It’s time to vote!
Ballots for the October–November 2022 general election are on their way. You may have already received yours in the mail. (And if not, you may want to check your voter registration right now at the City’s Voter Portal. There’s still time to register if you need to.)
Once you have your ballot, it’s time to start filling it out. We have step-by-step instructions, including a checklist, and an explainer on the state and City propositions. We’re also continuing to update our Vote page as new voter guides come out.
We encourage you to start as soon as you can. That way, you can take your time filling out your ballot. 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 underway 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 every Sunday in October, plus other voter outreach events around the Bay Area and over Zoom. See below and our Vote page for volunteer events.
CleanPowerSF: Help us achieve 100 percent renewable power
CleanPowerSF, a program of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), is in the process of updating its roadmap for achieving 100 percent 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.
Don’t wait too long! The deadline is this Friday, October 14.
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. We’re on a recess until after the election, so join us at our next meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10.
Pints & Postcards: Sunday, Oct. 16, 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. 16, 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 2 until November 6. RSVP on Eventbrite.
Bark the Vote 2022 Registration Drive: Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 AM–2 PM at Alamo Square Park. Join a gathering of dog lovers, sponsored by the Bay Woof Foundation, SF Rec and Parks, and the SF Department of Elections, to promote civic engagement and register people to vote. Check out their website for more details.
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.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 AM–12:30 PM
Sunday, Oct. 16, 1–3:30 PM
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 11:30 AM–2:00 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. 15, 9 AM–3:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 AM–3:30 PM
Saturday, Oct. 29, 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 photo of a ballot drop box at City Hall taken by one of our members.
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