Monday Morning News - May 25, 2020

In recent years the original meaning of Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for those who died fighting for our country has been overshadowed by its secondary meaning as the first day of the summer season, a day for picnics and outings to the beach and swimming pools. But in this strangest of Mays, after two months of sheltering in place and social distancing, we are called to honor not only the heroes of the past but the heroes of the present moment—the unsung and often underpaid health workers, grocery store employees, meatpackers, bus drivers--who risked their lives to provide medical care, food, and transportation for their fellow Americans. We honor them first by continuing to observe the public health measures instituted to curb transmission of the virus, mindful of warnings that rushing to "reopen" will almost certainly lead to a second wave of infection from which our public-health heroes don't have the luxury of retreating. Second, we honor them with our votes for candidates who take seriously their mandate to serve their constituents and work to create a better and more just society.

And speaking of voting, here's everything you need to know about voting in the 2020 Primary if you have not voted already.

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For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters were able vote by mail in the 2020 primary and were encouraged to use this option to help protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.

HOW TO VOTE IN THE 2020 PRIMARY:

The opportunity to VOTE BY MAIL is over for the 2020 primary - Absentee-by-Mail Ballot applications were due at the Election Office by May 21.
If you, like about 13,000 or so of your fellow voters, waited until the last week to send in your applications, please be patient. The Election Office has been working overtime to process and get those ballots sent out and the final ballots should be mailed on Tuesday after the holiday.

Complete Your Ballot: Once your application has been received and processed they will mail you a ballot – fill out the ballot, complete the information on the postage paid envelope and sign the envelope as directed.

Your completed Ballot must be received by the Election Office by Noon on Primary Election Day – June 2.

If you are concerned that your ballot might not be delivered on time through the USPS, ballots can be dropped off at Election Central, 401 E. 7th St. in person. There is a mail slot in the double doors (not the accessible entrance) look for the sign. Please note that in the state of Indiana only you, your family members or an appointed attorney can legally deliver your ballot.

EARLY VOTING:
Absentee in person voting will take place from May 26 through June 1st at Election Central, 401 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana. Remember to bring your photo ID, wear a mask and practice good social distancing.
Hours: 
Tuesday, May 26 through Friday May 29: 8am to 6pm
Saturday, May 30: 9am to 4pm
Monday, June 1: 8am to Noon

PRIMARY DAY VOTING: June 2 at your poliing location
Vote at your polling place between 6am and 6pm - note: this may not be the same location as you have voted in the past. Remember to bring your photo ID, wear a mask and practice good social distancing.

If you are not sure which precinct you vote in you can check on line at indianavoters.com. You can also find a list of who is on the ballot at that location

For the 2020 primary the polling sites have been reduced to 7 locations:
Edgewood High School, 601 S Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville
City Church for All Nations, 1200 N Russell Road, Bloomington
Bloomington City Hall, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
Arlington Heights Elementary School, 700 W Parrish Road, Bloomington
Southside Christian Church, 500 E Empire Mill Road, Bloomington
Grandview Elementary School, 2300 S Endwright Road, Bloomington
Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E Rogers Road, Bloomington

Here's where each precinct will vote on June 2:
• Bean Blossom 1, 2 – Edgewood High Schoo
• Benton 1, 2 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 1, 2, 3 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 4 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 5, 6, 7 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 8, 9, 10, 11 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 12, 13, 14, 15 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 16 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 17 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 18, 19, 20 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 21 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 22 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 23 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 24 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Clear Creek 1, 2, 3 – Southside Christian Church
• Indian Creek – Southside Christian Church
• Perry 1 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 2, 3, 4, 5 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 6 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 7 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 8 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 15 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 16, 17 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 18, 19 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 20 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 21, 22, 23 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 24  – Southside Christian Church
• Perry 25 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 26 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 27 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 28 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 29, 30, 31 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 32 – City Church for All Nations
• Polk – Southside Christian Church
• Richland 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – Edgewood High School
• Salt Creek  – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Van Buren 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Grandview Elementary School
• Washington  – Arlington Heights Elementary School

Check monroecountyvoters.us for updated information. Questions may also be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690.

As always stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

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Candidate & Political Trainings
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Monday Morning News - May 18, 2020 - The Voting Edition

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Here's everything you need to know about voting in the 2020 Primary if you have not voted already.

