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19 Nov
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Democratic Primary Candidate Filing

The filing period for a place on the Democratic Primary ballot began on Saturday, November 13, and ends at 6pm on Monday, December 13, 2021. All applications for a place on the primary ballot must be accompanied by either a filing fee or a petition in lieu of filing fee (PDF) signed by a specified number of qualified voters.

Candidates for Offices with boundaries totally within Williamson County

You must file an application (PDF) for a place on the ballot with the county party chair as noted on the application instructions. (Section 172.022, Texas Election Code)

Candidates for Offices with boundaries that include other counties in addition to Williamson County

You must file an application (PDF) for a place on the ballot with the state party chair as noted on the application instructions. (Section 172.022, Texas Election Code)

Federal Candidates

Candidates for federal office must file a federal application (PDF) and this application must be filed with the state party chair.

The Williamson County Democratic Party Office located at 1915 S. Austin Avenue, Suite 102, Georgetown, will be open Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 10am to 2pm to accept applications for a place on the 2022 Primary ballot as well as several other dates throughout the filing period. Contact us at 512-864-9900 to schedule an appointment.

 

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03 Nov
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2021 County Precinct Redistricting

Yesterday, I met with Commissioners Covey and Long to discuss the proposed Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and Constable precinct maps. These maps will be available to the public no later than noon tomorrow, Thursday, November 4, 2021. Using the link below, you’ll be able to compare the new precincts proposed by Commissioners Long and Covey to the current precinct maps.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court will discuss this item at their meeting on Nov. 9, 2021. All changes must be submitted by Nov. 13, 2021.
Click here to view the proposed maps when available and provide feedback to the Commissioners Court.

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02 Nov
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Today is Election Day!

Election Day is today, Tuesday, November 2, 2021! If you didn’t vote early, you still have time to make your voice heard. The polls are open today, 7am-7pm. You can vote as long as you’re in line by 7pm tonight.

Before masking up and heading out to your nearest polling location to vote, please review our party endorsements and linked voting guides. View your sample ballot here.

Please take the time to vote in these important elections. Your vote is your voice.

 

ELECTION DAY VOTE CENTERS
NOV. 2, 2021 (7AM-7PM)
Registered voters may vote at any location listed below from 7am to 7pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Austin
Anderson Mill Limited District, 11500 El Salido Pkwy
Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd
Gateway Church, 7104 McNeil Dr
Harmony School of Endeavor, 13415 RR 620
Hartfield Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Dr
Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, 10211 W Parmer Ln
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 9700 Neenah Ave
Northwest Fellowship Church, 13427 Pond Springs Rd NO LONGER A POLLING LOCATION
Rattan Creek Community Center, 7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trl

Bartlett
Bartlett City Hall, 140 W Clark St

Cedar Park
Cedar Park High School, 2150 Cypress Creek Rd
Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd
Cedar Park Randalls, 1400 Cypress Creek Rd
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St
Rockbridge Church, 2001 W New Hope Dr
Vista Ridge High School, 200 S Vista Ridge Blvd

Coupland
St. Peter’s Church, 108 Wathen St

Florence
Andice Community Center, 6600 FM 970
Florence City Hall, 851 FM 970

Georgetown
Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Spring Way
First Baptist Church, 1333 W University Ave
Georgetown City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr St
Georgetown ISD Technology Building, 603 Lakeway Dr
Georgetown Randalls, 5721 Williams Dr
Grace Bible Church, 2100 Shell Rd
Sun City Social Center, 2 Texas Dr
Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop

Granger
Granger Brethren Church, 306 W Broadway St

Hutto
Wilco Hutto Annex, 321 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Suite 100

Jarrell
Jarrell ISD Administration, 108 East Ave F

Leander
Leander Church of Christ, 300 Crystal Falls Pkwy
Leander High School, 3301 S Bagdad Rd
Leander Public Library Annex, 1011 S. Bagdad Rd
Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N Brushy St
Rouse High School, 1222 Raider Way
The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale Dr

