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NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION

Early Voting - Mon, October 12 - Fri, October 30, 2020

NOVEMBER 3, 2020 GENERAL ELECTION
EARLY VOTING PERIOD –   
LOCATION:  1400 PARKER ROAD     
8:00am – 4:30pm, Mon, October 12 – Fri, October 23  9:00am – 4:00pm, Sat, October 24
11:00am – 4:00pm, Sun, October 2
8:00am – 4:30pm, Mon, October 26 – Tues, October 27
8:00am – 7:00 pm, Wed, October 28 – Fri, October 30

Want to Vote by Mail?  Sign-up online at https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov/.

 
 
 
 
 
Remembering The "Gentle Giant" & The "Conscience of Congress" Civil Rights Icon-
John Lewis
 

The Rockdale Democratic Party deeply mourn the passing of the civil rights icon John Lewis. He was nothing short of a courageous leader and a strong fighter for change. 

 

If there's one thing that is true, John Lewis fought with peace, love, and respect for everyone -- all because he saw a vision bigger than hate. 

 

He fought for what he believed, no matter the consequences because he knew the cause was more significant than him. Congressman Lewis embodies what it means to be someone of honor and selflessness because he dedicated his life to making our country better. 

 

He believed that "if you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it," and it is up to us to live up to his legacy. 

We must realize that John Lewis sacrificed so much for our country out of pure love. It takes a strong person to be beaten, jailed, and almost killed -- he strived not only for his equality but also for others. Congressman John Lewis stood up to the seemingly insurmountable injustices of our country. His legacy shows us that together we can overcome them.

 

For those in the fight for change, we must carry on Congressman Lewis' legacy. We need to get up and fight; we need to love each other. We must spend time learning about each other and spend our life helping each other. We must not be complacent with the world's injustices because Congressman Lewis wanted better for the world. He knew right from wrong and knew that if we are quiet, there is no progress.

 

We live one life. We get one chance to make our lives meaningful, and we get one chance to flourish and impact our world. We must speak out and fight against injustices that are not right, just, nor fair.

 

In honor of Congressman John Lewis, the icon, the hero, the civil rights leader -- let's fight the good fight and get into some good trouble.

 

May he rest in peace, love, and power just as he brought unto the world.

 

Respectfully, 

The Rockdale Democratic Party

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Statement of Solidarity & Support– Kelly Rose
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On June 6, 1966, at the University of Cape Town in South Africa during apartheid, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy said to the students, "Each time a man stands up for an ideal. or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

 

More than 54 years later, those words still ring true.

 

On July 2, 2020, Georgia State Senate candidate Kelly Rose supported the citizens of Rockdale County in their efforts to remove the Confederate monument in Conyers. She sent forth a ripple of hope by standing with our community members to witness the removal of a symbol of hate in our county. Now, she is being attacked for it. Ms. Rose has received threats against her life, her livelihood, and her family. We, the Rockdale County Democratic Party will not stand for it. We denounce the actions of community members who work to strip away the rights of not only a citizen in our community but one who has offered herself in public service to our community. Kelly Rose struck out against injustice and has stood with us, the people she will one day serve, and the Rockdale County Democratic Party stands in solidarity with her.

 

The way a candidate campaign is an indication of how they will lead. Ms. Rose has shown the community that she will fight for what’s right, listen to her constituents, and show up to work alongside all of us. We pledge to do the same for her. Together, we will work to sweep down the walls of oppression and resistance in our community.

These attacks on Kelly Rose are unAmerican and threaten our democracy. We cannot and will not sit idly by and remain silent.

 

We stand firmly with Georgia State Senate candidate Kelly Rose.

 

Sincerely,

Cheryl Miles Board, Chair

John Penn, First Vice Chair

Lynne Anderson, Treasurer

Alizabeth Showers-Lester, Secretary

COVID-19 Resources

      April 10, 2020         Alizabeth Showers-Lester           News           0

For Voters

In light of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, voting in person may not be an option for the June 9 primary. (NOTE: As of April 9, the primary was postponed from May 19 to June 9 by order of Governor Kemp.)

Apply NOW for your Vote-By-Mail Ballot

Download, fill out and email your absentee ballot application as an attachment 

Alternatively, fill out the absentee ballot application form which should come in the mail to your address.

FAQ: COVID-19 Impact on Voting

Click the links below for step by step instructions:

  • Vote-by-Mail Instructions

  • FOR VOTERS WHO ARE OVER 65, DISABLED, OR LIVE ABROAD

  • FOR ALL OTHER VOTERS

Call the Voter Protection Hotline with any questions. There has never been a more important time to vote.

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For Campaigns and Outreach

As per the DPG, we recommend that all candidate campaigns suspend in-person events and to switch as much as possible to virtual campaigns. Tools which are available for campaigns:

  • Video/Audio Streaming

    • Zoom

    • Jitsi Meet

    • MaestroConference

    • Go To Meeting

    • Google Hangouts

    • Skype

    • FreeConferenceCall

    • UberConference

    • Facebook Live

  • Staff and Volunteer Discussions

    • Slack

    • Microsoft Teams

  • Conducting Engagement and Elections

    • Google Forms

    • Vote by Mail

    • SMS Polling

 

DPG Guidance

The Democratic Party of Georgia is committed to ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of all Georgians. The Party has enacted emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19:

  • Georgia’s Presidential Preference Primary has been postponed until Tuesday, June 9th.

