October 1, 2022 – 38 days to go!
This Monday, October 3 @ 6PM
Make Your Voice Heard on The Diag!
Get fired up with us smack dab in the middle of campus! Join with student voters who are energized around Reproductive Freedom and Voting Rights. Sign up, bring your friends and get ready for a great night!
Come and rally to defend your freedoms!
A PERSONALIZED BALLOT CARD NOW ON YOUR PHONE!
miVoter.org from the WCDP
The Washtenaw County Democratic Party (WCDP) introduces miVoter.org, a way to have all endorsed Democratic candidates for the November 8 election literally at your fingertips in the voting booth.
On any device, including cell phones, a user can enter their name, ZIP code, and birth year and month, and the program will display the endorsed Democrats for every office, tailored for that particular voter. No more filling in paper ballots to take with you. No more having to look through races you’re not eligible to vote in. The information is completely personalized.
Further, clicking on the name of a candidate that has been displayed will bring up a summary of the candidate’s background and qualifications for the office.
miVoter.org is available statewide, but in counties outside Washtenaw, only candidates down to US House of Representatives are included. Voters in Jackson, Livingston, and Wayne Counties may have complete results before the election, and eventually, complete results will be available for the entire state.
For more information, go to miVoter.org and click on FAQ.
Tune in Saturday for “Voices of Gen Z”
Join us this Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9:30am , for WCDP’s “Voices of Gen Z” speaking panel featuring six Washtenaw County activists doing some awesome work for our community, state and nation! Join us on Zoom.
Tamarus Darby Jr., a senior at Washtenaw International High School, will be moderating the program and speaking on his activism centered on school board elections.
Celine Cetinel, UM-Dearborn student, will speak on environmental laws and policies.
Shruti Lakshmanan, University of Michigan senior, is focusing her talk on criminal justice.
Amy Belfar, an area social worker, will talk about her work in reproductive justice, education and outreach.
Arda Cetinel, Concordia University student, will speak on the health and fiscal benefits of federally legalizing cannabis.
Maurice Imhoff, 2021 Northwest High School grad and the youngest candidate running for the Michigan House of Representatives, will talk about the importance of protecting voter rights.
CORRECTION: WCDP misspelled the name of one of our Gen Z speakers in last week’s newsletter, Tamarus Darby Jr., and we sincerely apologize for that error.
Saving Local School Boards…
Introducing the Michigan Majority PAC
In the nine school boards in Washtenaw County, particularly in the smaller districts, numerous right-wing candidates are vying for school board seats. Darcy Berwick of Saline says that “in the rural districts, there’s a clear, concerted effort to use language that appears to be accepting and inclusive, but it’s not truly reflective of the actions candidates have taken.”
Berwick has created a PAC to fight back. The Michigan Majority PAC aims to “help elect school board candidates who want to create diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accepting schools, who value educators and other experts, and who will work respectfully with our schools and our community.”
Read the full article here.
Take Action At Mobilize
The Big Lie MI GOP has told us who they are and what they’ll do if they retain the Michigan House and Senate.
You fought hard for fairer districts in 2018, and voted like hell in 2020 to stop Trump. Now, let’s bring this home and #FlipLansingBlue, together!
Pick a candidate, a proposal, or a cause.
You’d be amazed what an hour or two can mean to people fighting the good fight.
From the statehouse to the school board, every race is going to matter. Making change starts with winning elections. You know what to do!
Be a Democracy MVP
Day Challengers who monitor the Early Vote are needed! As Michiganders begin casting their absentee ballots, the Voter Protection Team needs folks to perform weekly check-ins at Clerks’ Offices to ensure there are no obstacles to voting and that current election laws are being followed. This role provides a great introduction to the Election Day Poll Challenger role!
This training session will prepare you for the process. Pre-Election Day Challenger (In-Person Absent Vote) role during the Early Vote period (Sept. 29 – Nov. 7). This is NOT for Election Day Poll Challengers. This is an in-person role that cannot be done remotely. Next sessions:
Voter Hotline: 1-833-MI-VOTES
Hotline is live, needs volunteers
The Big Lie GOP continues to attack voting rights in Michigan. Help ensure every voter can cast their ballot and that every vote counts!
