Democratic Party Technology Chair


Michael Bissett

Michael Bissett

It doesn't matter what you say you believe. It's what you do that counts.

If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for,
at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. — PAUL WELLSTONE

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  • published Meetings & Socials in Events 2021-08-24 07:26:51 -0500

    Meetings & Socials

    Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 07:00 PM

    Central Committee Meeting

    Join us in person in the Luecht Auditorium at McHenry County College!

    Conference Center


    • 7:00 p.m. — Doors open 
    • 7:15 p.m. — Meeting begins
    • Chair's Message
    • Agenda TBA
    • Reports - Officers/Districts
      • VChair
      • Secretary / Data Team
      • Treasurer
      • District 1 - 6
      • Tech
      • Attorney
    • 8:30 p.m. — Adjourn
    Invite a friend to attend the meeting!

    Introduce a friend or neighbor to grassroots politics and help us grow the Party.

    All meeting attendees are required to wear a mask or face covering regardless of vaccination status. 

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  • published 123 FormBuilder Templates in EB 2021-08-10 09:59:11 -0500

    123 FormBuilder Templates

  • published Privacy Policy 2021-04-19 18:08:47 -0500

    Privacy Policy

    The Democratic Party of McHenry County is a local political organization, operating in and for the benefit of Democratic Party members in McHenry County and the State of Illinois. Our website is The website is used for informational and campaign purposes, including soliciting of donations, and promotion of the party and its candidates.

    This page is used to inform website visitors regarding our policies with the collection, use, and disclosure of Personal Information of anyone who uses our website.

    If you choose to use our website, then you agree to the collection and use of information in relation with this policy. The Personal Information that we collect is used for providing and improving the website and our services. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy.

    Information Collection and Use

    For a better experience while using our website, we may require you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information, including but not limited to your name, phone number, email address and postal address. The information that we collect will be used to contact or identify you.

    Log Data

    We want to inform you that whenever you visit our website, we collect information that your browser sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser version, pages of our website that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics.


    Cookies are files with small amount of data that is commonly used as an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are not stored on our server.

    Our website uses these "cookies" to collection information and to improve our website. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies, and know when a cookie is being sent to your computer. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our website.

    Service Providers

    We may employ third-party companies and individuals due to the following reasons:

    • To manage our website;
    • To provide the website on our behalf;
    • To perform website-related services; or
    • To assist us in analyzing how our website is used.

    We want to inform our website users that these third parties have access to your Personal Information. The reason is to perform the tasks assigned to them on our behalf. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose.


    We value your trust in providing us your Personal Information, thus we are striving to use commercially acceptable means of protecting it. But remember that no method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and reliable, and we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

    Links to Other Sites

    Our website may contain links to other sites. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that site. Note that these external sites are not operated by us, even though they may appear to be part of our website. Therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

    Children's Privacy

    Our Service is not intended for anyone under the age of 13, but we cannot prevent children from accessing the website. In the case we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information, we immediately delete this from our server. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with personal information, please contact us so that we can delete the information.

    Changes to This Privacy Policy

    We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, we advise you to review this page periodically for any changes. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page.

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions or suggestions about our Privacy Policy, do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

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  • published Early voting in Vote 2021-03-08 11:16:06 -0600

    Early voting

    When does early voting begin, and where can I vote early?

    Voters may cast a ballot prior to the June 28th Primary Election starting May 19th at the County Clerk’s Office from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and the dates for early voting centers starting in June possibly at the locations listed below. When the County Clerk posts official start times and locations, we will update.

    The Illinois early voting law allows voters to cast a ballot at an early voting center through Monday, June 27th, in any of the possible locations listed below. Ballots for all precincts in McHenry County are available at any of these Early Voting Centers, so voters may vote at the site most convenient for them. You will be required to present a valid form of identification when you vote early.

    Click on any location heading to see a Google map and directions.


