In this week's Dispatch:
- INDIANA PRIMARY VOTING UPDATES
- MONROE COUNTY ELECTION EQUIPMENT LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST
- CANDIDATE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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INDIANA PRIMARY VOTING UPDATE
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.
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:
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Voter Registration, 401 W 7th Street, Suite 100, Bloomington, IN 47404
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 events.berniesanders.com/ 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 https://berniesanders.com/call/national/
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].
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]
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]
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 Bernie Sanders
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 zodyforindiana.com 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 http://www.monroeunitedway.org/FreeTaxes to learn more!
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:
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 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
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.
If you have upcoming events or suggestions for topics, please email [email protected] or share them with us through the following submission form:
Monroe County Democratic Party