In this week's Dispatch:
- LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR MAIL IN BALLOTS
- VOTING INFORMATION
- ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION
- BE A POLL WATCHER
- IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
- LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION
- VIRTUAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
- CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
- YARD SIGNS
- ACTION ITEM: PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL
- COMMUNITY COVID-19 RESOURCES
- UPDATED: BOARD AND COMMISSION VACANCIES
- and more...
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LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A MAIL IN BALLOT IS TODAY!!!
Apply at https://indianavoters.in.gov/
Early, in person voting has begun! Hours are listed below:
ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION
1. Read the instructions and the Absentee Voter’s Bill of Rights carefully before marking your ballot, then check the information on your ballot. This will prevent you from making some of the most errors that might invalidate your ballot (such as receiving a ballot for the wrong precinct, signature mismatches, returning a ballot that doesn’t have both clerks initials, etc.). If there is a problem with the ballot you received, contact Election Central at 812-349-2612 or 812-349-2690 immediately.
2. You do not need to completely fill out the box in front of your choice on the ballot, but you should make a solid x or several lines so that the scanner can pick up your marks (if the mark is too light it won’t get picked up). Also, you must keep your mark within the box itself. Use a black or blue pen… do not use a marker which will bleed through the paper and prevent the scanner from reading your ballot properly. If you make an error while marking your ballot, contact Election Central at 812-349-2612 and they can help you get a replacement ballot.
3. Sign your ballot properly - your signature must substantially match the signature that is on file at the Election Division. If your signature does not match what is on file you will be contacted to submit a new signature.
4. If you have applied for an absentee by mail ballot but your ballot does not arrive you will still be able to vote in person ON ELECTION DAY. You will need to sign an affidavit that your ballot did not arrive and then will be allowed to vote in person. If you have received your ballot by mail you can vote in person but ONLY ON ELECTION DAY. You will need to bring your un-voted ballot with you and give it to the Inspector who will void the absentee ballot and then you will be issued a new ballot to vote.
5. If you are concerned about returning your ballot in the mail you can also hand deliver your ballot, though do note that our local USPS has been getting ballots to Election Central in most cases within 1-2 days. If hand delivering your ballot you must bring it to Election Central during office hours - Drop Boxes are not allowed by the State of Indiana. Only you, an immediate member of your household, a person with your power of attorney or a bonded courier may deliver your ballot legally in the State of Indiana. Anyone delivering a ballot who is not the actual voter will need to sign an affidavit attesting to their relationship to the voter when dropping the ballot off. You will not need to stand in the voter line to drop off your ballot - go to the single door to the right as you are facing Election Central and someone will direct you from there. (Several people have expressed concern about putting the ballot envelope in the mail because of the information on the front. There is nothing on the front of the envelope that is not accessible from other sources but if this concerns you you may put the completed absentee security envelope in another envelope making sure that your envelope has the correct address for Election Central and the correct postage and be aware that delivery could be delayed because the post office will no longer treat it as expedited election mail.
6. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR BALLOT MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE ELECTION CENTRAL OFFICE BY NOON ON ELECTION DAY. Ballots that are received after this time will be invalidated.
BE A POLL WATCHER
The General Election is swiftly approaching so check your voter registration @ https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and make a voting plan!
Here are the important dates to keep in mind as you plan.
LOCAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS & INFORMATION
Paula Staley Phone Banking & Sign Holding for Election Day
Paula Staley's campaign is looking for volunteers to help her phone bank and for help with holding signs for Election Day. If people would like to help, please email her at [email protected]
Kara Krothe Yard Signs
Do you live at an intersection or other prominent location?
Kara Krothe's campaign is looking for folks to host signs for her. If interested reach out at the campaign website at https://karakrotheforjudge.com/contact-us
Trent Deckard Yard Signs
The Trent Deckard for Monroe County Council has yard signs that need great homes and apartments! If you can take one, please write to [email protected]. In this unusual campaign year, this is just one way we get our word out. Please help our friend, Trent!
Andy Ruff Yard Signs
We have signs for Andy Ruff's campaign.
Please contact [email protected] if interested.
Geoff Bradley Yard Signs
We will be receiving signs for Geoff Bradley's campaign.
