AUGUST 3, 2020



Joe and Elaine Freeland


91 days until the 2020 general election! When did we begin preparation? Nov. 9, 2016. Momentum picked up on Jan. 21, 2017, with the Women’s March, and accelerated with highlights and bumps. Achievements along the way include the election of Abigail Spanberger to Congress, significant state legislation, unity via Black Lives Matter, and resulting new friendships. We were grasped by lows when simultaneously the nation was stricken with the Coronavirus, racially motivated deaths became unbearable for a democratic society based on fundamental rights, and we lost a brave selfless hero, John Lewis.

How do we finish this chapter? We become tightly coupled with the Spanberger campaign.  During Saturday's district-wide phone bank, Congresswoman Spanberger told us the most important thing we can do is participate in this calling. Her staff makes phone banking fun and rewarding.  The training and support are comprehensive, and we make calls from home.  By participating in a Zoom call to begin your shift and staying on Zoom throughout, you feel the support and enthusiasm of the staff and fellow callers.

We are scheduling phone banks to connect with Orange County voters. Ellen found the last phone bank to be fun, and Joe achieved his commitment of 100 calls. Unbeknownst to him, William has challenged Jen.  He plans to spend 100 hours making calls by election day and is on his way to that goal. 

If you have not met Abigail Spanberger or if it’s been a while since you spent time with her, Saturday, August 8 is your opportunity to meet virtually via the Tri-county Fundraiser. 
Signup. More details follow. Her optimism and practicality will brighten your day.

"So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide."  John Lewis



Abigail Needs
Orange County Volunteers Like You
to Phone Bank

Join other Orange County Democrats for voter outreach with Team Spanberger:

  • Thursday, August 6, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Signup

If you have not phone banked this time around, the Team will train you via Zoom. Otherwise, they will review system setup, along with the current script & call list before we reach out to voters in Orange County over the phone! We are not advertising a printed copy option at this point.

If you have not used VAN, MiniVan, or OpenVPB before, create an ActionID account. Please do so before we phone bank on Thursday.

  • Visit OpenVPB and click, “Get Started”
  • If you do not have an account, click, “Create an ActionID account” and follow the prompts to set one up.




Support Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger for reelection


3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Click here to see details at the OCDems website
Click here to RSVP
 and contribute to the fundraiser via ActBlue




With encouragement and support from the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Orange County Democratic Committee is establishing a Voter Protection Program to help ensure voting is accessible to all in Orange County and that all Orange County voters can exercise their right to vote.  

As a result of legislation earlier this year, early voting (no-excuse absentee voting) is now allowed in Virginia.  We encourage all Democrats to vote early and to encourage your friends and family to vote.

In the special session that begins on Tuesday, August 18, the General Assembly will consider additional legislation to improve voting accessibility.

The challenge for registrars’ offices in Virginia is to implement this new system in this critical election with no dress rehearsal.  We are fortunate that elections in Orange County are overseen by a professional nonpartisan registrar, Donna Harpold, and her assistant, Bridget Joyce, and are governed by a dedicated Electoral Board—composed of three members, including our OCDC members JoAnne Speiden and Vince Basedow.  Ms. Harpold is gearing up with additional staffing.  The office is advertising two part-time positions. Click here for more information.

Given the challenges of this year, the Voter Protection Program is a major priority for the Democratic Party of Virginia and the Orange County Democratic Committee.  We are in the early stages of the program. Work on Election Day will include vital coordination with our committee’s precinct operations program led by Chair Sandra Smith. If you wish to help with the Voter Protection Program, please contact
Jen Heinz or William Browning.




Learn about the launch of new programs and catch up on campaign strategy at the next OCDems Zoom meeting. Representatives from the Biden, Warner, and Spanberger campaigns will participate.

Saturday, August 8, Zoom meeting opens at 9:45.
Call to Order at 10:00 a.m.

Email Chair for the link to join. Phone number is available if you don’t have stable internet access.




Who: New address? Name change? Not voted in a while? Turning 18 by Nov 3? Check your status?
How: Go online at Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal
Deadline: October 13

VOTE BY MAIL (sometimes called “absentee”)

How: Request ballot online now with a driver’s license or VA ID: Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal


Request online without driver’s license: Print request formcomplete and mail it in.

Deadline to request ballot: October 23

Everyone can now vote early in-person - no excuse needed
Where: Orange County Registrar’s Office
146 S Madison Rd #204, Orange, VA 22960  (540) 672-526

Last day: October 31

Photo IDs are no longer required to vote
List of acceptable forms of ID can be found here:

IDs Required to Vote - Virginia Department of Elections

When: Tuesday, November 3 from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Where: Find your polling place at Virginia Voter Information – Citizen Portal




Save the dates

  • Now: Request a mail-in (absentee) ballot.
  • August 6: Orange County phone bank for Abigail, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
  • August 8: Virtual Monthly OCDC Meeting, 9:45 a.m.
  • August 8: Virtual Tri-county Fundraiser for Abigail Spanberger, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
  • August 12: Supervisor Lee Frame virtual talk to LOW Dems, 1 p.m.
  • September 12: Orange Street Festival, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • September 18: First day for Early Voting.

Staff the OCDC Headquarters.

  • Weekend hours between 10:00 and 2:00 (COVID-19 protocol followed)
  • Contact Dave Kraus: (571) 334-4913 or email

Spread the word everywhere you go. Wear merchandise to promote our candidates!

Link arms with OC Dems! Help promote voter registration and early voting. Check out the Get Involved & Voter Information tabs.

Write Letters to the Editor. 

  • Write letters to the editor about issues that most concern you.
    Orange County Review: 
  • Write letters to the editor using Spanberger campaign talking points.
    Complete Google Form to sign up for talking points of the week:

Involve friends and neighbors.  Share our newsletter



Join the Meeting with Supervisor Lee Frame

The Lake of the Woods Democratic Club will host a meeting with guest speaker Supervisor Lee Frame on Wednesday, August 12 at 1 pm on Zoom. OCDC members are welcome to join the LOW Dems for this meeting. We'll hear from Supervisor Frame on the Orange County response to the pandemic including use of the CARES Act and state funds, broadband expansion, and more. 

You may join the meeting using Zoom video conferencing or by telephone alone - either way is fine. Please
register here and you will be sent the Zoom login information on August 11.



July 25 on Short Street  

OCDems set up a Voter Education Station to support the More Than A March Coalition’s youth voter registration festival in the Town of Orange. Dani Rivera and OC Up & Rising Youth Leaders Myles Johnson, Trenton Matthews and O’Brian Martin spoke passionately about what voting means and why it’s so important. Other guest speakers included 2019 State Senate candidate Amy Laufer, community leader Bruce Monroe, Salaar Kahn, Virginia’s youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention, and Abigail Spanberger. DJ Marvelous kept folks dancing between the inspiring speeches.   


Abigail Spanberger wrote afterward: “Last weekend, I attended a Voter Registration Block Party in Orange. The event was organized by two local high school students and focused on educating their neighbors about the voting process and empowering the youth vote. At the event, I was inspired by these high school organizers. They demonstrated their deep, personal commitment to their community and our democratic process. This civic engagement and grassroots organizing at the local community level is the cornerstone of our democracy.” 



 Hannah Laufer with mom, Amy

Bruce Monroe


Trenton Matthews

Salaar Khan


O'Brian Martin

Myles Johnson


Myles Johnson, Dani Rivera



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