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Republican leader calls on Texans to not change their colors in November

Tom Mechler, chairman of the Texas Republican Party
Tom Mechler, chairman of the Texas Republican Party pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Texas Republicans are calling for reinforcements.

They say this year certainly isn’t the time for change in Texas, particularly if that change means the state turns blue.

“Texas has not voted for a Democratic president in 30 years, but Hillary Clinton believes she can buy her way to a Lone Star victory,” Tom Mechler, chair of the Republican Party of Texas, wrote in a recent email to supporters. “If Hillary Clinton takes Texas, we will never win the White House again.”

Mechler called on Texans to donate to candidates and the party “to help keep Texas red, and send Hillary Clinton a strong message that TEXAS IS NOT FOR SALE.”

Unity banners

Tarrant County Democrats, meanwhile, are busy looking ahead to the day they believe Hillary Clinton will be sworn in as the country’s next president.

They are among those signing long white unity banners featuring the word “Hillary” spelled out in red letters, just as Democrats are in states across the country. Their goal is to have such a banner signed by supporters in every state by inauguration day.

Inauguration Day is Fri., Jan. 20, 2017.

If Clinton is the country’s choice to become the country’s next president, the banners will all be taken to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration.

“We have a network of super volunteers across the nation who have been with Hillary since 2008,” said Pam Durham, a longtime Hillary Clinton volunteer. “The unity banner is to unify the suffrage movement, along with the Hillary movement, and give visibility to Hillary.”

Each of the banners is 12 feet long and identical, except for the symbol of the state it is coming from. The white background of the banner honors women’s right to vote and the suffrage movement from the 1920s. The red letters stand for the blood shed in the suffrage movement as well as supporters’ love for Hillary Clinton.

“This is to show our support,” Durham said.

Election questions?

Have questions about your voting rights?

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas wants to help.

The group has launched a Texas Election Protection Hotline voters may call to ask questions and report “any voter suppression incidents.”

To contact the group, call 1-888-507-2970 or email letmevote@aclutx.org.

Not a joking matter

A joke post about Election Day is gaining momentum on social media websites, including Facebook.

It is a post telling voters to remember their “assigned voting dates — Nov. 8 for Republicans and Nov. 9 for Democrats.”

Early voting runs through Nov. 4.

Election day for all voters is Nov. 8.

Upcoming political events

Nov. 4: Last day of early voting

Nov. 8: General Election

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

Election Information

To see a sample ballot, go to the Tarrant County elections website.

For more information about candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, go to the Star-Telegram website, www.star-telegram.com, to read the online Voters Guide.

If you have any election related questions, call the Tarrant County Elections Administration at 817-831-8683.

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