Welcome to the web site of the Bellaire
Democrats. Founded in 2000, the Bellaire Democrats are citizens
concerned about the political environment in our country, America, our
state, Texas, and our city, Bellaire. To join us just click the Membership
link on the menu.
To obtain your very own "customized" sample ballot go to www.HarrisVotes.com and click on "Find Your Poll, and View Voter Specific Ballot". First, choose "Democratic Party". Then, enter your home address and you will be provided with the exact sample ballot that you will see when you go to vote.
Below is information about Early Voting and the Precinct Conventions and Senate District 17 Convention, which will be held March 22, 2014, at Spring Branch Middle School.
You can early vote at ANY of the 39 early vote locations in Harris County.
Remember: If you vote in the Democratic Primary you are eligible to serve as a delegate to your Precinct Convention, and possibly the Senate District 17 Convention, and/or Texas Democratic Party Convention. If you do not vote in the Democratic Primary, you would be required to sign an affidavit that you did NOT vote in the Republican Primary in order to serve as a delegate to the above-mentioned conventions.
Senate District 17 Convention
The Senate District 17 Convention will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The convention will be held at
Spring Branch Middle School
1000 Piney Point Dr.
Houston, TX 77024
Note that per the new rules of the Texas Democratic Party, the precinct conventions are no longer held on the night of the Democratic primary but are now held during the Senate District Conventions. Download the 2014-2015 Rules of the Texas Democratic Party.
To register for the convention, please go to http://register.txdemocrats.org. Those who register before the convention will get reminders from the Texas Democratic Party, both with logistical information and process information. Online pre-registration will close at the end of business on Thursday, March 20. Attendees who have not pre-registered may do so in person at the convention. Pre-registration, however, would be greatly appreciated.
One of the objectives of the Senate District Convention is to elect delegates to the Democratic State Convention. The Democratic State Convention will be held June 26 through June 28 in Dallas. For information on how to become a delegate to Democratic State Convention, you may download the Become a Delegate to the 2014 Democratic State Convention.pdf.
Senate District 17 is allocated 298 delegates to the State Convention. Of these 298 delegates, 204 are from Harris County, 69 are from Fort Bend County, and 25 are from Brazoria County.
Another objective of the Senate District Convention is to pass resolutions that will then be voted on at the Democratic State Convention.
We are still in the planning stages for the convention and could use your help with any of the following committees:
- Registration & Credentials
- Program & Agenda
- Platform & Resolutions
- Rules & Procedures
If you would be willing to help with any of these committees or have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.202.1045. Also we will be holding another convention planning meeting on Sunday, February 16 at 4:30 pm at
Pappas Bar-B-Q (I-59 at Bellaire)
7007 Highway 59 South
Houston, TX 77074
Please join us if you can.
Finally, the convention is an expensive undertaking and we are in the process of raising funds for the convention (additional funds will be used to help get out the vote in November). Our major fund-raising activity is selling ads in the Senate District 17 Convention Program. Options include:
- Convention Underwriter - includes a full page ad on the inside front or back cover and recognition as a convention underwriter - $500
- Full Page Ad (5" x 7") - $200
- Half Page Ad (3.5" x 5") - $100
- Quarter Page Ad (2" x 3.5") - $50
- Business Card Ad (3.5" x 2") - $50
- Page Sponsor ("This Page Sponsored by ..") - $75
- Back Page Sponsor Listing - $125
- Club Combo (Half Page Ad, Display Table and Banner) - $100
- Space for display table - $25
You can submit your ad application via the SD17 website at
Payment and artwork deadline is March 7, 2014.
Calendar of Events
1. February 12, 2014 (Wed) - Bellaire Democrats Meeting - Dr. Bob Stein
Bellaire Democrats will meet on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:00 pm, at Hickory Pit Barbeque, 6601 S Rice Ave, Bellaire TX 77401. Please arrive at 6:30 pm if you would like to enjoy a Dutch-Treat meal with the group.
Our guest speaker is Dr. Bob Stein, professor of political science at Rice University. He will be speaking on the state of the primary elections and looking forward to the general election in November 2014. While he will be speaking primarily about elections in Texas, he will likely entertain questions about national campaigns and issues, as well.
Please invite you friends and neighbors to attend the meeting. Everyone is welcome.
2. February 18, 2014 - February 28, 2014 - Early Voting for the Texas Democratic Primary
Early voting for the Texas Democratic Primary begins February 18, 2014, and ends on February 28, 2014. Please go to www.HarrisVotes.com to view the list of Early Voting locations, dates and times. At the website you can also obtain information about obtaining a ballot to vote by mail.
3. March 4, 2014 (Tue) - Election Day for Texas Democratic Primary
Election Day for the Texas Democratic Primary will be Tuesday, March 4, 2014. If you are not able to vote during Early Voting, this will be your last chance to vote in the Texas Democratic Primary. We will need Democratic Election Clerks at the Bellaire voting locations. Anyone who can work at the polls for the entire day, or for a block of hours, please contact Patrick Durio at Patrick.Durio@Durio.pro .
4. Future Meeting Dates
Our planned dates for future meetings are:
- February 12, 2014 (Wed) - [See Item 1 above]
- March 12, 2014 (Wed) - Program on Immigration
- April 9, 2014 (Wed) - Program on Education
a). We keep our E-mail transmissions to one per month, unless a special need arises. Please note that members’ contact information and E-mail addresses are kept confidential, and are not provided to outside parties.
b). Please visit www.BellaireDemocrats.org for information about Bellaire area precincts, as well as information about upcoming events and activities. You will also find links to Harris County Democratic Party (www.HCDP.org), Harris County Clerk (www.HarrisVotes.com) and other helpful web pages.
Democratic Precinct Chairs - City of Bellaire Precincts
||Will your VOTE Count?
PLEASE don't take our system of Electronic Voting for granted.
Diebold machines are particularly under fire for poor security,
but even with a paper trail, no voting machine is truly accountable.
At this time, no paper trail is provided by the eSlate machines in Harris County Electionsl