    Mon - Fri 

    Mar 22-26


    Mar 27

    Mon - Fri

    Mar 29-Apr 2


    Apr 3


    Apr 4


    Apr 5


    McHenry County Administration Building • 1st Floor, Room 104

    667 Ware Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


    Algonquin Library

    2600 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL 60102

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon




    Nunda Township Office

    600 Tracy Trl, Annex, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


    Conference Room

    1606 Three Oaks Rd, Cary, IL 60013

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon




    Huntley Park District

    12015 Mill St, Huntley, IL 60142

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon




    Village Hall • Executive Conference Room (Enter thru Board Room)

    600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


    McHenry City Hall • Court Entrance only

    333 S Green St, McHenry IL 60050

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


    McHenry Township Office

    3703 N Richmond Rd, Johnsburg, IL 60051

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

     9:00 AM - Noon

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

       9:00 AM -  2:00 PM

    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


    Dunham Township Office

    107 Airport Rd., Harvard IL 60071

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon




    Marengo City Hall - Upper Chamber

    132 E Prairie St, Marengo, IL 60152

    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    9:00 AM - Noon




  • published Events 2021-02-11 10:40:49 -0600

    Calendar of Events

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 05:00 PM
    Woodstock Opera House in Woodstock, IL

    Mary Mahady Campaign Kickoff


    You're invited to join Mary Mahady as she kicks off her campaign for County Clerk! Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available.  RSVP and make a donation at  Individual and couple tickets are available as well as other levels of support.  

    Paid for by Citizens for Mary Mahady, 803 N. Front St., McHenry IL  60050. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board's official website or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, IL.


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    Monday, November 01, 2021 at 07:00 PM · 7 RSVPs

    2022 Thomas Jefferson Planning Meeting


    Interested in helping? We can't do it without you.

    Join us for an introductory Zoom call to get planning for the 2022 Thomas Jefferson Dinner!  

    ZOOM Link provided upon RSVP via Events Chair Cindy Pilz.

    Thank you. 

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  • published Vote 2020-08-11 17:03:22 -0500

    Voter Information

    Voter Information for local elections
    provided by the Democratic Party of McHenry County

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  • published Backbone in The way forward 2020-08-08 12:16:17 -0500

  • published Vote by Mail in Vote 2021-03-09 10:32:08 -0600

    Vote by Mail

    Click here to find out more about the application to vote by mail. 

    Vote by Mail Application



    Click on the box to fill out the application for a vote by mail ballot!


    How do I arrange to Vote BMail, also known as VBM?

    The first step for voting by mail is to request a ballot by 
    filling out an application, then submitting it to the McHenry County Clerk.  Click on the box above to fill out the online application.  Print it out, sign and date it.  This is very important!  Then:

    • Mail it to the McHenry County Clerk, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL  60098 so that it is received no later than 5 days before election day.  For the June 28, 2021 election, it must be received by June 23, 2021.
    • Scan and email the application to [email protected] by June 23.
    • Personally deliver the application to the Woodstock office, also no later than June 23.

    When can I request (apply for) a VBM ballot?

    Good news! Registered voters can file an application online right nowIf you live in McHenry County, apply by clicking on the box above. 

    When will I receive my VBM ballot?

    The McHenry County Clerk must mail it to you within two business days of receiving the application. They are also asking you to allow 5 days for the USPS to deliver your ballot. We recommend mailing your application as soon as possible to be sure you receive your ballot before election day.

    What if I get a VBM ballot and then decide I want to vote in person?

    Just bring your VBM ballot and envelope to your polling place once in-person voting begins, return them to an election judge, and request a regular ballot to vote then and there. Easy! Having the VBM ballot in hand before the polls are open for in-person voting, ensures that if you’d rather not leave home, you can still vote. Remember we need your vote!

    If I do decide I want to mail in or drop off my VBM ballot, what’s the deadline?

    Vote by mail ballots must be returned or postmarked no later than April 6. Thanks to the Democratically controlled Illinois legislature and Governor JB Pritzker, drop boxes will be available for the April 6th election. In McHenry County, the only one will be at the Administration Building.

    McHENRY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - 667 Ware Rd., Woodstock - Ballot Drop Box Available 24 hrs (NOT CLEAR IF CLERK IS USING)
    McHENRY TOWNSHIP OFFICE - 3703 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
    THE DOLE MANSION - 401 Country Club Rd., Crystal Lake - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
    McHENRY CITY HALL - 333 S Green St., McHenry - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
    LAKE IN THE HILLS VILLAGE HALL - 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours

    What if there's a problem with my VBM ballot when the 
    county clerk receives it?

