The Presidential Debates Are Over; President Obama Won! Now It's Time to Really Get to Work: MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSWOMAN YVETTE D. CLARKE
By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
I know you have all been following with great interest the Presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt-Twit Romney. Now that the last debate has been held, with a decisive victory under the President's belt, it's time to go to the next level. We've got less than two weeks until the national election takes place. And we have to make sure we stay informed and keep our neighbors, relatives and friends informed as well.
I just received this from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke that should be of interest to you - especially those of us in the New York City area, since we've been devastated by the redistricting (read gerrymandering) that's occurred over past year and a half.
And if you're fortunate enough to have Congresswoman Clarke as your representative, or Congressman-to-be Hakeem Jeffries, or Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez, in Brooklyn; Congressman Charles Rangel in Harlem; Congressman Gregory Meeks in Queens - as well as other Black and white Democratic congressional candidates either running for office or re-election in other states. Not only are 23 SEATS UP FOR GRABS, we want to make sure we send back those who are already incumbents as well.
We have double work to do RE-ELECT PRESIDENT OBAMA, AND GET A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE.
Congresswoman Clarke's message follows:
--- On Mon, 10/22/12, Yvette D. Clarke wrote:
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!!!
We are just two weeks away from the Presidential Election on November 6. Clarke for Congress is reaching out to make sure our supporters and constituents are prepared to go to the polls.
First, make sure you are properly listed in the voter registry. This is especially important for folks who recently registered to vote. Check your voter registration status at: http://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/. Second, make sure you go to the correct polling site. As a result of re-districting, your polling site may have been changed. This is also an important step for persons who have submitted changes of address to the Board of Elections. Check for your polling place at: http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm.
If you are registered to vote, but want to request an absentee ballot, first ensure that you are eligible to do so. You are eligible to vote absentee in New York if you are:
- Inevitably absent from your county on Election Day.
- Unable to appear at the polls on Election Day due to illness or disability.
- A patient at a Veterans’ Administration Hospital.
- Detained in jail awaiting Grand Jury action or confined in prison after conviction for an offense other than a felony
If you meet any of the previous criteria, you can download and complete the New York Absentee Ballot Application at: http://www.longdistancevoter.org/files/voter_forms/NewYork_absentee_english.pdf
Please note the following deadlines for obtaining an absentee ballot:
- Oct. 30 - Last day to postmark an application or letter of application BY MAIL for an absentee ballot.
- Nov. 5 - Last day to apply IN-PERSON for an absentee ballot.
- Nov. 5 - Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 13. Military Voter Ballots must be received no later than Nov. 19.
- Nov. 6 - Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).
This is a very important election; don't let others decide your fate. Take the necessary steps to ensure your franchise; volunteer for your favorite candidates (I hope I'm one of them!); and on Election Day make sure you take as many friends, family members and neighbors as you can to the polls with you. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE!!
Moving Forward Together,
Paid for by Clarke for Congress
Brooklyn, NY 11225
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Now, as you already know, I, Gloria Dulan-Wilson, am unabashedly part of the partisan press; I chose sides and have opinions. It's for this reason that I have this blog. So there should be no doubt in your minds that I support Yvette D. Clarke wholeheartedly to be re-elected to Congress; as well as the election of Hakeem Jeffries for Congress. These are Brooklynites.
But California, Florida, Chicago, and other areas are also facing major challenges with redistricting as well. The sum total is to decimate the long held majority African Americans have held in their communities for decades.
It's up to each of you to keep apace of what the changes are in your own districts. With the move toward voter nullification being pushed by the rep-ugh-blicans, we have to be twice as vigilant and twice as informed as usual. Lines have been redrawn, polling places have been moved. Our seniors may need transportation to the polls; or we may need to take the ballots to them so they can likewise vote. This is the time to make this happen, get the vans and drivers mobilized; bet the ballots to the sick and shut in who would otherwise be able to vote, ahead of time so they can be counted with the rest of the ballots.
If you don't already have an organization you're affiliated with, in New York you can check with Harlem4 Obama's Chet Whye (email@example.com); or Bedstuy For Obama (firstname.lastname@example.org); or www.ofa.org; moveOn.org; or check with your locally elected officials to find out where you can volunteer your services. Churches can assist by offering their vans to transport those who have difficulties in getting around back and forth to the polls. This is the time when we should all be pulling together to make sure that there are absolutely no mistakes made.
We should definitely not take for granted the evil intent on the part of the rep-ugh-blican party (and the three Evil R's Rove, Ryan and Romney) to deprive us of our civil, economic, political, and educational rights. Like the brothers and sisters who stood up for us to make sure that we have the right to vote, it's up to us to stand for ourselves and defend our rights to vote across the board.
When the announcement says 'VOTE LIKE YOUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT" you had best believe, it does.
Pass the info from Congresswoman Clarke on to friends, family, associates and enemies. And make sure that when November 6,2012 comes along, you each have 1 undecided person with you going to the polls to vote for President Barack Obama.
Stay Blessed &