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OCTOBER 6, 2020

Joe and Elaine Freeland

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe will join our virtual monthly meeting on Saturday, October 10, as we head into the final stretch of the 2020 campaign. He will give an update on plans of the Biden-Harris team and help pump up Orange County Dems as our work continues to bring home big victories, including that of Abigail Spanberger! The virtual meeting will start promptly at 10:00 am.  RSVP for Zoom link.

Democrats in Orange County are bursting with energy and enthusiasm as exhibited by participation in the door-to-door lit drop, making calls for Abigail, staffing the early voting precinct, staffing headquarters, voting early, putting up campaign signs, financially supporting candidates and OCDC, and writing letters to the editor.

Just as our Democratic candidates will not let up, we can’t let up. Keep on writing, calling, staffing, and donating. No effort is too small. Every single vote counts. Keep pushing every day through November 3. Focus on things you can control—like your efforts to help Abigail, Joe, Kamala, and Mark win—and don’t worry about things you can’t control.

"Don't be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time."  Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Lit Drop by the Numbers:

Over 3,200 Voters Reached

A hearty “Well done!” is extended to the more than seventy intrepid individuals who, over four days in September, trekked down rainy sidewalks and muddy driveways, in town and country and over hill and dale to deliver the early vote message to Orange County.  They worked individually and in teams to attach flyers to voters' doors, and when they couldn’t reach a door, they stuffed, addressed, and stamped an envelope to be delivered by U.S. Mail.  Five were high school students, the youngest only sixteen.  Many were senior citizens, one approaching ninety.  All are champions.  Over that weekend 2,289 pieces were delivered impacting 3,215 voters with our message, "Vote Early for Democrats!"  Thank you!
Ashe Laughlin and son Corter ready to roll.
Pen and Suzie Bresee at the end of their long day.

Early Voting Well Underway

The popularity of early voting is undeniable. As of the close of business on Monday, October 5, 1783 voters have taken advantage of the option to vote early in person at the Orange County Registrar’s Office. This figure does not include absentee ballots mailed in or dropped off. This in-person early voting figure already exceeds the total number of absentee votes cast in 2016.  The flow of voters each day means no lines and a speedy visit in most cases.

The Orange County Democratic Committee has had a table in front of the Registrar’s Office each day during early voting and we intend to continue this through the early voting period. We’re signing up volunteers, giving away signs, and helping voters when questions arise about their voting rights. The response we’re receiving is one of appreciation and enthusiasm as many supporters are taking advantage of this early voting option. We were excited to greet Representative Abigail Spanberger and Senator Tim Kaine on September 18 as they visited Orange to promote early voting. Check out this video of Abigail Spanberger's message to OCDems.

A National Affairs Forum

The Fairfax County Democratic Committee National Affairs Committee is hosting the TRUMP UNHINGED forum and has invited Orange County Dems to participate. It will feature Dr. Justin Frank and Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. The virtual forum will take place October 14, 7:00 pm. Register here for this Zoom event.

Dr. Justin A. Frank, former clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center and bestselling author of Trump on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President will provide an overview psychoanalysis of Trump and analyze selected segments from the recent debate.

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, advisory member of the
Transition Integrity Project (TIP), Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the College of William and Mary, and former chief of staff to Colin Powell at the U.S. Department of State, will discuss the TIP process, results and recommendations. TIP was set up to examine the time period between the determination of election results and noon, January 20 when the next president will be inaugurated.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing: Early voting in person at the Orange County Registrar's Office. It’s easy and convenient.   

Orange County Registrar's Office, 540-672-5262
146 N. Madison Rd., 2nd floor, Orange 

Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm (closed Oct. 12)
Two Saturdays, Oct 24 & 31, 9:00 am-5:00 pm 

Saturday, October 10, 10:00-11:00 am: OCDems Virtual Monthly Meeting with special guest former Governor Terry McAuliffe. The “Room" opens at 9:45 am; the meeting will start promptly at 10:00. RSVP to receive Zoom link.

Saturday, October 10, 11:00 am-3:00 pm: Celebrate the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage. Gordonsville Town Hall lawn. Join community leaders and activists to discuss the movement with special focus on African American women and the 19th Amendment.  

Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 pm: TRUMP UNHINGED, A National Affairs Forum.  Register for this Zoom event.

Wednesday, October 14, 7:30-9:00 pm: Piedmont Race Amity Project is hosting a virtual conversation on Zoom on the important issues of racial equality and race amity entitled, "Are You Color Blind or Color Brave?" Register here.

Friday, October 23: Last day to request a mail-in ballot.

Saturday, October 31, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Last day of early voting at the Orange County Registrar's Office.
Tuesday, November 3, 6:00 am - 7:00 pm:   Election Day

What You Can Do

  • Address and stuff envelopes with early vote literature. Maximum two-hour time commitment. Contact Sandra Smith, 310-989-5950.
  • Staff OCDems Early Voting Table outside the Registrar's Office in Orange. Greet voters, offer yard signs, bumper stickers, sample ballots, and give visibility to our Democratic candidates. Sign up here to volunteer. For more information contact Jennifer Heinz, 703-508-1104.
  • Staff the OCDC headquarters in Orange to greet visitors, hand out yard signs, and sign up volunteers. We need coverage from Friday through Monday each week. Sign up here to volunteer. For more information contact Dave Kraus, 571-334-4913. 
  • Phonebank for Abigail Spanberger in the afternoons and evenings. Orange County Dems phonebank Thursday evenings, but you can do it any day. To sign up, please get in touch with our Orange County field organizer Louisa Janssen, 804-220-0396, or sign up online here.
    Poll Greeter Metaphorically, wave the blue banner by putting in a shift at your polling place. You'll be a friendly face greeting voters and offering sample ballots in support of our Democratic candidates. We need a lot of people!
    Sign up here to volunteer. For more information contact Sandra Smith, 310-989-5950.

    Poll Observer Training is available via Zoom now. Sign up on the Joe Biden website and you will be notified of training dates. (Select “I want to protect voting rights at the polls during in-person voting.”) We plan to have inside poll observers for 3 to 4 hour shifts on Election Day. Let the Orange Dems also know that you have signed up by completing this Form.  For additional information, contact Jennifer Heinz, 703-508-1104.

Recent Letters to the Editor

Gail Marshall, Orange County Review (OCR), Sept 3 
Alyson Sappington, OCR, Sept 17 
Ann RidgewayOCR, Sept 17 
Barbara "Willow" Drinkwater, OCR, Sept 24
Jennifer Heinz, The Free Lance-Star, Sept 24
Bill Speiden, OCR, Sept 24
Joan and Luther Bergstrom, OCR, Oct 1
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