Wednesday night, April 22, the Virginia State Senate voted to reject Gov. Northam’s request to move the May municipal elections to November, a request supported by the Virginia House of Delegates. Gov. Northam used his executive authority to move the elections from the original date of May 5 to May 19, 2020. This decision puts voter’s health and safety at risk.
For those of us in the Hunter Mill District, the decision not to delay the municipal elections means the Vienna Town Elections will take place on May 19th.
Prior to Northam’s request, HMDDC was running an active phone banking operation into Vienna to encourage voters to vote absentee by mail. We put that operation on hold when the Governor’s request was made. We now need to resume our calls into the Vienna voters who are eligible to vote in the Town Council Election.
NOTE: The Vienna Town Elections are non-partisan and candidates run as independents. This year many of those “independents” support Republican causes and candidates. This includes Linda Colbert who is running for Mayor.
For those of you who were previously helping make calls, thank you. You should have received a message earlier this morning from Joanne Collins and Susan Pederson regarding how to proceed.
For the rest of you, we need your help now. We need additional volunteers to call voters in the Town of Vienna to remind them of the town elections, ask them to request an absentee ballot, and let them know two members of HMDDC (Howard Springsteen & Roy Baldwin) are running for office. This is a virtual phone bank that does not require you to commit to specific times. Please consider donating some time over the next few days to participate in this effort.
Contact Joanne Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan Pederson (email@example.com) TODAY to volunteer and discuss your participation. They will provide additional information and set you up with everything you need
The BlueView, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee newsletter, has published two articles with statements from the Mayoral and Town Council Candidates:
- Meet the Town Council members: http://blueview.org/2020/04/23/meet-viennas-next-town-councilmembers/
- Meet Vienna’s Next Mayor: http://blueview.org/2020/04/23/meet-viennas-next-mayor/
Fighting for Fairfax, the coordinated campaign for Fairfax County, keeps a running list of upcoming volunteer events at https://www.mobilize.us/fairfaxdems, but take special note of upcoming events here in the Hunter Mill District of Fairfax County. The Hunter Mill office is located at 2942 Hunter Mill Rd, Oakton, VA.
Be sure to check back often for new additions to the list. Contact Henry Pratt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 705-2039 with any questions:
- September 19, Coordinated Day of Action In Reston, Fox Mill Shopping Center Starbucks, 2523 John Milton Dr., Herndon, VA 20171, 4:30 to 7:30pm
- Join us September 19th as friends and neighbors gather to knock doors and talk to voters in Reston.
Save The Date for this list of future Hunter Mill #Fighting4Fairfax events:
- Saturday 9/28, Canvass
- Sunday 9/29, Canvass
- Tuesday 10/8, Phone Bank
- Wednesday 10/9, Canvass
- Saturday 10/19, Canvass
- Sunday 10/20, Canvass
- Tuesday 10/29, Phone Bank
- Wednesday 10/30, Canvass
- Friday 11/1, Get Out the Vote!
- Saturday 11/2, Get Out the Vote!
- Sunday 11/3, Get Out the Vote!
- Monday 11/4, Get Out the Vote!
- Tuesday 11/5 (election day), Get Out the Vote!
Please join us this Sunday, September 8th at 2435 Flint Hill Road in Vienna for our first canvassing shifts as part of Fighting for Fairfax, starting at 11am and/or 1pm. We will be door-knocking for School Board endorsee Melanie Meren, Hunter Mill Supervisor nominee Walter Alcorn, as well as our at-large candidates and state representatives. We cannot win in November without you! Click here to register with us to door-knock on Sunday and be part of the 2019 Blue Wave!
The Coordinated Campaign will be hosting campaign events four times a month in Hunter Mill. We hope to see you this Sunday for the first Fighting for Fairfax canvass event in Hunter Mill!
About Fighting For Fairfax :
This week, the Fairfax County Democratic Committee officially launched the Fighting for Fairfax Coordinated Campaign. The Coordinated Campaign’s mission is to pool voter outreach efforts and volunteers from campaigns across all magisterial districts, which will help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot in Fairfax County. Click here to read more about the Fighting For Fairfax Coordinated Campaign.
Fighting for Fairfax is a field operation; Jeremy Cullimore, an experienced campaign manager, will lead Fighting for Fairfax. Volunteers will target Democratic voters countywide to get out the vote.
Major elements of this campaign include:
-Campaign Director and three regional Field Organizers.
-Three full-time shared campaign offices:
- South County
- Fairfax Station
–Regularly scheduled phone banks and canvassing shifts.
-Unified literature to support all local Democratic candidates.
-Information and data sharing to maximize efficiency.
Fighting for Fairfax is directed by a Task Force of FCDC leaders to provide logistical, operational, and political support.
About the FCDC Joint Campaign
The FCDC Joint Campaign is a mailing and literature program; the campaign consists of mail and literature distributed to hundreds of thousands of voters in the County, as follows:
1. Back to School Night literature distributed by hundreds of volunteers to inform parents about the upcoming elections and remind them that Democrats are the only party that cares about public education.
