Fellow Ward 6 Democrats,
Our monthly Get Out the Vote (GOTV) virtual meeting is tomorrow night, and we are going to have a special guest. Who? You'll have to attend to find out.
While our work supporting campaigns OUTSIDE DC is ongoing, we're also supporting a campaign INSIDE DC, where Democratic DC Council At-Large Member Robert White is standing for re-election this fall. Whether you have a little time or a lot of time, you can help him win. See below to find out how.
Two critical things to take care of right away, if you haven't already:
- Check your voter registration status so the absentee ballot the Board of Elections is going to mail you can find you - https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status.
- Complete the US census. DC will lose more than $8,000 in federal funding we're entitled to for EACH PERSON who's not counted. Get Counted Today at https://2020census.gov!
President, Ward 6 Democrats
GOTV Virtual Meeting: TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 15
Our next monthly Get Out the Vote virtual meeting will be TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 15, starting at 7:00 p.m. We'll be talking about the fourth campaign we're supporting this fall, that of Jaime Harrison, who is challenging Trump's golf buddy Lindsey Graham for Senate in South Carolina. We'll also have a special guest joining the call. Details and RSVP at https://www.mobilize.us/dcdemsward6/event/310365/.
Meanwhile, our postcard writing efforts are ongoing. We have more addresses for Theresa Greenfield (challenging Joni Ernst for Senate in Iowa), and we are still writing postcards for Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) as well. You may have seen the article in the Washington Post (online Friday, in print Sunday) about the Spanberger race. She is facing a very tough battle, which means our efforts to help her could very well be what makes the difference.
Need addresses? Email Matt LaFortune at [email protected].
- List of links to postcard sources
- Postcards designed by the niece of one of our dedicated GOTV volunteers (thanks for the sharing the link, Amelia!)
- Network NoVA's Virginia-specific postcards
Need a little help keeping your postcard writing energy up? Network NoVA, a local Virginia grass roots activist organization, is hosting weekly postcard power lunches, Fridays at noon. They feature music, messaging ideas, weekly special guests, and prizes. Register to join them here.
Volunteer with CM Robert White
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.
- Sign up to phone bank for CM White here.
- CM White also needs volunteers to host more meet & greet events. Email Matt LaFortune at [email protected] if you're in hosting.
Get Ready To Vote, DC
The Board of Elections has created an online tool to help you find out where you can vote this fall. You plug in your address, and it will show you all the nearby ballot drop boxes, early voting locations, and November 3 polling places. Discover your options here.
If you haven't already checked your voter registration status, PLEASE DO IT NOW. It only takes a few seconds to do: https://www.dcboe.org/Voters/Register-To-Vote/Check-Voter-Registration-Status.
The reason this is so critical is that Board of Elections is going to automatically mail absentee ballots to EVERY registered DC voter in just a few weeks. Make a plan to vote safely this fall.
Still have questions about voting? AARP DC and the DC Board of Elections are hosting two virtual town halls, Thursday, September 17 and Thursday, September 24, where you can get all your questions answered. Information and registration here.
Sign Up to Be a Poll Worker
While we will all be getting mail ballots, DC is going to have polling places for in-person voting open for both early voting (starting October 27) and on election day. While they're doing well, the Board of Elections is still recruiting poll workers. (You may have seen the article in the Washington Post on Friday about this.) Many of our most dedicated and experienced poll workers are our senior neighbors, and it's not safe for them to work the polls during the pandemic.
If you're in a lower-risk demographic category, please consider signing up to help. It's a PAYING position. You'll do four hours of training, and then you'll be assigned up to five shifts during the in-person voting period. Complete information and application are available at: https://www.dcboe.org/Poll-Workers/Apply-to-be-an-Election-Day-Worker.
DC Statehood News
For the FIRST TIME in HISTORY, a DC Statehood bill has been placed on the Senate floor calendar. Read Delegate Eleanor Holmes Horton's official statement on this exciting development in our ongoing quest for equal representation and rights of citizenship.
It take about 5-10 minutes to complete your 2020 Census questionnaire online. Donald Trump is attempting to dramatically shorten the time frame for the door-to-door visits by Census enumerators, so it's particularly important that we all complete our questionnaires online ASAP at https://my2020census.gov. Trump is trying to stop the count as of September 30, 2020, in just over two weeks, so time is running out.
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 more than $8,000 federal funds to which we are entitled for EACH PERSON who's not counted (source: George Washington Institute of Public Policy). Those funds support everything from programs for children to infrastructure improvements.