We have waited four years! Next week, on September 18, we begin voting for the next president of the United States. With multiple options available this year, it’s time to Make a Plan to Vote. Personally, we will take Elaine’s 100-year-old mother to the Orange County registrar’s office on September 22 where she will vote curbside. The next day, we return to vote early, in-person. When do you plan to vote?
Many in Orange County don’t realize their multiple options. Perhaps they only know November 3 is Election Day (the 34th day of in-person voting). Later this week, OC Dems launch a program to educate friendly voters in four precincts. Sandra Smith, Precinct Operations Chair, and Ellen Wessel have rallied all precinct captains to recruit volunteers. We will travel the roads and streets of the Gordonsville, Barboursville, Prospect Heights, and Locust Grove Middle School precincts as we distribute door hangers to homes of potential Democratic voters. No doorbells to ring; no persuasive conversations. One side of the door hanger details three ways to vote; the other presents our slate of Democratic candidates. Volunteers are still needed. More follows in the newsletter.
Our work continues after September 18 with 33 more days of in-person voting. The time will be packed with campaign activities, letters-to-the-editor and election day volunteers recruited and trained. Efforts are required from all of us to make November 4 a day of jubilation!
Irene Bryan, Elaine’s mother, met Abigail on October 30, 2018, when the future congresswoman stopped in Orange during her "Ten Counties in Ten Days" sweep of the 7th Congressional District just days before the 2018 election.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Join the OCDems Contactless Lit Drop brigade. Are you looking to contribute to the campaigns and haven't found the right fit? This is the job for you. We’re distributing a two-sided door hangerabout Early Voting between Thursday and Sunday, September 10-13. We're targeting likely Dem voters in four precincts. When you go is your choice as long as you’re done by the end of the day on Sunday, September 13. Email Sandra Smith or call/text 310-989-5950.
Be a Poll Watcher.With the president calling for his supporters to vote twice and the first application of new election laws in Virginia, the importance of having volunteer poll observers on Election Day has never been greater. The Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) has a robust voter protection program in place and wants to have observers inside every polling place on Election Day. We need your help with this effort --- and no past experience is required. A live 90-minute training from DPVA will be available to take online on various dates throughout September and October. The training will explain your observer role and the laws that govern your participation in the process. If you have time to give on Election Day, email Jen Heinz or call 703-508-1104.
Write a Letter to the Editor. Consider submitting a letter to the editor in the Orange County Review about an issue that most concerns you. The Spanberger team shares a weekly digest of campaign talking points that could guide you in writing a letter to the editor. Complete the Google Form to sign up for talking points of the week.
Since our last edition several OCDems have had letters to the editor published in the Orange County Review: Gail Marshall: Voting options this November (09/03) Bill Speiden: Trump’s pardon of Anthony raises the question (08/27) Ellen Wessel: Spanberger has done right by the 7th District (08/27)
Staff the OCDems HQ.Two-hour shifts. Open Sat & Sun, 10 am-2 pm. Email David Krausor call 571-334-4913. (COVID-19 protocol followed.)
Volunteer on Election Day to greet voters and hand out sample ballots. Email Sandra Smith or call/text 310-989-5950.
Thursday-Sunday, September 10-13: Door-to-door (no-knock) voter information literature drop.
Saturday, September 12, 10:00-11:00 am: Virtual monthly OCDems meeting. "Room" opens at 9:45 am. RSVP for Zoom link.
Friday, September 18, 8:00 am–5:00 pm: First day to vote early in person. No excuse needed.
Orange County Registrar’s Office
146 N. Madison Rd, Suite 204, Orange
Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am-4:00 pm: New date for Orange Street Festival.
WELCOME OCHS STUDENTS!
We are thrilled that four students at Orange County High School are forming a Young Democrats Club calling themselves The Youth. Raniya Bright, Trenton Matthews, Solo Mthethwa, and Nia Robinson started working in July to launch The Youth. They have a good first draft of their constitution and bylaws, which are required to become a chartered club with Virginia Young Democrats. They are reaching out to other OCHS students to enlarge the club. The Youth are also volunteering in our Contactless Lit Drop.
The Orange County Democratic Committee is happy to have Sydney Klich as an intern. She is an OCHS senior in Governor’s School who will be working closely with Joe and Elaine Freeland and other Executive Committee members. Sydney is passionate about voter education and voter protection.
(Top L-R) Sydney Klich, Raniya Bright, Trenton Matthews, Solo Mthethwa, Nia Robinson