Matt LaFortune

  • Make a Plan to #VoteSafe: In-Person Early Voting Opens TOMORROW, Tuesday, October 27

    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. 


  • Help Elect Democrats INSIDE DC: CM Robert White

    Council member Robert White, the only Democratic At-Large candidate this year, has reached out to the Ward 6 Dems for support. CM White needs volunteers to support him and the entire Democratic ticket at the vote centers for Early Vote and on Election Day. We're not asking you to distribute literature this year, although we will have tables with literature for voters to pick up themselves if they choose. We need volunteers to wear "ASK ME" buttons and answer questions or otherwise assist voters, masked and from a safe distance. 


  • Help Elect Democrats OUTSIDE DC: #FlipTheSenateBlue This Fall AND Support DC Statehood

    In order for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (fingers crossed) to be able to enact their agenda and begin undoing the damage of the Trump administration, it is CRITICAL that Dems flip the US Senate blue this November. We have the opportunity to send a strong DC Statehood signal by actively supporting the Democratic candidates who have voiced their public support for making us the 51st state. 

    You can help flip the Senate by donating to any/all of the following Senate candidates through dedicated "51st State" links. 

    Let's make sure their Statehood support matters!


  • published Initiative 81: Decriminalize Nature in News 2020-10-26 10:34:57 -0400

    Initiative 81: Decriminalize Nature

    From the leadership team at at Decriminalize Nature DC:

    If passed, Initiative 81 would designate entheogenic plants and fungi (iboga, ayahuasca, psilocybin, and mescaline-containing cacti) as the lowest law enforcement priority for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department. This change would help ensure that DC residents benefiting from these plant medicines - which can help treat depression, anxiety and addiction - are not subject to arrest or prosecution. These changes would help end another part of the destructive war on drugs while protecting DC residents using natural medicines to heal. Initiative 81 does not change penalties or legalize the sale of entheogens.

    The DC DSC and the Ward 6 Dems support this ballot initiative. Vote YES.


  • DCDSC Statehood Committee Meeting - Tuesday, November 10

    No rest for weary election volunteers! Whatever the outcome in the House and Senate on November 3, experienced DC Statehood activists know work remains to be done. Join the DC DSC for their monthly Statehood Committee meeting on Tuesday, November 10, to strategize for the 117th Congress. Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdems/event/204310/


  • In Person Early Voting Opens TOMORROW

    Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

    Although there is still plenty of time to return your absentee ballot (either through the USPS or in one of the convenient secure drop boxes the Board of Elections has placed around town), for those who either must or want to vote in-person, early in-person voting opens tomorrow. If you are going to vote in person, please plan to go early. You can vote at ANY in-person location in DC, and the Board of Elections website lists which sites are open and what the approximate wait time is at each at https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org

    Be sure to vote, and be sure to plan to #VoteSafe. 

    Best,

    Chuck Burger

    President, Ward 6 Democrats

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  • published Presidential Debate Watch in News 2020-10-20 08:18:34 -0400

  • Ward 6 Community Forums - DC Council At-Large Race: Monday, October 12 AND Wednesday, October 14

    We're excited to announce that the Ward 6 Democrats and the Hill Rag are sponsoring TWO nights of forums with the candidates for DC City Council At-Large. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. Remember, you get to vote for TWO at-large candidates. 

    Dates: Monday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. (both nights)

    RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/336969/

    You can submit your questions for the candidates at debate@hillrag.com.


  • published Make A Plan to #VoteSafe This Fall in News 2020-10-12 10:11:22 -0400

    Make A Plan to #VoteSafe This Fall

    First of all, YES, YOU CAN STILL VOTE IN PERSON. But many of us would prefer not to because of the pandemic, and the DC Board of Elections has gone above and beyond to provide options.

    Here's a run-down of the situation:

    1. The Board of Elections is automatically mailing absentee ballots to every registered voter.
    2. Those ballots have started arriving.
    3. If you're going to vote by mail, you can send your ballot back through the USPS, no stamp required.
    4. You can also fill out your mail ballot and put it in one of the BOE's secure drop boxes. All the drop box locations are on the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Mail-Ballot-Drop-Sites
    5. The last official day to register to vote is October 13 (THAT'S TOMORROW). Get registration information at the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Register-to-Vote
    6. After October 13, you can still register, but you will have to register and vote in person.
    7. If your absentee ballot does not arrive il the mail by October 21, you should plan to vote in person.
    8. Early voting opens October 27. All the early voting locations are on the BOE website: https://earlyvoting.dcboe.org
    9. A list of all the election day precincts is also available on the BOE website: https://dcboe.org/Voters/Where-to-Vote/Election-Day-Vote-Centers
    10. Due to the pandemic, any voter in DC can vote at any in-person voting location.
    11. If you decide to use your mailed ballot to vote, whether you send it back via the USPS or put it in a secure drop box, the BOE has a ballot tracker you can register with to be updated about the status of your ballot: https://votedc.ballottrax.net/voter/

    Our CM Charles Allen has also summarized this information on his website at: http://www.charlesallenward6.com/how_to_vote

    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.