  • Democratic Party of Georgia Headquarters will be closed from March 13 onwards, with all staff working remotely, until further notice.

  • All DPG events scheduled are postponed until further notice. This includes fundraisers, community events, party meetings, and organizing events.

  • All organizing efforts, including direct voter contact, will shift from in-person work to virtual work, and we encourage campaigns to do the same.

Elections & Voter Protection

 

The Georgia Presidential Primary will be postponed to June 9 to join the regular primary and nonpartisan local elections. Every single vote already cast will be counted, and every voter that has not had the opportunity to cast a ballot will be able to do so on June 9. We encourage all voters to vote by mail for the foreseeable future, beginning with the June 2020 Primary.

The DPG’s voter protection program and hotline will continue to operate throughout this period – please continue to urge voters to call our hotline at 888-730-5816 with any questions or concerns before Election Day on June 9. 

Instructions on how to vote by mail: https://www.georgiademocrat.org/vote/

Delegate Selection for 2020 National Convention

 

Previously, the Democratic Party of Georgia had Delegate Selection meetings scheduled for Saturday, April 11 — these events have been postponed. Georgia Democrats have now updated the Delegate Selection Plan in conjunction with the Democratic National Committee:

  1. Georgia is allocated 129 delegates, nine of whom will be alternates.

  2. 68 District-Level delegates will be elected via online voting within the delegates’ congressional district on April 25, 2020. There are no District-Level alternates.

  3. 14 Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) will be elected via online voting by the 68 district level delegates on May 30, 2020.

  4. On June 13, 2020, 23 At-Large Delegates and nine alternates will be elected by the State Committee of the Democratic Party of Georgia via online voting.

If you want to participate in this process, here’s how:

  • Before April 5, 2020: Candidates for election as District-level Delegates (for CD-04, CD-05 and CD-06) to the Democratic National Convention must submit this completed and scanned form as an email attachment to DNC2020@GeorgiaDemocrat.org, or sent by postal mail to​​

    • PO Box 89202

    • Atlanta, GA 30312

  • DNC Delegate Selection 2020

  • The Democratic Party of Georgia

  • Mon, April 13 – Fri, April 17: If you’re a Democrat, pledging your support to a presidential candidate and legally residing in the congressional district in which you’re voting, you can register online as a Delegate Elector through a Google Form OR by calling designated phone numbers. DPG makes registration form available by CD Chair/County Chair promotion, by emailing link to State Committee, and by allowing Delegate candidates to distribute link. Form will be available on the DPG website and emailed (along with phone numbers for call-in registration) to above stakeholders on April 13. Registration closes at midnight on the night of April 17. CD CHAIRS AND THEIR VOLUNTEERS will be responsible for using VoteBuilder to credential electors for voting.

  • Sat, April 25: 9am – 5pm voting period. At 9am, DPG emails ballots (Google form) to credentialled Electors from the April 6-17 registration period. Electors may submit their Google form OR call designated numbers to vote. Forms/calls must be submitted by 5pm. NOTE: There will be no provisions for speechmaking by District-Level Delegate candidates; candidates must campaign in advance with potential voters. List of qualified voters will be made available to qualified District-Level Delegate candidates.

  • Wed, May 20, 2020: Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) candidate DEADLINE for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party

  • Sat, May 30: voting period. At 9am, DPG emails ballots (Google form) to 68 District-Level Delegates. Delegates may submit their Google form OR call designated numbers to vote. A Zoom/Maestro Conference will be set up for PLEO candidates to make speeches to District-Level Delegates. Forms/calls must be submitted by 5pm.

  • Mon, June 1: At-Large and At-Large: Alternate candidate DEADLINE for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party

  • Tue, June 9: Primary Day

  • Sat, June 13: voting period. At 9am, DPG emails ballots (Google form) to all State Committee Members. SCMs may submit their Google form OR call designated numbers to vote. A Zoom/Maestro Conference will be set up for At-Large candidates to make speeches to SCMs. Forms/calls must be submitted by 5pm.

  • Sat, June 20: Conference call / Zoom Conference / Maestro conference with all 129 Delegates participating.

  • Mon August 17 – Thu August 20, 2020: Democratic National Convention (tentative)

 

For more information on the new plan, please contact Justin Pitts by email: justin@georgiademocrat.org.

 

Protect Yourself

In the meantime, we encourage you to take steps to protect yourself and others: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 

  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. 

  • Check-in with vulnerable people in your community who might need help during this crisis. 

  • Where possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick. 

  • Stay home if you are sick. 

  • Call your doctor before visiting and follow their protocols. 

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. 

