ACDP NEWS November 14, 2020


Grassroots Organizers Flipped Georgia Blue. Here’s How They Did It.

Kelan Gilbert, 11, watches Black Voters Matter staff visit his rural Black neighborhood to speak to and support Georgia voters in Blakely, Georgia, on November 2, 2020.
Kelan Gilbert, 11, watches Black Voters Matter staff visit his rural Black neighborhood to speak to and support Georgia voters in Blakely, Georgia, on November 2, 2020.

BYAnoa ChangaTruthoutPUBLISHEDNovember 12, 2020SHAREShare via FacebookShare via TwitterShare via Email

Georgia flipping blue may have caught some people by surprise, but to those organizing on the ground for the past several years, this moment was always a possibility. As the media look for quick explanations to regain narrative control, the story of Georgia’s flip is best told through the experiences of organizers rooted in the community beyond presidential election cycles.

“This work has been going on here for years,” said Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, a power-building organization focused on empowering Black civic participation. Albright pointed to the consistent organizing that has happened over the last several years that decreased the gap in the overall vote total between the two parties and reduced the margin of victory for Republicans. “That gap has been going down [with each cycle]. And then to get to this point, it was just an incredible feeling.”

National media narratives center this moment as a part of the unfinished work from Stacey Abrams’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign and battle against voter suppression. This is only part of the story. Long before Abrams ran for governor, civic engagement organizers focused on increasing voter participation and leveraging the shifting state demographics in Georgia. Building on this work, Abrams founded the New Georgia Project with the goal of organizing previously disenfranchised voters, such as the 1 million voters removed from the voter rolls between 2012 and 2018, and expanding political participation by recruiting new voters. Recent lessons from organizers point to prioritizing specific issues affecting the communities they’re reaching out to, and developing entry points into political participation.

“When I was just following campaigns in 2016 and 2018, people barely talked about immigrant rights issues,” said Aisha Yaqoob Mahmood, director of the Asian American Advocacy Fund. “They barely talked about issues that were relevant to the Asian American community.”

While she saw instances of targeted voter outreach in 2016 – for example, efforts to engage with Muslim voters — there just wasn’t enough attention to the needs of communities. As a candidate for the Georgia State House of Representatives in 2018, Mahmood experienced the power of community conversations informing campaign messaging and strategy.

Mahmood said that more than Georgia turning blue, she is energized about opportunities to move on issues important to the immigrant communities her organization represents. “We’ve got commitments from candidates, especially sheriff’s candidates around ending programs like 287(g),” said Mahmood, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program that creates partnerships between state and local law enforcement. “And [they are] really taking a look at how local communities are impacted by things like immigration enforcement.”

Candidates for sheriff promising to overturn participation in the 287(g) program won election bids in Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Groups like Mijente and SONG Power (the power-building and advocacy arm of Southerners on New Ground) built on the work of Black and Brown organizers to sever the power of pro-deportation law enforcement. Collective power-building opportunities like elections helps bring awareness to communities about potential points of advocacy.

When asked about other issues impacting immigrant communities, Mahmood highlighted the challenges facing undocumented students in the state. “If you’re undocumented in Georgia, you are not able to attend school because there’s a lot of schools that you cannot attend, but the schools that you are able to attend you have to pay out of state tuition,” said Mahmood. As conversations ramp up nationally about student loan forgiveness and the cost of higher education, Mahmood hopes people will begin to understand the additional burden placed on undocumented students and families to achieve the same educational opportunities. “We’re losing a lot of our students to other states, because it’s cheaper and easier to access than Georgia, she said.”

Another issue of focus and concern is making driver’s licenses available for undocumented people. Driving without a license coupled with increased immigration enforcement and racial profiling puts some communities in greater danger.

In addition to connecting with communities on important issues, Mahmood stressed the value of having in-language organizing from trusted sources. “We had a team of community organizers that were doing ethnic specific outreach within their church groups, or their young adult groups, to make sure that they were reaching voters who aren’t already engaged,” Mahmood said. She noted a Korean organizer who did a survey to find out people’s plans for voting and if they did not plan on voting, finding out why. Being able to have conversations like this in the language people feel most comfortable speaking enabled organizers to address why people might not vote, and address uncertainty about the process.

