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Unhappy with Trump’s destructive agenda? TAKE ACTION NOW!
This new resource from the Hanover Democratic Committee is designed to help citizens take strategic acts that will protect our Democracy. Watch for weekly action items here on the HDC webpage, in your inbox and on Facebook.
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Virginia has mailed out mail-in-ballots and opened early Voting Centers. Because so much about voting in Virginia is new this year, here is a guide for each method of voting. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 13. You can register to vote or change an address here (https://iwillvote.com/).
Vote absentee: You may request an application for a mail-in ballot by calling the Registrar’s Office (804-537-6080) or requesting one online (https://iwillvote.com/). The last day to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 23.
Mail-in ballots were mailed to voters who had requested one on Sept. 18. Once you receive that ballot, it is important to remember that it is YOUR assigned ballot and must be accounted for. When you fill it out, use the exact name and address that it was mailed to. This is how you are registered and the Registrar’s office may not count your ballot if there is a discrepancy. Be sure to sign your ballot. If you feel it is unsafe because of the COVID pandemic to have a witness sign your ballot, you do not have to have one.
You may return your ballot by mail. The U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing 7 days for your ballot to reach the Registrar’s office. Ballots post marked by Election Day, but received by noon on Nov. 6 will be counted.
You may return your mail-in ballot to the Registrar’s office (7497 County Complex Road # 119 Hanover, VA 23069 - Wickham Building). They are open 8:30 to 5 pm Monday through Friday and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm on Sat. Oct. 24 and 31.
You may also return your completed ballot to a drop box located in the parking lot behind the Wickham Building. The drop box is secure and available 24/7.
You can also take your ballot to your polling place on Election Day. If you decide you want to vote in person, you must surrender your mail-in ballot. If you don’t, you will be given a provisional in-person ballot. You may not vote both an absentee ballot and in-person.
Early voting: The Registrar’s office has established an Early Voting Center in the Wickham Building. It is open for early, no excuse absentee voting starting on Sept. 18, 8:30 to 5 pm Monday through Friday and will be open from 9 am to 5 pm on Sat. Oct. 24 and 31. October 31 is the last day of early voting. The Early Voting Center is well-marked and monitored to ensure social distancing. Voters need to show an approved form of identification. Virginia no longer requires a photo ID. This link shows what forms of ID are acceptable https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/
Also, during these hours a voter can go to the parking lot behind the Wickham Building and call the phone number on the sign to request curbside voting. A staff member will bring a ballot to the car. Voters need to show an approved form of identification. Virginia no longer requires a photo ID. This link shows what forms of ID are acceptable https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/
Drive through voting: On Sat. Oct 24 and 31 there will be tents at the entrance to the County Complex on Rt. 301 from 9 am to 5 pm. Voters can vote from their cars. There will be an ADA machine for those who require one. Voters will need to show an approved form of identification. Virginia no longer requires a photo ID. This link shows what forms of ID are acceptable https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/
Election Day Voting: All precincts will be open from 6 am to 7 pm for in-person voting on Election Day, Nov. 3. Voters will need to show an approved form of identification. Virginia no longer requires a photo ID. This link shows what forms of ID are acceptable https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/
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Prepare for the worst:
An alarming article in the Atlantic Magazine (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/11/what-if-trump-refuses-concede/616424/) by Pulitzer Prize winning author Barton Gellman outlines how Trump and his Republican allies could use governmental levers of power to prevent a decisive outcome in the November election. Trump has seeded the ground for this by casting doubt on the integrity of the election, claiming without evidence that mail-in-ballots are fraudulent and setting the unrealistic expectation that results will be available on Election Day. Gellman reports that Republican legislators in PA already are planning how they can use this narrative to stop counting ballots and appoint Trump friendly electors to the Electoral College, even if Trump loses the popular vote.
Gellman’s concerns are supported by the work of the Transition Integrity Project and is explained in this Executive Summary of their work: https://greatschoolwars.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/preventing-a-disrupted-presidential-election-and.pdf
It is important to prepare for Republican attempts to steal the election, so we will know how to respond. There are three things we can do right now:
A. Understand that voter fraud is extremely rare. In states that do universal mail-in-ballots the fraud rate is .0025 per cent. Tell this to your friends, so they understand that Trump’s claims are false.
B. The election will not be decided on November 3 and this is ok. There will be many more mail-in-votes this year because of the pandemic. In Virginia and many other states a mail-in-ballot that is postmarked by November 3, but not received at the Registrar’s Office until November 6 is still valid. If the election is close, there will be no final determination until those ballots are counted. Insist that we take the time to count all ballots.
C. Volunteer for Biden/Harris. It will be much harder for Trump to steal a landslide victory. Usually at this point in an election cycle TAN readers are canvassing their neighborhoods, but that is not happening because of the pandemic. We must rely on phone banking to get out the vote. Volunteer to phone bank here https://joebiden.com/take-action/. Call to protect democracy!
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