Primary Night Surprises Include Voting Problems

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Challengers Take The Lead  

Tens of thousands of absentee ballots have yet to be counted but challengers running against incumbents look primed to win their Democratic primaries.

If current leads hold, it appears Jamaal Bowan will oust Rep. Eliot Engel in CD16. In CD17, Mondaire Jones appears primed to be the Democrat to take over for retiring Congresswoman Nita Lowey. In the race for Westchester DA, Mimi Rocah is leading incumbent Anthony Scarpino and other local races for the NY Assembly are still in play. 

Click here for a primary wrap up from LoHud which talks about an energized electorate heading into November. “Shannon Powell, organizer of the group Indivisible Westchester, said the new level of interest has meant more candidates with more diverse backgrounds in addition to larger turnout at the polls. ‘Americans recognize that Trump and the Republicans pose a clear threat to our democracy and our basic American values, so they are energized like never before,’ Powell said.”

Problems At the Polls

The primary was plagued with a plethora of issues. There were multiple violations of election law which cannot and should not be disregarded or left unaddressed. These violations include but are not limited to: the lack of timely communications regarding polling locations to voters, incorrect poll site locations on voter postcards, absentee ballots not received on time, lines up to four hours long (forcing voters to stand in the heat), polls too small to socially distance, polls improperly supplied, ballots in the wrong language and correct ballots not offered to voters. There have been numerous reports in both local media and on social media to verify this.

Click here to sign a petition to call on the Westchester Board of Legislators to hold PUBLIC HEARINGS to examine the failures of the primary election process in Westchester, as well as to ensure that these same failures do not occur in the critical November elections.

Click here to join this zoom event hosted by Alison Fine with voting experts to learn more about how Boards of Elections operate.

Become a Pollworker

Sign up here to be learn more about becoming a pollworker in time for the November election. You must be a registered voter in order to be eligible. This is how the Indivisible network and those who are younger and healthier can help increase staffing and protect seniors and the vulnerable.

What tasks will you perform as a poll worker?

  • Prepare the polling place for voting
  • Set up the voting equipment
  • Process the voters
  • Demonstrate voting procedures to the voters
  • Close the polling place
  • Canvass and report the results
  • Assist voter if requested by the voter

Join us for a two-part social media bootcamp. We are all part of the social media army for our candidates this November and THEY NEED OUR HELP! This is basic training so that we can be proactive and productive. No technology skills required.

July 7 from 7-8:30
Session 1 we cover the basics of disinformation: What does disinformation – real “fake news” look like today? What makes some things go viral? How do we respond or fight back?

July 14 from 7 to 8:30  
Session 2 we will discuss the dynamics and how-to’s of amplifying content on social media. We will show you how you can be most effective as we head into Election 2020, even if you are completely new to social media.

Register here:

Join IW’s postcarding efforts to help elect Democrats around the country. Email for more information.

Here is a  list of what can open  during the four phases outlined by the state.

Antibody testing is now available at the Westchester County Center. Call 914-326-2060 for more information.

Ways To Help Those In Need:

Here are some Domestic Violence hotlines and resources:
Westchester County
Hope’s Door, Inc. (888) 438-8700 – Provides both residential and non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.My Sisters’ Place (800) 298-SAFE/7233 – Provides both residential and non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and Approved.Westchester County Office for Women– Provides non-residential domestic violence services. OCFS Licensed and ApprovedFamily Helpline/Hotline weekdays 9am – 5pm (914) 995-5972Weekend and after hours (914) 995-2099Spanish Language (White Plains) (914) 995–6581
Spanish Language (Yonkers) (914) 231-2882

Get a Complete Count

Make sure to fill out your Census form today – click here to get started.

Together, we stand Indivisible against the Trump administration.

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Indivisible Westchester is a movement of neighbors and friends working together to protect the core values of this great nation. We promote policies and legislation that are based on inclusion, respect, justice and nonviolence. With a focus on the local level, we support progressives running for office and we hold elected representatives accountable.

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