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The Next Rapp Dems Meeting

Because of the Governor’s stay-at-home orders, we’re having to cancel our May general meeting. If we’re still on lockdown in June, let’s go for a Zoom!

We are trying to stay flexible and reactive to the rapid changes in the ways we can campaign, select our nominees, and vote this year. Here are some updates about what we’re doing.

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The DEADLINE to register to vote in Virginia is Tuesday, May 26!

The DEADLINE to register to vote in Virginia is Tuesday, May 26!

Go to https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation to register online

Contact the Registrar of Voters for further information:Call: 540/675-5380
E-mail: vote@rappahannockcountyva.gov

Once you’ve registered, there’s no need to re-register for the November 3 election. You’re good to go for 2020!

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Postcard Party (In Spirit)

We need volunteers to prepare postcards in their homes!

We need to get the word out about mail-in voting for the June 23 primary! We have cards, address labels, and stamps—but we need volunteers to put the parts together and send them off. We have 1000 to mail!  We’ll drop off 50 cards (or more, if you want them), with labels and stamps to your porch or mailbox, a no-contact transaction. Please contact Mary-Sherman Willis to volunteer:  chair@RappDems.org.

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Please Check Your Registration and Request an Absentee Ballot!

(message courtesy of https://madisonhuddle.org/) 

With many government offices in Virginia closed for face-to-face business due to the coronavirus pandemic, new voter registrations in April plummeted from levels typically seen in high-interest presidential election years. The state saw just 5,467 new voter registrations in April, a 73 percent drop from the same month in 2016 and an 81 percent decrease from 2012, according to registration data published by the Virginia Department of Elections and compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project. https://www.virginiamercury.com/2020/05/14/virginia-sees-new-voter-registrations-plummet-in-april/

Tram Nguyen, co-executive director of progressive advocacy group New Virginia Majority, said that her organization registered about 9,000 voters in April of 2016. This year, she said, that work — which helps reach people who are less inclined to enter sensitive personal information into a website — has “pretty much stopped.”

Clearly, this does not bode well for this year’s elections (unless you’re a Republican). Please verify your registration and request an absentee ballot citing reason “2A My disability or illness” (social distancing during COVID-19).  Please share this message with others in your personal network.

Thank you!

Click the following link to verify your registration and request an absentee ballot: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation

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The Senate Race

Let’s not forget that Senator Mark Warner is up for re-lection! Keep in touch with his campaign HERE. Get on his mailing list and check him out on Facebook, where he holds regular virtual town halls. And of course, donate what you can.

As the weeks progress, we’ll get a clearer idea of what each of us Democrats can do to win in November and restore sanity and justice to our government. We don’t have to tell you that these are hard times. Americans are suffering. Our focus now should be on supporting our candidates and ensuring a fair vote. We’ll let you know how!

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The Congressional Race

We have four terrific candidates to run against Republican Denver Riggleman (or Bob Goode) in the 5th District in November. Due to the coronavirus, the CD5 Congressional Primary has been moved to June 23.

Apply for your absentee mail-in ballots now! Happily, you no longer have to have a witness sign your ballot in Virginia. Click HERE for your application form.

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Our four primary candidates—RD Huffstetler, John Lesinski, Claire Russo and Cameron Webb—are adjusting their campaigns to reach out to voters online. Look for them on Facebook for events announcements.

And mark your calendars for a series of live streamed virtual forums through May and June until the June 23 primary. View them from the comfort of home.

Please, send me your questions for the candidates! What do you want to know about their positions on voting rights, jobs, the COVID19 crisis, the economy, healthcare, criminal justice…This is the chance to hear their answers.

  • Saturday, May 9, 1:30PM, moderated by Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, 31st District. Sponsored by the Fauquier Democrats and Fauquier Indivisible. See www.FauquierDemocrats.org.
  • Tuesday, May 12, 6PM, moderated by Leslie Cockburn, former CD5 candidate. Sponsored by the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee.
  • Thursday, May 14, 6:30PM, sponsored by Charlottesville Democratic Committees. Please email for the Zoom link:  charlottesvillenow@gmail.com
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