June 10 -BCDP Issues Survey 2020

The Blount County Democratic Party is interested in how you would rate the importance of issues, based on your life here in Blount County. We are asking because we want to focus on what to do after we win elections when we will govern and solve problems for people. We understand our first mission to replace the current Administration and all the enablers. This is about what comes after that.

We ask that you fill out this survey in this online portal. Your answers will be tabulated along with those from other people in Blount County. Your answers will help determine which issues should get the most attention from BCDP.

Thank you for you participation.

May 25 – Being Present with Absentee Voting

Roll calls. Stating “Present” or “Here”. It is the way to count you showed up and it is also your way to make your presence known on the line, in the drill, through the crowd.

Voting absentee is kind of like that. It is your way to have your vote be counted even if you are not physically present. It should be as simple and as powerful as saying “I’m here. Count my vote.”

Voting absentee is not that simple in Tennessee, which is one of only 16 states that require voters to list a qualifying excuse to get an absentee ballot. Contrast that with 29 states and Washington, D.C., which allow every voter to vote absentee without the need to provide a reason or “excuse”. Plus, there are the five states — Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington — who vote exclusively by mail.

Because of the Covid-19 virus some states are easing voting limitations. Whether just for the upcoming primary for now or permanent, some states removed the need for an excuse for voting absentee. Nearly half of the states, including our neighbor Kentucky, have made voting easier by either through removing or reducing restrictions or by mailing out ballots.

Governor Lee has said fear of Covid-19 should not be a reason to vote absentee. We say one should not have to choose between voting and risking one’s health. However, we shouldn’t need a pandemic to change things. We should move forward on no-excuse absentee voting because voting should simply be easier to do.

According to a Pew Research poll, 3 out of 4 Americans (Republicans and Democrats) favor greater access to absentee voting.

What about potential voter fraud? Voter Fraud is rare. For example, the conservative Heritage Foundation in their database found only 1,277 cases going back decades to 1979. Furthermore, the cases of absentee fraud were found in stricter states, not in the “no-excuse states”.

States have a long history of assuring absentee votes by checking to see that the voter is properly registered and the signature on the ballot matches the one on file. Counties and states may need support in equipment and staff hours, but we think this would be worth it to assure all registered voters would have the option to vote-by-mail.

So, before we succeed in getting excuse-free absentee voting, check out this list and see if you qualify to vote Absentee in Tennessee. You can apply now to get a ballot.
1) Individuals who will be out of the county during early voting & election day
2) Full-time students and spouses of students enrolled in accredited college, university or similarly accredited institution of learning outside of home county
3) Permanent Absentee voter (Requires a written statement from the person’s physician that the voter is medically unable to appear at his/her polling pace to vote early.)
4) Full-time resident of licensed nursing home, home for the aged, or similar licensed institution providing relatively permanent domiciliary care outside of home county
5) Serving on a jury
6) 60 years of age or older
7) Candidates for office
8) Election Officials
9) Individuals observing a religious holiday
10) Sickness, physical disability, or hospitalization
11) Voter with a disability and the polling place is inaccessible
12) Caretaker of a person who is hospitalized, ill or physically disabled
13) Credentialed commercial driver or transportation worker who will be out of the county during early voting and on Election Day

Some additional instruction from Blount Count Election Commission:
“A request to vote absentee by-mail must be initiated by the voter.  The voter must return it to the Election Commission via fax, email, mail, or in person.  The request to vote absentee by-mail cannot be solicited for another voter.  Requests can be accepted up to 7 days prior to the election. Upon receipt and review of your signed request, the Election Commission will mail a set of absentee voting supplies to you. Please follow the instructions carefully, and be sure to contact the Election Commission at 865-273-5920 if you have any questions about your ballot. After completing the ballot and signing the accompanying affidavit, mail the ballot to the Election Commission. No hand-carried absentee ballots will be accepted at the Election Commission or the precinct.  They must be received in the mail or courier service.”


Sources:
https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/vopp-table-1-states-with-no-excuse-absentee-voting.aspx

https://landline.media/at-least-20-states-revise-absentee-voting-rules/

https://www.people-press.org/2020/04/28/two-thirds-of-americans-expect-presidential-election-will-be-disrupted-by-covid-19/

https://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/494649-the-voter-fraud-fraud

https://www.blounttn.org/767/Absentee-Voting

Candidate Chats with Susan Sneed for TN House District 20

Every Wednesday at 12:30 and Thursday at 6:30
You can watch Susan Sneed, candidate for TN House District 20, on Facebook Live, talking about news from the state and connecting people to resources they need. Come join the chat: ask me questions and let me know what you think
And please share these events and videos with your friends so that I can reach more people!

