use mass texting services.


Digital Organizing Series: Creating Digital Content

The HCDP Digital Team highlights the importance of digital organizing; discusses how you can create compelling digital content; and shares do's and don'ts of social media.


Becoming an Election Worker

The HCDP Elections Team highlights the vital role an election worker plays in democracy; explains how you can do your part in voter protection; and discusses how COVID-19 will impact voting in Harris County in 2020.

Election workers are the most important part of voter protection. From setting up the polling location, to assisting voters with the voting machines -- election workers are the unsung heros of democracy. To sign up to become a Democratic Election worker, click here.

Poll watchers are volunteers that the Voter Protection Team send into polling locations to observe and report back to our team of attorneys. They note anything from long lines to broken voting machines. To sign up to become a poll watcher, click here.

Texas Democratic Voting Hotline: 844-TX-VOTES (89-86837)
- In Asian Languages: 888-API-VOTE
- In Arabic: 844-YALLA-US
- In American Sign Language (video call): 301-818-VOTE


Getting Started: Vote-By-Mail Phone Bank

The HCDP Field Team gives an update on the NEW 2020 Primary Runoff Election important dates; discusses the importance of calling voters who are eligible to vote-by-mail during this time of social distancing; shares phone banking best practices; and explains how you can get started!

To find opportunities near you, visit our Events page.