Similar to the Asian American Advocacy Fund, organizations like Black Voters Matter utilize opportunities for collaboration as ways of building community power. Black Voters Matter has focused on addressing bread-and-butter issues impacting individuals, and has also worked with groups such as 9to5 Georgia outside of metro-Atlanta around issues including utilities in southwest Georgia and police violence across the state. “One of the most important victories in this state isn’t the presidential, but it’s the fact that Jackie Johnson is no longer the district attorney that covers the region where Ahmaud Arbery was murdered,” said Albright.

Part of that work involved election protection and providing pathways for combating voter suppression. As a part of its coalition work in Dougherty County, Black Voters Matter along with 9to5 Georgia, the Georgia NAACP, and several other regional organizations formed an election protection coalition. Amna Farooqi, an organizer with 9to5 Georgia based in Albany, Georgia, and member of the election protection coalition, said voter turnout increased in 2018 as compared to the prior midterm cycle, but said that election also showed the need for better coordination to address election protection concerns. The group made suggestions to the Dougherty County Board of Elections about providing adequate drop boxes for absentee ballots and having more than one early voting location.

During early voting for the general election this year, Farooqi and other organizers were harassed by election officials for handing out pre-packaged snacks and water to early voters and members of the community at-large. Volunteers were told they needed to be 150 feet or more away from the polling location, relying on a provision that prevents electioneering by partisan groups, campaigns, or candidates. But the election protection team members are all a part of nonprofit nonpartisan organizations. Their presence is not considered electioneering under the current law. “We should have a deeper bench of poll workers and poll managers, and better training,” said Farooqi. “There have been a lot of complaints about poll worker training and poll managers, in terms of them not being that clear on the law.”

Farooqi said that counties must innovate and find solutions to barriers to ballot access. “Even beyond the runoff, we’re looking at a broader electoral justice package [to] find solutions around [voter suppression],” Farooqi said.

While nationally some centrist Democrats have baselessly claimed a left-leaning agenda is to blame for losing House seats, Farooqi says Georgians need to be trusted to lead in their own communities. “All of Georgia is very determined in an organizing sense,” said Farooqi. “The most progressive radical change and strategy come from people that work in rural communities and people that have been here forever.”


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ACDP NEWS November 13, 2020





Brennan Center For Justice

Mass Incarceration Has Been a Driving Force of Economic Inequality

The wealth gap has disproportionately affected Black communities for decades. Covid-19 and our criminal justice system has only made it grow.

 November 4, 2020

As people struggle with the economic fallout of Covid-19, there’s a growing sense that the economy wasn’t working well for many even before the lockdowns. In late 2019, in the middle of a theoretically strong economy, income inequality hit a record high, and a cavernous wealth gap continues to separate too many white and Black families.

Those inequalities are seen, more than anywhere else, in the criminal justice system — and more specifically in what the system does to families. 

We know that people who have been convicted of a crime or imprisoned are more likely to face poverty and other serious challenges. But our Brennan Center report calculates in dollars how criminal convictions set people up for a lifetime of diminished earnings, helping perpetuate poverty while fueling racial, health and economic inequality.

Given the sheer number of people impacted by the criminal justice system, this is not a problem we can afford to ignore — especially during a recession. Any agenda for recovery at the federal, state and local levels must also seek to reduce the economic impact of mass incarceration.

Involvement in the criminal justice system — specifically time in prison or conviction of a crime — casts a shadow over someone’s life, limiting their ability to earn a living wage in the short and long term. The effect of prison is especially pronounced: a 52% reduction in annual earnings and little earnings growth for the rest of their lives, amounting to a loss of $500,000 over several decades

Even conviction of a misdemeanor — a minor crime, such as shoplifting — can reduce earnings by 16% annually. Many people swept up in the criminal justice system already live on the edge of poverty. The reduced earning potential of a conviction can mean the difference between economic stability and inescapable poverty.

The criminal justice system affects more people, more deeply, than previously thought. More than 70 million Americans have a criminal record. Of them, nearly 8 million have been to prison. The Brennan Center study, however, is the first to calculate how many have been convicted of a misdemeanor — at least 45 million, roughly 14% of the U.S. population. 

Due to lower earnings, the total amount of money lost each year by people who have a criminal conviction or who have spent time in prison is at least $370 billion. These lost earnings could be spent on pursuing educational opportunities or buying a first home, which for many families have helped break the cycle of poverty. 

These severe consequences are inextricably bound up with the nation’s 400-year history of racial injustice. Black and Latino men and women make up more than half of all Americans who have been to prison. This disparity likely stems from decades of discriminatory policies and overpolicing of communities of color.

