At 6 pm our Chair, Juanita Thorne, will convene the meeting via Zoom. We have so much to discuss and so many updates to share with the members and friends of the Prince George Democratic Committee.
June 23 Democratic Primary:
We have two members on the Prince George Board of Elections, Denya Hankerson and Dr. Lillian Boyd. On July 23rd there was actually a Republican Primary as well. All 10 precincts and the Central Absentee Precinct were open and staffed. Safety measures, including social distancing protocols, and hand hygiene were instituted. So it was a very busy day for our two electoral Board Members. We may here more about how the election went. This is good preparation for voting procedures in the General Election in November.
4th Congressional District (CD):
Congressman A. Donald McEachin won the June 23rd Democratic Primary with over 80% of the vote district wide. He will be challenged by Republican in November.
We must say a word of appreciation and encouragement to Cazel Levine, who challenged Congressman McEachin in the primary. We hope she keeps her Democratic fervor active. Democrats are needed at all levels of government and in many advocacy areas.
Senator Mark Warner up for Reelection:
Yes, Senator Warner has a Republican challenger in the November election. You will never see Republican opponent names mention here. He was quoted in the Tuesday Times-Dispatch referring to “…Mark Warner’s do-nothing career …” so let’s send this Republican packing in November.
Let’s elect Joseph “Joe” Biden:
Isn’t it time to end the nightmare that began for our country in 2016. Registering new voters, educating voters, encouraging early voting, volunteering (socially distancing of course), and donating all matter if we want to get rid of the evil-doer currently in the White House.
New voting opportunities:
On July 1 legislation goes into effect providing for no excuse absentee voting. The window for absentee voting will essentially allow Virginia voters to vote early, either by absentee in-person or by mail-in absentee ballot. We don’t know what the corona virus has in store for us. So let’s make voting early a priority for all Democrats.
According to a brief announcement on the Prince George County Website, there will be a peaceful protest regarding racial inequality at 6 pm beginning at the Prince George County Courthouse parking lot.
“Peaceful march protesting racial inequality planned for 6 p.m. Saturday starting at the County Courthouse parking lot.“
The Prince George Democratic Committee just learned of this event late on Friday, June 5. The Dems do not have any further information at this time.
In an email to members, our Chair, Juanita Thorne wrote:
“In addition to discussing the upcoming primary and other election related topics, we will have as our guests several candidates or their representative – Cazel Levine, Donald McEachin and Jennifer Carroll Foy. I will provide you the agenda, minutes and financial information later this week.
These are tough times but I am reminded and encouraged by the saying “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”. Thankfully we are tough, we are resilient and we are united in our efforts to elect and support good democratic candidates!
Thank you for your continued support and as always please reach out to me with questions, concerns, etc.
I hope to see and/or hear you on Thursday, June 4th at 6 pm on the Zoom call! The JOIN the ZOOM Meeting link is in your email.”
Juanita R. Thorne
The candidates in the Democratic Primary for the 4th Congressional District Primary on June 23 are Cazel Levine and Donald McEachin, the incumbent. More can be learned about the candidates by visiting their Facebook pages or campaign websites.
Jennifer Carroll Foy Gubenatorial Candidate:
Delegate Foy has declared her run for the Governorship of Virginia. The election for this seat will be in 2021. Learn more about her candidacy for that Democratic nomination at our meeting on June 4th at 6pm.
Update from the vademocrats.org website:
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE JUNE PRIMARIES
Absentee Voting Begins: Saturday, May 9
If your registrar is not open on Saturday, May 9, Absentee Voting begins on Friday, May 8
Deadline to Request an Absentee By-Mail Ballot: Tuesday, June 16
Applications to vote by-mail must be received by 5:00 PM
Last Day to Vote Absentee In-Person: Saturday, June 20
June Primaries: Tuesday, June 23 from 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Deadline to Return Absentee By-Mail Ballots: Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 PM
Ballots must be received by your local registrar by 7:00 PM
At your regular Prince George Precinct Voting Place on June 23rd,
Absentee in-person at the Prince George County Registrar’s Office, 2nd Floor County Administration Building, or
Absentee by mail-in ballot
Regular in-person voting at usual voting place:
On June 23 every voting precinct in Prince George will have voting from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will be extra precautions, such as social distancing, disposable pens, and other measures as the circumstances dictate. There will also be curbside voting for disabled persons.
Absentee in-person at the County Administration Building:
This is an option for any Prince George Voter. The County Administration Building is technically closed through June 7th (that may be changed slightly depending on the course of the COVID numbers), but anyone wishing to vote absentee in-person may go to the lobby of the County Administration building and will be directed to the Registrar’s office to cast their Absentee ballot through Saturday, June 20th.
