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Next CDTC Meeting
Oct 20, 7:00PM!
Next meeting is Thursday, Oct 20, 7pm in person in Town Hall, Clark Room. Masks appreciated. To get a virtual link, contact CarlisleMADTC@gmail.com
Issues Awareness in Carlisle Center
We once again plan to communicate with the town via periodic holding of signs in our town center. Join us Fridays 3:30pm - 5:30pm starting October 7 (BYOSign)! Drop by any time during these hours on Fridays till further notice, either with your own sign, or a DTC provided sign (available Oct 14th.)
Important Election-Related Dates. Volunteer To Be a Poll Worker
Oct 22: Early in-person voting starts at noon, Saturday Oct 22 and ends Friday, Nov 4, 11am. Town Hall is open for early voting every day except Sundays. Click Complete Town Election... below for hours.
Nov 1: 5pm is the deadline for Town Clerk to receive application for Mail-in ballot. Mail-in ballots can be mailed back (allow 7 days) or delivered in person (or drop box) to the Town Hall.
Nov 8: Election Day, Town Hall 7am - 8pm. Deadline for receiving absentee ballots - on election day use the drop box near the town hall front door.
2022: Call to Action!
Efforts to elect Democrats are the highest leverage route to help with all our issues. At this very moment, Democratic candidates are speaking on our issues in their conversations with voters.
National Elections - Senate Targets
For 2022 we must focus on national elections, especially Congress. This year requires extra help because of redistricting unfavorable to Democrats, the prevalence of fake news and polarization, and the grip of Donald Trump on what used to be the Republican party. We encourage everyone to join us!
There are some poll changes in the last two weeks. The Senate protect list is about the same with the added impetus that GA has a close House race. The NV Senate race has tightened to dead even. AZ is bumped up to priority 2 again because of 3 close AZ House races in addition to Kelly for Senate. In the Senate flip
list, Ron Johnson has overtaken Barnes and the Governor race could not be closer. In PA Fetterman is doing well by the 538 multi-factor poll, but there is a worrisome isolated poll (albeit a GOP leaning pollster) that shows him only 2 points ahead of Oz. Beasley and Budd in NC are even. This is just one person's take on hitting the sweet spot: Democrats between +1 and +6 points ahead plus other factors, like House and Gov races.
Protect in priority order
1. Warnock (GA)
1. Cortez Masto (NV)
2. Kelly, he's well ahead, possible Gov flip.
Flip red to blue:
1. WI Defeat Johnson, Protect Gov Evers
1. NC Beasley to flip
2 OH Ryan to flip
2. PA Fetterman to flip
US House Targets
The Cook Report has already narrowed races down and shows Tossups in red-leaning districts and tossups in B
blue leaning districts. Using this data and Nate Silver 538, we have a poll data table for House races where the Democratic candidate is ahead by -1 to +5 percent. These are the races where help can put a candidate in office. Note that not all races have recent data or seem to have missed a lot of voters and were discarded. The Cook report is very interesting in general. Sixteen races could benefit from our help - note this list will differ from the one included in the Senate/House/Gov poll button above because different methodologies were used. One of our Friends members suggests we get together and support House candidate Mary Peltola, who is putting up a good fight in Alaska - anybody interested?
Seize the Moment: Opportunities For Grass Roots Work
We aim to bring your favorite canvassing method right to your desk top! If there is something special in the way of type of work, state, etc, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for help finding what motivates you.
You can also find partner organizations we have worked with in the past.
Write Letters to voters in key states
How it works: Start an account, then adopt some voters in the campaign of your choice. Download and print the letters for your adoptees. Fill in voter's name after "Dear..." and sign your first name at the end. Address and fill the envelope. Return address is your first name, last initial, Vote Forward. Accumulate letters until the mail out date in late October. A non-partisan organization group focused on getting out the vote.
Working on getting feed restored.....
Write post cards to key demographics
Longtime member Bonnie is a champion post card writer and supplier to her friends. She has agreed now to distribute them to a larger list and has postcards NOW! The cost is currently subsidized by the CDTC. Email her ASAP for the next order!
Pickup will be from a high chair on her porch. Contact email@example.com.
Phonebank link: https://www.openvpb.com/vpb_bycode/65D435I-999515
Follow script, no phone messages.
Jasmine Clark HD 108; Elected 2018, new district lines.
Find Your Own - Quick Start
Mobilize.us is the shopping mall of events! Most of our grass roots opportunities list here and Mobilize provides a common interface for you to sign up for work. Get an account and you can easily get a list of all that you are signed up to do.
Just in: Texting is available in four (or more if you look) of our high priority states! States have been waiting fill the end because the probably have quotas. All give training. Don't wait. (It's easier to remember the scripts if you focus on one or two states!)
Georgia organizer, Bob Herndon, spoke with the Carlisle DTC at our August meeting and urged us to help. He promised to line up texting for us. Meantime, he has two "curated" state legislature candidates he recommends for phonebanking.
Starts Oct 12 for two weeks!
Train and text with the AZ Democratic Party!
The quickest way to get what you want: Go to mobilize.us, then click the Filters button in the top tool bar. There, you select the type of event (for instance "text banking") that you are looking for, a date range and all the campaigns you might be interested in. Choose a wide range of campaigns as the filter may eliminate many.
Phonebank grass-roots workers from 2020.
Held in a Carlisle home, and it's in person or you can link in virtually. Together We Elect provides training, and you have support from friends and neighbors as you work. Local team is recruiting Democrats they know from work in 2020. For information contact Barney Arnold firstname.lastname@example.org
Training and Texting! Thru Oct 24.
Experience in 2020 revealed excellent organization. More opportunities will be available around late August. This effort is to flip the Senate and support Democratic incumbent Gov Evers. Zoom training in first session. Slack and Spoke.
Easy Phone Banking
Recruit NH and PA volunteers - people aligned with you.
Senator Maggie Hassan is among the top Senate races to support. Representative Pappas is also up for reelection. NH and PA need election workers and you can recruit them.
Training in Progress
Train and text with Nevada Democrats!
PA - A chance to send Dr Oz back to TV - Sessions go fast!
Zoom training in Slack (get help from moderators as you go) and Spoke (have text exchanges with voters.). Their out-of-state volunteer coordinator has offered us group training if we can get a few of us together - contact email@example.com if interested. Personal experience: well organized and that great feeling afterwards! Support Governor Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman for Senate.
Knock on doors in NH
There are opportunities to knock on doors in Nashua, NH just over the border, many days between Oct 1 and Oct 16 (so far.) Mason NH is mentioned on Oct 1 and, if they schedule more, this is a lovely town like Carlisle, about 15 minutes north of Nashua. Looks like you need to get together on your own if you want to carpool.
Donate to Candidates
You can google candidate campaign sites. Once there you can volunteer for their campaigns, or make that all-important donation. They love you to set up a periodic automatic donation - this helps them plan their staffing more reliably.
Yes, state elections are important. MA is more purple and red than you might guess. MA primaries are later, and you can review the candidates that will be on our primary ballot below.
Middlesex Race News
Simon Cataldo has forwarded two links to the September 28th candidate debate, which included exchanges on the ballot questions. There is also a forum hosted by the LWV on October 11, in person, Harvey Wheeler.
All are welcome - You need not be a member or even a resident! We have unenrolled volunteers too. The CDTC has member and associate member openings as well as a Friends list. CONTACT us if you would like to talk.