Ballots for the October–November 2022 general election are on their way. You could find yours in your mailbox as early as this week. (If you’re registered to vote! Check your registration now at the City’s Voter Portal.)
In the spirit of making it as easy as possible to vote, we’ve prepared step-by-step instructions for filling out your ballot, including our checklist of what you must do to make sure it gets counted. We encourage you to start as soon as you get your ballot so you can take your time filling it out—you’ve got plenty of time to complete it and turn it in well before the November deadline.
We aren’t the only ones voting. Early voting is beginning all over the country, so if you want to volunteer to help get out the vote, there are plenty of opportunities to help build another, bigger Blue Wave and pave the way for even bigger gains in the next term. That includes our own Pints and Postcards—back at last after more than two years! See below and our Vote page for volunteer events.
CleanPowerSF: Help us achieve 100% renewable power
CleanPowerSF, a program of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), is in the process of updating its roadmap for achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2025. Preliminary results of the program are available here.
CleanPowerSF is inviting community members and customers to provide written comment on options for how the program can source clean power for the community while keeping rates affordable and helping San Francisco achieve its renewable energy goals.
The deadline is Friday, October 14 and there is a listening session today Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 5:30 PM–6:30 PM, RSVP here.
Student loan relief: Act now, before it’s too late!
The Biden Administration is delivering student loan relief on multiple fronts.
- If you’ve been working for schools, the government, or non-profits, you may be eligible for expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Apply by the end of this month before expanded eligibility runs out!
- The Department of Education is working on a new income-driven repayment plan that won’t increase your balance as long as you make your minimum payments.
- Borrowers who got fleeced by certain for-profit schools will be able to apply to have entire loans canceled.
- And, oh yeah, there’s that $10,000 or $20,000 of one-time forgiveness.
The biggest catch: There are deadlines. Some of these are available now but closing soon; others are still in the works.
Our blog post lays out in simple terms what you can do to get all the student loan relief you’re eligible for, and the deadlines for applying for it. Read our explainer here!
If you’re interested in participating in activities like drafting letters to our Members of Congress and developing our strategy for influencing them, the Indivisible SF Federal Working Group is where it happens. Our next meeting is on Thursday, Oct. 13. Details on how to register below.
ISF Federal Working Group meeting: Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30–9 PM.Register here to join our regular Zoom meeting, where we work together to develop strategies for influencing our Members of Congress and the Biden administration to support a progressive agenda. We welcome anyone who wants to participate and contribute, even if you’ve never attended an ISF meeting before.
Pints & Postcards: Sunday, Oct. 9, 4–6 PM at Standard Deviant Brewery. You’ve been waiting for it, and it’s finally here: the return of Pints & Postcards! Join us to write postcards to voters in other districts/states to help build turnout and win elections! RSVP on our Eventbrite.
Manny’s Disco Brunch Phone Banks: Sunday, Oct. 9, 12–2 PM at Manny’s. Please join Manny’s, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and many more for a weekly Get Out The Vote brunch every Sunday starting October 2nd until November 6! RSVP on Eventbrite.
Bay Area Coalition Phone Banks: Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Help our friends at Swing Left talk to voters about the upcoming primaries and midterms. Join Swing Left and the Bay Area Coalition on Wednesday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoons to make calls to voters in California and around the nation. Sign up to participate from home or in person:
- TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 5–7 PM
- Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 AM–12 PM
- Sunday, Oct. 9, 1–3 PM
- Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11:30 AM–1:30 PM
Voter registration drive in the California Central Valley with Swing Left: Saturdays. Do you want to help register voters in Central Valley CD-13 and CD-22, from Modesto to Bakersfield? Join our friends in Swing Left every weekend until Tuesday, November 8, for door-to-door and COVID-safe canvassing to register voters. Sign up here:
- Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 AM–3:30 PM
- Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 AM–3:30 PM
- Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 AM–3:30 PM
About this week’s photo
If you’ve seen our newsletter posts on Twitter and Facebook, you might have noticed that we include a photo or graphic with each issue.
Today’s image is a social graphic of the voter information guides and ballot delivery envelope that are coming to your mailbox soon. The social graphic was made by one of our members using their own photos.
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