  • Help #FlipTheSenateBlue This Fall AND Support DC Statehood

    Our Ward 6 Dems community of 20+ volunteers has written more than 2,000 postcards in support of the campaigns of Rep. Abigail Spanerger and Rep. Elaine Luria in Virginia as well as Senate challenger Theresa Greenfield in Iowa.

    But there's more work to do to flip the US Senate blue this November. We have the opportunity to send a strong DC Statehood signal by actively supporting the Democratic candidates who have voiced their public support for making us the 51st state. 

    One way you can help is to donate to any/all of the following Senate candidates through dedicated "51st State" links. 

    Let's make sure their Statehood support matters!


  • published Help Elect Democrats Inside DC in News 2020-10-12 10:10:14 -0400

    Help Elect Democrats Inside DC

    We need your help to turn out votes in the District, too. Council member Robert White, the only Democratic At-Large candidate this year, has reached out to the Ward 6 Dems for support.

    You can request your Re-elect Robert White yard sign here.

    CM White also needs volunteers to phone bank, share campaign literature with neighbors, or host your own virtual meet & greet. Email Matt LaFortune at mattlafortune@gmail.com if you're able to support CM White's campaign in any of those ways.


  • published US Census: Good News, Bad News in News 2020-10-12 10:09:43 -0400

    US Census: Good News, Bad News

    The good news on the US Census is that, thanks to the tireless efforts of activists and advocates, the Trump administration has been thwarted in their attempt to end data collection early. That means you have until Saturday, October 31 to complete your 2020 census.

    The bad news is that DC is still lagging badly in our response rate. We’re 13th from the BOTTOM of the list of 52 US states (or future states) for Census response rates. BILLIONS of dollars in DC’s federal food, health, and housing aid all depend on an accurate and complete count.

    If you haven't completed the Census, you can do so right now online at: https://my2020census.gov/It only takes about 10 minutes. 

    If you have already responded, remind your friends and neighbors to do the same by posting the link to any neighborhood listservs or groups you belong to: https://my2020census.gov/.


  • published Make a Plan to #VoteSafe in W6D Newsletter 2020-10-12 10:08:45 -0400

    Make a Plan to #VoteSafe

    Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,

    It's not too late to register to join us and the Hill Rag for the forums we are sponsoring with the At-Large candidates for DC City Council. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. The first forum is TONIGHT, Monday, October 12, starting at 8:00 p.m., and the second is this Wednesday, October 14, also starting at 8:00 p.m. More information and registration is at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/336969/

    We also have information on voting in DC, continuing volunteer opportunities to elect Democrats both inside and outside DC, good AND bad news about the US Census, and our final Woman of Ward 6 - DC's own long-time public servant and tireless statehood advocate, Eleanor Holmes Norton.

    Best,

    Chuck Burger

    President, Ward 6 Democrats

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  • Ward 6 Dems/Hill Rag At Large Candidate Forum - October 12 & 14

    We're excited to announce that the Ward 6 Democrats and the Hill Rag are sponsoring TWO nights of forums with the candidates for DC City Council At-Large. There are a total of 23 candidates, so you have a lot of choices, and we're here to help you distinguish among them. 

    Dates: Monday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 14

    Time: 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. (both nights)

    RSVP: https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/336969/

    We are still working out which candidates will appear on which night. Details will be on our website as they firm up (https://www.ward6dems.org). You can submit your questions for the candidates at debate@hillrag.com.

    We hope to see you there!

    Chuck Burger

    President, Ward 6 Democrats


  • October Woman of Ward 6: Eleanor Holmes Norton

    Women of Ward 6

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

    by Marci Hilt

    October’s Woman of Ward 6 is Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who is now in her 15th term as the congresswoman for the District of Columbia. She has been a tireless advocate for Statehood for DC residents, as well as working to preserve and create jobs for DC residents.

