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Blue Notes - End of June

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Absentee Voting for August Has Begun

 

Absentee and mail-in voting has started. If you are concerned about exposure to COVID, Senate Bill 631, which was signed into law on June 4, authorizes registered voters age 65 or over, or those of any age who have a medical condition that makes them especially vulnerable to COVID-19, to cast an absentee ballot. It also creates a vote-by-mail process for all other Missouri voters. However, unlike with absentee ballots, mail-in ballots must be notarized in person, which defeats the purpose for voters trying to minimize contact with other people. Currently, there is a case working its way through the Missouri judicial process that seeks to allow any registered Missouri voter concerned about contracting COVID-19 from a crowded polling place to cast an absentee ballot without having it notarized. It’s uncertain if the case will come to a final resolution before the August 4 election, where in addition to candidate elections will take place for each political party, voters will determine the fate of medicaid expansion.
 
If you are confined to your home due to any illness or physical disability, including caring for a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, you can request an absentee ballot from your local election board and there will be NO NOTARY REQUIRED. This is the safest way to address voting absentee due to COVID quarantines. Other reasons that do not require a notary are:
(1) Are sixty-five years of age or older; (2) Live in long-term care facility licensed under Chapter 198 RSMo. (3) Have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; (4) Have serious heart conditions; (5) Are immunocompromised; (6) Have diabetes; (7) Have chronic kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis; (8) Have liver disease
 
Kansas City voters can request a ballot on line or vote absentee in person at the Kansas City Election Board in Union Station, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Jackson County voters can request a ballot on line or vote absentee in person at 215 N. Liberty, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. They will also be open the following Saturdays - July 25 & August 1, 8:30 - 12:30

 

THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE AUGUST 4TH ELECTION IS JULY 8
 
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR MAIL-IN OR ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR THE AUGUST 4 ELECTION IS JULY 26.
 
 

Are you a notary? Do you want to be one? We need them!

Over the past few weeks, we have called for notaries to volunteer for the August and November election and we've received a solid response. We are committed to making voting as easy and accessible as possible for all voters. Given the new standards this year and likely high demand, we want to be able to provide a no cost notary to any voter who needs one to certify their ballot before it is mailed back. If you are a notary who wants to help by going directly to voter's homes or work a shift in a public area having voters come to you with their ballots, let us know. We probably can't have enough of them especially leading up to the November election. Send your contact info to geoff@jacksoncodems.org

 

Where the Jackson County Democrats Stand Going Into July

Our offices have been closed to the public going back to the first restrictions imposed in Jackson County in March. In addition, all in person meetings, fundraisers and gatherings have been canceled. We have also advised all Democratic candidates to do the same until recently and then with great restrictions. As COVID-19 rates have started rapidly rising again, we have made some difficult decisions on how to proceed for the upcoming weeks or months. First, as we have said in the past few weeks, Truman Gala will not go forward in a traditional sense.  We are nearly at the end of the planning stages of holding a diverse and exciting virtual event on September 26 featuring our annual award winners, state candidates, local and national office holders. We are also gathering campaign materials (buttons, signs, t-shirts, etc) and vouchers to area businesses to provide to our ticket buyers.  Other rewards for buyers and VIP donors are still being secured.

This is important because, historically, we have secured an overwhelming majority of our annual budget by late June. With the gala pushed back and unlikely to raise as much as a traditional event, we have cut all expenses to the bone through spring and summer while we still have a great deal of voter outreach and candidate support left to do between now and November.

We know you are getting asks by every campaign to contribute before the end of the quarter. The Jackson County Democratic Committee keeps our funds local and will be prioritizing mail in ballots/notaries, new voter identification, and races we have the best chance of winning across the ballot. If you can help us, we will stretch your dollar as far as it will go.  Donate now if you can.

 

Unelected Governor Takes No Responsibility for Health of State

Here’s another real quote from Governor Mike Parson this week when asked if he was responsible for the state’s handling of COVID-19 and its impact on Missourians:

"I don’t even know where you come up with that question of personal responsibility as governor of the state of Missouri when you’re talking about a virus. That’s no different than the flu virus or do I feel guilty because we have car accidents and people die every day? No, I don’t feel guilty about that."

Well, here’s what Auditor Nicole Galloway had to say about that:

 

Stay Safe and Show Off With Locally Made Democratic Gear

Do you or friends need some new masks when you are in public places that will both show who you are and benefit local candidates and causes? Lee's Summit Democrats are offering branded hand-made masks available now!

Two different styles of masks are available for only $7.50 each.  Buy now online and have them delivered here.

 


 

Missourians will now vote on Medicaid expansion on August 4 rather than in the fall. The date change makes it that much more vital to spread our message and win this campaign.

It’s even more urgent now that we expand Medicaid to keep our rural hospitals open, protect Missouri jobs, bring billions of our tax dollars home from Washington, and help hundreds of thousands of hardworking Missourians and their families gain coverage.

Nearly 350,000 of us demanded the chance to vote for Medicaid expansion and our persistence has paid off. Now the hard work begins.