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UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative, in partnership with broader justice movements, to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. Join with your UU community to create a future defined by love, justice, and faith.

The Emerson Social Action Council (SAC) is working closely with First UU Church and Texas UU Justice Ministry to identify and then organize local UU The Vote initiatives. NOTE: This is a “living” page; we’ll do our best to keep it current.

Educate Ourselves on Voter Suppression

Watch “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”  (38 minutes)  This video on Voter Suppression in Georgia 2018 underlines importance of electoral justice activism in 2020. https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed_watch_now

Trailer for “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”  (2 minutes) https://youtu.be/OVCRCgGzy2Q

Create Your Plan to Vote

  • Are you registered?
  • How will you vote?
    • Mail-in Ballot?
    • In Person Vote?
    • NOTE: If you decide to vote in person after receiving a mail-in ballot, you must bring paper, mail-in ballot to the in-person polling site with you 
  • When will you vote?
    • Mail-in – Apply by October 23
      • Return postmarked by 7p.m. November 3
    • In person vote
      • Early Voting – October 13-30
      • Election Day – November 3
  • Where will you vote?

Harris County – See Harrisvotes.com for Early Voting and November 3rd in-person voting locations, status of mail-in paper ballot, and much more useful information for Harris County voters. By inputting your address, you can also view a sample ballot and candidates for your area.

To check that you are currently registered:https://www.hctax.net/voter/Registration

Fort Bend County  Go to  https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/ and select Services to see voting information for Fort Bend County voters.

Montgomery County  https://elections.mctx.org/

Dates and Deadlines 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020 is the last day to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election.

Tuesday, October 13 through Friday, October 30  – Early Voting in Harris County

October 23, 2020  is the deadline for requesting a ballot by mail.  The request for a ballot by mail must be received, not postmarked, by October 23, 2020.

November  3, 2020  is Election Day.

Election Resources

Many frequently asked questions about voting are answered on the Texas Secretary of State website  https://www.votetexas.gov/faq/

vote411.org (League of Women Voters) – Get Personalized Voting info, including the LWV Voters Guide for YOUR address. This site also has sample ballots by address and polling locations. It’s a very useful site.

More Critical Information

  • Instructions for using Vote by Mail. See FAQ on https://harrisvotes.org/FAQ?lang=en-US#BallotByMailFAQ
  • Early Voting and November 3rd polling locations
  • Mail-in ballots can, of course, be returned to the County Clerk via the USPS. Should you decide to hand deliver your completed ballot, in accordance with a ruling by Governor Abbott on October 1, it may be returned in person at only one location: the NRG Arena. Without further litigation, there are no other drop-off sites. If you decide to vote in person after receiving a mail-in ballot, take that ballot with you to your polling site. Present proper ID, surrender the ballot and proceed with in-person voting. See HarrisVotes for more information.
  • How to volunteer to be an election worker

National UU the Vote campaign Resources uuthevote.org

UUA Resources – See https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform for background for and overview of why we are doing UU the Vote. This site lists all partner organizations.

Emerson’s UU the Vote Resources and Actions

  • Postcarding – Ellen Norton
  • Phonebanking – Lydia Chasen
  • Textbanking – Lydia Chasen, Ellen Norton
  • Voter Toolkit – Carol Trout

Emerson’s UU the Vote Team: Lydia Chasen, Ellen Norton, Marilyn Rambow, Pat Smith, Carol Trout, Ann May.

Text Banking

Text banking is fun, efficient, and effective. It’s done via software, and your phone number is never used or displayed. It’s possible to reach large numbers of people in a short amount of time. We are still searching for a non-partisan text banking effort in Texas. Be sure to keep track of and then email Lydia the number of initial texts that you send out. We want to keep track of what Emersonians are doing to UU the Vote! Below are some options. Don’t hesitate to email Lydia with any questions or with your tally at lydip4@gmail.com.

Pennsylvania Stands Up in collaboration with UU the Vote

● Has best text bank training especially if you’re new to it!
● The Zoom training sessions are on Tuesday Oct. 13, and 20, and 27th from 4-5 p.m. You only need to go to one of these Zoom sessions before participating in one of their events.
● They use Slack online and email for communication, and Spoke for the texting.
● There are no browser issues with their platforms. You can even do it from your iPad!
● Text bank training sign up is here
● Then they will email some links to you with helpful information. You will want to study the video and written material in order to be prepared for your training session.
● Their text banks are on Mondays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. or you can text on your own time.
● Sign up for the actual text banks by clicking here: https://mblz.io/ogDgXJ
● Please email Lydia the number of initial texts you send with each text bank you participate in.

When We All Vote in collaboration with UU the Vote

● They use Slack online and email for communication, and Outvote for the texting.
● No online training but the information they send is adequate to get started.
● This text bank is fastest every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-8 p.m.
● Go to www.whenweallvote.org and scroll down to “Join Us” to sign up.
● Go back to the homepage and at the top, click on “Events.”
● Scroll down to anything that says “Text Team” and click the “Sign Up” button.
● Here’s a link to training information: www.whenweallvote.org/texting/
● Join their Slack channel here and type in “whenweallvote” to get assistance with questions
● Please email Lydia the number of initial texts you send with each text bank you participate in.

Other Possibilities

● Just go to www.uuthevote.org and scroll down the main page, below the big map, and view events by the day. Look for the term “text bank.” You may have to go through numerous pages by paging forward via the “Next” button to find texting events on a day and time of your choosing. The two options listed above are on there also.
● Check back later for possible additions.


UU’s from across the country are making non-partisan calls to reach out to voters to make sure they have the information they need to cast their ballot safely and overcome any attempt at voter suppression.
UU the Vote has national phonebanking days of action every two weeks until election day. You must register for the sessions. Go to www.uuthevote.org/phone-banking/ to register for any or all of the phonebanking days of action. You will then receive an email with specific instructions on what to do next.
UU the Vote is also working with Reclaim Our Vote for phonebanking. You will need to register and complete their training session. They have a very good training session on Monday evenings and will send you very helpful information to get started. Go to www.centerforcommonground.org, click on Volunteer, and sign up on the right side.
If you need assistance, contact Lydia Chasen at lydip4@gmail.com.

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