Accomack County & Northampton County Democratic Committees
The next ACDC Meeting will be at 6 pm on October 30 at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Building, 19056 Parkway Road, Melfa, VA 23410. Click here for map to meeting address. The committee normally meets on the First Wednesday of each Month @ 6 pm. Check out the ACDC website and the Facebook Page.
Minutes of the Accomack County Democratic Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.
Attending. Laurie Chamberlain, Miriam Riggs, Charles Kelly, Haig Maryikian, Hannah Hampton, Lisa LaMontagne, Ronnie Holden, Margaret Andrews, Diane Minor, Bob Toner, Shirley Burton, Kathy Boyd, Deborah Killmann, Larry Breech, David Furr, Parker Dooley, Debra Wharton.
Call to Order and Introductions. Chairman Parker Dooley called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. He asked that the Minutes of the August 7 meeting be approved; they will be published in t he newsletter. Lisa La Montagne so moved, Al McKegg seconded, and he motion passed unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report. Al McKegg reported that as of August 5 was $2,725.38; with income and expenses, the balance in the account was $4,425.04 on September 4. contributors will receive thank you notes.
Outreach Report. Bob Toner asked for volunteers for voter registration at ESCC on Tuesday September 17, 3 :00-5:00 pm. Parker suggested he speak to the new college president for more accommodation. Debra Wharton reminded everyone that anyone volunteering for voter registration needs to take the online voter registration course to be certified. She reported that she is holding voter registration at Tyson on Tuesday, September 11, with shifts at 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. 12 people have signed up. They will have translation services on site. In the past, restoration of voting rights has been most successful at Tyson.
Hannah Hampton, local representative for Phil Hernandez, reported that the opening of the combined campaign office at HOS was very successful. She would like to meet with anyone who would like to be an outreach captain to share information and job strengths about the effort.
Miriam Riggs, candidate for Accomack Board of Supervisors, District 7. She will start door-to-door canvassing in Onancock and at African American churches this coming weekend. She wants people to meet her and know she will listen to their concerns. and represent them as a Supervisor. She is also planning to visit Daugherty and other African-American communities. She would like there to be more campaign signs in all neighborhoods. She will be at the candidates' forum sponsored by the Women's Club at 1:00 pm on September 18. Phil Hernandez and Lynwood Lewis will be there as well. CBES is also having a candidates forum on October 8 at Nandua High School. There will be an opportunity to meet school board candidates on September 30 sponsored by the Accomack Education Association, according to school board member Ronny Holden.
Elana Schrager, Phil Hernandez's campaign manager, brought a recorded message from Phil, who wasn't able to attended tonight's meeting. He has been endorsed by Congresswoman Luria. 500 ard signs are in her car, ready for distribution.
There was an inquiry about absentee voting: it begins on September 20 and October 15 is the deadline to register to vote. Debra asked Hannah if she was keeping a list of voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls, and Hannah confirmed that she was doing this. Lisa and Debra asked for lists of names to be emailed to them as they show up, since it is preferable to have signs to place ready for each canvasser.
David Furr, Lynwood Lewis's campaign manager, reported on campaign updates. There was a general discussion about grass-roots and online efforts on his behalf.
There was a general discussion about illegal signage and what is mandated for official campaign signs.
Upcoming Events. Lisa La Montagne reported that the breakfast meeting on Saturday September 28 will be held at Kendall's Kountry Kitchen, in the Onley Center, 25254 Lankford Highway, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.
The next meeting of the Accomack County Democratic Committee will be Wednesday, October 2 at the Chamber of Commerce in Melfa a at 6:00 pm.
The following meeting will be Wednesday, October 30, at 6:00 pm at the Chamber of Commerce in Melfa at 6:00 pm. There will be no meeting in November.
Adjournment. Chairman Parker Dooley asked for a motion to adjourn. Debra Wharton so moved, Al McKegg seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.
