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Poll Greeters Needed!

at Fletcher Polling Site:

Time:  12pm-2pm:

Thursday, Oct 15 – 12-2
Saturday, Oct 31 – 12-2

As a Poll Greeter, your main responsibilities are to:
1) project a positive, enthusiastic attitude;
2) provide basic information on voter rights or direct voters to any Board of Elections/voter protections personnel;
3) encourage them to visit HCDP-give them a business card
4) thank people for voting.


The job seems simple and extremely repetitive, but executing all of these tasks at the same time can be harder than it seems. Make each greeting genuine, enthusiastic, and effective.

 Quick Look-Ups:
– HCDP: 828-692-6424
– Voter Protect.: (888)687-8683 
– HC BoE: (828) 697-4970 

Script: Say something like: “Thank you for voting today. Would you like a sample ballot? Remind voters to get involved with the Party. Hand them a business card.  

Other Guidelines:

1. Ask voters to return sample ballots to you so that they can be reused, which is better for the environment.

2. If a voter throws materials in the trash, you are NOT allowed to retrieve it per BoE rules. Once it’s in the trash, it must stay there.

3. Be careful about discussing the issues/candidates with people who want to talk, even with friendly voters. If there are candidate greeters, direct voters to them.

4. Position yourself next to the main pathway into the polling place, but NEVER block it. Always make sure you are outside the restricted area (usually a 50-foot buffer zone marked by a sign).

5. Keep smiling, even in the face of hostile people. Remember, you are making a positive difference and many people are grateful that you are there. Your calm and polite response to a hostile voter creates a positive impression of both you and the party. DO NOT RESPOND to attempts by people to engage you in debate – this distracts you from greeting other voters. If other people try to challenge and intimidate voters, please call us to let us know what is happening, inform the Precinct Chief Judge, or call the Voter Protection Hotline (1-888-OURVOTE).

6. People appreciate enthusiasm and energy, but NO ONE appreciates an overly aggressive poll greeter. Never wave materials in voters’ faces or chase them down to get their attention. Never respond impolitely to voters who decline materials. Be respectful of voters who just want to get in and get out by paying attention to body language, facial expressions, and eye contact (or lack thereof) as they approach the polling site.

7. Keep your chair and personal items nearby so you can easily sit down when time permits, but always be able to get in position to greet new voters.

8. Remember that the Chief Judge has the final say on everything; do not argue if you are asked to move.

9. Please contact your polling site coordinator if your relief poll greeter is late or can’t make the shift. Keep in mind that YOU are making a critical difference to the success of the Democratic Party.

READY to VOLUNTEER? Contact Cindy E. at: cewmt123@gmail.com

WANT TO TRACK YOUR Absentee Request and BALLOT?


The NC State Board of Elections has done just that for you.

The State has now put up BallotTrax which allows voters to track the status of their absentee request and their returned ballot.

There are now several ways to check both request and ballot status.

Summary here:  https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-mail/absentee-ballot-tools

Requests can be checked either through the Portal (https://votebymail.ncsbe.gov/app/home) by starting the request process,

OR using BallotTrax (below)

Ballot receipt can be checked through the regular voter look-up (https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ ), which shows your ballot status for all elections

OR using BallotTrax (below)

For BallotTrax you create an account and use that to get full information on request or ballot (eg request received, ballot mailed to voter, ballot received, etc).

BallotTrax can send you notification by e-mail or text to inform you of the status changes.

BallotTrax: HERE.
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https://northcarolina.ballottrax.net/voter/

BLUE WAVE TIME for Volunteers!

Dear (prospective) volunteers! 
You are wonderful and so appreciated!  We are blessed with many volunteers coming forward, and we are grateful for your concern and willingness to act for our democracy! 
And don’t forget to donate (any amount) to HCDP or your favorite candidates – vitally important right now.

HCDP Volunteer Opportunities: 

DRIVERS NEEDED! VOTERS NEEDED!
We will take you to the polls, and will bring you home. 
Rides will begin on Oct 15 for early voting, and will run through Election Day. 

  • Persons needing a ride to the polls OR to turn in your absentee ballot (at Bd of Elections – soon) should either call (828-692-6424) or email (girlwithashovel@aol.com).  Leave a message if there’s no answer and your call will be returned the same day.  You will be asked if you are going to vote OR simply drop off your completed, witnessed, ballot. Riders will be picked up, taken to their polling location, and safely returned home. When calling to schedule a ride, please indicate if you have special needs or if you require assistance getting into or out of a vehicle. We will match you to the driver and car that will best suit your needs. 
  • Persons who want to drive, should be registered Democrats. Call (828-692-6424) or email (girlwithashovel@aol.com).  