    The county clerk is required to notify you of any problems with your ballot within 48 hours of receiving it.

    What if I requested a VBM ballot but don't receive it by Election Day?

    Go to your polling place on Election Day.  Ask to fill out an affidavit stating that you never received the VBM ballot.  You can then vote.  REFUSE TO VOTE PROVISIONALLY.

    What if I returned a VBM ballot to the Clerk but they have not received it by Election Day?

    Go to your polling place on Election Day.  Ask to fill out an affidavit stating that you returned the VBM ballot and the election authority did not receive it.  You can then vote.  REFUSE TO VOTE PROVISIONALLY.

    What if I still have questions about VBM?

    You can email the Democratic Party of McHenry County [email protected] or call us at 847-906-1559

    VBM Tips

    Do not initial the ballot.

    It is ok to undervote, which means to leave a question blank or to only vote for one candidate even though you can vote for two. Your ballot will still count. For example, if there is no Democrat running or there is only one Democrat running, only vote for the Democratic candidate. 

    Sign your name as you signed it when you registered to vote. 

    Make sure your envelope is sealed. 

  • published Blue Wave 2020-06-04 07:11:18 -0500

    The Blue Wave depends on you!

    Destiny is on our side. The facts are on our side.
    Now, we need you on our side.

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  • published Pandemic News in News 2020-04-09 19:26:02 -0500

    COVID-19 Information for You

    Democrats in McHenry County are a compassionate community. No matter what we look like, where we live, or what's in our wallets, getting sick reminds us that at our core we’re all just human. We are worried about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting our neighbors, our economy, and our democratic processes.  Because we believe good government and good leadership are vital in times of crisis, we are posting the below links to public and community resources to help you stay healthy, stay safe, and stay connected. We are in this together, apart. 

    COVID-19 vaccination sign up for McHenry County residents thru the health department can be found here -

    Or you can call the COVID-19 Call Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (815) 334- 4045.

    To locate other vaccination sites for McHenry County please click here:

    COVID-19 FAQs

    Stay connected with us -  Sign up here


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  • published My Vote in The way forward 2020-02-11 12:12:57 -0600

    When you stay home, someone else makes your decisions for you.
    So if you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, vote.


  • published A warning from Alexander Hamilton in The way forward 2019-12-24 13:23:31 -0600

    Alexander HamiltonThe truth unquestionably is, that the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on civil commotion. Tired at length of anarchy, or want of government, they may take shelter in the arms of monarchy for repose and security.

    Those then, who resist a confirmation of public order, are the true Artificers of monarchy—not that this is the intention of the generality of them. Yet it would not be difficult to lay the finger upon some of their party who may justly be suspected.

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  • published Show courage in The way forward 2019-12-19 17:19:22 -0600
    This is the transcript of the speech given on Dec. 18, 2019 by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer prior to the impeachment vote.

    Madam Speaker, I have had the honor of serving in this house for over 38 years. I’ve served during six presidencies.

    I’ve been here through moments of tremendous progress and terrible tragedy. I have seen periods of rank partisanship and patriotic bipartisanship. I’ve seen our two-party system work. And I’ve seen it break down. Never in all my years of serving in this great institution that I love and the people of my district did I ever expect to encounter such an obvious wrongdoing by a president of the United States.steny-hoyer.jpg

    Nor did I expect to witness such a craven rationalization of presidential actions that should put our national security at risk, undermine the integrity of our elections, and defied the constitutional authority of the Congress to conduct oversight.

    We’ve heard from Republicans that this impeachment really has to do with policy differences though on how we feel personally about the president, about his temperament or that we simply dislike him. Throughout the Trump presidency, Democrats have resisted pursuing impeachment even as we watched with dismay and disgust at a pattern of wrongdoing.

    That pattern included ordering federal agencies to lie to the public firing the FBI director for refusing to end investigations of his campaign. Siding with Vladimir Putin against our intelligence agencies. Taking funding away from the military to put towards an ineffective border wall. And setting policies that have led to the separation of families and caging of children.

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  • published Rust Belt Rising in Resources 2019-11-19 17:02:15 -0600

    Rust Belt Rising

    Rust Belt Rising

The Democratic Party of McHenry County