Democratic Women's Caucus
Give thanks to those who showed the way, in their history you will find
How fierce love and stubborn strength can help us through the hardest times
Hold their courage in your hearts, sisters, worker, children, friends,
We know the vote was just a start, keep the faith as they did then.
Since they stood tall and signed their names 100 years have come and gone
so much has changed, so much remains, we go on, we still go on
Did you see that long long line, young women laughing filled with pride
they're about to vote for the very first time, like in the year of 1920
Si Kahn "1920" - see the video
It has been almost 100 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified, starting the process of giving women in the U.S. the right to vote. As we begin voting here in Indiana for the 2020 elections let us not forget those who fought to give us the vote and as we reflect on the events of the last few months and, in particular the last few weeks, let us not forget the fights yet to come.. Today’s intro is written by a young woman who will likely be in the forefront of some of those fights. The youngest member of the DWC Steering Committee, Marleyla Wiltz won’t be able to vote until 2021, but she’s already a veteran of the local political process... here's what she wrote for us....
We have our primary election tomorrow. Showing up for the causes we believe in means showing up at the ballot box. Not only is it our civic duty, it is the most basic way to be the change we want to see in the world. As a 16 year old, however, I am ineligible to vote, and this could be a source of frustration. Okay, it is a source of frustration. However, there are many other ways to be involved in our democratic process and have an impact. The most obvious of these is joining local and grassroots organizations that influence policy. As a teen, there are many options. Some organizations you can look into would be the Black Democratic Caucus, the Stonewall Democrats, Young Democrats Club (or Young Republicans if you prefer) at the local high schools, the BHSS Women In Politics Club, Extinction Rebellion, or Youth for Environmental Sustainability. These groups are making impactful change by supporting candidates, organizing and educating the public, and even helping to draft policy. If joining a group isn’t your thing, there are more options still. You could work on campaigns or as a poll worker, impacting elections more directly. Now more than ever, participating in our democratic system is critical. Because I can’t vote yet, I am counting on those who can. To those of you who are voting tomorrow or have already cast your ballot, thank you. Thank you for contributing to positive change and supporting our democracy.
Help keep voters and election workers safe on Primary Election Day:
While many voters have been wearing masks at early voting, some have not.Penny Githens is coordinating the effort to ensure that as many voters as possible are wearing protective gear during their trip to the polls - you can help by signing up for a three hour shift at one of the 7 polling sites to help distribute masks to voters who don’t have their own PPE. The masks have been provided to the Election Office by Monroe County government. Shifts are 6am - 9am, 9am - noon, noon - 3pm, and 3pm - 6pm. If you can help please email Penny at [email protected] as soon as possible with the time you can work and your preferred polling site.
Don't disenfranchise yourself - get your ballot in on time!!
If you have not yet returned your ballot don't mail it – drop it off in person at Election Central before NOON on June 2. For after hours delivery there is a mail slot in the double doors at 401 W. Seventh St., Suite 401. Remember, your completed Ballot must be received by the Election Office by Noon on Primary Election Day – June 2. or it will not be counted. Please note that in the state of Indiana only you, your family members or guardian, or an appointed attorney can legally deliver your ballot.
Absentee in person voting ends today at Noon. Remember to bring your photo ID, wear a mask and practice good social distancing.
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.
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