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DC Board of Elections Announces Mail-In
As you know, the Ward 8 Democrats has pushed the District for years to allow vote by mail. We are now happy to report the way the District conducts its elections is about to change. The DC Board of Elections (DCBOE) announced new measures to increase voter access and safety during the June 2, 2020 Primary Election amid the recent COVID-19 outbreak nationwide.
The Board is encouraging voters to request mail-in ballots to protect the public and election workers. Here are the following ways to get a ballot:
Don't forget, you can always register to Vote HERE!
Please help to pass this on to all Ward 8 Voters.
A special message from our president...
As you know, the District remains under a state of emergency due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Following current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local District leaders on social distancing and mass gatherings, we are cancelling our Ward 8 Democrats' March 21 general body meeting. We invite you to stay tuned to our website and social media for updates on local and national politics as well as any virtual meetings in the works.
The DC Democratic Party State Convention, originally scheduled for April 18, has also been canceled. However, the selection of DC Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July is still scheduled for April 18. Registered Democrats will only be allowed to cast their votes and leave. This too may change and we will pass along updates on the voting process as we receive it.
Lastly, we know these are uncertain times. The news surrounding the health crisis has left many of us with questions and anxiety around the future of our normal routines. I find reassurance in hearing first-hand from health experts who are following the science and briefing leaders with their best assessments. There are two reliable sources of information I encourage you to bookmark:
DC Government Guidance
Federal Government Guidance
It's in times like these that neighbors help neighbors. So please check on our most vulnerable neighbors, especially seniors, and let them know of available resources in the District.
Please stay safe and comfortable. We will get through this together.
The very best,
Troy Donté Prestwood
President, Ward 8 Democrats, Inc.
Ward 8 Democrats hold community meeting on the District's 2021 budget
On January 18, the Ward 8 Democrats held the very first community meeting on the District's 2021 budget planning process with an eye toward identifying key funding priorities for the ward.
Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, DC Fiscal Policy Institute Executive Director Ed Lazere, and Bright Beginnings Executive Director Dr. Marla Dean were part of an expert panel that closely examined the District's budget and how well it matches up with the needs in the community.
Residents and panelists engaged each other on how best to fund programs for the homeless and for families, with a particular focus on youth. They also discussed additional resources needed for housing, education, and public safety. Councilmember White, Lazere and Dean each pointed out budget wins in fiscal year 2020 but urged residents to get engaged and speak up for what they want to see in 2021. The District's fiscal year starts in October.
The Ward 8 Democrats will soon issue a "Ward 8 Budget Priorities" resolution to the mayor and council as well as talking points for residents to advocate for themselves and their neighbors at upcoming budget forums and council hearings.
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