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For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission has waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters can vote by mail in the 2020 primary. All voters are encouraged to use this option as we don’t know what the situation will be over the next few weeks and months. This will protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.

HOW TO VOTE IN THE 2020 PRIMARY:

VOTE BY MAIL: recommended for all Monroe County Voters this year.
1. File an application to vote by mail with the Monroe County Election Division
Best way: sign into indianavoters.com and select Vote by Mail or Travel Board, then Visit My Voter Portal. Fill in and confirm your information to access your personal account then on the left side select absentee voting and vote by mail. Fill out the application form and hit submit.
Alternatively: Download a copy of the form here: Fill out the form electronically then print and sign the form. Email the completed form to election@co.monroe.in.us or drop it off in person at Election Central, 401 W. Seventh St., Suite 100. There is a mail slot in the double doors.

Absentee-by-Mail Ballot applications must be received at the Election Office by May 21

2. Complete Your Ballot: Once your application has been received and processed they will mail you a ballot – fill out the ballot and complete the information on the postage paid envelope, sign the envelope and return the ballot to election central either by mail or in person

Your completed Ballot must be received by the Election Office by Noon on Primary Election Day – June 2

EARLY VOTING:
Absentee in person voting will take place from May 26 through June 1st at Election Central, 401 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Bloomington, Indiana. Remember to bring your photo ID and wear a mask.
Hours: 
Tuesday, May 26 through Friday May 29: 8am to 6pm
Saturday, May 30: 9am to 4pm
Monday, June 1: 8am to Noon

PRIMARY DAY VOTING: June 2 at your poliing location
Vote at your polling place between 6am and 6pm - note: this may not be the same location as you have voted in the past. Remember to bring your photo ID and wear a mask.

If you are not sure which precinct you vote in you can check on line at indianavoters.com. You can also find a list of who is on the ballot at that location

For the 2020 primary the polling sites have been reduced to 7 locations:
Edgewood High School, 601 S Edgewood Dr, Ellettsville
City Church for All Nations, 1200 N Russell Road, Bloomington
Bloomington City Hall, 401 N Morton St., Bloomington
Arlington Heights Elementary School, 700 W Parrish Road, Bloomington
Southside Christian Church, 500 E Empire Mill Road, Bloomington
Grandview Elementary School, 2300 S Endwright Road, Bloomington
Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E Rogers Road, Bloomington

Here's where each precinct will vote on June 2:
• Bean Blossom 1, 2 – Edgewood High Schoo
• Benton 1, 2 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 1, 2, 3 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 4 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 5, 6, 7 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 8, 9, 10, 11 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 12, 13, 14, 15 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 16 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 17 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 18, 19, 20 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 21 – City Church for All Nations
• Bloomington 22 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Bloomington 23 – Bloomington City Hall
• Bloomington 24 – Arlington Heights Elementary School
• Clear Creek 1, 2, 3 – Southside Christian Church
• Indian Creek – Southside Christian Church
• Perry 1 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 2, 3, 4, 5 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 6 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 7 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 8 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 15 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 16, 17 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 18, 19 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 20 – City Church for All Nations
• Perry 21, 22, 23 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 24  – Southside Christian Church
• Perry 25 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 26 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 27 – Grandview Elementary School
• Perry 28 – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Perry 29, 30, 31 – Bloomington City Hall
• Perry 32 – City Church for All Nations
• Polk – Southside Christian Church
• Richland 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – Edgewood High School
• Salt Creek  – Sherwood Oaks Christian Church
• Van Buren 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 – Grandview Elementary School
• Washington  – Arlington Heights Elementary School

Once again, even if you really enjoy going to the polls in person, for the safety of our voters who must vote in person, and of our election workers, we strongly encourage everyone to vote by mail in a timely fashion.

Check monroecountyvoters.us for updated information. Questions may also be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690.

As always stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 

DWC Announcements
Endorsed Candidate News & Events
Candidate & Political Trainings
Other Announcements
Events of Interest to our Membership
Image of the Day
Action Items
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Monday Morning News - May 11, 2020

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The events we usually count on to help raise money to support pro-choice, progressive, democratic women candidates both financially and through mailings and point of sale promotions as well as to provide training and keep our website and newsletters up and running have, like so many other events, disappeared. If you are not yet a member for 2020 and/or you have the ability to drop a few dollars into our virtual “Charlotte’s Hat” please go to our membership/donation page and help keep our important work going.