Meeting minutes provided by Laurie Chamberlain, Secretary
The next NCDC meeting will be held at 7 pm on December 3rd at the Northampton Social Services Building, 5265 The Hornes, Eastville, VA 23347. Click here for map to meeting address. Normally the NCDC meets on the First Tuesday of each Month @ 7 pm. Check out the NCDC website and the Facebook Page.
Minutes of the Northampton County Democratic Committee Meeting held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Attending: Betty Bibbins, L’Tanya Byrd, Beth Calder, JoAnn Clark, Paul Gammell, Dawn Goldstine, Linda Goldstine, Arlene Joynes, Metty Pellicer, Linda Schulz, Susan Stinson, Bob Toner
Guests: David Furr, Hannah Hampton, Sara Hayet, Haig Manjikian, Davis Sargeant, Elana Schrager, Mary Yu
Terry Flynn, Registrar for Northampton County, explained what to expect with the upcoming election. He said that the procedures will be the same as in the past; he distributed an information sheet with relevant dates and deadlines. He also had sample ballots available for each voting district, noting which districts have a competitive local race. Terry described the early voting process that will go into effect for the November 2020 election—it is unknown at this point whether early voting will be allowed during the March primary.
David Furr, Campaign Manager for Lynwood Lewis. David reported that the campaign is going well and remarked on the recent great office opening in Belle Haven. He reminded us that turnout is key and again stressed the importance of knocking on doors and making phone calls.
Hannah Hampton, Coordinated Campaign. Hannah, who is working out of the Onancock School office, introduced Haig Manjikian, who will be working at the Belle Haven location. The focus of the campaign is to bring out the vote and to recruit volunteers.
Davis Sargeant, DCCC representative, explained that he will be training Beth Calder and JoAnn Clark to work on the VAN system (formerly Voter Activation Network).
Elana Schrager, Campaign Manager for Phil Hernandez. Elana was excited that the campaign has three campaign offices—Onancock, Belle Haven, and Norfolk. She said that yard signs will be available soon, and ten highway signs should be here by next weekend.
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report. Motion to approve the minutes from the August 6 meeting was made by Bob Toner, seconded by Beth Calder, and unanimously approved. Treasurer Arlene Joynes presented the current Treasurer’s Report. The 8/1/19 Bank Balance was $5,866.56. Expenses of $425.00 to LeCato Enterprises for office rent. There was a dividend of $0.25 earned and donations of $1,787.68 resulting in a balance of $7,229.49 as of 8/31/19. Arlene added that so far in September, we have issued a second check to LeCato Enterprises for two months’ rent ($850) bringing the checkbook balance on this date to $6,379.49. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented was made by Betty Bibbins, seconded by Bob Toner, and unanimously approved.
NCDC Barbecue and Meet and Greet. All reports of the Barbecue Meet and Greet for the candidates on August 24 were positive. Betty Bibbins suggested that we make this an annual event, which will not only be informative and fun for our members and voters but will also let candidates and their campaigns see that the Eastern Shore is a strong, viable voting region.
Outreach/Voter Registration/Absentee Voting. Bob Toner reported that during August he and his committee registered five new voters, received three absentee ballot applications, and one restoration of rights application. He asked for volunteers to assist on Constitution Day, September 17, at the Eastern Shore Community College.
Electoral Board. JoAnn Clark reported that she and Terry Flynn will be attending a luncheon in Norfolk with the Tidewater District VEBA on Monday, September 9. She noted that Virginia Election Fact Sheets, which include information on important voting dates and deadlines, were available.
Chair’s Report. Linda distributed a handout from the Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore announcing scheduled candidate forums. The State Legislators Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 7 p.m. at Nandua High School.
Adjournment. With no further business to discuss, motion was made and seconded and unanimously passed to adjourn. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m.
Meeting minutes provided by JoAnn Clark, Secretary.
