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.

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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..

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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.

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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..

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 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..

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 We will post about the critically important voter photo identification/drivers license expiration issue shortly, but the Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) is considering adoption of another regulation at affects voting, and the deadline for public comment is MONDAY, July 21, 2014, 11:59 pm.  Submit your comment here:   http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/comments.cfm?stageid=6977 Background:  Voters filing out an absentee..

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To gain access to the primary ballot, presidential candidates in Virginia have had to submit 10,000 signatures of qualified voters.  This was the strictest requirement in the country, and because the DNC had a 5,000 max requirement, the Democratic Party of Virginia had to get hard-earned waivers of  that requirement from the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee..

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[UPDATED] The DNC’s Rules & Bylaws Committee met today and approved most of the proposed Delegate Selection Rules for 2016.  The Rules are substantially similar to the 2012 Rules.  Highlights: The RBC adopted Rule 11 governing the calendar – Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina may have their primaries/caucuses in February 2016; everyone else starts on March..

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If you somehow missed President Obama’s exchange with Zach Galifiankakis on “Between Two Fearns” to promote the ACA, you can find it here; DNC goes to colleges to promote Voter Expansion; DNC Webinar on Women’s outreach and the 2014 Women’s agenda; raising the minimum wage; and more.  AND DNC launches SameOldParty.com website to mark the one year..

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01 Jan 2014
January 1, 2014

#VAAG Recount Lessons

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1956 Recount

I had the opportunity to spend 2 1/2 days before Christmas with the Herring campaign recount team at the Fairfax County Courthouse – ground zero of the #VAAG recount.   After the official canvass of the Virginia Attorney General’s race, Democrat Mark Herring lead Republican Mark Obenshain by 165 votes out of nearly 2.2 million cast…

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