Please contact [email protected] if interested.
Host a Yard Sign for Cheryl Munson
Cheryl Munson needs your help! Cheryl has brand new yards signs that need homes! If you live within Monroe County and would be interested in hosting a yard sign, please reach out to Olivia Reed at [email protected].
Due to high demand and availability constraints, anyone seeking yard signs should reach out to the respective campaigns. Thank you for your understanding.
Volunteer for Kara Krothe
Volunteer for Geoff Bradley
The Geoff Bradley for Monroe County Circuit Court Judge campaign is seeking out volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the campaign, please contact us at (812) 269-8662, [email protected], or by reaching out through our website: https://www.bradley4judge.com/get-involved
PETITION TO EXPAND VOTE BY MAIL
Demand Accessible, Efficient Elections for All Hoosiers
Indiana Senate Democrats have made a petition in efforts to expand vote by mail ahead of the November general elections. Read their comments below and please follow the link to sign the petition!
"State officials are already indicating their plans to limit mail-in voting for the general election in November. With the coronavirus pandemic still affecting our state, this would be an irresponsible and dangerous decision to make. Voters all across Indiana have expressed their concerns about not being able to vote this year. By limiting mail-in voting, many Hoosiers who are concerned about their health and safety will be disenfranchised this November.
We have already seen that mail-in voting can be extremely secure and efficient when it’s given the necessary resources and flexibility. In places like Colorado, Washington or Montana, a complete vote-by-mail system helps higher voter participation and allows voters to navigate the challenges of this pandemic with ease. If our state invests the time and resources into giving Hoosiers access to voting by mail, we can see the same success.
Many Hoosiers are more susceptible to COVID-19 due to age, compromised immune systems or pre-existing conditions. No one in our state should have to make a choice between exercising their constitutional right to vote and staying safe from contracting COVID-19."
SIGN THE PETITION AT
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
City of Bloomington Commission Vacancies
The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacated positions on several of the city’s commissions. Some of these vacancies, and the date the City Clerk’s office sent out press releases soliciting applicants, are listed below:
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Commission
Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association
Bloomington Transportation Corporation Board of Directors
These are great opportunities for city residents to be more involved in local government! To learn more about these commissions, including the mission statements, membership requirements, current membership listing and term lengths, or for online applications, go to the online City system for board and commission information known as “OnBoard” at bloomington.in.gov/onboardMonroe County Governmental Boards and Commissions
The Monroe County Board of Commissioners invites you to apply to serve on a Board or Commission! There are immediate openings on a number of these bodies, including: Animal Management, Environmental Commission, and the Human Rights Commission. For information on each of them, see https://www.co.monroe.in.us/boards/.
The application is available here.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Thomas at [email protected]*All event information is based on currently available information and may be subject to change.
The Indiana Democratic Party has a Municipal Monday Webinar series, and recordings of each of these webinars can be found here: https://www.indems.org/webinar-trainings-recordings/
Programs they have covered include:
How to File For Office (Matthew Kochevar)
Campaign Finance (Anna Foster)
Social Media 101 (Trina Thomas)
Pre-Filing Questions / Campaign Goals (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Field Plan (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Fundraising 101 (Katie Doyle)
Creating A Campaign Message (Phil Johnson)
Communicating with Press and Media (Phil Johnson)
Municipal Finance (Oscar Gutierrez and Trish Whitcomb)
Building an Absentee Chase Program (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
Filing Your Pre-Primary Finance Report (Anna Foster)
How To Use Early Vote/Election Day Data In VAN (Adi Ben-Yehoshua)
City Government Offices (Portia Bailey-Bernard).
MCDP “Four Freedoms Circle” Recurring Donors
Thank you to our Four Freedoms Circle donors who contribute monthly to MCDP! To make a donation and sign up for a recurring contribution, click here.
“For the Millions” donors ($25/month)
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Connie & Guy Loftman
Tom Miller & Beth McManus
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Sue Wanzer & Melanie Payne
“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry
“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
“Safeguard of Democracy” donors ($100/month)
This GOP administration’s trampling of the tenets of our democracy makes this the ideal time to become a Safeguard of Democracy donor.