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Meetings

Feb. 20 Meeting

Join us Saturday, Feb. 20, at 1:00 p.m. for our monthly meeting. We’ll be introducing Ryan Summers. He recently announced he’s running for the Arizona House in District 16. Jennifer Hilsbos, the Executive Director of Stronger Together AZ, Chair of the Technical/Mapping Redistricting Committee, and Vice Chair of the #RemovePaulGosar Task Force, will also speak. Join us on Zoom or YouTube to hear what’s happening with Democrats in our area.

We’ll be streaming the first part of this month’s meeting on our YouTube channel. While you’re there, please subscribe. Sign up for our Newsletter (below) to learn how to participate on Zoom, and get announcements of future meetings.

If you’re a Democrat living in District 16 (that from Encanterra north to Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, and East Mesa), please take minute to sign Ryan’s petition.

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Holiday

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The best stories expose the tensions we constantly face in life. A sanitized or mythic version over-simplifies. Dr. King challenged and helped transform the culture of his time.

We’d like to suggest you spend a while with an exhibit on Dr. King’s life that examines three evils he spoke about in 1967: racism, excessive materialism, and militarism. Here’s the link. We hope you find it though-provoking.

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Holiday

Season’s Greetings

A Holiday Message From Champ And Major Biden

Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Happy Kwanzaa! Or… hope you had a Happy Hanukkah. We’re looking forward to the new year!

However you celebrate, we hope Champ and Major will bring a smile to your face!

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Federal

Supreme Courts Speak

Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Supreme Courts of Arizona and the United States assured the will of the voters will stand. They swept aside the web of lies spun by right-wing talk show hosts, lawyers, and politicians.

The U.S. Supreme Court simply said “The application for injunctive relief presented to Justice Alito and by him referred to the Court is denied.” This rejected a lawsuit asking that Pennsylvania either reject more than 2.5 million ballots cast by mail or allow state lawmakers to select presidential electors.

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously upheld a lower-court decision and confirmed the election of the Biden Electors. The chief justice wrote that the challenge by the state G.O.P. chair, Kelli Ward, failed to present any evidence of “misconduct,” “illegal votes” or that the Biden Electors “did not in fact receive the highest number of votes for office,” let alone establish any degree of fraud or a sufficient error rate that would undermine the certainty of the election results (p. 6).

These decisions came on the day of the “Safe Harbor” deadline. The voters’ decision is conclusive in states that have applied procedures to settle controversies over the election by that date, six days before the Electoral College meets.

On Monday, Dec. 14, electors from Arizona, Pennsylvania, and many other states will vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be the next President and Vice-President, respectively, of the United States. We look forward to the inauguration on January, 20, 2021!

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Pinal County

Safe Thanksgiving!

We want to echo the Pinal County Public Health Services District advice about having a creative and save Thanksgiving. Here are some ideas they passed along last week.

Last week seven-day moving average of daily new cases of COVID-19 neared the summer high for Pinal County and the state of Arizona. Please be careful and stay safe as you celebrate. Vaccines are on the way, but it will be a while before most of us will be able to get them.

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Federal

Thanks!

The Presidential race has now been called by the major news organizations for all 50 states. Joe Biden is President-elect; and Kamala Harris, Vice-President-elect. Senator Martha McSally also conceded to soon-to-be Senator Mark Kelly today. Anna Tovar will join Sandra Kennedy on the A.C.C.

We extend our congratulations to them. Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to help them win! And to those who turned out to vote and boost them to an early Arizona lead. You helped us make a difference for our country and our state.

Thousands more people in San Tan Valley precincts voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris than there are registered Democrats. Even more voted for Mark Kelly. So thanks, too, to the Independents and Republicans who joined us in voting for our next Senator and President!

We’re sad that our other candidates running in our precincts lost. Just goes to show it wasn’t rigged. We still think they were, and are, the best, even if more voters disagreed. It’s how America works!

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Pinal County

Veterans Day Tribute

Thanks to our veterans for your service. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors held a pre-recorded ceremony for Veterans Day. It took place at the Pinal County 1891 Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom. You can enjoy this virtual tribute wherever you may be. We would like to thank them for this. Please stay safe.

Pinal County Veterans Tribute 2020

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Pinal County

Pinal County Election Update

If you have questions about Tuesday’s election and voted in Pinal County, please take a moment to read this update from the Elections Director, Michele Forney. She addresses a number of concerns that have appeared on social media since the election. The update may also answer questions you have had about the process of counting ballots and when you can expect to see information about your ballot on my.arizona.vote.

Update from Pinal County Elections Director Michele Forney, Nov. 5.
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Vote

Report Intimidation

Chances are your voting experience will be uneventful. Many people have already voted. Poll workers are on hand and trained how to assist you with any questions you may have and ensure the experience is smooth.

Just in case it’s not, below are examples of voter intimidation, copied straight from the Arizona Secretary of State’s web site. These actions are illegal inside and outside the 75-foot limit around a polling place. If you see this, do not confront those who are doing it. Inform a poll worker at the voting location and call the Voter Protection Hotline 1-833-VOTE-4-AZ (1-833-868-3429). If you or another person is in immediate danger, call 911.

We want to stress that you will probably not see any of this. Please don’t be deterred by worrying about it. Don’t intimidate yourself. Now you know the simple, non-confrontational steps to take in case you see it. The goal is de-escalation. Exercise your right to vote.

  • Aggressive or ostentatious display of weapons
  • Aggressive behavior, such as raising one’s voice or taunting a voter or poll worker;
  • Using threatening, insulting, or offensive language to a voter or poll worker;
  • Blocking the entrance to a voting location or disrupting voting lines;
  • Intentionally disseminating false or misleading information at a voting location, such as flyers or communications that misstate the date of the election, hours of operation for voting locations, addresses for voting locations, or similar efforts intended to disenfranchise voters;
  • Impersonating a law enforcement officer, or otherwise wearing clothing, uniforms or official-looking apparel, intended to deter, intimidate, or harass voters (see also A.R.S. § 26-170, prohibiting unauthorized wearing of national guard or U.S. armed forces uniform);
  • Directly confronting or questioning voters in a harassing or intimidating manner, including asking voters for “documentation” or other questions that only poll workers should perform;
  • Raising repeated frivolous voter challenges to poll workers without any good faith basis, or raising voter challenges solely based on race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion or disability; or
  • Posting signs or communicating messages about penalties for “voter fraud” in a harassing or intimidating manner.
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Vote

Check Your Ballot Status

If you returned a mail ballot, please check the status here:
https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx

If it’s been accepted, you’re done. But what if it’s not?

If your mail ballot has not been accepted, we recommend you go to your voting location on Election Day. You can find it here by entering your address:
https://iwillvote.com

If you have recently moved, it’s better to search for your voter registration at my.arizona.vote, then click “My Voting Locations” and look for “Polling Place”.

Be sure you take valid ID to the voting location. You’ll need it in case you need to vote.

Pinal County poll workers have something called “E-pollbooks” that can verify in real time if you successfully returned your mail ballot. There’s a chance the first link above hasn’t been updated yet. But don’t leave it to chance. Make sure.

If your mail ballot hasn’t been received the poll workers will tell you if you need to vote a new or a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot just means the county needs to do something to follow up. If you have valid ID you should not receive a “conditional provisional ballot”.

This election is so important. Please make the extra effort to ensure your vote is counted.