The political columnist Sheila Kennedy has spent a lot of time pondering the human condition in recent blogs. 
In two recent columns she talks about the contrast between her faith that “the overwhelming majority of my fellow-Americans were really good people” and the increasingly divisive world we live in characterized by “some people’s evident need to divide humanity into “us versus them”–and to dominate “them”.”
She finds some hope in a Guardian article that contrasts the story of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies with a real life story of 6 young Tongan boys who were shipwrecked an presumed dead for 15 months. 
Golding’s story centered on a shipwreck in which young boys were marooned on an island without adult supervision. Left to themselves they regress to a primitive state and by the time they are rescued, three boys are dead and they’ve turned a lush island into a disaster zone. 
In the real life story “the boys had set up a small commune with food garden, hollowed-out tree trunks to store rainwater, a gymnasium with curious weights, a badminton court, chicken pens and a permanent fire, all from handiwork, an old knife blade and much determination. While the boys in Lord of the Flies come to blows over the fire, those in this real-life version tended their flame so it never went out, for more than a year.”
The kids agreed to work in teams of two, drawing up a strict roster for garden, kitchen and guard duty. Sometimes they quarreled, but whenever that happened they solved it by imposing a time-out. Their days began and ended with song and prayer.”
In the comments section one reader wondered about the cultural differences – pointing out that the “cooperative boys were Tongan, steeped in a cooperative culture with deep respect for being in tune with nature and with spirit.” Another commenter stated “group dynamics is strange thing” telling about trips he had made camping out with Boy Scouts in the mountains. He said that each trip was an amazing experience and that “over the course of the two weeks you could see how the group dynamic worked to build friendship or camaraderie.” But he goes on to mention that there was one trip “where we had an older boy that was pretty much an egotistical bully and I remember the effects that he had on the group and they were not good. The adults kept him in check, but I could see him in charge of a “Lord of Flies” scenario.”
Kennedy concludes her column with the comment that this “real-life experiment confirms a favorite parable, attributed to the Cherokee: an elder tells his grandson that there are two wolves in each of us, one good, one evil. The grandson asks which wolf will win. The elder responds “The one you feed.”
In the coming elections we are faced with a challenge that will likely influence the path that our communities and the U.S. will take in the future. Can we construct a social contract that builds governments based on “essential goodness in the human heart–to create systems that nurture rather than divide, and value collaboration and kindness over conflict and tribalism.” Can we elect candidates who are public servants and who can represent the diverse needs of all their constituents without the need to favor one over the other? And can we build a society that recognizes that the bad wolf exists in all of us, but lets the good wolf come out on top?
You can read Sheila Kennedy’s columns at:
https://www.sheilakennedy.net/2020/05/need-cheering-up/
https://www.sheilakennedy.net/2020/05/the-politics-of-white-male-grievance/

 

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For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission has waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters can vote by mail in the 2020 primary. All voters are encouraged to use this option as we don’t know what the situation will be over the next few weeks and months. This will protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.

See our UPDATED CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PRIMARY INFORMATION section below for details on primary voting in Monroe County and look for an email from us later this week devoted to voting in the primary.

A reminder that Absentee-by-Mail Ballot applications are due by May 21 and all ballots must be returned to the Monroe County Election Division office by noon on June 2.
Check monroecountyvoters.us for information and questions may also be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690.

As always stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

 

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 

DWC Announcements
Endorsed Candidate News & Events
Updated Campaign Finance Reports and Primary Information
Candidate & Political Trainings
Other Announcements
Events of Interest to our Membership
Image of the Day
Action Items
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Monday Morning News - May 4, 2020 - 1 month to go