Exciting news on Groundhog Day! We’re so grateful for her leadership, friendship…

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Exciting news on Groundhog Day! We’re so grateful for her leadership, friendship and persistence.

From Gloria Johnson:

Hello Friends-

I want to let you all know that I am running for State House 13 in 2018!

I chose today because it is Groundhog Day and today Tennesseans woke up just like they did yesterday and the day before. Like Bill Murray in that classic movie, Tennesseans know that their futures will not change because the Republican led legislature is focusing this day just like they did the last, on the wrong priorities for Tennessee.

That paragraph might sound familiar to you, and it should. I wrote those words on Groundhog Day in 2016 when I announced my last campaign, and Tennesseans are still without affordable healthcare, public education is still not fully funded, and though many states increased their wage on January 1, 2018, Tennessee was not one of them.

We must work together to improve this state for Tennessee’s working families. We must expand Medicaid in our state: for the 300,000 without healthcare, to keep our hospitals open, and to help fight the opioid crisis. We must fully fund and support public education and find ways to ensure every child has equal opportunity for a world-class education. We must raise wages so Tennessee families don’t have to decide between buying groceries and paying rent.

I know that together we can make this happen, especially with all the amazing new energy that has powered us through the last year together. It’s going to take all of us, and I can’t wait to work with you all to move Tennessee forward. This is why I am waking up determined to spend my day today, just as I will the next-committed to fighting for a future that is in the best interest of all Tennesseans. It’s time to stop reliving the same day over and over, that’s why I am running for HD13.

See you on the trail!
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Sick of watching the GOP enable Trump’s LIES? The state of our union is in per…

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Sick of watching the GOP enable Trump’s LIES?

The state of our union is in peril, but the resistance is STRONG. We won some amazing victories in 2017, from Virginia to New Jersey to Alabama. Let’s keep the momentum going and BRING ON THE BLUE WAVE!

Time for ALL of us to get involved and start working for victories in 2018!

HOW TO HELP:

1. TAKE BACK THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Find a candidate you love and start supporting them NOW.

Think about what you have to offer a campaign: door-to-door canvassing, digital outreach, event organizing, a car, writing, web design, practice with fundraising calls, or cash on hand to donate. Consider hosting a forum or fundraiser in your home—throw a party or invite a local candidate you like to come speak to your friends and family over drinks.

Here are some congressional candidates worth watching:
– Conor Lamb (PA-18), a 33-year-old Marine veteran and assistant U.S. attorney, running in a March 13th special election in PA-18.
– Randy Bryce (WI-1) Ironworker, veteran, and cancer survivor running against House Majority Leader Paul Ryan.
– Katie Hill (CA-25), a 29-year-old director of a homelessness nonprofit with deep ties in her community, running against Rep. Steve Knight (R).
– Andy Kim (NJ-3), a foreign policy pro and career civil servant running against GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur.
– Jacky Rosen (NV-3), a current House member running to unseat Dean Heller (R) in the Senate.
– JD Scholten (IA-4), a litigation paralegal and fifth-generation Iowan who’s taking on Rep. Steve King (R), one of the most vocally racist members of Congress.
– Liuba Grechen Shirley (NY-2), a long-time women’s empowerment advocate, Indivisible group leader, and young mom running to unseat Republican incumbent Peter King.
– Lorna Underwood (IL-14), a nurse and former Obama health policy advisor running against Rep. Randy Hultgren, who believes that abstinence-only sex ed is the only appropriate sex ed.

Learn more about flipping the House at https://swingleft.org/ and find congressional candidates in your area at http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/article/2018-midterm-election-tracker-house.html.

2. FLIP STATE GOVERNMENTS: State houses and governors are largely responsible for determining education, environmental, housing, and VOTING laws. Not only that, state legislatures will also be redrawing congressional districts in 2020. If we really want to repair our democracy, progressives must take local governments back.

Find out more about governors up for reelection in 2018 at https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/31/top-ten-governors-races-to-watch-2018-255823 and learn more about flipping red states blue at https://flippable.org.

