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Community Impact November 7 Election Guide Available
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Community Impact Woodlands Election Guide for the November 7 election is now available here.


 
Magnolia Independent School District and the Voter Awareness Council Announce a Get Out the Vote Campaign
THursday, September 28, 2017

The Magnolia Independent School District (MISD) and the Voter Awareness Council (VAC) are pleased to announce a student led get out the vote campaign at the two MISD comprehensive high school campuses. Under the leadership of faculty members Mrs. Brittany Lee Marrs and Mr. Jeremy Day, the high schools Senior Class Leadership Team, pictured below, will execute a project designed to inform their fellow students on their citizen-given right and obligation to vote.

Magnolia Independent School District (MISD) Get out the vote students

This effort will include a voter registration drive, student research on each of the upcoming November ballot items, unbiased student meetings and discussions on the ballot items, completion of sample ballots by each voting student, and then MISD provided transportation of voting students, faculty and staff to actually vote during the early voting period.

“We are very pleased to be working with the Voter Awareness Council on this project to have a student led effort to get out the vote in our schools” says MISD Superintendent Dr. Todd Stephens. “We hope to leverage this effort not only on the upcoming November election but each and every future election as well,” adds Dr. Stephens.

Magnolia Independent School District provides an educational environment to approximately 13,000 students, offering a well-balanced curriculum including advanced academics, concurrent college and high school enrollment credit, career and technical career paths, early childhood and a strong academic core.  We provide an educational environment that enables all students to develop essential academic skills for a lifetime of learning and prepares students to be responsible, contributing citizens in a diverse and changing world.

VAC is a local non-profit corporation established by a number of Montgomery County residents designed to help encourage and equip citizens to vote. Totally non-partisan and unbiased, VAC’s mission is to inform and educate citizens on our local elections, improve the overall voting experience and to increase voter turnout. See www.vactx.org for more information.

Questions about this project can be directed to MISD Director of Communications Denise Meyers at 281-356-3571, and VAC official Darci Hubbard at darcihub@comcast.net


 
For Immediate Release – The Voter Awareness Council to host a Woodlands Township Board of Directors Candidate Reception
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Voter Awareness Council (VAC) is pleased to announce the first annual Woodlands Township Board of Directors Candidate Reception to be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Black Walnut Café located at 9000 New Trails Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381. The informal reception will run from 4:30 to 5:45 and will be a short walk from the regularly scheduled Township Board meeting to be held next door at 6:00.

This event is designed to give the candidates and interested Woodlands residents an opportunity simply to mix and mingle in a casual, informal setting. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available to everyone.

“We also wanted an opportunity to thank all of the candidates for their willingness to serve our community” says Amy Lecocq, VAC Vice President and initiator of this event. “There will be plenty of time for candidate forums, campaign events, etc. in the future – we just wanted to add a little fun to the process”.

The Woodlands Township Board of Directors is comprised of seven at-large positions with two-year term elections held every November. This year Position #5 with John McMullan as an unopposed candidate, Position #6 with Ann Snyder, and Position #7 with Laura Fillault and Carol Stromatt as candidates will be on the ballot. Early voting starts October 23rd, and Election Day is November 7th. VAC is a local non-profit corporation established by a number of Montgomery County residents designed to help encourage and equip citizens to vote. VAC’s mission is to inform and educate citizens on our local elections, improve the overall voting experience and to increase voter turnout. See www.vactx.org for more information.

Questions about this event can be directed to VAC President Steve Leakey at spleakey@yahoo.com.


 
For Immediate Release - Shenandoah Candidate Forum at the Shenandoah City Council Chambers
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The City of Shenandoah, Texas and the Voter Awareness Council (VAC) are pleased to announce that they are co-hosting a non-partisan, unbiased candidate forum on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Shenandoah City Office located at 29955 I-45 southbound access road.

Six of the seven candidates for the upcoming City Council Positions 2, 3 and 4 May 6th general election will be present. Early voting begins April 24th. One candidate has a schedule conflict and will be unable to attend. Shenandoah and VAC officials will be co-hosting and introducing the session but will have no role in the actual forum.

Marie Leonard, Editor of The Woodlands Edition of the Community Impact Newspaper will act as forum moderator. Marie will use questions based on the media's overall awareness of Shenandoah issues, questions submitted to her from anyone prior to the session by email at mleonard@communityimpact.com, and written questions submitted by the audience during the early stages of the forum.

Candidates will make opening and closing remarks, answer questions in a round robin l-r, r-l question format, and have the opportunity to comment on questions addressed to other candidates. Reasonable time constraints will apply throughout the evening.

"We are very pleased to be working with the Voter Awareness Council on this opportunity for Shenandoah residents to gain first-hand information and input from candidates for positions on their City Council" says Shenandoah Mayor Ritch Wheeler. "We also very much appreciate Community Impact Newspaper working with us to ensure that this will be an unbiased, non-partisan forum for our residents to aid them in reaching their own voting decisions" adds Mayor Wheeler.

VAC is a local non-profit corporation established by a number of Montgomery County residents designed to help encourage and equip citizens to vote. VAC's mission is to inform and educate citizens on our local elections, improve the overall voting experience and to increase voter turnout. See www.vactx.org for more information.

