During this Congressional recess, we are condensing the committee updates into a single section. You can find information on important stories and actions below.
What we're reading:
Maryland voting news and actions
The Maryland presidential primary is being conducted primarily by mail, with a few polling places available for those unable to vote by mail. If you are a registered Maryland voter, you don't have to request a ballot - you should have already received it or should very soon. You can return it now
by mail (the deadline is June 2)
or drop it off in ballot boxes at six locations. Postage on your ballot is prepaid - you DO NOT need to put any stamps on your return envelope. Don't forget to sign the oath on the prepaid envelope. For more information about the June 2 primary, click here
or see the FAQ about the primary election
If you need to register to vote or update your current address, you must do so by Wednesday, May 27 - click here
. You can check your voter registration here
Did you know teenagers who live in Maryland can register when they turn 16 and they can vote in the June 2 primary if they will be 18 by the general election on November 3? Let them know!
You are invited to a virtual fundraiser with Rep. Adam Schiff for the Maryland Democratic Party on Tuesday, May 26, from 12:00 to 1:00pm via Zoom. Login credentials will be provided prior to the event - sign up here
National voting actions
Our own Nina Liakos and Maryland Women for Biden is hosting a virtual house party and phone bank on Friday, May 29, from 3 - 5:30pm, to Get Out The Vote for Joe Biden on June 2nd. Sign up here
You can write letters to encourage registered but infrequent voters in swing states to vote on Nov. 3. Go to Vote Forward
to learn about the letter-writing campaign and print your own letters, following the directions here
. For additional help, including effective messages, check out our tips on writing these letters
. Video chat with your friends or family for a virtual letter-writing party! Do not mail your letters now
-- we’ll collect them this summer for mailing in October. Contact Steve
if you have any questions. Vote Forward
created a one-minute video about the program and our national goal. It's called "The Big Send"
- check it out here
Many thanks to all of you who are writing letters, even while physically distancing. It's a great way to help win the election while you're also helping fight COVID-19 by staying home. The letters you write now will have a big impact later. So again, thank you.
You can participate in a test to compare the effectiveness of letters and postcards in registering targeted voters in Pennsylvania. Print letters or have them (and envelopes) left at your door. Contact BetsyKrieger@gmail.com of Sister District MD-3. More information here.
Text with or donate to the Indivisible Payback Project. The Payback Project is targeting your "favorite" nine Republican senators, including Sens. McConnell, Graham, Collins and Loeffler. You can help defeat them by supporting critical organizing work in their states. Go here to learn how.
Text with Resistance Labs in support of Turnout 2020, a national project to recruit volunteers to make phone calls to potential voters in swing states and get them to commit to vote. They will show you how to do it. Check it out here
Reclaim Our Vote, a non-partisan phone bank, post carding and textbanking campaign created by the Center For Common Ground, focuses on contacting voters of color in voter-suppression states to help them register and vote. Partners include NAACP, Rapid Resist, and Black Voters Matter. Sign up here
Consider donating to funds like Ditch Mitch
, Retake the Senate
, or any of the SwingLeft
funds to target your donations to important races in November.
Want to donate or volunteer with a group fighting voter suppression or encouraging women to run for office? Check out this page
with a short list of organizations that do that.
The Joe Biden Campaign held a virtual Grassroots Strategy Summit with Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon yesterday. It was a good presentation of the campaign's strategy and you can watch the video here
. After you hit the arrow to play the video, slide the progress bar to the 21 minute mark, where the presentation actually starts.