Accomack County Office
Historic Onancock School
6 College Ave., Onancock, VA 23417
Northampton County Office
1504 Merry Cat Lane, Colonial Square Suite 17 B, Belle Haven, VA 23306
Get Out the Vote for Lynwood Lewis & Phil Hernandez in Onancock! Time to turn out the vote in Accomack to take the majority! This is it.
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Get Out the Vote for Lynwood Lewis & Phil Hernandez in Belle Haven! Time to turn out the vote in Northampton to take the majority! This is it.
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In-Person Absentee Voring is open from September 20th until November 2nd at your local Registrar's Office. At the registrar's office, fill out an Absentee Application. You must show an acceptable form of photo ID. There is a complete list of acceptable IDs below. Please visit the Virginia Department of Elections Absentee Voting Page for further information.
Before visiting your local registrar’s office, check your registration status or call your registrar’s office (Accomack - 757-787-2935 or Northampton - 757-678-0480). Also review the application to insure you have all of the information necessary to complete the process. If you are not already registered, you will have to wait five days after registration before you can be issued an absentee ballot (exception for military and overseas voters only). If you have a Virginia DMV license or ID card, you can register online using our OAB application.
1. Within 45 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote, visit your local registrar’s office to vote absentee in-person. 2019 In-Person Absentee Voting is open from September 23rd until Novenber 2nd at your local Registrar's Office.
2. At the registrar’s office, fill out an Absentee Application. You must show an acceptable form of photo ID. To view a complete list of acceptable IDs, please visit our Voting In-Person page.
3. After completing the application, you will be allowed to vote absentee in-person using a voting machine in the registrar’s office. Accessible equipment and/or curbside voting is available upon request.
Accomack County Registrar's Office
23312 Courthouse Ave, Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: (757) 787-2935
Northampton County Registrar's Office
16404 Courthouse Rd, Eastville, VA 23347
Phone: (757) 678-0480
Virginia law requires all voters to provide an acceptable form of photo identification (photo ID) at the polls. Voters arriving at the polls without photo ID will be required to vote a provisional ballot and will have until noon on the Friday following the election to deliver a copy of identification to their locality’s electoral board in order for their provisional ballot to be counted. Please see the Provisional Ballot Process for Voters Who Arrive Without Identification for more information on how the provisional ballot process will work for those arriving to the polls without ID.
Virginia’s photo ID requirements also apply to absentee voters who vote in-person in all elections. Please see the absentee voting page for additional instructions and requirements when voting absentee in-person.
Acceptable forms of identification for in-person voting include the following:
1. Valid Virginia Driver’s License or Identification Card
2. Valid Virginia DMV issued Veteran’s ID card
3. Valid United States Passport
4. Other government-issued photo identification cards (must be issued by US Government, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or a political subdivision of the Commonwealth)
5. Tribal enrollment or other tribal ID issued by one of 11 tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
6. Valid college or university student photo identification card (must be from an institution of higher education located in Virginia)
7. Valid student ID issued by a public school or private school in Virginia displaying a photo
8. Employee identification card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by an employer of the voter in the ordinary course of the employer’s business
9. For a more detailed list of acceptable IDs >>>
A voter who does not bring an acceptable photo ID to the polls will be offered a provisional ballot.
Don’t have one of these forms of ID?
Any registered voter who does not possess one of the above mentioned forms of photo ID, may apply for a free Virginia Voter Photo Identification from any general registrar’s office in the Commonwealth. Voters applying for the Virginia Voter Photo ID Card will have to complete the Virginia Voter Photo Identification Card Application, have their picture taken, and sign the digital signature pad. Once the application is processed, the card will be mailed directly to the voter.
An application completed in person can be made up to three days before the election in which the applicant wishes to vote and completed in the office of the local registrar. The applicant signs the application in the presence of a registrar or the secretary of the electoral board. Some large localities offer satellite locations for in-person absentee voting. Check with your local registrar for locations and times.
An applicant generally cannot both register to vote in person and vote absentee in person at the same time. If you register to vote in person, your absentee ballot cannot be issued until five days after you are registered. The only exception is absent military and overseas voters eligible under a federal law.
