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Democrats of Comanche County met November 11, 2019 at First National Bank in De Leon. Acting President Menzel called the meeting to order.

Suzann Thompson read the minutes of the October meeting and Julie Sanders gave the Treasurer’s report.

Acting President Menzel announced a postcard addressing session to be held at a member’s home, to promote our January 25 speaker on voter suppression: an attorney from the Texas Civil Rights Project. Donations of postcard stamps were welcomed.

Plans for the regular January meeting have changed. Our speaker will be Greg Alvord, candidate for the State Board of Education. Teachers and students were encouraged to attend and ask questions.

Suzann Thompson introduced our speaker, Kelly McMichael, Democratic Party Chair of Eastland County and also a professor of history. Dr. McMichael spoke about how to talk with voters when block-walking or phone-banking, which are two important methods for getting out the vote or GOTV. She said that a large percentage of rural people who are eligible to vote are already registered. In Eastland County, 10-14% of registered voters vote in a presidential election year, while only 6% vote in the mid-term elections. The challenge is to convince registered voters to go to the polls and vote.

While one-on-one conversation is the best way to communicate with potential voters, we can reach voters in rural areas through phone calls, texting, postcard mailing, and social events. Campaigns provide scripts for one-on-one conversation in person or on the phone. Dr. McMichael said that the quality of the conversations we have with fellow voters is more important than the quantity.

Democrats of Comanche County met November 11, 2019 at First National Bank in De Leon. Acting President Menzel called the meeting to order.

Suzann Thompson read the minutes of the October meeting and Julie Sanders gave the Treasurer’s report.

Acting President Menzel announced a postcard addressing session to be held at a member’s home, to promote our January 25 speaker on voter suppression: an attorney from the Texas Civil Rights Project. Donations of postcard stamps were welcomed.

Plans for the regular January meeting have changed. Our speaker will be Greg Alvord, candidate for the State Board of Education. Teachers and students were encouraged to attend and ask questions.

Suzann Thompson introduced our speaker, Kelly McMichael, Democratic Party Chair of Eastland County and also a professor of history. Dr. McMichael spoke about how to talk with voters when block-walking or phone-banking, which are two important methods for getting out the vote or GOTV. She said that a large percentage of rural people who are eligible to vote are already registered. In Eastland County, 10-14% of registered voters vote in a presidential election year, while only 6% vote in the mid-term elections. The challenge is to convince registered voters to go to the polls and vote.

While one-on-one conversation is the best way to communicate with potential voters, we can reach voters in rural areas through phone calls, texting, postcard mailing, and social events. Campaigns provide scripts for one-on-one conversation in person or on the phone. Dr. McMichael said that the quality of the conversations we have with fellow voters is more important than the quantity.

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