RAPP DEMS CLEAN UP!

2019 BLUE STATE BLUE GRASS BRUNCH

4th of July parade 2019

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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The Presidential Race

Even though Joe Biden appears to be the presumptive Democratic Nominee, we have a long road ahead before it’s certain. After our Super Tuesday Primary, delegates go to the 5th District convention on May 9, and the State Conventions on June 20 to pick the delegates Virginia will send to the National Convention in Milwaukee on August 13.

This year both Virginia conventions will be held virtually.

The CD5 Convention on May 9 starts at 9AM. At 1PM, delegates will vote for 6 delegates to be National Delegates from Virginia.

To participate, register here: 

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4953873135220740365

At the State Convention on June 20, delegates will pick 21 at-large National Delegates to go to the National Convention.

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Save the Date for Our Virtual Candidates Forum on May 12!

The Rappahannock Democratic Committee invites you to a virtual forum for 5th District’s candidates for U.S. Congress.

Click the following link for the official press release with photos: https://www.rappdems.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/RCDC-CD5-Forum-Press-Release.pdf

When: Tuesday, May 12th, at 6 pm.

Where: Live Streaming on Facebook and YouTube

The forum will be moderated by Leslie Cockburn, former Democratic 5th District candidate.

RD Huffstetler grew up in North Carolina and served as a sergeant in the U. S. Marine Corp in both Iraq and Afghanistan. With a Harvard MBA, he went to work in Silicon Valley. He now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, an OB-GYN, and daughter. Looks forward to “solving the challenges of the future” and pledges to improve the economy of “every community” in the 5th District.

John Lesinski of Rappahannock County. A Marine Corps colonel and one-time president of the county school board, he served as a member of the county Board of Supervisors. Successful in commercial real estate, John lives with his wife Heidi in Washington, VA. He promises better access to health care and broadband in the many rural communities of the 5th District.

 Claire Russo is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq, and later as a civilian employee of the U. S. Army in Afghanistan. “I was trained,” says Claire, “to run toward the fight” and she plans to put that same determination to work for her constituents especially when it comes to affordable health care. Claire lives in Earlysville with her husband and their three children.

Cameron Webb, a UVA grad with degrees in law and medicine, Dr Webb is Director of Health Policy and Equity at UVA’s School of Medicine. He pledges that “Common sense and fairness” come first. Then promises to put health care front and center when he is in Congress. Webb lives in Charlottesville with his wife Leigh-Ann, an ER doctor, and their children.

Participate in the discussion.

Submit your questions for candidates at Chair@RappDems.org

For more information contact: Mary-Sherman Willis at 540/987-8912 or send her an email.

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RCDC Gets Out the Vote!

ABSENTEE VOTING IN 2020 

NOTE: This letter didn’t reproduce well for the website. To view the original letter in its proper format, click here.

Due to the COVID19 outbreak in the country, it’s imperative that we protect every Democrat’s right to vote in the June 9 Congressional Primary and the November 3 Election

Kim McKiernan, Rappahannock County Registrar, says: In an effort to protect our voters, our election officials, and our staff, we are encouraging voters to submit an application to vote absentee by mail (your ballot is mailed to you) and to conduct all other business with the voter registration office via telephone 540-675-5380 or email vote@rappahannockcountyva.gov 

NOTE: There are absentee ballot application forms and voter registration forms hanging on the Registrar of Voters’ office door along with in-depth instructions. 

Please proceed to: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation  

  1. Complete the information for ‘registered voter’. (Note: if you are registering to vote, simply select ‘apply to register to vote’ on the left and follow those prompts. You are not required to re-register if you are already registered.) 
  2. On the next screen, select “I want to apply for absentee voting.” Answer the questions on the next two screens. 
  3. The screen following those two provides instructions for you to vote absentee due to social distancing. Select “I have a reason or condition that prevents me from going to the polls on Election Day”.
     
  4. Proceed to the next screen. Select the election for which you would like a ballot. (Note: We do not know yet whether the June Primary will be in-person or if it will be conducted virtually.) If you have no desire to vote in a June Primary, simply select November 2020. Then, as the instructions state, select ‘my disability or illness.’  

    a. BE SURE to provide your MAILING ADDRESS if it is different than your physical address!  
    b. If you want your ballot mailed to a different address, select “I would like my ballot delivered to a different address than my residence.” This includes post office boxes. If you do not provide a valid mailing address, your ballot will be returned to our office and you may miss the deadline to vote your ballot and return it to us. 
    c. BE SURE TO PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER OR EMAIL ADDRESS in the ‘contact’ screen in the event we need to clarify anything about your application. 

  5. At the Electronic Signature page, please (if you have a Virginia Driver’s License) provide the information requested, because that is how your application is signed electronically. If your application is not signed, we cannot process it.  

    a. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A VIRGINIA DRIVER’S LICENSE: Please print this form (you only need to submit page number 3). Write ‘2A’ in the required reason code area.  
    b. Be sure to sign your form and provide the mailing address.  
    c. Select the 5th Congressional District Congressional Primary on June 9 or select the November General on November 3, 2020.  
    d. Provide contact information.  
    e. You can mail, scan and email, or fax your completed form to us at:  

P.O. Box 236, Washington, VA 22740 

vote@rappahannockcountyva.gov  

Fax: 540-675-5381 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES 

Monday, May 18Deadline to register to vote in the Congressional Primary. 

Tuesday, June 2Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you by 5 pm 

Tuesday June 95TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY 

Tuesday October 13Deadline to register to vote in the November General Election. 

Tuesday October 27Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you by 5pm.  

NOTE: in the 2020 General Election, you don’t have to give a reason to vote absentee.  

Tuesday November 3GENERAL ELECTION 

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