The DPG will continue to monitor the guidance of public health officials closely, and we will be in touch with further updates as this issue continues. Thank you for your help as we face this crisis together, and please stay safe. 

 

Community Support

Since we want to make sure our community stays safe, we’re sharing some resources that we think may help you through this new and challenging time in our history.

For updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus), please refer to:

  • The official CDC page: CDC.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  • The Georgia Department of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/

If you think you may have a case of coronavirus, please call the Georgia COVID-19 hotline. Do not show up unannounced to a hospital or health care facility: (844) 442-2681.

Resources for those affected by economic changes:

  • Free Internet for low income families

  • GA Department of Labor Unemployment information

  • Disaster Relief Loans for Small Businesses

  • Several companies in Atlanta are ramping up hiring

  • Find food assistance near you.

  • Donate medical supplies to Phoebe in Albany

  • Atlanta Public School emergency food distribution sites

  • Rockdale County School District emergency food distribution sites and Digital Learning Days

 

Related news:

  • Georgia presidential primary delayed until May due to coronavirus

  • Raffensberger considering mailing absentee ballots to older voters automatically 

Ways you can help:

  • Donate to the Atlanta Community Food Bank

  • Donate to North Fulton Community Charities

  • Order takeout or delivery from your favorite local restaurants (or buy a gift certificate, or check to see if they have a Gofundme site set up)

For more information:

  • Video from PBS on the Covid-19 Virus: https://youtu.be/bQZ5F-iTFYA

  • Tips for minimizing risk and keeping healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.

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New Voting Machines in Georgia

The Presidential Primary is coming March 24th and with it will be new voting machines and procedures for casting your ballot. Be sure to watch the video below from the office of the Secretary of State to familiarize yourself with the new system.

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President Donald Trump (R) –  White House Contact Form   –  We The People Petitions  –  @realDonaldTrump on Twitter

 

US Legislators 

  • US Senator David Perdue (R) – (202) 224-3521 (DC Office) – (404) 865-0087 (Atlanta Office) – contact page

  • US Senator Kelly Loeffler (R) – (202) 224-3643 (DC Office) – (770) 661-0999 (Atlanta Office) – contact page

  • US Representative Hank Johnson (D, GA-04) – (202) 225-1605 (DC Office) – (770) 987-2291 (Decatur Office) – contact page

 

Georgia Elected Officials 

  • Governor Brian Kemp (R) – (404) 656-1776 – contact page

  • Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) – 844-753-7825 – contact page

  • Attorney General Chris Carr (R) – (404) 656-3300 – contact page

State Sen. Tonya Anderson (D, SD43) – (404) 463-2598 – contact page

State Sen Brain Strickland (R17)

  • State Rep. Pam Stephenson (D, HD90) – Capitol: 404.656.0126 – contact page

  • State Rep. Vernon Jones (D, HD91) – Capitol: 404.656.0287 – contact page

  • State Rep. Doreen Carter (D, HD92) – Capitol: 404.656.0220 – contact page

  • State Rep.Pam Dickerson (D HD113 - Capitol 4046560314

  • State Rep Tom Kirby (R HD114)

State Rep Dale Rutledge (R HD109

Board of Elections Members:
 

Aldren Sadler, Sr., Chair/ At-Large Member
Karen James, 1st Vice Chair/ Democratic Member
Gerald Barger, 2nd Vice Chair/ Republican Member

Cynthia Willingham; Supervisor of Elections Telephone: 770-278-7333
 

Email : cynthia.willingham@rockdalecountyga.gov

Bd of Commissioners

 

Chairman, Oz Nesbitt, Sr.:
770-278-7001
oz.nesbitt@rockdalecountyga.gov

 

Post I Commissioner, Sherri L. Washington.:
770-278-7014
sherri.washington@rockdalecountyga.gov

 

Post II Commissioner, Doreen Williams, Ph.D.:
770-278-7008
doreen.williams@rockdalecountyga.gov

 

County Clerk, Jennifer Rutledge:
770-278-7009
jennifer.rutledge@rockdalecountyga.gov

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Interested in running for office? The Rockdale County Democratic Committee will be qualifying candidates to run for county offices, beginning March 2, 9:00 am and ending March 6 noon at the Rockdale County Voter Registration and Elections, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032. (Room to be determined.) A notary will be available on site.

Candidate Qualifying Information may be found here and here.

And 2020 Qualifying Fees may be found here.

Please contact RockdaleCounty Democratic Committee Chair John Jackson Chair@RCDPEB@GMAIL.COM if you have any questions.

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Our primary season is rapidly approaching. In addition to picking our presidential nominee, most of us will be using our new voting machines for the first time. There is a lot to learn about how the public interacts with these machines. We need to have boots on the ground across Georgia and across Rockdale taking notes and sharing issues that crop up with the party. Volunteer to be a poll watcher! The Democratic Party of Georgia is accepting volunteers for a number of critical roles right now. Sign up here!

The RockdaleCounty Democratic Committee would like to welcome our new chair, John Jackson. The Committee also would like to thank Lance Hammonds for the contributions he brought to the race.