Registered voters who vote absentee in person are subject to the same rules that apply to voting at the polls. If acceptable identification is not provided, a provisional ballot will be offered and the voter is allowed until the following Friday by noon after the election to provide a copy of acceptable identification to the electoral board. Provisional voters receive a notice to remind them of the deadline and right to attend the electoral board meeting.
We will have a group of volunteers to assist you in getting to your local Registrar's Office to cast your In-Person Absentee Ballot. Please call your county Coordinated Campaign Office and a volunteer will help you make those arrangements.
For rides in Accomack County, please email or call Hannah Hampton on 757-710-3969. or Debra Wharton on 757-824-5141.
For rides in Northampton County, please email Haig Manjikian.
For voters with ambulatory challenges, ask about arranging for "Curbside Voting."
If you signed up to be an Inside Poll Observer you qualify and are encouraged to vote absentee either in-person or via mail. If you have any questions, the Virginia Department of Elections' Absentee Voting Page has the answers.
Virginia voters heavily favor having Democrats take control of the state legislature in the November elections over leaving Republicans in power, according to a poll released recently by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
Powered by a 17-point advantage among independents, 53% of voters said they want Democrats to have majorities in the General Assembly, compared to 37% percent who’d like to keep Republicans in power. Democrats have the advantage over Republicans on voter enthusiasm, 62% to 49%, too. And 84% of Democrats say they will “definitely vote,” compared to 74% of Republicans.
Questions on gun control, health care, minimum wage, abortion and other topics show voters are focused on both national and state issues and are significantly more likely to vote for candidates who support Democratic Party positions.
The results come as Democrats look to flip the state House and Senate, which would earn them majorities in both chambers for the first time in decades.
At 101 years of age Miss Emmy (Emma Frank Edwards of Parksley) has a lot of memories. Some of segregation, when Blacks could work in Shore restaurants, but not eat there. When Shore restrooms and movies and buses were segregated. When Jim Crow restrictions made it virtually impossible for a Black person to register to vote. Though John Kennedy is her favorite President, she could not vote for him due to Jim Crow. She cast her first vote as soon as the 1965 Voting Rights Act took effect, and has voted in every election since, usually walking to the polls, often with her children in tow, emphasizing the importance of the vote and the sacrifices it took to achieve that right.
Story by: Al Mc Kegg
Absentee Voting Assistance by: Debra Wharton
Using her cane, Emma Frank Edwards–Miss Emmy to her family and everyone in her Parksley neighborhood on Leslie Trent Road–makes her way to the kitchen, where a chicken is thawing in the sink. Her granddaughter Karen White, probably not for the first time, says "Grandma, you really ought to get one of those quad canes." "No, I get along fine with this one."
A scanner radio crackles police and fire calls in her living room. She counts on it to keep her in touch with what's happening around the county, and warns any visiting relative (many visit) "Don't touch my scanner!"
One hundred years old, Miss Emmy is preparing to vote in November's election, as she has in every election since 1965. She's completed her Absentee Ballot application, and a ballot form will be mailed to her.
Miss Emmy's lived her entire life on the Shore. Walking–with or without a cane–was her main way of getting around. Born in Hopeton, and after moving to Mears, she walked–there were no buses for Black children–three miles to the two-room elementary school in Macedonia, outside Bloxom. And seven miles to the First Baptist church in Mappsville. And later, after moving to Parksley, walking to services at Adams United Methodist Church.
"Easy" isn't a word that comes to mind when you listen to Miss Emmy's life. She was born Emma Frank Downing–Frank after her great-grandfather, Emma after her great-grandmother, who was born into slavery. Her childhood homes had no electricity, running water, or central heat. Clothes were scrubbed on a washboard, hung on a line, and ironed with a flatiron heated on the stove.
At age ten, she went to work in the fields, stripping fodder, digging potatoes, picking string beans, strawberries, cucumbers and tomatoes. The workday was sunup to sundown, 6 am to 8 pm.
