Tues – 8/14: Midterms are almost upon us.

Nonvoters helped to hand Trump the presidency. (wapo), (fortune) Let’s help them take back their power.

We are within 90 days of the midterm elections! Check your status!

That’s an important benchmark, because under current law, states can’t purge you from their roles within 90 days of an election. In CA, click here to:

  1. Check if you are registered to vote.
  2. Check where you are registered to vote.
  3. Check your political party preference.
  4. Check your language preference for election materials.
  5. Check the status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot.
  6. Find your polling place.
  • If anything has changed since the last time you voted – your address, your political party, whatever, re-register to vote here.
  • You can register for the first time if you’re 18 or going to be 18 on election day. You can PRE-REGISTER if you’re 16 or 17.
  • Yes, you can register and vote in the 14 days before an election or on Election Day itself in CA, but you would have to appear in person at your local elections office.

If you’re not in CA, go to  www.vote.org to find your state’s election center – each state’s election information is listed.  After you’ve checked your registration status, do yourself a favor and take a screen shot of it. If things go wonky at your precinct that day, it will be nice to have that information handy.

Take the 24 hour pledge!

(from Small Deeds Done) “Senator Claire McCaskill (who has described herself as “stronger than horseradish”) issued a challenge the other day, and I wanted to share it.

She challenged people to pledge 24 hours of their time toward the midterm election.

There are 13 weeks between now and the midterms – so two hours a week will get you to 26 hours, and you’ll be in extra credit territory.

Take a moment now to think about what life was like the morning after the 2016 election – and how much time you spent that day, and the days after, trying to figure out what to do to help. Take that time now and help elect a Democratic Congress. There are candidates all over the country that you can help. If you want to donate, that’s great – to make it easy go to http://www.itstarts.today and fund every single Democratic nominee for House and Senate. But giving your time and talents is so, so important. Come help Democrats get elected in your community.

Don’t stay on the sidelines. We need you in the game.

We here at Indivisible Ventura publish a list of activies to help out. If you’re not in Ventura County, go here to the Indivisible national site, sign in and find your closest group.

Help us run a polling place – again!

Indivisible Ventura is looking for volunteers to help us adopt-a-poll again!
We ended up staffing TWO polling places for the primaries, and it was an amazing day! We all learned so much about our election system (don’t even try to say there were 3,000,000 “fake” ballots in CA to any of us volunteers!) and we had fun. We will again need at least 3-4 volunteer “clerks” per four-hour shift for 4 shifts. First shift starts at the ridiculous time of 6:00 am. Frisky and/or long-suffering volunteers can sign up for more than one shift. Only requirement is that you’re registered to vote in California. Spanish-speakers are very much needed.

Training classes are required, which are interesting and very educational. We’ll update that information as we get it.

Not only is this an interesting and extremely educational volunteer opportunity, but it’s also a fundraiser! For each poll adopted, our group receives $475! That’s a lot of paper, ink cartridges and postcard stamps!

Volunteer and/or sign up for more information here!

Ventura County pioneered the “Adopt-a-Poll” in 1994, with 23 clubs participating. Even Los Angeles County hasn’t caught up with this great idea.

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