WCDP Newsletter: Election Special

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Washtenaw County Democratic Party

Poll Greeters Needed!
A sad fact in elections is that many voters lose track of who to vote for as they go down the ballot. State Supreme Court races often suffer from a lack of recognition (Welch and McCormack) and many other positions are either left blank (ballot roll-off) or given only one vote when two or more candidates should be chosen (undervoting). Being a poll greeter can make a huge difference in addressing these issues.

We need you to help people vote all the way down the ballot by offering in-person voters a card with WCDP’s recommended candidates. We have 2-hour slots available at most polling places. Look for yours here:

Karen Kostamo, Vice-Chair of the Visibility Committee, working hard in Ann Arbor.

Extended Ypsi Office Hours
Office hours for our main office in Ypsilanti:

  • Today and tomorrow: 1-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31st: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 1st: 1-4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 2nd: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 3rd: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Washtenaw County Virtual Rally
October 30, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Michigan Democratic Women’s Caucus is hosting a virtual “Get out the vote” rally with U.S. Senators Amy Klobachar and Gary Peters, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, and many other distinguished leaders from our community. For more information and registration, sign up here.

Make Calls for Gretchen
October 31 to November 3
Call voters to let them know about about Gretchen Driskell’s plans to bring change to MI-07. There will be a brief training at the beginning of each phone bank shift, so whether you are a newcomer or veteran, everyone is encouraged to attend! Click here to sign up.

Support Gretchen at the Polls
November 3
This volunteer task is important and easy: Stand outside of a priority polling location, talk to voters, and ask them to text or call three friends to get out the vote! An organizer will reach out to you with details after you sign up here.

Last-minute GOTV opportunities:

Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

This hotline is an important resource for anyone who has any questions about the election. You can also visit their website for additional language options and information about the upcoming elections.

Washtenaw Action Council – Protecting the Election and the Community
The Washtenaw Action Council is a coalition of progressive organizations that have come together to prepare for the possibility of contested elections or a contentious transition of power. These groups include:

Initiatives include a Community Safety Toolkit, plans to bring music and comfort to the polls, days of action in support of democracy, and more. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3krTOPh

November General Membership Meeting
November 7, 9:30 a.m.

The November General Membership Meeting will include a brief presentation from Larry Kestenbaum, the Washtenaw County Clerk. This will be followed by a motion to consider proposed bylaw changes. Only people who register and have their MDP membership confirmed will be able to participate in this General Membership meeting. Register for this meeting here.

Participants will need to have been a member of the Michigan Democratic Party no later than October 8. Precinct Delegates, Democratic elected officials, Democratic nominees to partisan offices, and individuals whose membership lapsed inside the 30-day window are exempt from the advance membership requirement. However, those individuals must be members in order to vote and may join or renew the same day as the meeting.

Information on the proposed bylaw changes: Video explaining changesproposed bylaw changes, and existing bylaws

Washtenaw County Democratic Party
418 West Michigan Avenue
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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