And while all people who have been to prison face severely reduced earnings, Black and Latino Americans are less likely than whites of the same socioeconomic group to see their earnings recover, suggesting that imprisonment traps them in low-wage jobs. White men and women who have been to prison miss out on about $270,000 over their lifetimes compared with socioeconomically similar white people who have not spent time in prison. For formerly incarcerated Black and Latino people, it’s nearly $360,000 and more than $510,000, respectively, when compared with socioeconomically similar Black and Latino people who have not been to prison.

From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96







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ACDP NEWS November 12, 2020







Incoming commissioners mum on race-related ordinances

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Many of the Triad’s incoming county officials are choosing to remain mum about their thoughts concerning ordinances directly addressing racial strife in their respective communities.

This comes as a number of communities throughout the state have responded to the summer of protests, brought on by the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd, by formally condemning systemic racism.

“I don’t think that is something we necessarily need to do in our area,” said incoming Alamance Commissioner John Paisley, adding that the primary focus of local officials should be to bring people together after weeks of division. Paisley said he doesn’t believe ordinances focusing on racism would accomplish that.  

“First of all, I think all sides after this election need to calm down,” Paisley said. “It’s been relatively calm, since the 60s. And I don’t think we have a major racism problem in this county.”

Paisley’s sentiments come a little over a week after the town of Graham made national headlines due to local law enforcement using pepper spray against demonstrators marching to the polls. Since then, the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office has met with church leaders to discuss future best practices in regards to de-escalation methods, among other things.

Paisley alluded to the Oct. 30 march, but said it wasn’t indicative of any issues within the community.

 “But I think, particularly with outside agitation that took place prior to the election, things were stirred up tremendously mostly from outside sources,” Paisley said. “I think that’s regrettable. I think now that the election is over, outside interference will calm down or maybe even stay away. Who knows?”

Paisley went on to reiterate his belief that the Alamance community didn’t need a formal resolution condemning matters of race. Commissioners in other parts of the state disagreed.

Earlier this summer, Asheville officials made national waves when the small city announced their plans to set aside funds for a limited reparations program. 

“On July 14, Asheville City Council unanimously passed a Resolution supporting community reparations for Black Asheville,” reads an excerpt from Asheville’s website about the resolution. “The resolution acknowledges systemic racism present in the community, as well as nationally. The resolution directs the City Manager to establish a process to develop short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations to specifically address the creation of generational wealth and to boost economic mobility and opportunity in the Black community.”

In Mecklenburg County, commissioners declared racism a public health crisis, a sentiment that was echoed in Charlotte, the state’s largest city. Bladen County is the most recent to pursue language deeming racism a public health nuisance. Bladen County commissioners will vote on the resolution this coming Monday.

In Randolph County, recently elected District 5 representative Maxton McDowell echoed Paisley’s sentiments.

“For my district, I don’t think that’s a problem … in this point in time,” McDowell said.  

Both McDowell and Paisley were uncharacteristically candid, compared to other newly-elected public officials.

“Hold on, hold on, hold on,” said Alamance’s newly-elected Commissioner Pamela Thompson. “Until I am sworn in, I’m just going to wait until I am sworn in. The votes can switch and, in this day and time, I could be the last vote getter. I’m not even a commissioner until Dec. 7.”

In Davidson County, weeks after a summer of protests that lead to the removal of a Confederate monument in Lexington, newly-elected county commissioner James Shores said he needed more information before making a decision.

“I don’t actually get sworn in until the first week of December,” Shores said before saying he would be open to discussing anti-racism ordinances after reading more about them.

Newly-elected Randolph County Commissioner Kenny Kidd and newly-elected Alamance County Commissioner William Lashley Jr. could not immediately be reached for comment. 


From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96






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ACDP NEWS November 11, 2020



NC Voter Turnout Was Good. But Here’s Why We Can Do Much Better.

Written ByBilly Ball

Originally PublishedNovember 6, 2020 3:57 pm EST SHARE TWEET LINKST PAULS, NC - NOVEMBER 03: Sabrina Jackson waits while her dad Jack Jackson fills out a ballot at the St. Paul's National Guard Armory on Election Day on November 3, 2020 in St. Pauls, North Carolina.  After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)NC Voting on Election DayST PAULS, NC – NOVEMBER 03: Sabrina Jackson waits while her dad Jack Jackson fills out a ballot at the St. Paul’s National Guard Armory on Election Day on November 3, 2020 in St. Pauls, North Carolina. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)

NC reported nearly 75% turnout in 2020. But millions of North Carolinians are still not participating in our elections. 