    “After 219 years of Congress denying DC residents congressional voting rights and full local self-government,” she recently said, “we are on the cusp of another historic first for DC statehood in a year of historic firsts for DC statehood. Americans living in all 50 states recognize that this is a fight for fairness and equal representation.”

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  • published Voting Information 2020-09-30 11:02:22 -0400

    Voting Information

    The upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election will look different from any we’ve ever had in DC, and I want to make sure you know how to cast your ballot safely. Ballots are already arriving in mailboxes, so please review this important information on how to vote: 

    Board of Elections Vote Safe DC

    1. There’s still time to register to vote! Register before October 13 to receive a mail-in ballot, or register in person at any Vote Center during Early Voting (October 27-November 2) or on Election Day (November 3). Voter registration and proof of address requirements are here. Voter registration forms in languages other than English are here.
    2. Check your voter registration status and update it to make sure you receive your mail-in ballot.
    3. You don’t need to request a ballot for the General Election, but you can change the address where you want it sent. The Board will be mailing all registered voters a ballot with a pre-paid return envelope. Follow the instructions included with your ballot!
    4. #VoteSafe by making a plan. Voters should consult the Board’s new map to find Vote Centers and Ballot Drop Boxes near them. The Board will be opening 32 Vote Centers for Early Voting and more than 90 Election Day Vote Centers, four times the number open during the Primary Election, including several “Super Centers”.
    5. Vote early in one of four ways:
      1. Return your ballot quickly BY MAIL – no postage required. Leave plenty of time for your ballot to reach the Board. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3), and they must be received by the Board no later than 10 days after Election Day.
      2. Return your ballot in one of the Board’s 50+ new secure DROP BOXES across the District until 8 p.m. on Election Day
      3. DROP OFF YOUR BALLOT at any Vote Center from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. during “Election Week” (October 27-November 2) and from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Election Day
      4. VOTE EARLY IN PERSON at any Vote Center during “Election Week” (October 27-November 2) from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    6. Voting on Election Day should be everyone’s last resort, but if you choose to do so, plan ahead! Even with the best planning and preparation, there will be lines on November 3rd. Each voting center has reduced capacity because of COVID safety precautions, so they won’t be able to handle as many people at the same time as normally come through. Lines will form. So if you choose to vote on November 3rd, be ready for lines due to social distancing restrictions. Bring water, snacks, and a mask, and dress warmly and comfortably. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

    Important Dates to Remember

    • Last week of September:
      • Registered voters will begin receiving their mail-in ballots. The Board will continue to mail ballots in waves through October 13.
    • October 13:
      • Last day to register to vote or update your voter information to receive a mail-in ballot. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote in person at a Vote Center during Early Voting or on Election Day (and you’ll be able to vote in person). Register to vote here.
    • October 27-November 2:
    • November 3:

    Frequently Asked Questions 

    What if I receive someone else’s ballot? Mark the outer envelope as “Return to Sender.” Don’t destroy another person’s mail.

    What if I receive my mail-in ballot, but I want to vote in person? Bring your ballot with you or you can simply destroy your own mailed ballot.

    How will I be able to track my mail-in ballot? Once ballots begin to be mailed out, the Board will provide a secure tracking feature on its website. Residents will be able to live-track their ballots as it moves through the US Postal Service system.

    By what date should I plan to vote in person if I haven’t received a ballot? The Board recommends that if a voter hasn’t received a ballot in the mail by about October 21, they should make a plan to vote in person, preferably early during Election Week (October 27 – November 2).

    What if I’m concerned about voting by mail, but don’t want to vote in person due to COVID risks? Bring your ballot to a secure Drop Box. Beginning October 5th, dozens of Drop Boxes will be located around the city. They are secure and modeled after many states and jurisdictions that have used Drop Boxes safely and securely for years. Ballots will be collected at least twice a day by the Board of Elections staff. This will be the quickest and easiest way to return your ballot if you prefer not to mail your ballot and want to avoid voting in person.

    How many Vote Centers will be open during Election Week (October 27-November 2)? The Board will be opening 32 Vote Centers for Early Voting. Voters can vote at any Vote Center in the city, but there will be four Early Vote Centers in Ward 6 – Kennedy Recreation Center, Walker-Jones Education Campus, Sherwood Recreation Center, and Nationals Ballpark.

    How many Vote Centers will be open on Election Day? The Board will be opening 90+ Election Day Vote Centers, four times the number open during the Primary Election, including several “Super Centers”. Super Centers are large locations, including Nationals Park and Capital One Arena, that can accommodate more voters at a time while maintaining social distancing. The hope is that by increasing the number of Vote Centers, we can avoid some of the long lines that we saw for the Primary. Voters can vote at any Vote Center.