    Digital Online HELP WANTED.
    Digital Online Fundraising is HERE NOW… AND IN OUR FUTURE!  We are seeking 3-4  additional persons (some tech savvy for sure) to come aboard the Fund Raising Team (BAACC ) to help decide, to design, to deliver, to do data follow up with our BLUE APPLE ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION CAMPAIGN,  We are a small, fun ongoing group who  enjoys the tasks and each other!  Knowledge in graphics and design, digital emailing, willing phoning, a liking for people, and belief in supporting the HCDP are skills we are seeking to add to our team!   Please Call Nancy 606-5201 

    HCDP Poll Greeters needed:
    In two hour shifts:
    Early voting: Oct. 15-31 @10 am -2 pm  /  and
    Election day: Nov 3 @8 am-6 pm
    Please see details and information HERE

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Other” ways to help voters:

This is work you can do that is truly vital and important.
It should not be understated.  Such as:

Set a goal.  As Michelle Obama said, in 2018 some precinct elections were lost by 2 voters.  Two!  So… please set a goal.  Ask 4 of your friends or relatives:  
Have YOU checked your voter registration? 
Do you have a VOTING PLAN? 
Do you know for whom to register? 
And, lastly, DO you want me to call you on Nov. 3rd to remind you to vote? 
(A big reason young voters do not get the polls is because of their busy schedules, they just forget when it is 11/3.) 


To prepare to assist your friends or family, please read over the HOME page of www.myhcdp.com and the Candidates + Voter FAQS/calendar pages under the “voter Info” page – YOU will be ready with info! 
This activism or volunteering on your part is important(!!) and could make
THE difference.


Candidates are still working... they need volunteers for writing postcards, making calls and more; you will find contact information here: http://www.myhcdp.com/Wordpress/candidates/

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-The Board of Elections needs poll-workers. They not only need people “on’ the schedule, they need a back-up list of people in case those assigned have to cancel.  (see Info in A below). 

NCDP has need for volunteers (see B below).

-NC Combined Campaign needs phone-bank volunteers (See C below).

-Help El Centro reach unregistered Latinex community (see D below).

-District #11 – “Texters” needed. (See E below).

–The Board of Elections may still need MAT team members (see F below).

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A. POLL workers.  Call Bd of Elections 697-4970. or here: Precinct officers can be poll workers. 
https://www.hendersoncountync.gov/elections/webform/interested-being-precinct-worker  Dates needed:  
M-F: 8am–7:30 pm on Oct. 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Sat: 17, 24: 8am -6pm.
Oct 31: 8am-3pm.

B. NCDP is actively recruiting volunteers to help our efforts
to protect the right to vote across the state. These volunteers will be trained to serve as:

  • Precinct-level poll observers (at their county of residence)
  • Outside poll observers (can be from out of state)
  • Legal boiler room volunteer attorneys
  • Voter Protection Hotline operators
  • Voter Protection phone- and text-bankers

In addition, the North Carolina State Board of Elections has launched a first-of-its-kind poll worker recruitment program for the 2020 election. Poll workers serve a vital role in the democratic process and local boards are straining to find qualified workers in the midst of the pandemic. If you are interested in serving your community as a “Democracy Hero”, please express your interest to the State Board here.

Share our volunteer survey! Anyone interested in becoming an NCDP Voter Protection volunteer can fill out this survey to get connected.  https://ncdemslive.cp.bsd.net/page/signup/vopro-volunteer-survey

Know a law student passionate about voter protection? Connect them to us – we are looking for law school captains to help recruit law students at NC law schools this summer and fall.

Need to register to vote or know someone who needs help? Share our NCDP guide on how to register to vote in North Carolina.  https://www.ncdp.org/register-to-vote/

Intend to vote by mail this year? Share our NCDP guide on how to vote by mail – including the absentee ballot request process!   https://www.ncdp.org/vote-by-mail/

C. NC Combined Campaign.

Emily Cornwell, the Western NC field organizer for the combined campaign for Democrats, and her team are actively seeking volunteers who would make phone calls from their lists.
Team members are employed by the NCDP. Their goal is to urge people to vote Blue all the way.  Even if you are presently making phone calls for HCDP, please consider helping out our state party. They will train you.  
The focus of their calling plan is to find out if people have voted, and if not yet, to get a commitment to vote, and to try to get the voter to say whether they intend to vote for Democrats.
Please find time in your schedules to help out The State Party.  Contact Emily:  Emily.cornwell@2020victory.com  
Please share this email with as many people you know who may be willing to volunteer.

