This week's "bonus" Action Alert is a little early. Two urgent issues demand attention now - Vote Curing & the Supreme Court nomination. Please look at Monday's Alert for more detail on the weekend events, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Duval Voter Protection - Help Cure Rejected Ballots
At least 400,000 Duval voters will likely cast votes in the coming Presidential race. Of those, it's likely 1% - or at least 4,000 will forget to sign their ballots, or for other reasons their ballots will be rejected. We want & need every Democratic vote to count.
Volunteers are needed for two important ways to help Dems whose ballots are rejected. 1. You can participate in a phone bank to reach out to voters and talk them through curing their ballot themselves. 2. You can visit voters’ homes to help them sign the required affidavit, take a picture of their ID with your smartphone and email both documents to the SOE for them (and copy Duval Voter Protection, too!) Some voters really need this help since they have no internet/email/printer etc.
If you're interested in either or both of these functions, your first step is to click here now and indicate the work you want to do.
If you’d like to phone bank you can sign up for shifts here. You'll get training and a chance to ask questions at the beginning of your first shift.
If you’re interested in VBM Cure Canvassing, there's a Zoom orientation on Sunday 10/18 at 2pm. You'll receive the link after you sign up on the survey above. The plan is to start knocking on these doors next week. Be part of helping insure that every vote is counted!
Poll Watchers Still Needed
The other important aspect of voter protection is serving as a poll watcher for the Democratic party during early voting to insure all voters are treated fairly. Another training session for this vital role is taking place this Saturday (10/17) at 2 pm via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 851 6387 6197
Express Your Outrage About the Rush to Confirm
Apologies to any of you who are getting this message twice. I sent it yesterday (10/13) via Gmail but since the vast majority of those emails bounced back I am resending via Mailchimp.
Two weeks ago we urged all BAM members to call the offices of Senators Rubio & Scott to protest the Senate's rush to confirm Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court. Today we urge you to do it again. Please identify yourself as an active Florida resident and voter. Succinctly and clearly, explain why you oppose the Senate's rush to confirm. Talking points you might use:
Barack Obama nominated the moderate Merrick Garland in March 2016. At that time McConnell refused to consider the nomination on the grounds that it was wrong to appoint a Supreme Court justice during an election year.
In the past, 14 justices were confirmed during election years, but none has ever been confirmed after July before an election.
A majority of the American public believes the soon-to-be-determined next President should fill the empty seat on the court.
Senator Rubio himself said, in 2016 "I don’t think we should be moving forward with a nominee in the last year of this president’s term...I would say that even if it was a Republican president.”
Please call today. If Senate mailboxes are full. Please email.
Senator Rubio: 202-224-3041 or https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Senator Scott: 202-224-5274 or https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/contact_rick
More Ways to Help This Weekend
Saturday - 9:30 at AB Panera - Help Beaches Democratic Club distribute slate cards to Dems in Jax, Neptune & Atlantic Beaches. Sign up here.
Saturday - 10-Noon - JTB & A1A - Wave for Democracy! Join the growing band of progressive weekend signwavers. Bring your mask and a sign.
Dialing for Dems - Join our regular Saturday & Sunday Zoom phone banks as we chase every vote to the polls. Click here for details.
Sign up to do signwaving at early voting - starting Monday! (Hot tip: Donna plans to vote at Beaches Library at 10 a.m. Monday.)
Catch Up on What You Missed
Last week BAM and Beaches Watch both held important Zoom meetings - unfortunately at the same time. If you missed either or both, you can watch the recorded versions here:
Beaches Watch - Atlantic Beach Candidate Forum
BAM - Behind the Scenes conversation with the attorneys who got Duval's School Tax Referendum on the ballot about that fight, the JEA scandal, and other city governance issues & current ballot measures.