A Post-Roe America

A Post-Roe America

We are officially in post-Roe America. But here in Georgia, it’s about to get worse. The Georgia legislature passed a law in 2019 called the LIFE Act that would make it illegal to have an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest, medically unviable pregnancies, and natural miscarriage. That law was not constitutional at the time it was passed and therefore, it did not go into effect, but now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the law will go into effect. Apparently, it is “constitutional” now. At the moment, the law is not yet being enforced, because it is held up in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the expectation is that this court will allow it to become enforceable law as soon as the court makes its decision, which could be any day now.  
 
Although it may seem counterintuitive, “six weeks pregnant” actually means about four weeks after conception. So the law is even worse than it sounds. In reality, it is a heartbeat law. If the doctor can hear a heartbeat, which begins at about four weeks after conception, then it is illegal to get an abortion, except for the exceptions listed above. And those exceptions might go away: Republican state legislators are already in the process of proposing even more restrictive anti-abortion laws. If you value your rights to bodily autonomy, whether or not you personally can be pregnant, then vote for Democrats this fall and urge your friends and family to as well! And vote Democrat down the entire ballot! Now that the Supreme Court has desecrated the official interpretation of the constitution, many of our rights and freedoms will be in the hands of state legislators to decide. If we turned Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats blue, then we can turn the Georgia legislature blue, too!

DeKalb Democrats Policy Committee assembles team

The DeKalb Democrats Policy Committee has created teams to address our priorities for 2021. The teams are listed below:

State budget—Jacinda Jackson, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Abdul Henderson
  • Taylor Pool
  • Luke Rogers
  • Jean-Louis Sankale
  • Otha Thornton
  • Natalie Towns

Redistricting—Karen McCown, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Jay Harrell
  • Janet Grant

Voting rights—Susan McWeathy, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Jay Harrell
  • Abdul Henderson
  • Nancy Larson
  • Brandi Wyche

Board of Elections—Janet Grant, team lead

  • Teresa Hardy
  • Karen Mixon
  • Karen McCown
  • Brandi Wyche
  • Clare Schexnyder

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    Vote Curing

    PHONE BANKERS!

    Help voters over the next few days to cure their absentee and provisional ballots—so that EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED!!!  We have a first rate Voter Proteciton program through the DPG,  Volunteer to be on this cure team—phone banking and on the ground assistance.  

    Phone bank TODAY at 10AM to recruit on the ground canvassers:  https://www.mobilize.us/georgiademocrats/event/362418/  

    Sign up here for training TODAY to be an on the ground canvasser (1PM and 7PM):  https://www.mobilize.us/georgiademocrats/event/361822/

    #DropItInTheBox

    DeKalb-We still have a lot of absentee ballots out there.
    Drop boxes are safe, quick and will keep the lines shorter on Election Day.
    Do your part to keep the lines short. Drop it in the box.

    DeKalb Dems Response to the June 2020 Primary

    June 29, 2020

    Dekalb County Commissioners

    Dekalb County Board of Registration and Elections

    Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of a well functioning democracy.  What we witnessed on June 9th put that goal at risk in Dekalb County and eroded voter’s confidence in the process.  Our poll monitors and members reported wide ranging issues throughout the primary process including issues with timely processing of absentee ballot requests, receipt of actual ballots, submission acknowledgement and the actual counting of ballots.  We also saw many problems on Election Day starting with last minute polling place changes, lack of voter notification of those changes, equipment issues, and long lines at polling locations.  These issues all served to disenfranchise voters and are unacceptable.  We must and can do better in Dekalb County. I am writing to demand that immediate improvements be made to ensure future elections support the right of every voter in Dekalb County to cast their ballot without barriers. 

    With historic turn out anticipated in the November general election, it is imperative that significant actions be taken now.  Dekalb Dems stand ready to support this process including advocating for required funding investments.  Specifically, we ask that you as the officials responsible for elections in this county to:

    1. Fully adopt and implement the recommendations and action plan laid out in the May 29th consultant report by The Elections Group.  We appreciate the investment in this consultant engagement and strongly support their recommendations.  The comprehensive report focuses on filling identified critical gaps and positioning Dekalb County as a leader in administering elections.  As they advocated, these improvements are ONLY possible with increased investment in executive level staffing, space, systems and equipment. 
    2. Prioritize actions to improve the vote by mail process.  This includes immediate improvements in the current process while planning strategically to implement future changes made possible by the Secretary of State request portal.  While we saw record numbers of voters choosing to vote by mail for the June 9th primary, we also heard significant voter frustration with the process—and our monitors witnessed the laborious manual process of processing of these ballots.  Improvements are needed for this to be viable in November, both to address anticipated volume and for a potentially serious COVID environment. 
    3. Proactively plan for Election Day in November when record turn out is expected.  First by encouraging voters to use vote by mail and early voting options and second with a robust plan for accessible polling locations that can accommodate the new voting system and equipment, and recruitment and training of poll workers to adequately staff.  We are aware of numerous community organizations that are well positioned to assist with poll worker recruitment and encourage your collaboration to enlist this support.
    4. Communicate, communicate, communicate with voters and stakeholders.  Transparency is essential to regain voter confidence and collaboration with many stakeholders will also support this goal.  From a user friendly web site to active social media, all means need to be taken to encourage and educate regarding vote by mail and early voting options to lessen the burden on Election Day.  An intentional comprehensive communication plan with dedicated staffing is required to advance these strategies.   

    I know you share the goal of providing accessible, efficient and fair elections in Dekalb County and we look forward to working with you as actions are taken to reach these goals. 

    Sincerely,

    John Jackson
    Chair
    Dekalb County Democratic Committee

    Democrats State Committee Meets on June 27

    The Democratic Party of Georgia State Committee will convene remotely via video conference call on Saturday, June 27, at 12 noon. The main item of business will be electing Georgia’s DNC Members for the 2020-24 term. These DNC members will officially take office immediately following the closing gavel of the 2020 National Convention. Georgia is allotted 5 DNC members.

    Elections and duties of DNC Members are governed by DPG Bylaws Section 2.6 and Section 8.
    If you’re interested in running for one of Georgia’s 5 DNC member posts, you must file an Intent to Run statement with the State Party office no later than June 17 at 12 noon by emailing that statement to [email protected] (BL8.1.4)

    Non-State Committee Members may run by submitting their Intent to Run statement with the endorsement of no fewer than 30 State Committee Members and submit no later than June 17 at 12 noon. (BL8.1.4)