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For the first time ever the DWC held it’s monthly meeting on Zoom and Facebook Live on May 1. Many thanks especially to Michelle Bright, Kaisa Goodman and Olivia Reed for working out the details and getting the meeting set up and running. We had visitors from both inside and outside of Monroe County and our Facebook Live video has had over 450 views to date. It was great to have the chance to see friends and hear from candidates, even if it was from a distance. You can see the video on our Facebook page.
The most obvious takeaway was that our elected officials, from State Senator Karen Tallian who checked in to update us on the status of her efforts to be the next Indiana Attorney General, to Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields, whose job might not be as much in the public eye but is critical to the health of our residents, are working hard to deal with the fall out from this pandemic and its consequences. Many of our endorsed candidates, even those with contested primary races, are devoting their days to ensuring that they do what they can to keep us safe and are putting less focus on campaigning. If we learn nothing else from this pandemic, it should be that caring, competent, and citizen-focused government matters.
This is a completely novel and unusual year in campaigning for candidates, even without the added stresses of their jobs and taking care of families at home…. The techniques that work best to reach out to voters… forums, meetings, house parties and individual canvassing no longer work in an age of social distancing. The ability to get their message out voters has become more difficult, more time consuming and much more expensive.
The DWC is helping by providing information about our endorsed candidates on our website, by researching trainings and other opportunities on how candidates can get their message out to voters in a virtual manner and we have a mailing ready to go out to help promote our endorsed candidates (see above). We also encourage our membership and those who support our work to be even more active than usual in engaging with our candidates online and sharing candidate’s messages with their friends.
And this applies to the DWC as well - the events we usually count on to help raise money to support pro-choice, progressive, democratic women candidates both financially and through mailings and point of sale promotions as well as to provide training and keep our website and newsletters up and running have also disappeared. If you are not yet a member for 2020 and/or you have the ability to drop a few dollars into our virtual “Charlotte’s Hat” please go to our membership/donation page and help keep our important work going.

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For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission has waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters can vote by mail in the 2020 primary. All voters are encouraged to use this option as we don’t know what the situation will be over the next few weeks and months. This will protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.

See our UPDATED CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PRIMARY INFORMATION section below for details on primary voting in Monroe County and look for an email from us later this week devoted to voting in the primary.

A reminder that Absentee-by-Mail Ballot applications are due by May 21 and all ballots must be returned to the Monroe County Election Division office by noon on June 2.
Check monroecountyvoters.us for information and questions may also be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690.

As always stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 

DWC Announcements
Endorsed Candidate News & Events
Updated Campaign Finance Reports and Primary Information
Candidate & Political Trainings
Other Announcements
Events of Interest to our Membership
Action Items
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Monday Morning News - April 27, 2020

The first Friday of the month is coming up and while we cannot meet in person, we are working out a way to meet virtually… we’re planning a group Zoom Chat for DWC members on Friday, May 1 at 9am. There are still some issues to work out in getting it set up. More details on that, and everything you need to know about the upcoming primary, coming soon. Watch for a special email midweek.

As we enter week 5 (6? 100?) of staying at home, and tempers fray and we long to return to "normal" (Saturday morning farmer's markets, DWC breakfasts at the Village Deli, the joy of seeing friends and neighbors), it's vital that we're mindful of the deep individual and social inequities the pandemic has exposed. The following piece, by an apparently anonymous author, puts it so eloquently that it should be quoted in full (thanks to Cheryl Munson for sharing this).

WE ARE NOT ALL IN THE SAME BOAT ...

I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it's not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

For some that live alone they're facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their husband, wife, mother, father, sons & daughters.

With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment, some are bringing in more money to their households than when they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don't qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don't believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

Realize that and be kind.

As Democrats--and Democratic women--we must also look beyond the storm to life on the "far shore," a life that cannot and should not be "just like before." We will continue our fight for social justice, the environment, and equal rights for all Americans.

And speaking of the need for change... it's high time to send Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill packing. Here is a letter from Senator Karen Tallian:

Greetings to The Democratic Women’s Caucus. – You my sisters, truly know that we REALLY need a change in the office of the Attorney General. In these virtual times we are living, I’m sending you a special message.

I also want to share that I was recently named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action. Keeping Hoosiers safe is a top priority of mine, and there are plenty of opportunities for the Attorney General to lead on these issues.

While you’ll have to fix your own soup and sandwich, I hope you can join me next Wednesday for a Facebook lunch. Each Wednesday at noon eastern time, we hold a Facebook live to provide updates and insight into the Campaign, talk about the issues and provide updates on the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please click here for the event link.