If you could do an adult's work in the field, you earned $3 a day. The children and the babies came into the field with you. Children who were too young to work played in the shade. Babies lay in a basket which you pushed along as you worked the row. You took your lunch and theirs with you; there were no food trucks.
When Miss Emmy left the fields, she took a job at Jay Cee cleaners, working there until she was 73. Then she worked at the Perdue Poultry plant, in the Evisceration Department, where she and another woman gutted chickens coming at them via conveyor belt at the rate of 100 birds per minute.
No, "easy" isn't the word that comes to mind.
Leaving Perdue, she worked for the Carlton Byrd canning factory, cleaning the facility until it closed, then took a job at the home of D.L. and Elsie Webb. She cleaned for the Webbs until she retired at age 94.
Family is a huge part of her life. The daughter of Sally Warner Downing and Norwood Downing, she's personally raised four generations, has 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 18 great-great-grandchildren, with a 19th on the way. And she's not the first centenarian in her family: her great-grandmother Emma Warner, ("Granny Lady,") a midwife who birthed all Miss Emmy's children, lived to 106.
Miss Emmy gives credit for her health and longevity to God and to not drinking or smoking. She married Preston Edwards in 1934. Preston died 30 years ago; their 3 sons are all now dead.
At 101, Miss Emmy has a lot of memories. Some of segregation, when Blacks could work in Shore restaurants, but not eat there. When Shore restrooms and movies and buses were segregated. When Jim Crow restrictions made it virtually impossible for a Black person to register to vote. Though John Kennedy is her favorite President, she could not vote for him due to Jim Crow. She cast her first vote as soon as the 1965 Voting Rights Act took effect, and has voted in every election since, usually walking to the polls, often with her children in tow, emphasizing the importance of the vote and the sacrifices it took to achieve that right.
She doesn't shy from speaking out locally. The children in the Leslie Trent Road neighborhood were expected to walk to school when the Parksley high school first opened, though most other kids rode buses. Miss Emmy called the School Board, and the neighborhood kids got a bus.
Many of her memories are warm and joyful, of family and a strong supporting community.
Of butchering time, an all-day event, the men killing and butchering the hogs, the women cleaning chitterlings, making sausage, cutting pork chops and tenderloin, making souse cheese, cooking and talking up a storm. Even today, on Leslie Trent Road, the community watches out for Miss Emmy. If her screen door is banging, someone fixes it. If her lights are on when they should be off (or vice versa,) a neighbor notices.
Having lived through Jim Crow, she's very positive about the country today. She says she's been a Democrat "since I could scratch a pencil." Asked about Donald Trump: "I don't look at him."
As the chicken thaws in the sink, Karen reminds us that Miss Emmy still prepares dinner for the family Sundays and holidays. The meat may be turkey or ham or chicken, but the real highlights of the meal are her chicken and homemade dumplings, sweet and white potato pies, and sometimes homemade ice cream. In accommodation to her age, she now uses an electric ice cream churn instead of her hand-cranked one.
Karen says "She pretty much does it all. She'll let me bring something if I insist."
Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D-Va.) held a town hall meeting in Virginia Beach on October 3rd. Topics of discussion included public safety, healthcare, and the most popular one — impeachment. Attendees shared mixed, often passionately-delivered, opinions on the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. “It is very clearly an impeachable offense to me that the president enlisted the help of a foreign leader conduct an investigation to his political opponent and to alter the outcome of our next election," Luria said.
Vote to protect the children and citizens ofVirginia from needless gun violence. This past year Del. Rob Bloxom and other NRA bought-and-paid-for Republicans blocked any action at Gov. Northam’s Special Session on Gun Violence.
If you want the Virginia legislature to pass laws to prevent needless gun violence in 2020 then you must vote for Sen. Lynwood Lewis and HD-100 candidate Phil Hernandez on Nov. 5th.