Important Voting Information

Information about Voting and the Elections that you need to know!

I have received so much good information and so many good questions from Gilmer Democrats about voting, completing their ballots, and the procedures to follow that I am sharing the information in this message with everyone.  I am also sharing information about the Democratic Party of Georgia is doing with regard to the elections.

Voting

·         As you try to vote, if you encounter any voting activity that seems unfair or unusual – even if it seems trivial — do not hesitate to contact the DPG Voter Protection Hotline:  1-888-730-5816.  Visit their website for other information: <VoterProtection@GeorgiaDemocrat.org>.

·         The official DPG (Democratic Party of Georgia) position on safe voting is to VOTE BY MAIL.  The Party, in the month of June, will be educating as many people as possible to understand why it has taken this position.

·         If you have seen or find written information about voting prepared by Gilmer County officials, please send it to for review to Saira@georgidemocrat.org.  Saira is in charge of voter protection for Gilmer Democrats and has seen evidence of erroneous information given to voters in other counties.

·         If your application for an absentee ballot asked for a Democratic ballot but you received a Republican one, notify the DPG Voter Protection Hotline, 1-888-730-5816.

Your Ballot

·         Postage required on your ballot is a single, first-class stamp.

·         BE SURE TO MATCH the signature on the oath (back flap of the “Official Absentee Ballot”) to the signature on your driver’s license.  Failure to do this can cause your ballot to be rejected.

·         When the flap containing the oath is folded down, just below your signature is a line asking for “Printed name of Elector.”  This line appears to be needed if someone assists in preparation of the ballot.  THIS IS MISLEADING.  YOU NEED TO PRINT YOUR NAME ON THAT LINE WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE ASSISTED IN PREPARING THE BALLOT.

·         RETAIN the envelope in which you received your absentee ballot.  This is proof positive that you applied for and received a ballot.  Notate on the envelope the date you signed your ballot and either mailed it or delivered to the designated place.

·         To check whether your ballot has been counted or to monitor the progress of your ballot, go to the Georgia My Voter Page: <mvp.sos.ga.gov>.  With some browsers, you may then need to click the state.  Then fill in the information requested at the upper right-hand-side of the screen.

·         The law requires that you be promptly notified if your ballot signature is questioned or rejected.  You will be given an opportunity to correct the problem until 3 days after the election.  Monitor the acceptance of your vote at the Georgia My Voter Page, above.   If your vote is not there, notify the Voter Protection Hotline.

Things Your Party is Doing to Ensure Effective and Fair Elections

The DPG has created and implemented new election procedures in Georgia that are being emulated by other states.  For example, organizers are being delegated geographically to every area.  Some are already at work and 15 to 20 new organizers will be hired by late June or early July.  The organizers will work with local Democrats to conduct activities such as fund-raising, phone-banking, virtual meetings, rallies, and town halls.  These and other activities to elect Democrats matter more now than perhaps any other time in our country’s history.

·         Poll Watchers

The Republican Party is projected to have 50,000 poll watchers during the June and August elections, using volunteers including retired Military personnel.  We Democrats are expanding our efforts to identify and train poll watchers.  The State Party itself has taken on these tasks, rather than leave them to the counties, to ensure better coverage and coordination.

POLL WATCHERS ARE NEEDED FOR GILMER COUNTY POLLING PLACES

If you have previously volunteered to be a Gilmer County Poll Watcher, please renew your request to the State office now in charge.  Notify: <https://secure.ngpvan.com/gkN6m9DV5EC5K8c5e1_LBA2>

Thanks!

Be aware that poll watchers can socially distance.  They may wear masks and gloves and do not need to collect documents and/or have other personal contact with voters.

The state has now been officially declared a battleground state.  

WITH YOUR HELP WE WILL TURN GEORGIA BLUE.  

Caucus to Elect State Convention Delegates

NOTICE OF MEETING AND ELECTION

         In lieu of our regularly scheduled August meeting, we will caucus on

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14

6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

at the GILMER COUNTY LIBRARY

          This caucus is for the purpose of electing delegates to the Georgia State Convention, which will be held in Atlanta on August 25, 2018.  The entire group will elect one delegate and one alternate.  The Gilmer County Democratic Committee will caucus immediately after that election to elect a second delegate and one alternate.

          We are accepting applications from members who wish to run for delegate until August 12 at the close of business.  An application is attached to this e-mail.  If you would like to run, please complete it and return it by response to this e-mail.

          If you attended the July meeting and heard a different date for the elections, please ignore it.  We had difficulty with scheduling a venue.  The above is the correct information.

 Welcome to New Member Jo Hensley! 

See you on the 14th to help turn Georgia BLUE! 

GCDC Election 2018

Hello, Democratic Friend

GILMER COUNTY DEMOCRATS CAUCUS ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 6:00 PM, EL REY RESTAURANT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTING THE NEW GILMER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE.

It’s time again to elect your representatives to the Gilmer County Democratic Committee.  Elections are held every two years in both presidential and mid-term election years.

This will be Gilmer County’s second election.  At our first election, half of the Committee members were selected for two-year terms, and half for four-years.  Attached is a list of candidates and carry-over members, along with a list of those whose terms are expiring (and one resignation).

For you who are not familiar with the procedure, the Democratic Party divides counties into Democratic Districts of approximately equal population.  Representatives from each District are elected to the Committee by the residents of the District s/he serves (and in which s/he resides).  “At-Large” members also are permitted in some counties, including Gilmer.  This system was designed to ensure that every Democrat has a representative to the Party structure.

TO VOTE, YOU MUST KNOW IN WHICH PRECINCT YOU RESIDE.

To find out your precinct number, follow these simple steps:

1.  Go to: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/voterDetails.do

2.  Enter the information requested and click “enter.”

3.  The screen will show your voter information on the left, and your precinct number on the right at the top.

We can then look up your District at the election, or you can refer to the attached file, “Districts,” and find your precinct number below the District designation.

Your ballot will show only the candidates from your district.

Looking forward to seeing everyone Thursday evening.

BE THERE TO VOTE!

Gilmer Democrats Elections

It’s time again for Gilmer Democrats to elect their representatives to the Gilmer County Democratic Committee.

Our regular meeting WILL BE POSTPONED FOR ONE WEEK to give us time to prepare the ballots and set up the election procedures.

The election will be held:

THURSDAY, JUNE 29
6:00 P.M.
THE PLACE OF THE MEETING WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

As of today, we have at least six candidates.

I want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank those who came forward to offer themselves as candidates.  You are much appreciated!  As of today, we have at least six candidates, and three more people are considering a run.

SEE YOU AT THE ELECTION!