Be well and safe.

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For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission has waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters can vote by mail in the 2020 primary. All voters are encouraged to use this option as we don’t know what the situation will be over the next few weeks and months. This will protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.

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Print out the form, fill it out and sign it. Then scan the form and return it by email to election@co.monroe.in.us or mail it to Voter Registration, 401 W 7th Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, IN 47404.
Note that the application to vote absentee-by-mail does require a valid signature but does not require the applicant to upload a voter id. 
After the office receives your application it will be verified and a ballot will be sent out by mail with a pre-printed, postage-paid envelope to return the ballot. Ballots must be received in the office by noon on June 2 (Primary Day) so don’t wait until the last minute to mail it back in case the mail is delayed. 
Questions may be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690 but be aware that the office may not be open all the time.

If you are staying at home and are unable to print out an application form - email us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com with your name and address and we will work with the MCDP to get you an application asap.

Stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 

DWC Announcements
Endorsed Candidate News & Events
Updated Campaign Finance Reports and Primary Information
Candidate & Political Trainings
Other Announcements
Events of Interest to our Membership
Action Items
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Monday Morning News - April 6, 2020

 

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For this Primary only, the Indiana Election Commission has waived requirements for Absentee-By-Mail voting. Therefore all registered Indiana voters can vote by mail in the 2020 primary. All voters are encouraged to use this option as we don’t know what the situation will be over the next few weeks and months. This will protect not only the voters in the county, but our county workers as well.

 absentee_form.png Click on the button to access a printable application to receive an absentee-by-mail ballot

Print out the form, fill it out and sign it. Then scan the form and return it by email toelection@co.monroe.in.us or mail it to Voter Registration, 401 W 7th Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, IN 47404.
Note that the application to vote absentee-by-mail does require a valid signature but does not require the applicant to upload a voter id. 
After the office receives your application it will be verified and a ballot will be sent out by mail with a pre-printed, postage-paid envelope to return the ballot. Ballots must be received in the office by noon on June 2 (Primary Day) so don’t wait until the last minute to mail it back in case the mail is delayed. 
Questions may be directed to the voter registration office by calling 812-349-2690 but be aware that the office may not be open all the time.

If you are staying at home and are unable to print out an application form - email us atdwcannouncements@gmail.com with your name and address and we will work with the MCDP to get you an application asap.

Stay safe, learn something new every day, stay politically active and let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 

DWC Announcements
Endorsed Candidate News & Events
Updated Campaign Finance Reports and Primary Information
Candidate & Political Trainings
Other Announcements
Events of Interest to our Membership
Action Items
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Monday Morning News - March 30, 2020 - No monthly breakfast in April

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Like everyone else the DWC is under lockdown, our regular meeting place is closed to inside diners and our members are social distancing and taking care of themselves and our community. There will not be a monthly breakfast in April... we hope to be back in business by May but given that the peak is not supposed to hit Indiana until middle to late April there are no guarantees. But the election is still going on, so in the meantime, please stay connected via social media, check out the MMN each week and we will try to help keep you informed.....

As this issue of the Monday Morning News was going to press, the news came in that COVID 19 cases in Monroe County doubled from 8 on Friday to 16 on Saturday to 22 on Sunday. We’re clearly on the upward slope of the curve with no end in sight, distressing news for all of us, but especially for our most medically vulnerable community members, for healthcare providers bracing for the onslaught of patients, for workers who’ve lost their jobs as businesses and restaurants shut down, and for parents struggling to work from home while homeschooling their restless, cooped-up children. If there’s any good news, it’s to be found in the myriad of ways, small and large, that people have found to help: creating and supplying an isolation shelter, sewing face masks, delivering food, even putting teddy bears in their windows for a children’s “bear hunt.” Let’s continue to look for ways to serve our fellow Hoosiers (see Action Items). And if you can, get outside and enjoy the lovely spring: go for a walk or hike, work in the garden, plant the seeds that will be August’s tomatoes. And let’s get ready to come out of the lockdown with sleeves rolled up and ready to work for Dems up and down the ballot!