    Do I have to vote in my Ward or at a particular Vote Center? No. Voters can vote at any Vote Center during Election Week or on Election Day, regardless of where they live. Most people are accustomed to voting at their traditional precinct and that will not be required for this General Election. If you are going to vote in-person on Election Day, check the Board of Election’s map and make a plan about what location works best for you.

    Do I need to bring ID with me to the polls? Registered voters do not need to present proof of residence to vote. If you will be registering during the Early Voting period or on Election Day, you will need to provide proof of residence in order to register and vote. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and did not provide proof of residence when registering, you will need to show proof of residence in order to cast a live (regular) ballot.

    Frequently Asked Questions for returning citizens, students, and voters with disabilities

    Thank you for making a plan to #VoteSafe in this important election. If you have any additional questions, please let me know, and keep wearing that mask!

    Charles Allen


  • published A Message from Charles Allen in News 2020-09-29 14:40:36 -0400

    A Message from Charles Allen

    Dear Ward 6 Democrats,

    I don’t have to tell you how crucial this year’s election is. On the national stage, electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (and defeating Donald Trump) couldn’t be more important and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

    But this year’s election is crucial in DC as well. Who we elect represents our values, our priorities, and our vision for the place we call home. I’m asking you to help me re-elect Robert White as an At-Large member of the DC Council.

    As your Councilmember, I want you to know how much I trust and work with Robert at the Council. When there’s an important issue for Ward 6 - whether it’s funding our local schools, focusing on affordable housing, prioritizing our local businesses and neighborhoods - I know Robert will be there with me. And as our city and nation wrestle to address systemic racism and right historic wrongs, Robert has been an incredible partner to build a more just city.

    He’s been fighting for all residents and like me, Robert is a leader that works to bridge divides and move the District forward. At a time when the city we love is facing so many challenges and crises - and the pain cuts so unevenly across neighbors - Robert White is someone that we trust to make the right call and right decision.

    You have two votes to cast for At-Large members of the Council. Please re-elect Robert White with your first vote on this year’s ballot!

    Thank you and remember to vote early and vote safe!

    Charles Allen


  • DC Democratic State Committee Virtual Debate Watch Party: Tuesday, September 29

    The DC Democratic State Committee is hosting a virtual presidential debate watch party TOMORROW night Tuesday, September 29, starting at 8:00 p.m.  

    The first few minutes will be devoted to Flip NC Blue for DC, the DC DSC's main non-DC GOTV project. North Carolina is a battleground state which Obama carried in 2008 and lost in 2012, and then Trump carried in 2016. This project is designed to help Biden/Harris carry NC, flip the U.S. Senate seat, and support NC state legislative candidates who support DC statehood. 

    RSVP at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpc--ppj0rE9W-6QADcLRLpETczcitGI-0.


  • published Help Elect Democrats Outside DC in News 2020-09-28 09:12:52 -0400

    Help Elect Democrats Outside DC

    The Ward 6 Dems have just about wrapped up our postcards to voters operations. Campaigns are ending this phase of voter outreach a little on the early side this year because of USPS delays and because so many people are voting early and/or absentee/by mail this fall. In Virginia alone, volunteers wrote more than 435,000 postcards to voters. Now, we didn't do all of those ourselves, but our efforts contributed to that MASSIVE voter outreach. Great work, people! 

    The next phase of outreach for the campaigns we're supporting - Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Theresa Greenfield (Senate challenger in Iowa), and Jaime Harrison (Senate challenger in South Carolina) - will be phone and text banking. 

    The Luria campaign is training text bankers TODAY, Monday, September 28, and the Harrison campaign will be training virtual volunteers on Wednesday, September 30. Information about both is available on the Ward 6 Dems online calendar.


  • published Help Elect Democrats Inside DC in News 2020-09-28 09:12:24 -0400

    Help Elect Democrats Inside DC

    We need your help to turn out votes in the District as well. Council member Robert White, the only Democratic At-Large candidate this year, has reached out to the Ward 6 Dems for support.

    One way you can help is to Save The Date for a virtual meeting & greet with CM White on Saturday, October 10, starting at 1:00 p.m.

    You can request your Re-elect Robert White yard sign here.

    CM White also needs volunteers to phone bank, share campaign literature with neighbors, or host your own virtual meet & greet. Email Matt LaFortune at mattlafortune@gmail.com if you're able to support CM White's campaign in any of those ways.


Matt LaFortune

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