The Dispatch 4.2.20

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***Please see our page with a list of ways to help with local efforts in response to COVID-19. Click here to visit the webpage.***


For the 2020 Primary the Indiana Election Division has waived the mandate for a requirement for registered voters in the state to vote absentee-by-mail. All voters are encouraged to use this option as we don’t know what the situation will be over the next few weeks and months. Note that the application to vote absentee-by-mail does require a valid signature but does not require the applicant to present voter id. 

Applications should be filled out and returned to the Voter Registration office by the deadline on May 21.

Link to Application for Vote by Mail:

Completed applications should be emailed or mailed to the Election office addresses below:
Please Note: Ballots will not be sent out until the Office reopens and the applications can be processed and there is likely to be a backlog of applications so people should give the office some time to get them processed before checking to see if their applications were received.

Voter Registration Office:
Phone: 812-349-2690
Email: [email protected]
Fax: 812-330-6460
Mail: Voter Registration, 401 W 7th Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, IN 47404


Friday, April 3rd, 9:00 AM
Monroe County Election Central, 401 West 7th. St., Suite 100
This election equipment testing proves that the system is properly adding votes to each candidate in the same quantity as the votes were manually entered. The system result is compared to a known set of data and must match. Because of the Corona Virus, viewing of the test is not encouraged but will be available through the windows or a roped off area.
Saturday, April 4th, 2-3 PM

Friends, let us continue to support Bernie while he works for all of us on the Coronavirus threat. It is important that we continue to make phone calls to voters in key primary states. Don’t worry if you have not been trained to use the Bernie Dialer to make these calls that's why we are hosting a series of Virtual Phonebank Training Workshops! Go to to sign up. Also let the campaign know when you're ready to start making calls by scheduling your call shifts on any of the days for the appropriate time slots at

Once you sign up, we will send you a Toolkit and a link to the Zoom event, so you can easily follow the training. You can play the training video we will also supply you before the Workshop. Don’t hesitate to encourage your friends to sign up as well.


Volunteer for Geoff Bradley
The Geoff Bradley for Monroe County Circuit Court Judge campaign is seeking out volunteers to help phonebank on behalf of Geoff ahead of the June 2nd Democratic Primary. Phonebanking will be a crucial method to getting out the vote throughout Monroe County, since canvassing has been delayed in light of COVID-19. If you are interested in phonebanking for the campaign, please contact Nick Belyayev at (317) 914-4337 and/or [email protected].
Volunteer for Trent Deckard
The Trent Deckard for County Council At-Large campaign is seeking out volunteers to help phonebank on behalf of Trent ahead of the June 2nd Democratic Primary. Phonebanking will be a crucial method to getting out the vote throughout Monroe County, since canvassing has been delayed in light of COVID-19. If you are interested in phonebanking for the campaign, please contact Nick Belyayev at (317) 914-4337 and/or[email protected]
Volunteer for Liam Dorris
Want to get Bernie's platform passed through Congress? Want to help support Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, overturning Citizens United, better pay, and so much more? Then come help get Liam Dorris elected to the House in Indiana's 9th District. We're running a holistic scrappy grassroots campaign and would love for you to come and join us! Reach out at [email protected]
Volunteer for Cheryl Munson
Cheryl Munson needs your help as she seeks re-election to an at-large seat on the Monroe County Council! If you would be interested in canvassing for Cheryl or hosting a yard sign, please contact Olivia Reed at [email protected]!

Volunteer for Andy Ruff
Volunteer with a candidate whose 20-year record as an elected official makes it clear that Andy has been fighting for fair wages, labor rights, universal healthcare, addressing climate change, and against unjust war and corporate greed for decades. Before universal healthcare was part of the popular national discourse, Andy sponsored resolutions supporting it. Before outrage over Citizens' United was so widespread, Andy sponsored a resolution opposing it. Andy is an experienced progressive legislator who listens closely, asks hard questions, and works with people of all perspectives to get things done. Help Andy take the voice of the people of the 9th District to Washington. If you are interested in volunteering, email [email protected] or visit and sign up there.

Volunteer for Bernie Sanders
If you are interested in volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign, please contact [email protected]. Or if you'd like to receive information about the campaign and local efforts and volunteer opportunities, you can sign up, here.

Volunteer for Dominic Thompson
If you are interested in volunteering for Dominic Thompson's campaign for Monroe County Council, please e-mail [email protected]. We are committed to having volunteers do things they find worthwhile and enjoy. If you want to canvass, phonebank, write postcards, Great! If you want to work on social media, photography, Great!

Volunteering for Shelli Yoder
If you are interested in volunteering to help get Shelli elected to the State Senate, please join our team by emailing Ashley Pirani at [email protected]. We have several ways for you to get involved. We'd love to have you join us!

Volunteer for John Zody
If you are interested in volunteering for John Zody's campaign for State Senate, please e-mail [email protected], or visit to sign up there.


Temporary help desk job for the Indiana Voter Registration System
The start date will be March 30th and end date will be May 8th. It will be $20/hr 30 hrs a week. Also, it would need to be someone who is not currently working for any political candidates due to the subject matter of the position.

Help Desk Analyst responsibilities
· Serve as the first contact with customers who need assistance via the phone or email
· Troubleshoot, diagnose, and resolve or log software issues
· Provide quick resolution and excellent customer service
· Document and redirect unresolved issues to the next level of support personnel
· Provide needed information on PCC products and services
· Keep record of problems and their resolution
· Follow-up with customers
· Other duties as assigned

Help Desk Analyst requirements
· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
· Customer-oriented and patient
· Minimum of a High School Diploma and/or 1-year Election or Campaign Finance Experience
· Previous Election Administration experience preferred
· Hands on experience with diagnosing and resolving basic technical issues
· Previous working experience as a Help Desk Analyst preferred

If interested, please contact Tyler Johnson at (765) 716-5445 or [email protected]

Free Community Tax Services with United Way

January 30th - April 13th

Over the course of the next several months United Way will be providing FREE tax services. Times and locations vary and include Monroe, Owen, and Brown Counties. Please visit to learn more!


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:

Animal Control Commission (5/9/19)

Commission on the Status of Women (10/18/19)

Parking Commission (3/26/19, for a merchant located near metered parking)

Parking Commission (3/5/19, for a resident within a permit parking zone)

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 

Monroe 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

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:

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)
Ruth Aydt
Richard Bauman & Beverly Stoeltje
Nicole Browne
Jean Capler
Susan & Doug Davis
Trent Deckard & Kyla Cox Deckard
Penny Githens
Kaisa Goodman & Nico Sigler
David G. Henry
Don & Carol-Anne Hossler
Peter Iversen & Leah Sinn Iversen
Randy Jacobs
Jeff & Kim Kehr
Jessica McClellan
Tom Miller & Beth McManus
Ashley Pirani
Eric Schmitz
Fred Schultz
Jacob Simpson
William Smith
Brad & Amy Swain
Christine Talley Haseman
Julie Thomas
Denise Valkyrie
Sue Wanzer & Melanie Payne
John Zody

“New Deal” donors ($50/month)
Lorraine Merriman Farrell
John Hamilton & Dawn Johnsen
Lee Jones
Judy Sharp
Jim & Doris Sims
Catherine & Larry Smith
Catherine Stafford
Mark Stoops
Shelli Yoder & Josh Perry

“Franklin and Eleanor” donors ($75/month)
Betsy Greene
Geoff McKim

“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.

Dispatch Submission?

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Monroe County Democratic Party