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: 

Announcements
Updated Primary and Campaign Finance Reports Calendar
Candidate News & Events
Political Trainings
Events of Interest to our Membership
Action Items
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Monday Morning News - March 23, 2020 - Primary Postponed

INDIANA PRIMARY POSTPONED TO JUNE 2: As many of you have probably already heard, the Indiana Primary has been delayed until June 2, subject to confirmation by the Indiana Election Commission (which we assume will be forthcoming or the Governor wouldn’t have announced it) at their meeting on the 25th. Once confirmed, all the previous deadlines will reset… including the last day to register to vote, deadlines to apply for absentee-by-mail balloting, absentee-in-person voting, etc.. 

The Secretary of State has also recommended that, for the upcoming primary election only, the State go to no-excuse absentee-by-mail voting, opening this option for all voters in Indiana. Again this is subject to confirmation by the IEC, but, given that there is no guarantee that things will be back to “normal” by June 2 or that it will be any safer to gather in groups by that time…  voting by mail is probably a good option for many of us. 
You can download an application from the Secretary of State’s website here: However, because the Monroe County Election Office is currently closed as our workers shelter and home and stay safe, applications won’t be processed until it reopens. So it’s probably not a bad idea to hold onto your application until the office reopens and, once it does, remember that there will likely be a backlog of applications to process so be patient if your ballot doesn’t arrive for a few days. More information after the IEC meeting and when we know the office is back in service.

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On the Covid-19 Front: Like me, you have probably been inundated with information about the current situation, some true and a lot of it false. My email has been flooded with fake cures and offers to purchase masks and other supplies, most of them dubious and overpriced. You’ve seen the rants on social media about returning to the streets, gathering in restaurants and on the beaches, and ignoring the “hoax” that is coronavirus. A recent email I received addressed to “Dear Freedom Loving Patriot” touted the Ultimate Guide to Surviving Coronavirus: packed with ways that I could turn my home into a decontaminated fortress. Bob Gorrell’s latest political cartoon was a picture of the Chinese flag, substituting coronavirus logos for the stars, and with the subtitle “Thanks China” and we won’t even discuss what’s coming out of the White House. And the misinformation isn’t limited to the right… there is misinformation, if less so, coming out of the left as well. So fact check before you believe or share anything.
But amidst all the bad there is a lot of good. If the measure of our society is how we treat the most vulnerable among us, many of us have met the task. The Hoosier Hills Food Bank has set up a pickup service for the food insecure and the Monroe County School Corporation is continuing to provide meals for children who rely on public schools for nutrition, one such school bus will be parked at Democratic Headquarters for pickup. Black Lives Matter Bloomington has set up a Covid 19 Necessity Drive. One World Catering has set up a “Family Meal” project to help food workers laid off by restaurant closures. The Shalom Center, Wheeler Mission, MiddleWay House and New Hope Family Shelter are working to establish an isolation shelter for homeless persons in our community affected by the virus. Area grocery stores are working tirelessly to restock shelves and some have set up special hours for the most at risk members of the community and for first responders to shop. The Community Foundation is partnering with the United Way of Monroe County and Bloomington Health Foundation to deploy the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to address basic needs for shelter, food, and medical care and made an initial $25,000 grant to support this effort. Many of our non-profits have answered the call but need our help with donations and volunteers, so there may be ways you can help while remaining safe.
And finally, please take care of yourself. Just because we’re stuck at home in isolation doesn’t mean that we should be isolated. There are many ways to connect to the world without being in it. The best thing I did this weekend was attend a Facebook live concert by Seattle singer songwriter Lisa Koch… for an hour and a half I forgot about problems, mine and the world’s. I laughed, cried, and connected with friends from all over the country. 
Sleep, eat well, get outside even if it’s only in your own back yard, phone a family member or a friend, help out a local restaurant or arts organization that you love, learn something new every day. 
And yes… there’s still an election going on and our government is going to need good leaders more than ever, so let’s get them in office to help rebuild a better world.

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Monday Morning News - March 16, 2020 - Politics in a changed and changing world

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We are living in difficult times… juggling all of the plates that have been tossed in the air by the Covid-19 virus crisis has put stress on everyone’s lives and the political scene is no different. Our candidates, particularly non-incumbent candidates, are struggling to find ways to get their message out in a world where personal contact, the most effective means of doing so, is being restricted. 

