Whew. After the whirlwind of two political conventions, I’m both energized and outraged and I’m sure I don’t have to say why. We continue to be reminded why we started down this path almost four years ago, and feel even more strongly that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the antidote to the diseased version of Democracy offered by the current administration. I’ve taken to counting the Biden/Harris signs ...
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/ Call to Action
Contributed by Michelle Harris. In a year that the familiar feels a bit sideways and even routine activities are being rethought, voting by mail is one of the few things that for me is the same old, same old. Well, sort of. As far back as 1996, when living in Frankfurt, I started the practice of submitting my vote by mail. Election Day brought collective excitement to me and my ...
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/ Polls and Ballots
Contributed by Michelle Harris. Among other responsibilities related to the operation of district polling places on election day, the Board of Elections is responsible for the hiring, education and assignment of approximately 500 poll workers. Due to health safety concerns related to the ongoing pandemic, the number of polling stations open this year for in-person voting will be reduced. In turn, fewer traditional poll worker positions will need to be ...
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/ Polls and Ballots
Contributed by Cindi Sternfeld. Each year, our nation honors the Labor Movement in the United States on Labor Day. The pandemic has put a new spin on our Labor Day tradition as many are still home, waiting for jobs and schools to be able to open safely. This year, in addition to looking back and recognizing hard won labor rights, perhaps the way we can honor the Labor Movement of ...
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/ Labor
Contributed by Sarah Gold. It’s Labor Day! You may have seen the bumper stickers – Unions: The Folks Who Brought You the Weekend. Historically, unions have pushed for safer working conditions and better pay. This has had real life impacts: union workers have a $1.24 per hour wage premium compared to non-union workers. The wage premium is even higher for Black and Hispanic workers: $2.60 and $3.44, respectively.  Despite of ...
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/ Money/Spending, Unions
Contributed by Amara Willey. I recently received an email from the Biden-Harris campaign that was purportedly from Yo Yo Ma. The email said a lot of what recent emails from the Democratic campaign typically contain, “We are in a battle for the soul of the nation. It’s a battle to uphold and honor the values that we hold dear, values like empathy and dignity, and respect for truth.” You may ...
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/ Political Conventions
Contributed by Olga Vanucci. This election season so far we have sent or committed to send postcards to 33,000 voters. We have logged 872 hours of GOTV volunteering so far, on a total goal for the season of 2,500 hours, with just under two months away from the election. Action: Be sure to log your GOTV hours here:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u5p9Ypa8bJ5jC-oeTb5IOOJbiqlKbtejvFoRFM2LPoU/edit#gid=0 ...
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/ Fact-checking
The Hunterdon County Clerk’s Office has put together a comprehensive FAQ about voting in the 2020 election based on the numerous questions the office has received. While some information is still fluid, the document offers links where information will be updated as it becomes available.  The Hunterdon Vote 2020 website will also provide information on county, municipal and school board candidates, the three NJ ballot questions, and more.  Please read ...
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/ New Jersey, Vote 2020
Stamp Out Trump with Bucks Dems: The Bucks County Democratic Committee is trying to raise $5000 by September 15 for its Mail-in Ballot Fund with its “Stamp Out Trump” Campaign. Funds will be used to support direct outreach and marketing to Bucks County Democrats with a focus on harder-to-reach populations to increase mail-in ballot requests AND returns. The organization has also created a toolkit with graphics, social media posts and ...
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/ ILNH FYI