D. Helping our neighbors vote via El Centro, from Gayle Kemp:

El Centro got a small grant to register Latinex voters. We have identified over 3000 unregistered voters that we have postcards to send to. Because of its size, 1st class postage is required. We have approximately $300 for postage. El Centro would appreciate donations of books or rolls of 1st class stamp or money to buy 1st class stamps so that every post card can be sent. (Buying those stamps is also a good way to SUPPORT THE POST OFFICE! )
The LWV in Henderson And Buncombe Counties are helping with the work. There are also Latinx volunteers helping in the effort.
Please drop off at El Centro 508 N. Grove St Hendersonville. Someone is usually there between 9 and 4.

E. Texters Needed:
Dear NC-11 County Chairs,
I am preparing our texting campaigns for Early Voting and Election Day and the more texters we have, the more likely we’ll be able to remind ALL Democrats to vote.  If you have any volunteers who might prefer texting over other methods of contacting voters, please give them my email address.  I have brief trainings scheduled for new texters on Friday 10/16 and Saturday 10/17.
Max Hamilton, our NCDP Regional Voter Protection Director, has been contacting many of you to ensure adequate coverage of poll observers across the district.  If you haven’t already spoken with him, he has probably left you phone messages.  Please be sure to reach out to him so he can let you know about the individuals who have volunteered to serve as poll observers in your county. Observers are vitally important during these uncertain times.  Max’s contact information is maxwell.hamilton@2020victory.com or (919) 805-1458.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
Kathie Kline, 2nd Vice Chair, NC’s 11th Congressional District Democrats 828-776-3751
“Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society. Why? Because human beings are the most
dynamic link to the divine on this planet.” – John Lewis

F. MAT Teams – what are they?

MAT volunteers will be needed by BOE.  
What is “MAT”??  A Multipartisan assistance team (MAT) may assist any voter in completing an absentee request form, delivering the absentee request form, and serving as a witness for the casting of the absentee ballot. This section expands MAT teams to be able to serve any voter who requests assistance for the November 2020 election. The State Board and DHHS will develop guidance to safely allow MAT teams to assist voters in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, assisted living, or other congregation living situations during the general election.  If willing to assist – please contact the Board of Elections or HCDP member, Bettylou who has had experience with this task before: 
BettyLou Wallace SaludaBlou@hotmail.com

ABOUT OUR HENDERSON CO. ELECTION PROTECTION TEAM –   
<Bettylou Wallace>

COVERAGE WILL BE VITAL FOR THIS ELECTION.
       It’s time to finalize our teams for monitoring early voting and Election Day to check the polls to watch for voter problems. We are under directives from our State Democratic Party to prepare us for this upcoming election season. I attended their initial briefing and we are ready to move, in
Henderson County.
       We will have “few-to-none” outside Greeters unless the precinct has space to socially distance themselves. Each precinct needs to access their location and consider how much trouble you anticipate. This will be handled by someone besides our team.

BIG CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS YEARS…   EARLY VOTING
    Early Voting begins on Thursday, October 15 th and runs until Friday, October 30 th . At this time there are only FOUR early voting locations in Henderson County:

Board of Elections 75 E. Central Street HVL 28792 828-697-4970
Fletcher Town Hall 300 Old Cane Creek Rd 28732 828-687-3985
Flatrock Village 110 Village Center Drive 28731 828-697-0208
Etowah Library 101 Brickyard Rd. 28729 828-891-6577

ELECTION DAY
First, the BOE tells us there will be NO voting at the BOE on election day !! All Henderson County voters will vote at their respective PRECINCT polling locations throughout the county. This means we need LOTS of poll observers in order to properly cover all the precincts on that day.

THE TEAM
Our Voter Protection Team will monitor these locations to track and report problems. Our job is to identify problems as soon as they happen and work to fix them ASAP.
Our State Democratic Party will be on hand to direct our concerns and offer assistance. Our Henderson County Team is starting to materialize and we need as many observers as we can get.
Last election was the first time this effort has been utilized in Henderson County and our observers did a great job. We hope you will work with us again this year.
      We will need more people so please ask around within your precinct and have them contact us.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Our observers will sign up for shifts – both during early voting and on Election Day.  Each monitor will choose a location or multiple locations to check during your shifts.  Last time, we had Claude as my backup. Michelle Antalec will be working with me this time, to keep track of problems.

