Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
It's no secret that our June 2 primary election was a mess. Many who requested absentee ballots never received them. Many returned, completed absentee ballots never appeared in the Board of Elections' online ballot tracker. Those who chose, or were compelled by circumstances, to vote in person on June 2 faced long lines.
This is unacceptable and CANNOT happen again in November.
We have information about the DC Democratic State Committee's response, and the Board of Elections' plans below.
We also have a virtual salon with Martha's Table CEO Kim Ford this week. There's a major DC Statehood vote coming up. And we're kicking off our 2020 election Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts next Tuesday, June 30. Details for all are below.
DC moves to "phase 2" re-opening today, but it is still wise stay at home if you don't have to go out. If you do, remember to wear your mask.
President, Ward 6 Democrats
Virtual Salon with Kim Ford (Martha's Table) - Tuesday, June 23
Please join us TOMORROW NIGHT, Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m. for an engaging virtual salon with Kim Ford, President and CEO of Martha's Table. Ms. Ford will tell us about the work Martha's Table has been doing on the front lines of addressing food insecurity and other critical community needs during the pandemic, and you can learn what our Ward 6 community can do to help.
Details and RSVP at https://www.ward6dems.org/kimford. Space is limited.
DC Statehood House Floor Vote - Friday, June 26
Although it feels like it happened a million years ago, you may recall that H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives right at the beginning of the 116th Congress, January 3, 2019. On September 19, 2019, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing on the bill, which was then marked up on December 19, 2019.
If you remember your Schoolhouse Rock, you know that the next step is a floor vote in the House. That's taking place THIS Friday, June 26. ShowUp4DC is hosting a virtual watch party and other actions related to the vote - get the details and RSVP to participate at showup4dc.org.
2020 Elections GOTV Volunteer Kick-off - Tuesday, June 30
Join your fellow Ward 6 Dems on Zoom Tuesday, June 30, at 7:00 p.m. for our 2020 Elections GOTV Volunteer Kick-off and help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot this November. We will be targeting competitive House and Senate campaigns to win majorities in both Houses of Congress, make DC Statehood a reality, and create a Blue Wave that will end the Trump presidency.
On Tuesday, June 30, we will gather on Zoom to write postcards and text voters for targeted campaigns, starting at 7:00 p.m. and running until around 8:30.
Details and RSVP at https://www.ward6dems.org/postcards_texts_to_voters_volunteer_kickoff.
DC Primary Election Recap
DC's June 2 primary election was a disaster. Requested absentee ballots never arrived. The Board of Elections' app didn't work properly. Returned, completed absentee ballots never showed up in the BOE online ballot tracker. Although in-person voting opened Friday, May 22, there were limited polling stations available on election day, and lines were long, with many people who'd requested absentee ballots compelled to go vote in person when those ballots never arrived.
This is unacceptable and CANNOT happen again in November.
The DC Democrat State Committee was one of many organizations that sent strongly-worded letters to the BOE. You can read their letter at https://www.ward6dems.org/letter_from_dc_democratic_party_regarding_elections.
Our Ward 6 CM Charles Allen held hearings about the BOE's election performance last Friday, June 19. You can review the recording at the DC Council's archive site.
The BOE has responded with a plan for November. You can read about it at https://www.ward6dems.org/dcboe_june_2020_primary_election_recap. They are, in short, planning to convert every registered voter in DC to vote by mail for November. Limited in-person polling places will be open for early voting and on November 3, but the default will be vote by mail.
The most important thing you can do right now is to make sure your voter registration is up to date so your mailed ballot finds you. You can do that at: https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status.
We are in discussions with the BOE and the Council on ways to improve election operations and GOTV efforts for November. What suggestions do you have to improve ballot delivery, the operation of in-person polling stations, or voter participation? Send them to Ward 6 Dems president Chuck Burger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.258.5316.
Another good way to use your time while staying at home and physical distancing is to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire.
Why does the Census matter?
- The federal government distributes over $6 billion annually to the District to support vital programs based on census data.
- Census data is used to update Ward and ANC boundaries to reflect population growth and movement across the District.
- District agencies rely on accurate census data for budgeting, planning, and policy decision-making across the city.
- Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life, and consumer advocacy.
- Businesses use census data to decide where to build offices and stores, creating jobs in our community.
An undercount would have serious consequences for our city, denying us federal funds to which we are entitled that support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements.
It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Completing the questionnaire online means that Census enumerators - many of whom are our neighbors, doing temporary work - do not have to visit your house to interview you, which keeps us all safe. Complete your questionnaire today at https://my2020census.gov.
Due to the Hill Rag's summer publishing schedule, our monthly Women of Ward 6 feature will be on hiatus until September, when we'll be focusing on none other than Ms. Roberta Flack.