Liberty Hill
Liberty Hill Municipal Court, 2801 RR 1869
Santa Rita Ranch House, 175 Elizabeth Park Blvd

Round Rock
Allen R Baca Center, 301 W Bagdad St, Building 2
Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr
Cedar Ridge High School, 2801 Gattis School Rd
Fellowship Church, 3379 Gattis School Rd
Fern Bluff MUD Community Center, 7320 Wyoming Springs Dr
Round Rock High School, 300 N Lake Creek Dr
Round Rock Randalls, 2051 Gattis School Rd
Round Sports Center, 2400 Chisholm Trl
Sleep Inn & Suites, 1980 S IH 35 Frontage Rd
Teravista Community Center, 4211 Teravista Club Dr
Williamson County Jester Annex, 1801 E Old Settlers Blvd

Taylor
Main Street Events Center, 3101 N Main St
Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter St

Thrall
St. John Lutheran Church, 409 Main St

 

Resources

Analyses of ProposedConstitutional Amendments
Austin American-Statesman Endorsements
Austin Chronicle Endorsements
LWV Voters Guide

Don’t forget your id.

 

For additional election information, visit mytexasvotes.com or wilcoelections.org

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18 Oct
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Early Voting Info

 

Make your plan to vote early! Use the links below to make an informed decision, mask up, and head to your nearest voting center.

Endorsements – Austin American-Statesman

Endorsements – WCDP

LWV Voters Guide

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Sample Ballot

Williamson County Elections Department

 

With the Texas GOP doing everything in its power to suppress our ability to vote, your participation in every election is crucial.

 

Dates and Times for all Locations: (PDF)                                               
Monday, October 18th through Wednesday, October 27th – 8:00 am to 6:00 pm                                                          
NO SUNDAY VOTING                                                                    
Thursday, October 28th, and Friday, October 29th – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm                            

Main Location and Limited Ballot Location:                                                              

Georgetown
Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop

Branch Locations:
Austin
Anderson Mill Limited District, 11500 El Salido Pkwy
Hartfield Performing Arts Center, 5800 McNeil Dr

Cedar Park
Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd
Cedar Park Randalls, 1400 Cypress Creek Rd

Georgetown
Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Spring Way
Georgetown ISD Technology Building, 603 Lakeway Dr

Hutto
Wilco Hutto Annex, 321 Ed Schmidt Blvd, Suite 100

Jarrell
Jarrell ISD Administration, 108 East Ave F

Leander
Leander Public Library Annex, 1011 S. Bagdad Rd
The Crossover, 1717 Scottsdale Dr

Liberty Hill
Liberty Hill Municipal Court, 2801 RR 1869

Round Rock
Allen R Baca Center, 301 W Bagdad St, Building 2
Brushy Creek Community Center, 16318 Great Oaks Dr
Round Rock Randalls, 2051 Gattis School Rd
Williamson County Jester Annex, 1801 E Old Settlers Blvd

Taylor
Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter St

 

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15 Oct
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October EC Meeting Recap

The WCDP Executive Committee gathered virtually on October 14, 2021. Our Executive Committee meetings occur on the second Thursday of every month to vote on party business, hear from elected officials, candidates, and guest speakers, and join in fellowship with one another. Thank you and welcome to the first-time attendees who joined us from all over the county! Join our mailing list for reminders by clicking here. 

This month, we were excited to hear from US Representative Lloyd Doggett and State Representative John Bucy about redistricting and the impact the hard work happening in WilCo has on supporting our Democratic values. 

US Rep. Lloyd Doggett discussed redistricting, noting how the good work of the WCDP has changed the whole complexion of the county and said the redistricting efforts this year are similar to what has happened before in Travis County. Texas GOP, to protect as many of their incumbents as they can, has re-drawn districts to split up neighborhoods, ignore Hispanic and African American communities, and “pack” districts to move as many Democratic voters as possible into a few specific districts, thus strengthening their Republican holds on the others.