THE SYSTEM
The team of poll observers will report to us as issues arise. We will have information concerning the correct entity for observers to contact for each instance.  Sometimes, this will mean physically going into the voting place to offer assistance or gather information – so have your PPE stocked and in your vehicle. Sometimes, this will mean our contacting the State Democratic Party for information on how to proceed and we will get back to you ASAP.
       There will also be attorneys available – both at our State Party and here, on call, to answer questions and report to the physical location if needed. That said, WE NEED LOCAL ATTORNEYS !!!
Please ask!
      Also, each monitor will be trained and have guidelines concerning WHEN to call the police and I will gain permission to do so.   Let us know which locations you can monitor and the times you can schedule for. Michelle and I will formulate a schedule from your choices and send that out prior to beginning of Early Voting.
     Observers Team will have notebooks for recording all instances and will have phone numbers for both myself and Michelle in case one of us cannot answer when you call.
     Texting is fine, as well as phone calls. Please do not use email because we are likely to be in the field, as well.
     Meanwhile, I will contact both BOE and our local police dept to let them know our intentions and to secure proper protocols. Additionally, I will contact the BOE to let them know. I will also ask them if it will be ok for observers to come in and introduce ourselves and see if there are any problems we may help them with.  AGAIN, please use masks and gloves!
     If you worked with this effort last election please consider helping us again this voting season. We will need ‘all hands on deck’!

CONTACT INFORMATION:   
To sign up, please contact either me or Michelle Antalec. 
Bettylou: SaludaBlou@hotmail.com 828-702-7988
Michelle: michelleantalec@aol.com 423-314-7908

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HCDP position on Social Unrest

HCDP STATEMENT ON CURRENT SOCIAL UNREST:     
We take pride in our Democratic heritage as a party of spiritual and patriotic values; a party of inclusiveness; a party of diversity; a party of compassion; a party of educational and economic opportunities; a party of social justice; and a party of responsible leadership. (Excerpt from the NCDP Platform Preamble.)
The Henderson County Democratic Party, both as an institution and a collection of individuals, supports the above statement concerning inclusion and equal civil rights under the law.  Many of us are also keenly aware of the the many ways in which The United States falls short and has always fallen short of its stated ideals. If we did not believe that government CAN work for all, we would not be involved in The Democratic Party as it exists today.
      We believe in the rule of law, while at the same time recognizing the manifest ways in which the law has NOT been applied fairly and equitably.  We stand in solidarity with with people of color,  who are NOT seen as equal under the law.  We deplore violence, and, like Martin Luther King, see the value of peaceful protest.  We also recognize that too often peaceful protest has been ignored.  We recognize that violent protest is often the result of frustration and feeling unheard.
We urge citizens of Henderson County to ignore any calls for violent protest, but also to be ready to join hands in peaceful protest.
The Democratic Party is also aware that person of color have historically experienced inequities in the justice system and supports the following reforms as a starting point for rectifying the system. (
Kathleen Gould, HCDP Chair)CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: We believe that our criminal justice system is in dire need of reform and that our current system disproportionately affects the poor and minorities. We believe that we must reform mandatory sentencing laws at both the federal and state levels, eliminating practices that cause people to remain incarcerated solely because they cannot afford to pay for their release, end mass incarceration, implement police body cameras, encourage the formation of civilian review boards, end racial profiling, and help those who were formerly incarcerated to re-enter society through initiatives that reduce barriers to employment. Moreover, we must rebuild the trust between communities, particularly communities of color, and the police if we are to have safe neighborhoods and communities. We support community policing and oppose the militarization of law enforcement agencies…
(Excerpt from NCDP Platform)

Henderson County Democrats care about HEALTH CARE ! (Read on…)

OUR SELF INFLICTED HEALTH CARE EMERGENCY.
Hendersonville, NC.

U.S. healthcare is in crisis:

  • Only developed nation without universal healthcare
  • Highest per capita spending on healthcare in the world
  • Declining life expectancy and poor scores on many standard health measures

Over 30 million Americans lacked health insurance in 2019, with millions more underinsured. The crisis has worsened with Covid-19, as unemployed workers are stripped of health insurance and doctors and hospitals face a growing pool of patients unable to pay for treatment.

