What about Voter Registration during a pandemic?

Voter registration happens year-round, but the months leading up to a presidential election are crucial as interest in politics spikes and funding for registration efforts flows in.

Millions of new Americans will become eligible by turning 18 as Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012), the most diverse in history, is expected to surpass the silent generation (born between 1928 and 1945) as a share of the electorate.

Millions more Americans have moved and need to re-register at a different address, while others have been purged from the rolls for not voting in recent elections, including in key battleground states such as Wisconsin and Georgia.

But now, all the traditional ways of signing up voters are out the window, prompting concerns that a large swath of Americans will miss their chance to participate in this year’s elections.

“Registration is going to be an issue for everyone,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who along with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, is pushing for emergency voting reforms to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Ashee Groce, a student and Democratic activist at Spelman College in Atlanta, isn’t sure if she’ll be able to participate in Georgia’s primary election in May or whether she’ll have to register to vote somewhere else. She already missed the primary in her home state of California, which was held March 3.

“Now that I’m not in school, and I don’t have a place to stay in Atlanta, I am bouncing from different states to different states,” she said. “I’m uneasy not knowing how I’m going to vote.”

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Kemp Does It the Republican Way : Abdicating Responsibility on Covid 19 to Counties and Cities, While the Number of Infected In GA Climbs

Gov. Brian Kemp is facing growing pressure to impose tougher restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia, where there are more than 3,000 cases and over 100 deaths.

Dougherty County, a small county with a population of about 90,000, has seen 18 deaths, the most in the state.

On Monday, about 50 of Georgia’s mayors held a conference call to discuss the growing crisis. Most agreed that a “statewide stay-at-home order and other policies were needed to remedy the inconsistent, confusing patchwork of policies now in place,” according to Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Kemp has taken a more piecemeal approach, closing bars, restaurants, and schools, and ordered a shelter-in-place for the “medically fragile.”

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Virtual Phone Banking Training Webinar

As we approach the May 19th primary it’s critical we reach out to every Georgia voter. Here is an opportunity to be part of the #BlueWave.

Sign up for the Georgia Democrat Phone Bank Training Webinar today!

SEC warns on coronavirus insider trading after stock sales by NYSE chair, his wife Sen. Loeffler (R-GA), 3 other senators

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday issued a sharp warning against trading on non-public information related to the coronavirus —  a caution that came days after news of recent stock sales by the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange and his senator wife sparked widespread criticism and calls for investigations.
  • Those trades, involving sales of up to $3 million worth of securities, came in the weeks before stock market indices dramatically fell in value due to the coronavirus pandemic, and on the heels of a private, all-senators briefing on the virus outbreak from Trump administration officials that Loeffler attended on Jan. 24.

NOW: The Justice Department and the SEC just launched a probe of stock transactions made by senators ahead of the coronavirus outbreak.

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We Can Take Back the Senate!

Democrats only need FOUR seats to flip the Senate, and here are ELEVEN vulnerable Republicans we can defeat :

Both Georgia Senators.

Experts like Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight agree that we CAN flip the Senate. But Republicans are posting record fundraising numbers and we’re short of what we need to raise to stay on track to take back the Senate.

You can give before Tuesday’s FEC deadline to flip the Senate and protect the future of the Supreme Court and your gift will be TRIPLE-MATCHED at the DSCC.

Uneven coronavirus spread leads to an uneven partisan response

Democrats and Republicans seem to be experiencing the coronavirus differently and that may be playing a role in how they see the pandemic.

“About 77 percent of those confirmed cases were in the 490 counties that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. And the overwhelming majority of those Clinton counties, 81 percent, had at least one case. Meanwhile, there were more than 2,600 counties that voted for President Trump in 2016, but they hold only 19 percent of the cases. On the whole, only 50 percent of those Trump counties have a single case.”

“Those are wide discrepancies and they go to the first-hand experience those populations have with the virus. People in those Trump counties are less likely to know someone from the community who is suffering from the virus compared to those in Clinton counties. The stories playing out in places such as New York or New Orleans are likely to feel further away to many people who live in Trump counties. And those different realities on the ground may be playing a role with how Democrats and Republicans see the virus’s impact.”

“Up to now, the cultural self-segregation that has become a big part of American life has provided a buffer from the pandemic for some rural, more conservative political partisans. But as the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, and the disease spreads, that buffer seems likely to wear down, poking a hole in one part of the blue-red divide that defines politics in 2020.”

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May 19 Primary Election

This week the Secretary of State announced their intention to send every voter an application to vote by mail for the upcoming Presidential primary election on May 19th. This is a request for a mail-in ballot for May 19. All voters can download a Vote-by-Mail application here (http://bit.ly/vbmballotapp)

This is a first step to protecting voting rights and Georgians’ health – but we have a long way to go. Georgia Democrats will keep fighting for voting reforms that protect access to the ballot in every election, and we are making recommendations to make voting by mail truly accessible to all voters, including prepaying postage for the ballots and automatically sending ballots to all voters for every election.

Health providers say “I’ve never felt more abandoned,”

Brian Kemp’s “surreal” town hall that did little to reassure Georgians who have demanded action on the COVID-19 pandemic, an article by Pew’s Stateline illustrated that Kemp’s reluctance to use his emergency powers has created “confusion and rebellion” across the state, risking Georgia’s preparedness for the pandemic. The coronavirus is expected to be “particularly brutal” in Georgia, which ranks 10th nationally for confirmed cases and is 6th in the nation for COVID-19 deaths.

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Celebrating ACA 10 Year Anniversary, Needed Now More Than Ever

This week marked the 10th Anniversary of Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. Even though he has tried and failed to repeal it, Donald J. Trump relies heavily on ACA especially during this pandemic. Here’s a quick list of some of the ways ACA is saving lives and protecting Americans:

  • Essential Health Benefits: prescription drugs and hospitalization. Coronavirus testing and treatment are essential health benefits and must be covered by all ACA-compliant plans.
  • Preexisting Conditions: anyone who contracts COVID-19 won’t be subject to future discrimination.
  • Expansion: more than 20 million Americans gained health coverage. People with insurance are much more likely to see a doctor when they are sick and to get the treatment they need.
  • Created CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund: helps states prepare for disease outbreaks.
  • Key Support for Rural Hospitals: between 2013 and 2015, hospitals’ uncompensated care costs decreased by $12 billion, or roughly 30 percent. As hospitals prepare for an influx in coronavirus patients, it is critical that they are paid for the treatment they provide.

Thank you Mr. President, Barack Obama. The ACA’s impact is prevalent now more than ever. We applaud you for your work in saving American lives not just during your term, but, for decades to come after.

ONLINE ORGANIZING

It’s more important than ever that we continue our work of electing Democrats up and down the ballot.

In order to promote safety in this unprecedented time, The Democratic National Committee’s digital organizing team put together this list of ways you can keep organizing in your community online. You can also reach us at digitalorganizing@dnc.org and be sure to text ORGANIZE to 43367 to receive some more tips and to keep in touch.

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