This Week’s Activities
Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week.
Siguendo el Hilo: Following the Thread
Opening art reception for the exhibit “Sewing our Stories: personal, cultural, universal.”
Saturday | February 13 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
El Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos
211 Lee Street
Dripping Springs Dems Host Bill Avera and Congressional Candidate Kathi Thomas
Sunday | February 14 | 5 pm – 7 pm
Dripping Springs Democratic Action
Regular Monthly Meeting
Flores Mexican Restaurant
2440 E. Highway 290
- Featured speaker will be our very own Bill Avera, world renowned economist. Bill is great at explaining things so that normal people can understand! Bill has been following the economy as a (recently retired) professor at the University of Texas and other universities and as a government official. Also, drop on by to meet and learn more about Kathi Thomas, our candidate for the United States House of Representatives, CD-25. Visit Kathi’s Facebook page for additional information. And click here to contribute to her campaign.
WimDems: Calling All Votes
WimDems Get Out the Vote Phonebanks
The WimDems – Wimberley Democrats – did a fantastic job of contacting voters in support of our Vote by Mail Initiative. And they’re getting ready to ramp up their phonebank efforts to a whole new level as they work to get out the vote for the March 1 Democratic Primary. How can you help? Easy! Just charge up your cellphone and volunteer for a shift. WimDems GOTV phonebanks are scheduled for:
- Thursday, February 18, 6 pm to 8 pm
- Tuesday, February 23, 6 pm to 8 pm
- Sunday, February 28, 2 pm to 5 pm
Just send an email to email@example.com or call 512-971-6214 for more information and locations.
Bernie Phone Banks in Hays County
Bernie Sanders for President phone banks have been set up for local supporters all across the Hays County area.
Interested in participating, or setting up your own “Feel the Bern” phonebank? Here’s the place to go for more information.
And we have Bernie yard signs and other campaign materials at Hays County Democratic Party HQ.
March 1 Democratic Primary Election
Polling Locations and Schedule: Hays County Commissioners Court has approved the early-voting and election day polling locations and schedule for the March 1 Primary Election. Click here for specific polling locations, dates, and hours. Early voting begins on Tuesday, February 16, and runs through Friday, February 26. Election Day is Tuesday, March 1.
Vote by Mail: January 1 was the first day to apply for a Ballot by Mail. The last day to apply is Friday, February 19. Applications must be received at the Hays County Elections Office – not simply postmarked – by that date. Applications received after that date will not be honored.
Thousands of Hays County Democratic voters 65 and over will be receiving Ballot by Mail applications over the next several days. We’ll be sharing more information about this program with our precinct chairs and club leaders so that we can follow up with voters to maximize the effectiveness of this initiative. Voters who submit their applications will receive mail ballots for every election for which they are eligible to vote in the 2016 calendar year.
Hays County Democratic Convention
The 2016 Hays County/Senatorial District Democratic Party convention is set for Saturday, March 19, at San Marcos High School. The address is 2601 Rattler Rd. (E. McCarty Lane). On-site registration begins at 9 am, with the opening gavel coming down promptly at 10 am. Click here to preregister online.
At the convention, we’ll be selecting delegates to represent Hays County’s portion of Senate Districts 21 and 25 at the state convention. We’ll also be acting on resolutions that address party issues and local, county, state, and national public policy. The convention is the first step in the process that results in choosing Texas’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention, where we’ll be selecting our nominees for President and Vice President.
There will NOT be precinct caucuses on the evening of the March 1 Democratic Primary. The precinct caucuses, where precinct delegates are selected for the state convention, are now part of the County Convention.
We need volunteers to serve on four committees at the County Convention: Credentials, Nominations, Rules & Procedures, and Resolutions. We also need folks to help set up and clean up the room, work registration, provide for sound, arrange for beverages and snacks, and help keep the program moving. Please email me and let me know how you’d like to help.
As a reminder, there’s been a major change this year delegate allocation for the Texas State Democratic Convention. All delegates we select at the Hays County Democratic Convention will be full delegates to the State Convention. The “Alternate” delegate category has been eliminated. This increases the number of full delegates. For Senate District 21, Hays County has been allotted 21 precinct and at-large delegates; for Senate District 25, that number is 78. These numbers are based on the Democratic gubernatorial vote in each precinct in 2014.
To be eligible to vote at this convention must vote in the March 1, Democratic Primary or sign an oath of affiliation with the Democratic Party at the County/Senate District Convention. Watch our website, www.haysdems.org, for more information.