ACDP News August 6, 2020

88 Days Until Election Day


Reason 88 to Flip NC

FOR FAIR REPRESENTATION IN WASHINGTON

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Since taking control of both chambers of the NCGA in 2010, Republicans have used their power to draw Congressional maps that are extremely gerrymandered by political party. As a result, despite being evenly divided politically, NC’s current Congressional delegation consists of 10 Republicans and only 3 Democrats. In 2019, the existing Congressional maps were ruled unconstitutional by a state court, and the NC GOP was forced to re-draw the maps for the 2020 elections. While the new maps are fairer, they still bake in an 8-5 Republican advantage. Breaking the GOP majority in the NCGA would mean fair maps in 2021 and a likely 7-7 split in 2022 as NC adds a 14th congressional seat due to population growth – a 4-seat gain (over the current level) for Democrats in the US House of Representatives!

UNDERSTANDING REDISTRICTING FOR 2020

From Democracy NC

Most of our political representatives, from school boards to Congress, are elected by voters who have been sorted into districts. Redrawing the boundary lines for these districts is called redistricting.

Under the U.S. Constitution, redistricting happens about every ten years, after each decade’s U.S. Census, to adjust the districts and make them roughly equal in population. In North Carolina, elected representatives are authorized to redraw the district lines for their own governmental body. So, school board members draw the school board lines, City Council members draw the city council lines, and state legislators in the N.C. General Assembly draw the state legislative and Congressional district lines. (You can access the 2020 Census HERE)

How Does Redistricting Affect Me?

The way a district’s lines are drawn may include or exclude certain people. These decisions are often made based on party affiliation, race, or other factors, and can affect who gets heard, whose interests are most represented, and who can win the next election.

Too often in redrawing districts, elected officials focus on their own re-election rather than the people’s interests. Redistricting then becomes a secretive process focused on advancing partisan interests; it becomes a way for politicians to pick their preferred voters and secure their power.

What is Gerrymandering?

Gerrymandering is the deliberate drawing of districts in a way that maximizes the power of politicians. Gerrymandering may result in oddly-shaped districts designed to greatly increase or decrease a certain kind of voter (e.g., Black voters or Republican voters). For instance, to the right, legislators drew former Senate District 21 (since redrawn) with tentacles that added black voters from Cumberland Co. to make District 19 more white.

How Can We Improve the Redistricting Process?

  • Democracy NC believes the redistricting process should be open, fair, and participatory. Whether redistricting is conducted by an independent, nonpartisan body, or by the state legislature, or by using court-ordered standards, any process should:
    • Protect voters of color by drawing districts that reflect the requirements of the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
    • Invite robust debate from community members, academics, and other stakeholders, and incorporate their feedback in the creation of districts.
    • Reject partisan or racial gerrymandering of districts.

Do your part for fair districts

Elect great candidates to the North Carolina General Assembly like JD Wooten, Ricky Hurtado and Eric Henry who all support fair districts.

And…

Support Scott Huffman for U.S.House District 13

And…

Fill out the 2020 Census

The Census is the the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the U.S. threaten the accuracy of population numbers used to determine the distribution of political representation and federal funding for the next decade. HERE


Recommended Reading

The GOP’s latest gerrymander ought to be the last straw for NC

from NC Policy Watch

“The bottom line: It’s long past time for gerrymandering to end. North Carolina needs to establish an independent, nonpartisan commission to draw its legislative and congressional maps and the latest gerrymandered congressional map ought to be the last straw in making it happen.”

ARTICLE HERE



ACDP County Executive Committee Meeting TODAY!

All Precinct Chairs & Officers!

From Our Chair

It is my pleasure to invite you to the next virtual  Alamance County Democratic Party County Executive Committee meeting on Thursday, August 6, at 7pm. After the business portion of the meeting, which should include the election of our State  Senate Executive Committee representatives, we will hear from the Democratic candidates running for the Board of Education.

All Alamance Democrats are welcome. For information about registering for this Zoom meeting contact Elaine at chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


Vote Absentee

Here’s an article explaining the nuts and bolts of absentee voting. https://www.ncvoter.org/absentee-ballots/

Here is a link to request an absentee ballot form in North Carolina.  It is not too early to do this. You can also call our local Board of Elections at (336)570-6755 and request that they send you an absentee ballot request form.  Or, if you’d like to check your registration status or register to vote the Times News has this nifty little page. HERE


ACDP Billboard

Donate HERE We’re looking at making electoral history this year in Alamance. Join us as we raise money for our first ever ACDP billboard. We’re almost half of the way to our goal already! Please chip-in! We’d like to secure funding for this as soon as possible.

The ACDP Marketing Committee the has been working to develop a strategy that we believe will raise the profile of Alamance Democrats and help us get the voter turnout we have to get. The Marketing Committee has selected a design that we feel captures who we are and what we value. We’ve got a billboard located on Interstate 40/85 between Exits 145 and 147 picked out that we think will allow us to reach as many potential 2020 voters as possible. now all we need to do is raise some money! Our goal is to fund the entire cost of the $3400 billboard through your generous donations. Please consider donating to this fund, as we believe we have a solid plan to make your dollars reach the most voters and potential voters possible. We’ve been too quiet it’s time to make some noise! Donate HERE


$20 for 2020

Help the Democratic Women of Alamance County Honor and celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by donating $20 for 2020, the 100 year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed and protected women’s constitutional right to vote.  Donate Here


Give Your Time at Election Time.

Wondering what you can do to help ensure local elections meet the challenges of this health crisis?

Finding election workers is always a challenge and in this election the civic-minded seniors that usually fill these positions should get to sit this one out if they have health concerns. Early Voting workers especially work long days and a couple of long weeks. So if you want more weekend hours for Alamance County voters, giving your time to staff those hours is a great way to help. Also, these are paid positions. More Information HERE



Join Our ACDP Voter Outreach Team!

Be a part of our Voter Outreach team and commit to helping your friends and neighbors get out the vote this election! In exchange for your generous donation, ACDP is offering these high-quality shirts to anyone interested in helping us get our message out that Your Vote Does Count! 2020 will be a pivotal election year and one of our top goals is ensuring that all individuals who have the right to vote can and will use it. Donate Here!


Proud Alamance Democrat Yard Signs

Stand up and stand out as a Proud Alamance County Democrat. We’re working for a better more inclusive Alamance for everyone. Order your sign Here Guidelines for political signs HERE


It’s Going to Take All of Us

Volunteer today!

There is a job that is just right for you!

Contact : Chair@AlamanceCountyDemocraticParty.com

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