“I know you’ve had an uphill climb but you have climbed and had amazing success and will continue to have county-wide wins.” – US Representative Lloyd Doggett

Thank you to Rep. John Bucy for joining us (despite a long day of fighting for our rights at the Capitol) to talk about the eight propositions that will be on our November ballots. We’re thrilled to hear he’s running for re-election in 2022 and we’d like to send a huge congratulations to the Bucy family on the birth of their new daughter, Parker! To hear more about Rep. Bucy’s recommendations on the propositions, please email sara.groff@house.texas.gov 

WCDP Chair Kim Gilby addressed the Executive Committee, saying “Recently the Texas GOP has taken Williamson County and carved it up like a Thanksgiving turkey. We stand firmly behind our incumbents and candidates and are as committed as ever to electing and re-electing Democrats up and down the ballot, every cycle. Clearly, the GOP has taken note of the hard work we are doing in WilCo and is resorting to their dirty tactics to gerrymander districts in their favor. These maps are drawn for a reason to keep us from being competitive, but as Rep. Bucy said, WilCo has seen challenge before and has always risen to meet it.” 

Make your plan now to vote early in the November election! During the meeting, a motion was passed to stand against Proposition A in the city of Austin and Chere Heintzmann was endorsed for Georgetown City Council District 6.

As Chair Gilby noted, Democrats in Williamson County are as fired up as ever and ready to fight for our rights by supporting our elected officials and candidates. Thank you to all who attended, and please join us on November 11th for our next meeting. 

Brandie Henderson, 2nd Vice-Chair, Communications Committee Co-Chair

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13 Aug
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Get Vaxxed!

Despite the CDC’s announcement of new guidelines in response to the rapidly spreading Delta variant, Greg Abbott is once again putting Texans’ lives in danger.
 
It’s up to us to protect each other. 
 
Make your vaccination appointment today: txdem.co/GetVaccinated

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11 Aug
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PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Proposition 1 (HJR 143)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the professional sports team charitable foundations of organizations sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association or the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to conduct charitable raffles at rodeo venues.”

Proposition 2 (HJR 99)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing a county to finance the development or redevelopment of transportation or infrastructure in unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted areas in the county.”

Proposition 3 (SJR 27)

“The constitutional amendment to prohibit this state or a political subdivision of this state from prohibiting or limiting religious services of religious organizations.”

Proposition 4 (SJR 47)

“The constitutional amendment changing the eligibility requirements for a justice of the supreme court, a judge of the court of criminal appeals, a justice of a court of appeals, and a district judge.”

Proposition 5 (HJR 165)

“The constitutional amendment providing additional powers to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct with respect to candidates for judicial office.”

Proposition 6 (SJR 19)

“The constitutional amendment establishing a right for residents of certain facilities to designate an essential caregiver for in-person visitation.”

Proposition 7 (HJR 125)

“The constitutional amendment to allow the surviving spouse of a person who is disabled to receive a limitation on the school district ad valorem taxes on the spouse’s residence homestead if the spouse is 55 years of age or older at the time of the person’s death.”

Proposition 8 (SJR 35)

“The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a member of the armed services of the United States who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty.”

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08 Jun
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Project Texas

BREAKING: Texas Democrats Launch Project Texas, A Comprehensive Plan To Register Texas Democrats For The 2022 Elections

On Jun 8, 2021
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democrats’ takeaways from the 2020 election are clear: to take back our state from Texas Republicans, Democrats need to register more voters. With Republicans’ increasing extremism and relentless attacks on Texans this spring, the stakes have never been higher in the fight for Texas’ future.

Today, in a press conference with Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Carol Alvarado, State Sen. Royce West, Texas House Democratic Dean Senfronia Thompson, Texas Legislative Black Caucus Chair Nicole Collier, Mexican American Legislative Caucus Chair Rafael Anchía, House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner, and Texas Democratic Party Chief Strategy Officer Luke Warford, Texas Democrats unveiled Project Texas, our comprehensive plan to register Texas Democrats and take back our state in the 2022 elections. The full recording of the press conference is available here, and you can read more about the plan here.

