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Hurricane Florence Resources; Early Voting; Call Sen. Berger; Voter Tools; Notable Mentions; Events
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Time To Pull Together and Help Our State Recover


So many of us are hurting, sad for our fellow residents and weary from a week of preparations, record flooding, and the uncertainty of not knowing what the real toll will be once the waters recede. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Florence, especially those that lost loved ones, and our thanks go to the many first responders, volunteers, officials and out of state help that are giving their time and energy to help our state recover. 

If you are able to help, or need assistance yourself, please use this resource we've compiled to find the information you need: 


Volunteer and Assistance Resources

Early Voting is Just 29 Days Away!


Wake County has begun mailing out ballots to those who requested an absentee ballot. Any registered voter can vote by mail by completing this form and mailing it in. 

You can also see what your ballot will look like now, and get to work researching the candidates online, or attending meet & greets offered on their websites. Look up your personal sample ballot here

Regular voter registration is open until Oct. 12th. After that you will only be able to register or update your registration during the early voting period, from Oct. 17th - Nov. 3rd. This means there are only a few weeks left to volunteer to register voters! Find a training or volunteer opportunity at You Can Vote.

It's highly likely that several polling places across NC will be affected by Hurricane Florence. The NC State Board of Elections has stated it will assist counties as they work to mail out absentee ballots. The NC NAACP has also indicated that it will facilitate providing absentee ballot requests to registered voters in affected counties. 

Greg Flynn of the Wake Co. BOE has stated that "it would be good to advocate for inter-county assistance teams to help displaced voters vote absentee and perhaps state funded extra early voting sites and/or hours for affected counties." 

You can contact the NC State Board of Elections with your recommendations and offers of assistance by emailing elections.sboe@ncsbe.gov, or tweeting @NCSBE. You can also reach out to your county BOE using this link


Elections will go on without delay, and with so much at stake in these mid-terms everyone can chip in to make a difference! You can even become a Vote Protector / Poll Monitor with DemocracyNC by signing up here

Easy Action Item
 

Request Sen. Berger Respond to Challenger Jen Mangrum's Fox8 Televised Debate Request

As of yet, Senator Phil Berger has yet to respond to multiple requests by Jennifer Mangrum and Fox8 to hold a televised debate on the issues important to North Carolinians. Even if you don't live in Senator Berger's district, his decisions and role as Senate leader affect every single person living in North Carolina. He is not familiar with being challenged in a campaign, and therefore needs a little encouragement from people who want to be informed voters and learn what the candidates stand for.

All you need to do is call Senator Berger's office at 919.828.6423 ext 145. Here's a script you can use, or feel free to ad lib:

Script:
Hello, I am calling to urge Senator Berger to participate in a debate with his opponent Jen Mangrum. This is a great opportunity for Senator Berger to speak directly to the voters of his district about issues that matter to us. Public debates are vital platforms for our democracy, and it would be incredibly disappointing if Senator Berger refused to be held accountable to the voters of his district. Please tell the Senator to agree to participate in the Fox 8 debate.

You can also tweet: 

.@SenBerger, why are you refusing to debate @jenmangrumfornc? Your constituents in #NC30 want to hear from you. #fliptheberger

Is @SenBerger too scared to debate challenger @jenmangrumfornc on live TV? Call him to find out! 919.828.6423 ext 145 #NC30 #fliptheberger

Two New Voter Engagement Sites



NCWins.org

Includes ballot information, races to watch, volunteer options and a breakdown of the issues to keep you informed. Take Action Now with friends or from home and learn how to phone bank or text bank to reach voters across NC!
 



NixAllSix.com


Learn more about each of the six constitutional amendments and download printable postcards and a flyer to share throughout your community.
 

Notable Mentions This Week


Hillary Clinton speaks up in The Atlantic with a powerful essay "American Democracy Is In Crisis" and lets us know the time has come for us to fight to save it.

North Carolina's Problem Isn't Florence, It's Poverty, by Gwen Frisbie-Fulton via Medium

No Way In, No Way Out of North Carolina City, via Wall St Journal

Will the East Coast Learn Anything from Hurricane Florence? by Melissa Rooney, StrongerNC member

Do You Have Events to Share With Us?


We are updating our web calendar with events for the fall and want to hear from you! If you know of publicly posted events please email us a link!

Save the Date: 

Sat., Sept 22nd from 3pm-5pm 
International Civil Rights Center & Museum
134 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC


StrongerNC and You Can Vote will present a workshop entitled:
Using Your Voice: Empowerment Through Voting (RSVP Here)

Join us to learn more about the history of voting rights, the actions of the NC supermajority with respect to voting access in NC, and other legislative actions that affect you and your community, and the changes they want to make to our state constitution through amendments on the ballot this November. 

There will also be a presentation by You Can Vote about what else will be on the ballot, along with resources to help you be an informed voter. 

It's also a great time to take the 1 hr tour of the Civil Rights Center, located in the original FW Woolworth building where the lunch counter sit in movement originated in 1960! Visit SitInMovement.org for more info. 
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Stronger North Carolina, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization that educates North Carolina citizens about issues affecting the electorate. Stronger NC is not affiliated with any political party and does not endorse individual candidates. 


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