Absentee by mail-in ballot:
This option requires that the voter request an application for an absentee ballot from the County Registrar’s office (can be done by phone). When the voter receives the application, he or she completes the application for an absentee ballot. This application must be mailed in or delivered to the County Registrar’s Office. The voter will then receive an absentee ballot in the mail to be completed and submitted and in the Registrar’s office no later than 5 p.m. on June 16.
The mail-in absentee ballot may also be requested online at elections.virginia.gov. The voter will need to have their Virginia driver’s license handy to input their T number authorizing the DMV to send the voter’s signature to the County Registrar. This is a way to vote and be able to Stay at Home. Just have stamps and your driver’s license handy.
Sample Ballot for Prince George Democratic Primary:
The Prince George Democratic Committee apologizes to Ms. Cazel Levine for the language in its May 4th post encouraging voters to re-elect Congressman McEachin. This was an inadvertent error and was not caught by the editor before publication.
While individuals in a local committee may support and advocate for the candidate of his or her choice, The Prince George Democratic Committee is neutral as to democratic candidates during a primary. The candidates in the June 23rd Democratic Primary for the 4th Congressional District(in alphabetical order) are:
Virginia Smith, Chair of the Prince George Dems Citizen Participation Initiative urges everyone to vote in the June 23rd Democratic Primary and she especially encourages everyone to vote absentee by mail, if at all possible.
Vote from home, stay safe!
“Friends have you requested your Absentee Ballot for the Democratic Primary in June? You can do it today.
You can submit your request in writing, email, or call for an application: Prince George County Registrar’s Office, PO Box 34, Prince George, Virginia 23875. Phone number 804-722-8748. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Dates for Prince George County Voters:
Friday May 8th: Absentee Ballots available (request from the Registrar’s Office)
Monday, May 18th: Last day to register to vote or update your voter registration file for the Democratic Primary on June 23rd
June 16th: Absentee voting by mail ends (application must be in the Registrar’s Office by 5 pm.
*****Please complete and return your ballot by June 16th ******
June 23rd: 2020 Democratic Primary Election Day
If you have any questions, please email Virginia Smith at Svirginia100@gmail.com.
And there’s more!
Prince George Virtual Phone Bank: May 4-June 16
We’re getting it done, virtually! But, we can use your help. Please consider calling voters from the comfort of your home. Just email Judy Chalkley at email@example.com. Judy will email a call list with guidance for calling Democratic voters.
Coming Soon- Canvassing Parade:
The Prince George Democratic Committee Citizen Participation Initiative is planning a Stay-in-Your-Car Canvassing Day. We’d love for you to join the parade of cars driving throughout our County to Get Out The Vote! The tentative date is Saturday, June 20.
Last night the Democratic Party of Virginia leadership, Chairwoman Swecker, and Staff convened a call to update us on the upcoming caucuses in April 18/20th. Please see the following guidelines as the caucuses will no longer be in person. The biggest change is that anybody who wishes to participate (either by running for state delegate or alternate and/or just to vote) in the upcoming caucuses must pre-register with the State Party. This was done to ensure that caucuses can be conducted in an open, inclusive, transparent manner but also to abide by the Governor’s guidelines as to how we should conduct ourselves in the current times. The information below should answer all the questions you have but as always DPVA staff are ready to answer your questions if you have them. You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
A number of upcoming events will be discussed at the meeting tonight at 6 pm at the Prince George Human Services Building, 6450 Administration Drive in the County Government Complex.
So here is a peeksie:
Citizen Participation Initiative of the Prince George Democratic Committee, Brainstorming Session on February 12, 4:30 – 6 pm at Luca Italian Restaurant, 6411 Courthouse Road. Discussion will be around hosting “listening session” during the coming year where citizens may voice their concerns.
Quarter 1 meeting of the Central Committee at the Downtown Marriott on February 15 at 11 a.m. The Central Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Blue Commonweatlth, February 15, 6 pm at Main Street Station on Broad Street in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond. This is the Annual Fundraising Gala for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Tickets $150 (Discounts available to Central Committee Members.) Tickets available at bluecommonwealthgala.com.
Virginia Democratic Primary on March 3rd. Voters vote at their regular voting places between 6 am and 7 pm. Ballots can be cast now by absentee ballot. This writer voted earlier today. Here is the Virginia Sample Ballot. Please note that at least three of the names on the list have withdrawn from the race — Booker, Castro, and Williamson. At the moment the writer is not sure about Patrick, Bennet, and Gabbard.
March Regular Prince George Democrats Meeting, March 5 at 6 pm. Same location as above.
James E. Hill Hero Among Us Award Banquet, March 28 from 2-4 pm, at Providence Baptist Church, 15901 Providence Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. Tickets $25 per person in advance. Sponsors invited to support the event. Tickets for members to sell and flyers will be distributed at the meeting tonight (February 6.)