2016-2017 Program

Study: Security of Voting in Collin County

Following adoption of the study at the May 2016 annual meeting, a study committee was formed. At an LWV-CC meeting in September 2016, Bruce Sherbet, Collin County Elections Administrator, gave a presentation on "Elections: Past, Present, and Future." In January 2017, the committee met with Sherbet and two staff members to discuss the following topics: voter registration, check-in computers, DRE voting machines, ballot definitions, ballot records tabulation, elections reports, and 2018 hardware and software replacements. The board recommended a continuation of the study with a refined focus.

Forum: Quality of Water in Collin County

A committee was formed to plan a public forum on the Quality of Water in Collin County. The forum was held on February 2, 2017, at Haggard Public Library, with approximately 70-80 attendees. Representatives from the North Texas Municipal Water District, City of Plano Public Works, City of McKinney Public Works, and a moderator from Wachs Water Services spoke on topics including:

   . Where does our water come from?
   . How does the water purification system work?
   . What kinds of tests are done and how often?
   . Age and distribution methods of delivery


   North Texas Municipal Water District

      The Journey of Water video (7 min)
      Water quality reports
      Water fact sheets


      Forum presentation
      2015 water quality report
      Defend your drains


      Forum presentation

Action Program: Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

An action program to work with other community organizations to increase voter turnout in elections in Collin County was originally adopted for 2014-2015 and continued as a local plan in 2015-2016. For 2016-2017, GOTV activities were carried out as part of the LWV-TX action plan and LWV-CC Speakers Bureau, including:

   . GOTV presentations to approximately 300 members of community organizations, including Plano Kiwanis, Collin County NAACP, Collin County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Ismaili Jamatkhana in Carrollton, DFW Chinese Education group, IGNITE state conference
   . Distribution of 2200 bookmarks informing voters of new voter ID requirements for November 2016 election, as well as election information resources
   . Distribution of more than 1000 wallet cards with reasons to vote and election information resources
   . Traditional candidate forums, Voters Guides, and voter registrations

Action Program: Know Your Government (Observer Corp)

At the May 2015 annual meeting, LWV-CC members adopted an action program to encourage all members to learn about how local government works. This was implemented as part of the Observer Corps by providing a list of local government bodies, including when and where they meet, and encouraging individual members or teams to observe at least one such meeting. Brief reports of meetings were highlighted in VOTER emails.