Republican state legislators blocking Governor Cooper’s proposal to expand Medicaid ignore the benefits demonstrated by 36 expansion states: improved health, lower overall cost, and gains in economic growth and child development. Because of legislative inaction, $1 billion in state taxes each year now subsidize the citizens of these 36 states rather than 500,000+ North Carolinians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion.

See the Statistics, more information and cited Sources in the below PDF.

Let’s work together for better health care for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

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Henderson County Democrats care about the Opioid crisis! (Read on…)

LET’S HEAL OUR OPIOID EPIDEMIC in HENDERSON County, NC.

HEALING OUR OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Opioid addiction devastates thousands of North Carolina families each year, including many mountain families.  Our opioid death rate exceeds the national average: more than 5 North Carolinians dying each day from an opioid overdose.

North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan (2017) is recognized nationally for reducing opioid access and improving addiction counseling and treatment.  However, the high cost of treatment means many of us must cope with addiction alone.  Medicaid expansion would provide treatment for an estimated 150,000 North Carolinians with opioid addiction.

Let’s work together for better treatment plans for victims in Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree, vote for local, state and Federal Democratic candidates on November 3rd

<See cited SOURCES in the below PDF.>

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Henderson County Democrats’ concern for Environment. Read on…

OUR ENVIRONMENT and Climate Crisis in Henderson County, NC

Uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels and a doubling of the world’s population to almost 8 billion over the last 50 years have done extensive damage to the Earth:

  • 85% of our wetlands and half our coral reefs have vanished
  • 75 million acres of prime forest disappeared over the last decade
  • One third of our soil has been lost to erosion, deforestation and agricultural practices

Swift action is needed to restore our degraded environment and slow the rate of climate change.  All of us must play a role, with the federal government leading the effort through research, regulation and enforcement – as it has since President Nixon established the EPA in 1970.  However, by promoting fossil fuels like coal, rejecting the Paris Climate Accords and reversing environmental safeguards, the Trump Administration is accelerating a crisis already spinning out of control.

Let’s work together for better EARTH care for Henderson County, North Carolina and for our families! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

This article will give more smart tips on reducing your carbon footprint:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/0 3/upshot/what-you-can-do-about- climatechange.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

See more information, quotes and cited sources for this position in the below PDF

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Henderson County Democrats stand on Gerrymandering & Voting. Read on…

Gerrymandering. Henderson County, North Carolina. District # 11.

Legislative maps are redrawn every 10 years (after each census) to reflect population changes.  Without fair redistricting rules, legislatures that control state district maps can “gerrymander” boundaries to gain a reliable electoral advantage – ignoring the will of voters.  Since Republicans swept state and national elections in 2010, their use of gerrymandering has been witheringly effective, particularly in seven heavily-gerrymandered states that include North Carolina:

North Carolina: U.S. House Races

Election Year              Republican % of Vote          U.S. House Seats (%)

2012                                      49%                                      9 of 13 (69%)

2014                                      55%                                    10 of 13 (77%)

2016                                      53%                                    10 of 13 (77%)

2018                                      50%                                    10 of 13 (77%)*

*District 9, which the Republicans initially won, was nullified due to irregularities

Let’s work together for better voter access and fair representation for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree, vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

<See the map and cited Sources for this article in the PDF below.>

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Henderson County Democrats care about Gun Safety ! Please read on…

Gun Safety in the U.S.

GUN SAFETY. Henderson County, NC.

The U.S. suffered 39,470 gun deaths in 2018, a violent epidemic that kills more Americans each year than automobiles.   Despite lame excuses from politicians and the NRA, the key factors driving gun violence are well known: easy gun access and lax regulations.  States with an “F” rating (Giffords Law Center) have gun death rates three times higher than states with an “A” rating.  With 1,416 gun deaths in 2018, North Carolina has a “D” rating, and ranked #23 among our states in gun deaths.    

A reasonable compromise to reduce gun violence would require strong protections for gun owners and sensible safeguards for public safety.  A majority of Americans from both major political parties already backs commonsense regulations such as denying guns to the mentally ill and those on no-fly and watch lists; background checks for private and gun-show sales; and a ban on sales of assault-style weapons.  
We can apply these lessons to gun safety, honoring the Fifth Commandment without diminishing the Second Amendment.
We owe this to our families.

Let’s work together for better gun safety for Henderson County and North Carolina! IF you agree vote for local, state and Federal Democrats on November 3rd !  

<See below PDF for cited sources.>

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