Seventy-five percent voter turnout. Historic. Inspiring. Something, surely, to celebrate. And also, just not good enough.

North Carolinians rightly celebrated the avalanche of voters that cast ballots this election, either in-person, absentee, or via provisional ballot. Considering the circumstances of this election, in the midst of a pandemic that is as bad as it’s ever been, that turnout is staggering. It is a triumph of political organizing, a vaunted informational campaign by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

But everything is relative. And regardless of the outcome, or the party that claims victory in the White House, the US Senate, or the NC General Assembly, we have a major problem with voting in this country and in this state.

It is not 75% of all North Carolinians who voted; it is 75% of registered voters. That 75% turnout is a percentage of the 7.3 million registered voters in North Carolina, a state with an estimated 8.2 million voting-age residents. 

With that in mind, the 5.4 million ballots cast in NC this election represents closer to 65% of North Carolinians. And most importantly, it leaves out almost 3 million who live in NC but aren’t registered to vote for whatever reason. 

Those 3 million North Carolinians matter too. 

It would be altogether stunning if NC’s turnout remains as high in the 2022 midterms or beyond. It will, barring extraordinary effort from grassroots organizers, come plummeting down in two years, even with state and federal races on the ballot with as much, if not more, impact on our lives. 

Of course we should celebrate everything that we’ve accomplished to get North Carolinians involved in this election, one that asked questions about who we are as a state and as a nation.

To the teenager in the high tops and the John Lewis t-shirt passing out voter information outside a Durham McDonald’s drive-thru on Election Day when I was just trying to buy the largest cup of coffee possible, I see you.

To Jazmyn Lee, a 19-year-old from Goldsboro who, in her first election, volunteered to stump for candidates who will address the state’s looming healthcare and education crises: I see you.

Your engagement, your energy, might change the world.  

But the task was always bigger than Trump vs. Biden, or Democrats vs. Republicans or Roy Cooper vs. the state legislature. North Carolina, nor any state, will not begin to address income inequality, restore underfunded schools, or improve upon a tortuous history of racial injustice without fostering a broader electorate, without engaging with millions of residents too tired or disinterested or busy or fed up to register and vote. 

It cannot do so without leadership that breaks down voting barriers, that disregards a phony voter fraud narrative, that spends its resources to make voting the easiest and most secure it can possibly be. 

True, NC’s voter registration, as a percentage of the voting-age population, is not the worst in the nation; nor is it the best. 

But North Carolina requires a conversation about automatic voter registration, expanded early voting, and simplified balloting procedures.

I spent nearly two hours at a Goldsboro polling site Tuesday morning. And during that time, roughly a third or more of the voters who entered found they were in the wrong precinct. The state offers an option for such voters through provisional balloting, but in a state where one-stop voting is available to all regardless of precinct during the early voting period, North Carolina can do better. 

It can do better than an absentee ballot witness requirement that voting rights experts consider ineffective or misguided. 

It can do better than a voting system that confuses even the people who cover it for a living.

It is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. We owe it to Americans to make it as fundamentally simple as possible, regardless of party affiliation or zip code. 

There is little reason to believe that the will for such reforms exists in the NC General Assembly as it is composed. The Republican lawmakers who’ve controlled the state legislature for a decade, and figure to do so again for at least another few years, have authored voting bills driven by insincere claims about voter fraud but with the effect of making it harder to vote. 

It is true that, by conventional wisdom, an expanded electorate is a better electorate for Democrats. GOP rationale, while partisan in nature, is not faulty. 

But if I can offer one thing for the Republican leadership of the NC General Assembly, it is this: If a larger electorate is bad for your political party, then your political party is bad for the electorate. Craft a new agenda; not a new electorate.  

Speaking Thursday, two days after the polls closed in NC, civil rights leader Rev. William Barber II, who assumed control of the Poor People’s Campaign founded by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, seemed to recognize that what is ahead is as crucial as what lies behind.

“Nearly half the citizens in the richest nation of the world, continued to struggle to make ends meet, 140 million and growing,” Barber said. “Addressing that is the key to healing America and finishing the illusion of division and polarization.”

We cannot do that without involving that half of the citizenry, without nominating or electing candidates from that half. 