In this training you’ll get a brief overview of MI voting laws and see how we record, track, and escalate voting issues ahead of Election Day. It will prepare you to join our team to help voters with common questions.
Rememberit. Pass it on.
Put it in your phone now!
Getting out the Voter Guides
More than 117,000 households are awaiting the delivery of the Democratic Voter Guide, the Washtenaw Dems’ most ambitious get-out-the-vote election tool.
Delivered by you. And your friends, family and compatriots. In just 10 days.
Volunteers have begun covering one- to two-hour “turf” shifts for no-knock drop-offs. The goal is for every Democratic voter to receive the guide by the time the absentee ballots have been delivered at the end of September.
“There’s a very tight turnaround,’’ said Brian Greminger, co-chair of the Western Washtenaw Dems.
Some 78,000 copies of the eight-page guide will be hand-delivered on walkable routes in Washtenaw County. Another roughly 40,000 guides are being mailed to less walkable areas with busy roads or more spread out homes.
Mailings also will reach Dems in parts of Wayne, Livingston and Jackson counties, where voting districts overlap with Washtenaw County. A digital version is available at mivoter.org. This interactive guide will allow voters to see a copy of their ballot with local endorsements from the WCDP, and call it up on their phones at the voting booth.
The guide contains detailed information about candidates, ballot proposals, local and state school board and nonpartisan candidates such as judges and trustee positions endorsed by the WCDP. It, too, can be brought into the voting booth.
“We need to educate Democratic voters and get them to vote the entire ticket,” said Jennifer Fairfield, chair of the Western Washtenaw Dems and co-creator of the guide.
“Just look at the Michigan Supreme Court,” added Greminger. “If we hadn’t had success with the current Supreme Court elections, we probably wouldn’t have reproductive rights and voter protection proposals on the ballot.”
• No-knock drop offs • Everythingprovided • About 1 to 2 hours
Don’t forget to sign up to circulate our all-important Voter Guides, and circulate the Mobilize link far and wide. We need 400 volunteers for 2-hour shifts between now and about October 5. Thanks for helping us get this indispensable tool into the hands of voters!
Show out for Democrats!Get signs & more at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings.Whitmer Gilchrist Nessel Benson: suggested $10 donationBlack Lives Matter: $5Whitmer Gilchrist on white: only $5 Or on the eastside
At the WCDP Ypsilanti office sidewalk sale! Check (preferred) or cash only. Call to check stock: 734-879-0556. Open Wed and Fri 4-6pm & Sat and Sun 1-3pm
Or on the westside
At the Savage home 2367 Baker Road, Dexter, MI. Self-serve kiosk to right of garage. Put your check to “WCDP” (preferred) or cash in box & please fill out FEC form.
Also, watch out for cats!
More things you can do
Jason Morgan for MI House – District 23 – Fall Fundraiser
Thursday, September 29th
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
At the home of Decky Alexander & Bruce Kutinsky, (Ann Arbor – address provided upon rsvp)RSVP to join us at:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/falla2morgan
Supreme Court candidates’ Fundraiser
Please join the Michigan Association for Justice for a fundraiser to support the Democratic Supreme Court candidates, Justice Richard Bernstein, and Kyra Harris Bolden. This year, justice is on the ballot. We have an opportunity to make history and guarantee a fair Supreme Court for generations! Don’t miss this special virtual event featuring The Sklar Brothers, with a guest appearance by baby Emerson Bolden!Hosts: $1,000
Friend: $250 The maximum contribution is $7,150RSVP and Contributions can be done here.
Carrie Rheingans for MI House – 47th District
Saturday, October 1, 3 to 5
Carrie needs your help to produce two final mailers to rural voters. Please join us for a casual cocktail hour to celebrate Carrie’s 41st birthday, and to get her campaign over the finish line!$50 will fund printing of 500 mailers$100 will fund printing of 1,250 mailers$250 will fund postage for 625 mailersAnd ANY AMOUNT helps!
Yes on Proposal 3 Canvass in Ann Arbor
Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2
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The Final WordIt’s National Civic Engagement Week! Join Democracy for All, working to inspire a nation where communities feel empowered to take part in the civic engagement process. Join the League of Conservation Voters, Democracy For All, and partners around the country in mobilizing our communities to get election ready.
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