Questions about this forum can be directed to VAC President Steve Leakey at spleakey@yahoo.com.


 
Montgomery County Voter Registration Drive
Thursday, September 22, 2016

FROM THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE
 
For immediate release  
September 21, 2016     

Media Contact: Suzie Harvey 
(936) 539-7843
www.MontgomeryVotes.org

Montgomery County Voter Registration Drive
 
The Montgomery County Elections office is conducting a voter registration drive at several locations in the county in an effort to prevent problems at the polls on November 8.
 
Any eligible Montgomery County resident may submit an application at these locations during the times listed.
 
Voters who are already registered may check their registration information to make sure that it is current and update it if needed.  Voters who have moved, registered at DPS, or are unsure whether they are registered are strongly encouraged to do this, either at the voter registration drive, at Election Central, or by mail.
 
Visit www.MontgomeryVotes.org or call Election Central at (936) 539-7843 for more information about voter registration, the November 8 election, and Sample Ballots.
 
The deadline to register to vote and be eligible to vote in the November 8, 2016 election, or to submit an address change that will be effective for the election, is October 11.
 

 

Voter Registration Drive Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conroe

 

 

 

September 19 – 23 and 26 – 30

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

 

 

11:00 am – 6:30 pm (Mon – Thurs)

11:00 am – 5:30 pm (Fri)

1027 N. Loop 336

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 26 – 30 and

Montgomery County Tax Office - Conroe

 

 

October 3 – 7

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

400 N San Jacinto St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnolia

 

 

 

September 19 – 23 and 26 – 30

Brookshire Brothers

 

 

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

18535 FM 1488

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 29 – 30 and

Montgomery County Tax Office - Magnolia

 

 

October 3 – 7

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

19100 Unity Park Dr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montgomery

 

 

 

September 19 – 23 and 26 – 30

Brookshire Brothers

 

 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

21005 Eva St.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Caney

 

 

 

September 19 – 23 and 26 – 30

Brookshire Brothers

 

 

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

20185 U.S. Hwy. 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3 – 7

Montgomery County Tax Office - New Caney

 

 

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

21130 Hwy 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Porter

 

 

 

September 19 – 23 and 26 – 30

Burke’s Outlet Shopping Center

 

 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

13741 Hwy 59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woodlands

 

 

 

September 26 – 30 and

Montgomery County Tax Office – The Woodlands

 

 

October 3 – 7

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

1520 Lake Front Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willis

 

 

 

September 19 – 23 and 26 – 30

Willis Supermarket

 

 

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

504 S. Danville St. (Hwy. 75 at FM 2432)

 

 

 
What Every Employer Should Do to Encourage Employees to Vote
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Encourage and Equip Citizens to Vote

What Every Employer Should Do to Encourage Every Eligible Employee to Vote:

 

1. Establish consensus in the senior leadership team on the importance of all eligible employees voting in every election (federal, state, local, primaries, runoffs...), and gain commitment to take action on a regular and consistent basis.

 

2. Consider the use of an outside resource like the Voter Awareness Council to assist in your program.

 

3. VAC recommends that your organization remain neutral, non-partisan, and unbiased at all times. Your

role is as a motivator, facilitator and information provider. Corporate positions or recommendations may be useful on bond issues or candidates that have a direct impact on your entity, but you can’t be perceived as telling employees how to vote.

 

4. Announce to the entire employee base the commitment from senior leadership for an ongoing “get out the vote” campaign.

 

5. Establish a “get out the vote” action group, with senior leadership oversight, comprised of a cross section representative group of interested employees to take ownership for the initiative.

 

6. Develop an internal communication strategy using meetings, videos, intranet, text messages, social media, bulletin boards, hallway and work room monitors - any and all applicable communications tools.

 

7. Strive for 100% registration among all eligible employees and provide registration information and tools. Consider having a few employees become certified registrars to facilitate registration on site.

 

8. Conduct sessions with employees on the importance of voting.

 

9. Post every upcoming election a week or two prior to the start of early voting.

 

10. Provide (www.vactx.org and others as needed) links to sample ballots, voting times and locations,

candidate and issues information...

 

11. Invite guest speakers and/or candidates to visit with employees during “breakfast seminars”,

“luncheon forums”... on select key ballot items.

 

12. Encourage employees to vote during early voting, allow/encourage employees to vote anytime during

the day that work demands will permit.

 

13. Consider offering scheduled shuttle transportation to voting locations, van pools, etc.

 

14. On Election Day, have frequent reminders all day to encourage voting, provide access so that

employees can find their precinct location if they do not already know, see relevant ideas in 12 and 13

above.

 

15. Consider keeping score, report back after each election on what percentage of your team voted, and

display running bar-chart comparisons to show trends.

 

“If you don’t vote who does?” - “If we don’t vote we risk being governed by our inferiors”

 

Voter Awareness Council, Inc., c/o David Matos Treasurer, 250 Ed English Dr., Building 3 Unit C, Shenandoah, TX 77385 www.vactx.org, Like us on Facebook


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