Last weekend, with NC just hours away from going to the polls, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris made many compelling appeals to North Carolinians.

Some of it was boilerplate election speech, the kind so many of us have learned to tune out. But if there’s one thing that stuck out to me in her address Sunday in Goldsboro, in a county with a relatively high proportion of low-income voters, voters that are often the least engaged by the major political parties, it is this:

“Why are so many powerful people making it confusing and difficult to vote?” Harris asked. “I believe the answer is they know our power.” 

If you take anything from this bruising election, know that statement is profoundly true. And if they know our power, so should we.ABSENTEE VOTINGELECTION 2020ELECTION DAYNC GENERAL ASSEMBLYNORTH CAROLINAVOTER IDVOTER REGISTRATIONVOTER SUPPRESSIONVOTING


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From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96



Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry





Change is Coming to Alamance.

Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


ACDP NEWS November 10, 2020



Chase & Cure Canvass


We must reach voters, door-to-door, by Wednesday, November 11th

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

The fight is not over, and I still need your help to cross the finish line to continue as Chief Justice. Read more about it HERE
 

We need your help today to contact voters across the state whose votes may not have been counted. We must reach voters, door-to-door, by Wednesday, November 11th. Please sign up to help us canvass in a COVID-friendly manner:

Charlotte: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/350087/ 

Durham: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356400/

Raleigh: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356389/ 

Guilford: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356404/ 

Forsyth: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356413/ 

Fayetteville: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356402/ 

Find another city near you: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/

You must participate in a mandatory virtual training prior to your shift:If you have any questions you may contact Nida Allam at nida@chiefjusticebeasley.com 


Thank an Organizer and Then Become One.

Stacey Abrams has dedicated the last two years to registering voters and fighting voter suppression to finally flip Georgia blue.

–Democrat Raphael Warnock came in first place and is now moving on to a January run-off!

–Democrat Jon Ossoff will ALSO likely advance to a January run-off!

–And Joe Biden currently is leading by over 5,000 votes.

None of these results would have without Stacey Abrams registering voters and fighting voter suppression.

Donate to support Warnock & Ossoff HERE

The Alamance perspective:

In two years, Ricky will be up for re-election and we’ll be voting on 2 new members of the Board of County Commissioners, a new sheriff, a US congressman and a new Senator. The work starts now.

Sucess story: Voting Rights Organizers Claim Victory As Biden Takes Narrow Lead In Georgia

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/07/932422815/voting-rights-organizers-claim-victory-as-biden-takes-narrow-lead-in-georgia


From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96



Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry





Change is Coming to Alamance.

Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


ACDP NEWS November 9, 2020



Chase & Cure Canvass


We must reach voters, door-to-door, by Wednesday, November 11th

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

The fight is not over, and I still need your help to cross the finish line to continue as Chief Justice. Read more about it HERE
 

We need your help today to contact voters across the state whose votes may not have been counted. We must reach voters, door-to-door, by Wednesday, November 11th. Please sign up to help us canvass in a COVID-friendly manner:

Charlotte: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/350087/ 

Durham: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356400/

Raleigh: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356389/ 

Guilford: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356404/ 

Forsyth: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356413/ 

Fayetteville: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/356402/ 

Find another city near you: https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/

You must participate in a mandatory virtual training prior to your shift:If you have any questions you may contact Nida Allam at nida@chiefjusticebeasley.com 


Thank an Organizer and Then Become One.

Stacey Abrams has dedicated the last two years to registering voters and fighting voter suppression to finally flip Georgia blue.

–Democrat Raphael Warnock came in first place and is now moving on to a January run-off!

–Democrat Jon Ossoff will ALSO likely advance to a January run-off!

–And Joe Biden currently is leading by over 5,000 votes.

None of these results would have without Stacey Abrams registering voters and fighting voter suppression.

The Alamance perspective:

In two years, Ricky will be up for re-election and we’ll be voting on 2 new members of the Board of County Commissioners, a new sheriff, a US congressman and a new Senator. The work starts now.

Sucess story: Voting Rights Organizers Claim Victory As Biden Takes Narrow Lead In Georgia

https://www.npr.org/2020/11/07/932422815/voting-rights-organizers-claim-victory-as-biden-takes-narrow-lead-in-georgia


From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96



Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry





Change is Coming to Alamance.

Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


ACDP NEWS November 8, 2020



Chase & Cure Canvass

As you know Ricky Hurtado’s race is very close. He is currently ahead by a little less than 400 votes. There are about 800 provisional and problem ballots in District 63 that need to be fixed. Usually that involves an issue with the witness signature or address. We just received the mobilize links to sign up for chase and cure canvass (see below). Volunteers will have to go through a training first before canvassing . Time is of the essence! Please sign up below. Thanks! https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/362501/


Thank an Organizer and Then Become One.

Stacey Abrams has dedicated the last two years to registering voters and fighting voter suppression to finally flip Georgia blue.

–Democrat Raphael Warnock came in first place and is now moving on to a January run-off!

–Democrat Jon Ossoff will ALSO likely advance to a January run-off!

–And Joe Biden currently is leading by over 5,000 votes.

None of these results would have without Stacey Abrams registering voters and fighting voter suppression.

The Alamance perspective:

In two years, Ricky will be up for re-election and we’ll be voting on 2 new members of the Board of County Commissioners, a new sheriff, a US congressman and a new Senator. The work starts now.


From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96



Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry





Change is Coming to Alamance.

Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


ACDP NEWS November 7, 2020



Chase & Cure Canvass

As you know Ricky Hurtado’s race is very close. He is currently ahead by a little less than 400 votes. There are about 800 provisional and problem ballots in District 63 that need to be fixed. Usually that involves an issue with the witness signature or address. We just received the mobilize links to sign up for chase and cure canvass (see below). Volunteers will have to go through a training first before canvassing . Time is of the essence! Please sign up below. Thanks! https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/362501/


From Dayson Pasión:

Alamance Burlington Equity Advisory Council

I told you I’m not waiting to get elected to do the work of creating a more equitable public education system for our students and families. Something that I talked about and proposed during the campaign is the formation of an equity advisory council that is community-led and would make recommendations to district leadership. So let’s get to work. It’s going to take all of us.

Use this link to sign up for more information: https://forms.gle/ufWJTj1xuXu5sdg96


Proud Alamance Democrat Contest Winner!

This is a photo of the winning Poll Greeter booth form North Newlin Precinct on Nov 3. Beautiful, enthusiastic and welcoming!
Great job North Newlin!

Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry

Thank you to EVERYONE who voted.


Congratulations to our victors:

Patsy Simpson – School Board

Donna Davis Westbrooks – School Board

Barrett Brown – Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Ricky Hurtado – NC House District 63

District Court Judges

Judge Katie Overby

Judge Larry Brown

We certainly had the best candidates. Some of them won this time and others did not but our bench is deep and our resolve is sure.


Scott Huffman U.S. Congress NC District 13

Alamance School Board

Cathy Dickens
Linda Roach Kinney
Paual Harrison
Dayson Pasión
Brian Feeley

John Coleman
Seneca Rodgers






Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


ACDP NEWS November 6, 2020


Urgent!

Protect Our Vote!

As you know Ricky Hurtado’s race is very close. He is currently ahead by a little less than 400 votes. There are about 800 provisional and problem ballots in District 63 that need to be fixed. Usually that involves an issue with the witness signature or address. We just received the mobilize links to sign up for chase and cure canvass (see below). Volunteers will have to go through a training first before canvassing . Time is of the essence! Please sign up below. Thanks! https://www.mobilize.us/nc2020victory/event/362501/


Close Races from 2020 Election Will Have Week Wait for Results

Written ByMichael McElroy

Originally PublishedNovember 4, 2020 6:06 pm EST SHARE TWEET LINKVoters are assisted at a polling location at the South Regional Library in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)Election 2020Voters are assisted at a polling location at the South Regional Library in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The wait for election results is on in the battleground state of North Carolina, where election officials will count outstanding ballots and likely release totals next Thursday.

If you, like most of the nation, are looking for closure in North Carolina, you’re just going to have to wait. 

Though the state will continue to methodically count provisional ballots and up to 117,000 late-arriving absentee ballots, there will likely be no updates or lead changes announced until Nov. 12, state elections officials said on Wednesday.

North Carolina is too close to call in the presidential race, with President Donald Trump currently showing a slight lead, and in several key state races, including attorney general, commissioner of labor, and three seats on the state’s seven-member Supreme Court. But, there will be no parsing these races as the extra votes come in a bit at a time. 

Absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day will be accepted until the 12th. Then county election officials will hold individual public meetings on Nov. 12 or Nov. 13 to add the accepted ballots to the totals. 