2. Young Voter Outreach mailing, already underway, encourages college-age voters to request an absentee ballot.
3. Voter Guide mailed out to thousands of voters, in 76 different versions, explaining which candidates will be on their ballots in November.
4. Absentee Chase program to inform voters of their candidates as soon as they request an absentee ballot, along with tips to make sure their vote is counted
5. Sample Ballots in multiple languages to blanket our 243 precincts and ensure that voters know which candidates are the Democrats.
The team to support the Joint Campaign includes the FCDC Vice Chairs, as well as longtime absentee ballot program leaders Rick & Burma Bochner and their team of 30 volunteers working five days a week at FCDC Headquarters.
To read the full press release click here.
You probably know that thanks to the hard work of Democrats in Hunter Mill, Fairfax County, and in the rest of Northern Virginia, we are sending Jennifer Wexton to represent us in Washington. In order to do that, Jennifer Wexton has had to vacate her seat in Virginia’s 33rd Senate District. We will vote on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 for a new state Senator. Jennifer Boysko, a current representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates, has been nominated as the Democrat running for the seat.
Voting in the Special Election on January 8, 2019:
The election will be open to all registered voters who live in the Hunter Mill Precincts of Frying Pan and McNair. Voters in those precincts will vote in their usual polling locations on January 8, 2019. Polls will be open from 6am to 7pm.
In-Person Absentee (Early) Voting for the SD33 Jan 8th Special Election is available now at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035. Early voting will be available from Monday, 11/26/18 through Saturday 01/05/19 from 9am-5pm.
Volunteering for Jennifer Boysko’s Campaign for State Senate
Canvassing and Phone Banking will launch from 6 Pidgeon Hill Dr, Sterling, VA. Sign up here to help with weekend shifts:
And Sign up here for weekday shifts:
Remote Phone Banking is also available. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please feel free to reach out to Chad Wiggins, Field Director email@example.com / 571-839-7040.
Handwritten postcards are a great way to communicate with potential voters with a human touch. Volunteers will also be organizing postcard-writing campaigns at the following dates, times, and locations:
- Mondays 12/3, 12/10, & 12/17 at Vienna Whole Foods, 143 Maple Ave East from 10am-12noon
- Monday, 12/17 at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive at 7pm
- Wednesdays, 12/5 & 12/12 at Herndon Panera, 460 Elden St from 6:30pm-8:00pm
- Fridays, 12/7 & 12/14 at Fox Mill Starbucks, 2523 John Milton Dr, Herndon from 10am-12noon
- Fridays, 12/7 & 12/14 at Vienna Whole Foods, 143 Maple Ave East from 10am-12noon
Boysko’s campaign is also in need of housing for one more organizer through January 10, 2019. If you can assist, please reach out as soon as you can.
For More Information
Jennifer Boysko’s campaign website has further information on her as a candidate, and you can access it at https://www.jenniferboysko.com/. For more information on how to get involved and help make sure a Democrat stays in Virginia’s 33rd Senate District, contact Hunter Mill’s Vice Chair for Precinct Operations, Joanne Collins firstname.lastname@example.org / 585-703-1121.
Please help make calls to Florida voters to ensure that their votes are counted. These calls are SO important as each one of these voters that you help to cure their ballot is a vote for Democrats in an extremely close election. We can’t do it without your help!
Who we’re talking to: FL Democratic voters who voted by mail, but their ballot likely did not count, likely because the signature on their ballot envelope didn’t match their voter registration signature.
What we need them to do:
1. Confirm that they voted by mail in this past election
2. Go to this website for an affidavit: http://
3. Fill out the affidavit (either print it, or fill it out online)
4. Locate a valid Florida ID (list of acceptable ID’s is in the script)
5. GO TO their county supervisor of elections OR email their county supervisor of elections their signed affidavit + a copy of their valid ID
THE DEADLINE TO DO THE ABOVE AND MAKE THEIR BALLOT COUNT IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17th AT 5PM
One of our best opportunities to take back Congress is in Virginia’s 10th District where we are working to elect Jennifer Wexton as our next U.S. Representative and to defeat the Republican incumbent. With less than 2 weeks to go, you can sign up today to help take back the 10th District. There’s so much excitement around this campaign that many of our volunteer shifts are full in the eastern parts of the district. However, if you are able to go west, there are five locations that still need volunteers for both this weekend and in the final days before Election Day. These are important areas of the district that may hold the key to victory!
What: Volunteer for Jennifer Wexton for Congress
When: Weekend of October 28-29 and November 3 thru 6
Where: Choose a location below:
You can view a custom google map that plots each of these locations, here.
