I get these weekly and try to post them, but I got behind, and frankly I’ve been spending more time on Twitter (@DemRulz) or Facebook (Frank Leone) than on this blog, so here is an archives of the ones from the last few months I haven’t posted (except October 3, which I apparently never received).  I’ll try to do better going forward. Today’s Update (Oct. 24, 2014) features the shootings in Canada, Obama’s campaigning, and dumb stuff GOP Presidential candidates Christie, Paul, and Pence say or do.                read more →

02 Oct 2014
October 2, 2014

Voter Protection at ACDC

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Thanks so much to Lowell at Blue Virgina (http://www.bluevirginia.us/) for posting this brief talk I gave on voter protection at the Arlington County Democratic Commitee last night. read more →

23 Sep 2014
September 23, 2014

Join the Voter Protection Team

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With this year’s critical mid-term elections rapidly approaching, we must act now to ensure that all eligible Virginians are able to vote and have their votes counted. We know that when Virginians vote, Democrats win. And we want Senator Warner and Democratic Congressmen and local candidates to win this fall. This year, Virginia’s GOP-sponsored photo ID law (which is more restrictive than Mississippi’s) goes into effect. According to the Virginia Department of Elections, about 150,000 Virginians are registered to vote, but lack Virginia drivers’ licenses/other DMV ID – many of.. read more →

23 Sep 2014
September 23, 2014

National Voter Registration Day

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On this National Voter Registration Day – Make sure that you register to vote and that your registration is current. If you have moved since the 2012 election, update your records. Check out the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Your Vote page. read more →

For the third straight year, I was able to enjoy my birthday with the the Democratic National Committee as it met in Atlanta for three very hot and humid days (August 21-23).  The word of the meeting was “turnout” as Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave a great speech and the various caucus and councils discussed ways to get out the Democratic vote and win on November 4, 2014 (about 70 days from today) [one thing I learned is most people don't know the date of the election.  So tell them.] .. read more →

25 Aug 2014
August 25, 2014

#DNCSummer2014 – 2016 Starts Here

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The Rules for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominating process are fixed as the Democratic National Committee met in Atlanta on August 23, 2014 and adopted the Call to the 2016 Democratic National Convention and Delegate Selection Rules (final drafts below).   The Call and Rules are very similar to those of 2012.  The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee (RBC) will adopt regulations and circulate those with a model plan and checklist to State Democratic Parties in mid-December 2014.  State Parties must adopt and submit their plans to the RBC by May.. read more →

01 Aug 2014
August 1, 2014

#DNC #RBC Drafts 2016 Rules

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The Democratic National Committee Rules& Bylaws Committee met in D.C. today to (nearly) finish work on the draft 2016 Delegate Selection Rules and draft the Call to Convention.  The RBC will meet next on August 22 in Atlanta and present the final documents for adoption by the DNC on August 22nd.  RBC staff will then prepare the draft plan and send it out with implementing regulations to state parties.  There do not appear to be major changes in the rules or the call.  Regrettably, the RBC is considering lowering the maximim.. read more →

Virginia State Board of Elections Secretary Donald Palmer posted an op-ed yesterday stressing how easy it should be to obtain a free photo ID from your registrars office and providing a number to call if you have problems.  Here is a link and the article is set forth below.  You can use it to help advance your case with reluctant registrars. Photo ID is quick, easy, and accessible to all voters of the Commonwealth – No voter will be left behind. Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014 2:00 am By Donald.. read more →

 Virginia now requires voters to present photo identification to cast their votes in person.   See SBE guidance.  Although the photo ID requirement unnecessarily burdens a fundamental right, the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) has taken a somewhat reasonable approach to its implementation.  Specifically, on June 10, 2014, the SBE appropriately determined that an expired identification card (e.g., a driver’s license) would count as a valid photo ID.  Republican State Senator Mark Obenshain, however, the original sponsor of the bill, and someone who never saw a voting restriction he did.. read more →