Canvassing Part of Regular Elections Operations

It is all part of the canvassing process, a deliberate approach that happens every election and is intended to protect the integrity of the vote and achieve an accurate count. It is not to offer clues about the eventual winner. 

In fact, state elections officials said in a news conference, they are not even looking at who is leading whom.

“Regardless of vote differentials, we never stop counting until all eligible votes are counted and added to the final certified and audited results,” Karen Brinson Bell, the executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections told reporters.

“Until we have all the votes uploaded as part of our canvass certification meeting, that’s when we’ll look to see what the vote margins are.”

The canvassing process will be a lot of work, Bell said, and, by necessity, takes time. 

“The actual casting of ballots has ended,” Bell said, “but the election is not over.”

As it does in every election, Bell said, officials will begin researching provisional ballots which are those cast by voters who may be eligible but who faced questions at the polls about their current address or other information. They’ll count those ballots, process them and accept the eligible absentee ballots. And, again, those results likely won’t be released to the public until Nov. 12, a week from tomorrow. 

Officials will have to research voter histories, conduct audits of each ballot by hand, reconcile the ballots cast with the number of registered voters, as well as other crucial but time-consuming tasks. 

“This is the canvass process defined by North Carolina law and the process that occurs with every election by the election professionals across this great state,” Bell said.

Voter Turnout Set Records

While they will not tell us who won, they will tell us that the election broke all records of participation.

There were 5.5 million total ballots cast and and counted so far, just under 75% of registered voters. A record.

More than 3.6 million people voted at early voting sites. Record.

And nearly 980,000 absentee ballots have been accepted so far. A huge record. In 2016, Bell said, there were less than 200,000 votes by mail.

The participation rates, said Damon Circosta, the NCBOE chair were “simply astounding.”


Proud Alamance Democrat Contest Winner!

This is a photo of the winning Poll Greeter booth form North Newlin Precinct on Nov 3. Beautiful, enthusiastic and welcoming! Great job North Newlin!


Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry

Thank you to EVERYONE who voted.


Congratulations to our victors:

Patsy Simpson – School Board

Donna Davis Westbrooks – School Board

Barrett Brown – Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Ricky Hurtado – NC House District 63

District Court Judges

Judge Katie Overby

Judge Larry Brown

We certainly had the best candidates. Some of them won this time and others did not but our bench is deep and our resolve is sure.


Scott Huffman U.S. Congress NC District 13

Alamance School Board

Cathy Dickens
Linda Roach Kinney
Paual Harrison
Dayson Pasión
Brian Feeley

John Coleman
Seneca Rodgers






Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com


ACDP NEWS November 5, 2020


Message from Elaine Berry

This is a thank you. It is a thank you to ALL our brave candidates who spent months working incredibly hard to earn the right to represent the citizens of Alamance. This is also a thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly in a variety of ways to support those dedicated candidates.

It is also a congratulations to the Democrats who won election: Ricky Hurtado, NC House District 63; Larry Brown, NC District Court Judge District 15A Seat 02; Katie Overby, NC District Court Judge District 15 A Seat 04; Patsy Simpson, Board of Education; Donna Davis Westbrooks, Board of Education; and Barrett Brown, Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. We are so proud of you and happy for you.

It is also a plea for patience and for fortitude. We need to be patient and wait out the process as remaining votes are counted…and all votes should and must be counted. We also must have fortitude, especially our candidates. To run for office as a Democratic candidate in Alamance is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenge anywhere, but in Alamance County it is a 24-7 commitment where you will likely get attacked online, in person, in a newspaper, and even on signs by the roadside. Yet we ask that our candidates persist, that they learn from a loss, and they run again. And we pledge that once again we will support you whether it is with our dollars
or our time.
Forward together,
Elaine Berry

Thank you to EVERYONE who voted.


Congratulations to our victors:

Patsy Simpson – School Board

Donna Davis Westbrooks – School Board

Barrett Brown – Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor

Ricky Hurtado – NC House District 63

District Court Judges

Judge Katie Overby

Judge Larry Brown

We certainly had the best candidates. Some of them won this time and others did not but our bench is deep and our resolve is sure.


Scott Huffman U.S. Congress NC District 13

Alamance School Board

Cathy Dickens
Linda Roach Kinney
Paual Harrison
Dayson Pasión
Brian Feeley

John Coleman
Seneca Rodgers






Be Part of It!

Contact : chair@alamancedemocraticparty.com