3. REGISTER TO VOTE: Already registered? Make sure everyone you know is too! Find out more about requirements in your state at https://www.rockthevote.org/ and then share, share, share.
American Civil Liberties Union: www.aclu.org
Asian-American Legal Defense and Education fund: http://aaldef.org/
Brooklyn Voters Alliance: https://www.getorganizedbk.org/civic-activism/
Common Cause: http://www.commoncause.org
FairVote: www.fairvote.org
League of Women Voters: https://www.lwv.org/
Let America Vote: https://www.letamericavote.org/
NAACP: www.naacp.org
Rock The Vote: https://www.rockthevote.org/
Spread the Vote:https://www.spreadthevote.org/
Vote Riders: https://www.voteriders.org/
Voto Latino: www.votolatino.org

Last but not least, if you’re in New York…

4. JOIN US: Come to our next meeting on 2/21 to hear about our endorsement process, learn how to get involved with INBK, and strategize for a powerful and empowering spring! We’ll also share ways to support Democrats in the PA-18 special election!

Visit https://indivisiblenationbk.org/floods for call and email scripts on this and other issues!


Sick of watching the GOP enable Trump’s LIES?

The state of our union is in peril, but the resistance is STRONG. We won some amazing victories in 2017, from Virginia to New Jersey to Alabama. Let’s keep the momentum going and BRING ON THE BLUE WAVE!

Time for ALL of us to get involved and start working for victories in 2018!

HOW TO HELP:

1. TAKE BACK THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Find a candidate you love and start supporting them NOW.

Think about what you have to offer a campaign: door-to-door canvassing, digital outreach, event organizing, a car, writing, web design, practice with fundraising calls, or cash on hand to donate. Consider hosting a forum or fundraiser in your home—throw a party or invite a local candidate you like to come speak to your friends and family over drinks.

Here are some congressional candidates worth watching:
– Conor Lamb (PA-18), a 33-year-old Marine veteran and assistant U.S. attorney, running in a March 13th special election in PA-18.
– Randy Bryce (WI-1) Ironworker, veteran, and cancer survivor running against House Majority Leader Paul Ryan.
– Katie Hill (CA-25), a 29-year-old director of a homelessness nonprofit with deep ties in her community, running against Rep. Steve Knight (R).
– Andy Kim (NJ-3), a foreign policy pro and career civil servant running against GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur.
– Jacky Rosen (NV-3), a current House member running to unseat Dean Heller (R) in the Senate.
– JD Scholten (IA-4), a litigation paralegal and fifth-generation Iowan who’s taking on Rep. Steve King (R), one of the most vocally racist members of Congress.
– Liuba Grechen Shirley (NY-2), a long-time women’s empowerment advocate, Indivisible group leader, and young mom running to unseat Republican incumbent Peter King.
– Lorna Underwood (IL-14), a nurse and former Obama health policy advisor running against Rep. Randy Hultgren, who believes that abstinence-only sex ed is the only appropriate sex ed.

Learn more about flipping the House at https://swingleft.org/ and find congressional candidates in your area at http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/article/2018-midterm-election-tracker-house.html.

2. FLIP STATE GOVERNMENTS: State houses and governors are largely responsible for determining education, environmental, housing, and VOTING laws. Not only that, state legislatures will also be redrawing congressional districts in 2020. If we really want to repair our democracy, progressives must take local governments back.

Find out more about governors up for reelection in 2018 at https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/31/top-ten-governors-races-to-watch-2018-255823 and learn more about flipping red states blue at https://flippable.org.

3. REGISTER TO VOTE: Already registered? Make sure everyone you know is too! Find out more about requirements in your state at https://www.rockthevote.org/ and then share, share, share.
American Civil Liberties Union: www.aclu.org
Asian-American Legal Defense and Education fund: http://aaldef.org/
Brooklyn Voters Alliance: https://www.getorganizedbk.org/civic-activism/
Common Cause: http://www.commoncause.org
FairVote: www.fairvote.org
League of Women Voters: https://www.lwv.org/
Let America Vote: https://www.letamericavote.org/
NAACP: www.naacp.org
Rock The Vote: https://www.rockthevote.org/
Spread the Vote:https://www.spreadthevote.org/
Vote Riders: https://www.voteriders.org/
Voto Latino: www.votolatino.org

Last but not least, if you’re in New York…

4. JOIN US: Come to our next meeting on 2/21 to hear about our endorsement process, learn how to get involved with INBK, and strategize for a powerful and empowering spring! We’ll also share ways to support Democrats in the PA-18 special election!

Visit https://indivisiblenationbk.org/floods for call and email scripts on this and other issues!
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Trumpcare Die In

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TrumpCare is back – and even more dangerous than before. The new proposed bill is called Graham-Cassidy but don’t let the new name fool you. This bill is the worst yet.

Graham-Cassidy is a major threat. We must put pressure on our senators and representatives immediately. BIG pressure. LOUD pressure. And that means showing up. Join us for a die in to show Senator Alexander we are tired of the partisan games that put the health and financial security of Tennesseans at risk.

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