If you’re looking for other ways to help, here are a few resources:
- Jennifer Wexton campaign complete events listing
- Fairfax Democrats Calendar
- Swing Left VA-10 Events
- Carpool for volunteers from DC & Maryland Sunday Oct. 28
- Make calls from home! Event organized by the Human Rights Campaign
- Use apps such as the Vote With Me app or VoterCircle to connect with voters
- Saturday morning phone bank for Jennifer Wexton at FCDC Headquarters in Fairfax
- Follow Jennifer Wexton on social media (facebook) (twitter) (instagram) and for the latest, check the #VA10 hashtag on twitter.
Thanks and feel free to contact Fairfax Democrats (703-573-6811) if you are looking for any other information or resources.
So here we are, in the final days of the 2018 election year. This is where all the work we’ve done all year makes a difference. We’ve spent months getting out there, knocking doors, making calls, reaching out to friends and neighbors to identify the voters we need to get to the polls on November 6th. Now it’s time to make sure they vote.
Pundits and polls have been suggesting all summer that it’s going to be a big year for Democrats, but those words and numbers aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on if we don’t turn people out to vote. There is only one poll that matters, and it closes on November 6, 2018.
So now it’s time to Get Out the Vote, or “GOTV.” This is where we reach out to voters and our message focuses on voting (e.g. “Your polling place is Fox Mill Elementary School. Do you have a plan to go there and vote for Tim Kaine and Jennifer Wexton on November 6?”). We’ve spent the summer identifying the folks we need to mobilize, and now it’s time to mobilize them.
Like anything else, if you want to do GOTV well, you need to practice. So the final two weekends of October, we do “dry runs” to make sure everything is working perfectly for the final days before election day. The dry runs will be the weekends of October 20-21 and October 27-28. The final GOTV efforts will take place on November 3rd, 4th, 5th, and of course, the 6th (election day).
It all comes down to this, so we are asking you to sign up for two or more shifts doing dry runs or GOTV. You can sign up at this link.If you have questions, reach out to our field organizer Maddy White at email@example.com. It’s time to stand up for women, children, and ALL of our communities. It is time we take a stand. This is your opportunity to get out there and set Virginia and the entire nation on a better path.
Hunter Mill District Democratic Committees will be staffing Outside Poll Tables at Early Voting (In-Person Absentee) for the November 6th General Election.
Volunteers will hand out sample ballots and provide voter assistance at a table outside of the voting location.
Early Voting Dates and Locations Here: https://fairfaxdemocrats.org/blog/2018/07/18/vote-early-2018/
Complete information about Absentee Voting can be found at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/absentee
including the 20 valid reasons to vote absentee in-person.
Fairfax County Government Center (FCGC):
Please refer to the Sign-Up Genius Form to see where you can participate at FCGC.
Find the date/time that Hunter Mill District has an open slot and sign-up. Each district is responsible for four days each.
North County Government Center (NCGC):
1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston (across from the Reston Regional Library)
Dates and Times:
Saturdays: Oct. 13th, 20th, 27th, and Nov. 3rd: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Beginning Oct. 15th thru Nov. 2nd: – Mon. thru Fri., 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
To sign-up for a shift at the North County Government Center, please contact: Phil Haber at firstname.lastname@example.org / 703-963-5680 or Joanne Collins at email@example.com / 585-703-1121.
By Todd Thurwachter:
When Democrats vote, we win. And in Virginia, we vote every year! That’s why Fairfax County Democrats have put into place tools like Voting: What you Need to Know and Elections Alerts. They can make a huge difference in fighting the biggest impediment to Democratic victories: Democratic drop-off in non-Presidential elections.
Voting: What you Need to Know is a handy gripcard with essential voting information on managing one’s voter registration, voting early, finding one’s polling place – just about everything one needs to know to register and vote successfully. Election Alerts emails voters before each election with updated information, including the Voting: What you Need to Know gripcard, harnessing the power of social media to maximize reach to even more voters.
This year, Fairfax Democrats are taking aim at the 40% of our voters who often don’t show up to vote in non-Presidential years. We stress the dire consequences of not voting with powerful stories that motivate our voters to take action:
* In 2010, 26 million of Barack Obama’s 69 million 2008 voters didn’t vote and Dems lost control of Congress, effectively killing Obama’s program of Hope & Change.
* That same 2010 Democratic drop-off enabled Republicans to sweep state houses and pull off the worst nationwide gerrymandering in history. That hit home– in 2012, Democrats won only 3 of Virginia’s 11 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives even though Tim Kaine won his Senate race by 6%!
* Last year, a single vote in VA’s 94th District assured continued Republican control of VA’s House of Delegates, allowing Republicans to keep blocking even debate of Democratic bills.
If those three dire consequences can’t get Democrats motivated to vote, what can? But convincing voters to vote in every election is just half the battle — we need to make sure they actually cast their votes, successfully. And that’s where Voting: What you Need to Know is so critical. After all, voting in Virginia isn’t always easy. Most voters don’t know they can register to vote or update their voter registration record online at www.vote.virginia.gov. No need to waste time at the DMV.
From The Blue View