Action #1 – Understand this meme. In CA, it’s true for REGISTERED voters ONLY!
If you are actually registered, but your polling place doesn’t have the correct information to determine that fact, or there is conflicting information about your registration, you will be given a provisional ballot on Election Day. You will be allowed to vote, given a tracking number to follow your ballot and your vote will be counted just like any other. Issues that require a provisional ballot include:
- Voter’s name is not on the current roster.
- Voter’s name is on the roster and HAS moved.
- Vote-By-Mail Voter who does not have a Vote-By-Mail ballot to surrender. (giving them another ballot at the polling place would mean two ballots were issued to them. Despite what Trump says, we don’t issue people extra ballots.)
- Voter is marked in register as “see ID” and has no ID. (first time federal voter)
- Voter selects a ballot other than their listed party or selects an unauthorized party (primary only – doesn’t apply for this election)
You may also be at the wrong polling place. (See Action #4)
Continue reading “Fri – 10/19: Today’s Action Prescription”
We regularly hear that people are stressed out and discouraged by the constant stream of bad news as our government drifts further into authoritarianism and fascism. For many of us, this is our first dive into active resistance and are panicking because we can’t see the bottom of the pool. But drowning is not an option and for people of conscience, neither is hauling ourselves out and leaving. How did the women’s suffrage movement survive for almost a hundred years? How have POC and our Native American communities maintained sustained resistance efforts over a long time? How do we develop resiliency right now?
Action #1 – Watch this video. Really.
Continue reading “Wed – 10/17: Today’s Action Prescription”
Click here for the Voting Guide
Get those mail-in ballots sent (don’t forget to sign the envelope and add TWO stamps!).
At a school or college:
Today, we’ll be helping out with voter registration at the Oxnard College Student’s Day of Action. Come join us. No RSVP required. More information here. If you’ve never done this before, we’ll teach you how. If you can’t come today, look for other dates that work better.
At your workplace:
In California, the law requires employers to give up to 2 hours off at the beginning or end of a shift without loss of pay. Advance notice to your company is required by law. Proof of voting is not required. The California Elections Code also requires employers, both public and private, to post a notice no less than 10 days before every statewide election explaining employees’ right to time off to vote. The notice must be posted in a conspicuous place at the work site.
Other state’s information on voting here. Continue reading “Tues 10/9: Be part of this. Today.”
Today, this is true.
“The Republican-controlled Senate appears poised to confirm a Supreme Court justice who believes in presidential immunity to criminal investigation. He was handpicked by a president whose wealth was inherited through tax fraud, whose former personal attorney has implicated him in a federal crime, and who is the focus of an ongoing investigation into a foreign attack on American democracy.” (Adam Server, Atlantic Monthly)
But today, this is also true.
The next generation, 17-35-year-olds, are the largest voting demographic in America, and they are ready to take their place on the lines next to us. What happens now, with women’s rights, the environment, education, taxes, health care, labor rights, war, immigration…literally everything, will now directly effect them in a way they’ve never felt before.
Come out today and encourage students at today’s rally at Plaza Park, downtown Ventura, from 10:00 – 12:00. Facebook page with details here. Continue reading “Sat – 10/6: Refocus. Help make and encourage new voters at Plaza Park today.”
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:
- Check if you are registered to vote.
- Check where you are registered to vote.
- Check your political party preference.
- Check your language preference for election materials.
- Check the status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot.
- 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.
Continue reading “Tues – 8/14: Midterms are almost upon us.”
Rebecca Solnit’s article: One year on, Donald Trump is still an illegitimate president.
#1 -“I asked our friends in Russia not to interfere in our elections this year,” Sen. Kennedy (R-LA) said.
OMG, so much wrong in one sentence! Seven GOP senators and zero Democrats went to Moscow, without any American media, to ask, hats in hands, for Russia not to destroy our electoral process…After Putin was “too busy” to see them, Duma member Vyascheslav Nikonov stated that this meeting “was one of the easiest ones in my life.” The issue of election interference was resolved quickly because “the question was raised in a general form.” “One shouldn’t interfere in elections — well, we don’t interfere,” Nikonov said.
Yeah, we can see “interfere” being too soft a term for the Russians. After all, they are proud of getting their favorite candidate elected.
Meanwhile, back where reporters are watching, GOP Senator Richard Burr quietly issued the current report from the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian involvement in the 2016 election right before the 4th of July holiday. Spoiler alert – Yeah, they did… Continue reading “Thurs 7/5: Tweet the collaborators of our puppet president – and make these 3 important calls on voting bills.”
Indivisible was launched as an organization committed to stopping Trump’s destructive agenda. Seven districts in CA are represented by GOP members who’ve consistantly voted for that agenda, in the interests of both their wealthiest donors and lobbyists such as the NRA.
However, these districts also voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and are flippable, if we all put in the work.
Continue reading “Fri. 5/11: These are not your average midterm primaries. Join in and get involved.”
We will be joining a statewide effort to get out the vote in California Congressional District 25!
When: Wednesday, April 25th at 11:00AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Santino’s Pizza Parlor – 4321 Telegraph Rd, Ventura
Fun! Pizza will be provided! (A little cheese grease goes a long way toward making our postcards have that special “homey” touch!)
CD25 is Steve Knight’s district which includes part of Ventura County, Santa Clarita, Lancaster, and Palmdale. We Venturans can’t vote Knight out, but we can help our neighbors rid themselves of him – and help ourselves by removing one of the 24 Trump minions needed to turn the House blue! We are not endorsing a candidate, just advocating power to the polls.
Our appeal will be directly to the voters in CA25 – NOT mass political mailings, because all of our cards will be handwritten. Each will be a message from one voter to another. We are simply asking Americans to do that most American thing — VOTE!
Here are some tidbits from about Steve Knight to inspire us:
Let us count the ways Steve Knight has betrayed us: He votes with Trump 98% of the time. He voted against our healthcare. The National Rifle Association gives him an A rating. He voted for the #TrumpTaxScam. He’s Continue reading “Postcard Pizza Party for California Congressional District 25 on April 25th!”