WCDP News: Help protect our votes

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Be a Poll Worker – Protect our votes



Republicans have not been shy about stating the ways in which they hope to disrupt the general election in November.  The POLITICO website has reported several stories, based on recordings made at GOP meetings, about plans to subvert the election by enlisting party-trained volunteers to challenge voters at polling places with a Democratic majority.  “The RNC considers its ‘number one goal’ [to be] building a permanent army of…GOP poll workers.”

Obviously, there is only one way to fight this kind of potential interference and ensure fair elections, and that is to enlist and deploy our own army of poll workers—ethical poll workers.  Want to be a part of this effort?  There are several ways you can enlist, including one that doesn’t even require you to leave your home.

Be an Election Inspector

If you are at least 16 years old and, if 18 or older, a registered Michigan voter, you can sign up at Washtenaw County or at the Michigan Secretary of State’s Democracy MVP site, or contact your city or county clerk.  Your job is basically to administer the election and will include setting up the polling place, checking in registered voters, and overseeing entering completed ballots into the counting machine.  This important job requires pre-election training and an all-day commitment. You will be paid the state minimum hourly wage for your work.

Be an Election Challenger

You do not have to be a registered Michigan voter, but an election challenger must be credentialed by a recognized organization to monitor the polls for irregularities and challenge any issues observed. This job too requires training.  If you are interested in serving in this capacity—and we need Democrats in this position—email the Washtenaw County Democratic Party (poc@washtenawdems.org) or your local political party organization) or a voting activist organization such as Promote the Vote Michigan or your local League of Women Voters. 

Be a Staffer for the Voter Protection Hotline

You can work the Voter Protection Hotline on election day from home—or wherever you are. You will field phone calls from polling places and relay them to the appropriate lawyers and experts as necessary. You may also be asked to contact individual voters to let them know their ballot needs to be “cured”—i.e., they need to go to the county clerk’s office to fix an unclear signature or other misstep.  Sign-up information for this volunteer opportunity will be available in the fall.

The Inflation Reduction Act & Michigan

This month, Democrats passed the historic Inflation Reduction Act and President Biden signed it into law. This Act, a $750 billion health care, tax, and climate bill, will make corporations and the ultra wealthy pay what they owe in taxes, tackle healthcare affordability, revitalize American manufacturing, and create a better, clean energy-powered future for our families. It will power our communities with good-paying, union jobs, and lower drug prices. It’s the most aggressive action on tackling the climate crisis in American history!

A few of the things the Act will do:

  • Crack down on the largest profitable corporations that currently get away with paying little to no federal income tax, instituting a minimum corporate tax of 15%
  • Incentivize domestic production in clean energy technologies like solar, wind, carbon capture, and clean hydrogen.
  • Protect Medicare recipients from catastrophic drug costs by phasing in a cap for out-of-pocket costs.
  • Promote domestic sourcing and American jobs through tax credits and incentivising paying prevailing wages. 

All of the Republicans in Congress voted against it. They even eliminated common-sense measures like a price cap on insulin and ending corporate price gouging. In a press conference, President Biden said, “Every single Republican — every single one — voted against tackling the climate crisis, against lowering our energy costs, against creating good paying jobs. My fellow Americans, that’s the choice we face — we can protect the already powerful or show the courage to build a future where everybody has an even shot.”

Democrats are fighting for what our families need, while Trump Republicans continue to threaten our freedoms and block real solutions for all Americans. When we work together, we can protect our freedoms, our families, and our futures. 

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act by Democrats is the latest win we’ve delivered for working families across race and place. To continue this momentum and protect our freedoms and our futures, we must defeat Trump Republicans and usher in a new Democratic majority in Congress this November. We can do this by electing Democratic leaders who will continue to deliver for our families. 

We vote, we win!

Information table brings results at Town Hall

New WCDP Volunteer Dave Culkin set up an information table during the Dingell Town Hall at Eastern Michigan University held Aug. 23.

“Students from EMU, WCC and UM and other area colleges are important to WCDP,” said Dave. “Sean McCormick is the president of EMU Dems. He was a pleasure to talk to and work with.”

Thank you, Dave, for this awesome outreach effort!

Volunteer for Dorm Storm @ UMich

College students are streaming back into the county, and our friends at the One Campaign want to make sure they are registered to votehave a plan to vote, and go vote.  Sign up for Dorm Storm @ UMich August 29-31 and be a part of it!

Volunteers for Ward 5 voter turnout effort

WCDP is looking for volunteers to help distribute hangtags for doorknobs. This does not involve door knocking. In a few weeks, we will be distributing the WCDP Voter Guide (also no door-knocking).

Hangtags and the Voter Guide are essential tools for making multiple contacts with voters, so we can increase turnout when it matters most. Our goals with this effort are straightforward: 

  • We need to maximize votes for Democratic candidates and judicial progressives
  • We need to maximize votes for the Reproductive Freedom for All and Promote the Vote ballot measures

“A big turnout in Washtenaw County can have a real impact this fall – and Ward 5 is historically a critical area for voter turnout here,” said Maggie Frye, Co-Captain for Ward 5 Area for the Washtenaw County Democratic Party’s voter turnout effort and Ann Arbor resident.

To volunteer for this role, please contact Maggie at 510-207-5006 or margaret.frye@gmail.com. If you live in another ward and would like to volunteer for this effort, please reach out to Maggie and she will connect you with your ward area captain.

Show your support – signs, t-shirts & more!

Find us at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market in Kerrytown on Saturday mornings for signs, shirts, buttons and more.  You’ll especially want to grab one of these?

  • Whitmer Gilchrist Nessel Benson: $15
  • Black Lives Matter: $5
  • Whitmer Gilchrist on white: $10 

Can’t make the market?  We’ve got you covered on both sides of the county.

🪧 East Location: The WCDP Ypsilanti office during our sidewalk sale hours. We can only accept check (preferred) or cash.  Please call ahead to check on stock: 734-879-0556.

Sidewalk Yard Sign Sales
Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.
Fridays, 4-6 p.m.
Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.
Sundays, 1-3 p.m. West Location:  At the home of WCDP Chair Chris Savage at 2367 Baker Road, Dexter, MI

This kiosk is self-serve and is on the right (north) side of the garage! There is a box for donations and a form to fill out to keep us compliant with the FEC. Checks are preferred (made out to “WCDP”) but cash is accepted. Please watch for cats when pulling into the driveway (and expect our dogs to bark at you!)

The primaries are over. Endorsements are in. Now it’s time to get the word out  so we can elect Dems up and down the ballot!

In 2020 the WCDP printed nearly 100,000 Voter Guides, which were walked to doors, mailed to voters, and shared at events. This year a mobile-friendly online version will make it even easier to vote confidently.

Your support decides how far we can go.  Fund the 2022 WCDP Voter Guide and let’s #FlipLansingBlue!

Bridge Michigan supports democracy with their MI ballot proposal tracker, explaining goals, funders, & more.

ActionHub connects you to local groups who share our Democratic values. Take action today!

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