Accomack County & Northampton County Democratic Committees
The next meeting of the Accomack County Democratic Committee will be held at 6 pm on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410.
* Where: Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410
* When: Normally on the First Wednesday of each Month @ 6 pm
* Social Media: ACDC Facebook Page
We cordially invite you to come to the January meeting as there will be a full agenda of important business for us to to review. 2019 will be a pivotal election year for local Democrats as we will have a capable and exciting candidate running in the Virginia House of Delegates District 100 race. The results of this District race could be a major factor in flipping the VA HD in 2019.
We will also have candidates for all 9 seats on the Accomack County Board of Supervisors as well as the positions of Commissioner of Revenue, Commonwealth Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer. All of these positions are vitally important to Eastern Shore residents and our futures. Come to the meeting and learn all about it.
There will not be a Northampton County Committee meeting in January 2019. The regulat meeting schedule will resume on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7 PM.
* Where: Northampton Social Services Building, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, VA 23347
* When: Normally on the First Tuesday of each Month @ 7 pm.
* Social Media: NCDC Facebook Page
2019 will be a pivotal election year for local Democrats as we will have a capable and exciting candidate running in the Virginia House of Delegates District 100 race. The results of this District race could be a major factor in flipping the VA HD in 2019.
Northampton County has several county offices up for election in 2019. These include Supervisors in District 4 & District 5, Commissioner of Revenue, Commonwealth Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer. For more information on these offices please see the county website page at http://www.co.northampton.va.us/gov/registrar/elected_local.html
A wonderful evening was had by all at the Annual Northampton County Democratic Committee Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Stocking Stuffing Party. Guests enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner prepared by Committee members, celebrated Northampton Dems role in Elaine Luria's election and the return of Tim Kaine to the Senate. Committee Chair Linda Schulz noted that the Elaine Luria won Northampton County by a 9.7% margin compared to just over 2% for the entire District.
Speakers included state Senator Lynwood Lewis who gave a summary of the upcoming state legislative session and Kathryn Sorenson, who updated us on Congresswoman-Elect Elaine Luria's activities since the election. Kathryn, who was Elaine's campaign manager, will be Elaine's Chief of Staff. She reported that Elaine is in the process of hiring staff for her regional offices, including the office on the Shore.
The evening was capped with attendees stuffing stockings for children served by DSS with toys they had brought to the event.
Delegate Charniele Herring (Dist. 46) from northern Virginia wants to increase voter turnout by changing absentee ballot requirements. The idea is if more people could vote absentee then perhaps more votes would be cast for that election.
"Voting should be easy. It is something that’s our right," said Delegate Charniele Herring (Dist. 46). Herring said Virginia’s current absentee voting laws don’t exactly make it easy for people to get to the polls. "There are so many circumstances where people may not be able to get to the ballot box on Election Day," Herring said.
In the 2016 general election, there were more than 496,000 absentee voters in Virginia. However, one year later, only 182,000 people voted absentee.
Right now if you want to vote by absentee ballot, you have to disclose why you can't vote in person. Not only that, you have to provide proof. Some examples of qualifying absentee voters include active duty service members, inmates, and people who are sick or disabled. “If they are homebound because of a medical condition, then they would need a note from a physician to verify that. That’s a lot of steps and hoops to go through to get to the ballot box,” Herring said.
If this proposal passes, the law would allow anyone who is registered to vote to send in an absentee ballot without having to explain why. “It’s already happening in 38 other states and it’s time for us to get rid of our old ways of doing things,” Herring said.
But what about the possibility of voter fraud? Herring said she’s working with elections registrars and it’s possible if you request to vote absentee, that’s how you’ll be required to cast your ballot. “That will be part of the discussion of this bill is how to protect and also to make sure that two ballots aren’t cast” she said.
Long before the sound of the starting gun, dozens of potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have already hit the road to workshop their vision, experiment with catchphrases and test policy ideas. Many deny any presidential aspirations, but it’s too soon to count them out.
When do candidates start to announce?
In previous presidential election cycles, most major-party candidates announced their campaigns in the first half of the year before the election. If the 2020 cycle mirrors 2016, we can expect a flurry of announcements in the spring.
A few Democrats have declared candidacy or taken the intermediate step of forming an exploratory committee. Many others are looking like a candidate based on their recent messaging and events, even several — like Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who have stated they’re not running. Others are leaving their options open or have said no, but speculation continues.
We will undoubtedly be bombarded with 2020 related news over the next two years. There is a good article about the status of some of the likely candidates in the Washington Post here. You can also like and follow a Facebook page, Democrats 2020, that I have just recently created. It will be regularly updated and hopefully reach a national audience.