Candidates will need to work with alternative methods such as social media, mailings, and other ways to message, rather than the in-person canvassing and meet & greets that have been the traditional backbone of campaigning in past years.
While we’re still brainstorming ideas… there are things you can do to help out… Donate to candidate's campaigns to help them deal with the increased costs of campaigning, contact our endorsed candidates and see how you can help them in their campaigns, got a good idea on how to conduct a virtual meet and greet or social media campaign, volunteer to help phone bank from home, retweet/repost their social media messages and get the message out to your family, friends and acquaintances. 
Our Endorsed Candidate page is now on-line. Over the next couple of days we hope to have full contact information up for all the candidates and we will update their pages with press releases, needs and other information as they send it to us, so continue to check back for any updates. We also welcome your suggestions and ideas at dwcannouncements@gmail.com.
Voters will also have to make tough decisions in the next month and a half leading up to the Indiana Primary on May 5 - at a time when voting has never been more critical. The slow response from the White House and from our own Indiana Legislature has shown that we must replace certain members of our government in this next cycle. 
Start by checking your voter registration status at indianavoters.com. Even if you voted in the last election it’s a good idea to make sure. Then make sure all your friends are registered and ready to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is April 6 at 11:59pm (online), 4:00pm at the voter registration office, but don’t wait until the last minute; you and they will want to make sure that any new registrations go through properly prior to the deadline.
Then decide how to vote: as it now stands all options for voting are still in place for this year’s primary. However, we strongly encourage all voters who qualify to vote by mail to do so and to request their ballot as soon as possible. Information about applying for absentee-by-mail ballots, the qualifications to do so, and the application to request a ballot-by-mail can be found here. This morning we received updated information from the Indiana Election Division that stated that the county does not have the authority to allow anyone who wants to to vote-by-mail. If you think you qualify to vote-by-mail want to do so, we encourage you to review the options and make your own decisions to check the box that you believe to be true or will be true on election day, one that might conceivably include your decision to quarantine in place at that time. The safety of our members and their families is paramount.
Be advised that the last day to submit an application for absentee-by-mail ballot is April 23 (4:00pm in the office, 11:59 for fax or email) but don’t wait until the last minute, given that mail (and email and fax delivery times) can be fickle and that we anticipate an increased number of applications being filed, getting your application in in a timely fashion will help out everyone.
There are messages out there to pressure the Indiana Election Division to add no-reason absentee-by-mail voting for this election cycle. Please remember that, like the IRS, the IED is a regulatory body, designed to enforce the Indiana Code, not make changes to it. The people who could have taken the lead in ensuring that all Indiana residents were able to vote, and vote safely, were our legislators, but they were apparently too busy saving obsolete coal plants and sabotaging local government regulations to take up that matter…. So contact your elected "representatives" in the Indiana Statehouse and Legislature and let them know you want that to happen - and let’s get those responsible for not doing their best for all Indiana voters replaced in 2020 with someone who will!
Stay safe out there, stay home when you can, take precautions when you can’t, binge Netflix if you must, but if you have the opportunity, find a minute to think about how you might help change the world (as someone pointed out the other day, Newton made some of his most important discoveries while sheltering at home from the plague).

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Monday Morning News - March 9, 2020

Friday's DWC breakfast meeting allowed us to get to know the 11 women who were recommended for DWC endorsement in this Spring's primary election.  Each candidate made a short statement and then the members in attendance voted on the endorsements. Those votes were combined with any electronic ballots received earlier.  We are very pleased to report that each candidate received the requisite 2/3 vote of the membership. So... your 2020 DWC endorsed candidates are...DRUM ROLL...

Shelli Yoder - State Senate District 40

Tiffany Grant - State Rep. District 60

Alyssa Bailey - State Rep. District 62

Paula Staley - State Rep. District 65

Julie Thomas - County Commissioner, District 2

Penny Githens - County Commissioner, District 3

Cheryl Munson - County Council At-Large

Jessica McClellan - County Treasurer

Valeri Haughton - Circuit Court Judge, Division 2, Seat 6

Kara Krothe - Circuit Court Judge, Division 8, Seat 5

Joani Shields - County Coroner

Congratulations to all our candidates!  Remember, DWC members--early voting starts on April 6--that's less than a month away! Volunteer for a campaign TODAY and help our endorsed women get elected!!!

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