There are more than 2 million eligible Texans who would likely vote Democratic — but are not yet registered. With Project Texas, Texas Democrats will work to register as many of these voters as possible, because we believe that every eligible Texan should be able to register and vote, safely and conveniently. Texas Democrats have consulted with partners across the state and beyond to create a plan to get Texas Democrats registered — both using proven approaches, and testing out innovative ways to encourage Texans to fill out their forms and get registered.

Project Texas includes two phases. First, Texas Democrats will test out six approaches to voter registration through our 2021 pilot program, and identify which tactics work best. Then, we will scale up the most effective methods to do a massive voter registration push in 2022.

Of the 2 million unregistered likely Democratic voters in Texas, more than half are Latino, ⅕ are Black and ¼ are 25 years of age or younger. Outreach to young Texans and Latino and Black communities will be a foundational part of our Project Texas programming. Every Democrat we register gives Texans a better shot at tipping the scales and putting Democrats in power in 2022.

Texas Democratic Party Chief Strategy Officer Luke Warford issued the following statement:

“The contrast has never been clearer: Texas Republicans want to make it harder to vote while Texas Democrats are fighting to ensure that all Texans can make their voices heard.

“Today, Texas Democrats launched our comprehensive plan to register Texas Democratic voters and build the future Texans deserve. Every day, Texas is getting younger and more diverse. With Project Texas, we are fighting to register the two million Texans who are eligible to vote and likely to vote for Democrats, but unregistered — the vast majority of whom are young people or people of color. Our takeaway from the 2020 election is clear: if we want to save our state from Texas Republicans and their extremist agenda, we need to register more voters. And we know that our path to victory is grounded in investing in the inclusion of all Texans, especially those in underrepresented communities across the state. Right now, Republicans are attacking Texans in almost every way possible — and it’s never been so urgent for us to fight back by working for the inclusion and representation of all Texans.

“This spring, Republicans made their strategy clear: they are so afraid of being voted out of office that they are simply trying to stop Texans who don’t agree with them from voting. Voter registration is an immediate and concrete way we can fight back — by helping more Texans get to the ballot box. While Republicans are trying to silence Texans, with Project Texas, we are going to help as many Texas voters as possible make their voices heard.”

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19 Apr
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Vote Early: April 19-April 27, 2021

MAKE YOUR VOTING PLAN USING OUR GUIDE BELOW
Early voting runs Monday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 27 and there is NO Sunday voting. For more information, please visit wilcodemocrats.org and wilco.org/Departments/Elections

WilCo Voters, click here to find your sample ballot.
Travis County (City of Leander Voters), click here to find your sample ballot.

Voters Guide by the League of Women Voters Austin Area

 

WCDP Endorsed Candidates
GEORGETOWN
Mary Calixtro for Georgetown City Council District 1
Jeff Siegismund for Georgetown ISD School Board Place 7
Polling Places: Cowan Creek Amenity Center | GISD Admin Bldg | Inner Loop Annex

HUTTO
Mina Davis for Hutto School Board
Polling Places: Taylor City Hall | Wilco Hutto Annex

LEANDER
Esmeralda Traube for City Council Place 2
Nacole Thompson for City Council Place 4
Polling Place: Leander Public Library Annex

ROUND ROCK
Janneke Parrish for Round Rock City Council Place 3
Tina Steiner for Round Rock City Council Place 5
Polling Places: Baca Senior Center | Brushy Creek Community Center | Jester Annex | Round Rock Randalls

**Registered and eligible voters may vote at ANY early voting location located in the county of residence.

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24 Mar
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HB6 & SB7 Bill Briefing & Testimony Training

Texas already leads the nation in restrictive voting practices. On Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26, House and Senate Committees are discussing legislation to further suppress voting rights and make it even harder for eligible Texans to cast their ballots.

Please help us fight back by registering to attend the HB6 & SB7 Bill Briefing & Testimony Training from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, March 24th. You’ll learn what’s in these harmful bills and how to testify in person or submit written testimony.

Click here to register.

 

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