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Action 3:

Get ready to vote:

In the midst of the Covid pandemic it is unclear how safe in-person voting will be on November 3. Democrats are recommending that voters plan to vote by mail, just as many TAN readers successfully did in the primary. As action #1 points out, the power of Democrats safely voting by mail terrifies Trump!

The first step in voting by mail is to complete an application to get a ballot. To get an application the Hanover registrar offers these instructions, “Applications can be completed at www.elections.virginia.gov or request an application by calling our office (804-365-6080). To complete the process online, the voter must provide their DMV ID (driver’s license) AND social security number. If the voter chooses to download and use a paper form(ID and social security number not required) it must be signed and mailed to: Hanover Co. Dept. of Elections P.O. Box 419 Hanover, VA 23069 or emailed to hanovervoting@hanovercounty.gov." 

Given the possibility (see #1) that mail delivery may be slowed, it is important to vote as early as possible. In person absentee balloting can be done at the registrar’s office on September 18- October 31. All mail-in ballots must be in the registrar’s office by 7 pm on November 3.

Action 2:

Expand the vote:

On July 26 The Richmond Times Dispatch reported that new voter registration has dropped significantly since the corona virus pandemic began, including a 40% decrease in June. This is well below levels of new voter registration in 2016. DMV office, Hanover registrar office and library closures and reduction of door-to-door canvassing and school-based registration drives in response to Covid all have hampered new voter registration.

DMV offices, the Hanover registrar’s office (Wickham Building, 7497 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA 23069) and public libraries are now open for voter registration, but registration can also be done safely online (https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/). Please share this link on your social media, with new neighbors and with any young person who may turn18 before November 3. The last day to register before the General Election is Tuesday, October 13. You can check the status of your registration or update information here as well. This is something we can all do to help in the election effort. Every vote counts!

Action 1:

Protect the vote:

Last Thursday Trump tweeted a threat to postpone elections, citing without any evidence that mail-in ballots may be fraudulent. Although according to the Constitution only Congress has the authority to change elections, Trump’s strategy to undermine the election in any way he can is clear.

In that regard the Chris Hayes’ show on MSNBC last week reported that the U.S. Postal Service is deliberately slowing delivery of the mail. A major Trump donor, Louis DeJoy, was a recently named Postmaster General with indications that he intends to run it more like a business rather than the Constitutionally instituted government service that it is. DeJoy’s appointment had triggered fear that the Post Office has been politicalized and alarm that mail-in ballots for the election deliberately might be delayed. This Washington Post article explains the potential problems: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/postal-service-backlog-sparks-worries-that-ballot-delivery-could-be-delayed-in-november/2020/07/30/cb19f1f4-d1d0-11ea-8d32-1ebf4e9d8e0d_story.html

Warn Rob Wittman (202-225-4261 or 804-730-6595) that any Congressional attempt to postpone the election will be seen as a threat to our democracy and will trigger massive civil unrest. Tell him he should go on record opposing Trump’s threat. Insist that the Post Office should continue to operate as a Constitutionally-sanctioned, non-partisan government service and that Congress should direct the Post Office to deliver mail-in ballots in a reasonable time frame.