The Ward 6 Democrats of Washington, DC
- Foster and encourage political activity, education and awareness in our outreach to Ward 6 residents;
- Constructively work to improve the quality of life of the D.C. residents and the communities in which they live;
- Contribute to the growth and influence of the Democratic Party, to develop leadership, to increase Party responsibility.
We're always looking for volunteers, and the best way to keep up with our activities is to subscribe to our W6D NEWSLETTER. You can do either - or both - via the Join Us button above.
What did the Ward 6 Dems accomplish this election season?
- Wrote 2000+ postcards to voters in Iowa and Virginia
- Contributed to the tranche of 10,000+ postcards the DC Democratic State Committee sent to voters in North Carolina
- Texted 6000+ voters in DC on behalf of Robert White's campaign
- Volunteered at both Early Vote and Election Day in-person polling places in support of Robert White and other Democratic candidates
Special thanks to Ward 6 Dems Outreach Director Andria Thomas for setting our strategy and to Ward 6 Dems GOTV Lead Matt LaFortune for handling all the many details of the day-to-day organizing.
Are you a young Ward 6 Democrat interested in supporting the party, growing your network, and keeping Democratic momentum going beyond 2020?
The Ward 6 Dems are launching "Young Dems of Ward 6," an initiative to recruit, connect, and grow opportunities for emerging Democratic leaders in Ward 6. The initiative will develop programming, events, mentorship, and networking opportunities tailored to your interests as a young professional.
To kick things off, Ward 6 Dems will host a listening & brainstorming session with interested Ward 6 Young Dems. The goal of the session will be to gather feedback to guide our goals. The session is open to all interested in contributing their thoughts.
The kick off virtual meeting will be held Thursday, November 19, at 7:00 pm.
The Georgia senate runoffs will not only impact the potential Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, but they have a direct bearing on DC's statehood efforts. Both Democratic challengers in Georgia, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, are officially on the record as supporting statehood. To quote the Warnock campaign: "DC statehood is incredibly important to the Reverend, who recognizes that millions of citizens are disenfranchised and are taxed without representation. Winning a Senate majority, which now runs through Georgia, would ensure that we change that immediately."
Right now, what they most need is money, and we are pooling DC donations so we can make a direct connection between their support of us and DC Statehood and our support of them. Donate today at:
UPDATE Wednesday, November 11
We are getting LOTS of interest in volunteering to help in Georgia, and slots are filling up fast (for instance, Reclaim Our Vote has already distributed all their addresses, and the Nov. 14-15 Weekend of Action is now FULL). Please DO NOT freelance. The following groups have been on the ground in Georgia and know what needs to be done. Sign up for updates and/or volunteering directly with them. Let them set the strategy and tell us what they most need from us. Meanwhile, we'll continue to update you here on our website and in our bi-weekly newsletter.
- Fair Fight Action (Stacey Abrams's group) - https://fairfight.com
- Georgia Democrats - http://www.georgiademocrat.org
- Volunteering direct with Warnock campaign - https://warnockforgeorgia.com/take-action/
- Volunteering direct with Ossoff campaign - https://www.mobilize.us/electjon/
- New Georgia Project - https://newgeorgiaproject.org
- Advancing Justice Atlanta - https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org
- Black Voters Matter - https://blackvotersmatterfund.org
- GALEO - https://galeo.org
THESE SLOTS ARE ALREADY FULL:
There will be a text and phone banking weekend of action November 14-15, led by Stacey Abrams' organization Fair Fight Action - details and shift registration at https://www.mobilize.us/fairfightaction/event/362669/.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Reclaim Our Vote has SPECIFIC postcards they want everyone to use and SPECIFIC messaging for those postcards, so PLEASE follow their instructions carefully - everything is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k5pKB6cDRu9Q64nHgE5zUgrZrYvoigOrZddS1zEXBqA/edi
Democrat Robert White won his bid for re-election to At-Large member of the DC City Council, while first-timer Christina Henderson (Independent) won the open At-Large seat.
Democrats also prevailed in all four Ward races, with Vince Gray (Ward 7) and Trayon White (Ward 8) easily winning re-election, Brooke Pinto (Ward 2) securing her first full term, and newcomer Janeese Lewis-George (Ward 4) easily winning her race after defeating incumbent Brandon Todd in this spring's Democratic primary.
Our non-voting delegate to the US House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton, easily won re-election to her 16th term. Dems Paul Strauss (shadow Senator) and first-timer Oye Owolewa (shadow Representative) also both easily won their races. Delegate Holmes Norton serves in Congress, and the trio (plus shadow Senator Michael D. Brown) focuses heavily on promoting DC Statehood.
Initiative 81, "Decriminalize Nature," also cruised to victory, with more than 75% of voters supporting it.
Full results, including the state board of education and ANC races, are available at the DC Board of Elections website.
If you have not yet received your ballot in the mail, you will need to vote in person, which you can do starting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 27. All the early voting locations are on the BOE website: https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org. Due to the pandemic, any voter in DC can vote at any in-person voting location. The website lists the approximate wait times at each location, so make sure to check before you head out to vote, and remember to wear your mask!
If you received your ballot in the mail from the Board of Elections, you can still complete it and turn it in, either by dropping it in your nearest USPS mailbox (it's postage pre-paid, so you don't even need a stamp), or by dropping it in one of the BoE's many secure drop boxes (complete list of locations is at https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites).
If you decide to use your mailed ballot to vote, remember to register with the BoE's ballot tracker to get updates about the status of your ballot: https://votedc.ballottrax.net/voter/. The messages you'll get look like this:
Editor's note: I put my own ballot in the Northeast Library secure drop box and registered fro the ballot tracker app on Monday, October 5. I got the notification that my ballot had been received by the BoE on Saturday, October 10, and was accepted for counting on Monday, October 12. Dedicated W6D volunteer Frank Avery reported a similar timeframe for his ballot drop off to "accepted for counting" notice.
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