Women’s Equality Day Aug 26, 2020 in Knox County

Knox County Democratic Women’s first annual Women’s Equality Day event to take place on the Mount Vernon Square, August 26th, 2020 from 6-7pm. Women’s Equality Day was recognized nationally in 1971 . This year’s celebration is especially important as it is the 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th amendment, ensuring a woman’s right to vote. We will have a few speakers (to be announced) and music by Courtney DeCosky. We have also asked, with the help of Councilwoman Julia Warga, a proclamation be made by the City of Mount Vernon, to officially observe August 26th as Women’s Equality Day.
We will also have voter registration.
In conjunction with this event, we are launching a fundraiser, t-shirts will be available for $20. These shirts will be royal blue with white lettering. The t-shirt will say “vote” with the “o” being the symbol for female. Orders need to be submitted to me by August 10th to ensure the shirts will be ready by the 26th (you can email, text, or call me to order and arrange payment, see below). Shirts are being printed locally at T-Shirt Express and are uni-sex regarding sizing. Shirts are made in America and union endorsed.
Masks and social distancing will be strongly encouraged.
Please join us, purchase and wear a t-shirt, and bring a sign, August 26th, to celebrate a women’s right to vote!

Yard Signs and Such

Obtain yard signs, bumper stickers, and buttons

KCDP HQ 9 E Vine St, Mount Vernon, OH

Tuesday and Thursday from noon-3pm

and Wednesday noon-1pm.

$5 donation for yard signs

Wear Mask and follow covid protocols while in HQ

Knox County COVID-19 Resources for the Long Haul

The Knox County Democratic Party is pleased to share this PDF flyer listing resources “for the long haul” during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll find links to COVID-19 guidelines, financial assistance, food assistance, and the 2-1-1 service, among others. Download a copy and share with friends, family, neighbors and work colleagues. Thanks to “Five Knox Women Democrats with an Idea” for this handy resource.

Opinion: A Letter to Bernie and Joe

Democrats: It’s time — well past time — to step up.

Who can take one more day of listening to Donald Trump calling on the angry angels of our nature? Who can take one more day of knowing that nurses and doctors and those working in the public don’t have the equipment they need to deal with COVID-19? The longer the delays we have in testing and prevention, the longer we will be in crisis. The longer we debate what our response should be, the longer we have to stay inside, separated. And the longer the world despairs.

If ever there were a time made for us to show who we are, it is now.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders. Stand up.

Here’s one idea. It’s a simple one and admittedly old-school: Host a telethon to raise money to buy masks and ventilators and test swabs. Hold it during Donald Trump’s press conference. Use the time to get out the facts about the coronavirus. Hell, invite celebrities. I would donate. Broadcast every day at 6pm. You can do this.

(I’m sure there are other ideas out there. I invite them.)

Inspire us. History is rich with circumstances in which we overcame adversity. Tell us those stories. Give us hope. Words matter. Dig deep into your hearts and tell us what matters in this life.

Work together and lift us up. Yes, we have to do our parts. But you need to remember that America’s best days — and by this I mean, its most selfless and generous days — were inspired by great leaders: Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, King.

You may be speaking now but we’re not hearing you. You must do something radically different, radically kind, to break out from the din.

We are not helpless. I know this is true. But we are flailing around, grasping for direction to come from someone who can speak to our goodness. Someone who can bring us together when we are literally separated. Someone who can say, “Let’s go.”

Originally posted on Medium.

Guide to Essential Businesses

Since 11:59 last night, Ohio has been under a stay-at-home directive. Only essential businesses are permitted to operate. But what is an “essential” business? In the last 24 hours, I’ve learned that Pak Mail on Coshocton Ave., Hillside Veterinary Clinic, assorted restaurants and drive-throughs, albeit some with curbside service, are still open. Call ahead to see if your destination is open. Remember: Only go out if you absolutely need to and be sure to stick to social distancing guidelines.

Click on this link to download the order and list of industries and businesses that may still operate.  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/s…/DirectorsOrderStayAtHome.pdf

Resources You Need: Knox County Health Dept., Pathways of Central Ohio/211

In the coming days and weeks, KCDP will do its best to share the resources and info you need to get through the coronavirus crisis. We will share them here and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KnoxCoDems/

Today, we are sharing Knox County’s primary contact for those who are concerned about their health or those of their loved ones, Knox County Health. Knox Public Health and Knox Community Hospital are joining forces to open a call-line for local residents to talk directly with a medical professional about their symptoms and concerns. The call-line number is 740-399-8014. The call-line is operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Direct link to Knox County Health Dept.https://www.knoxhealth.com/

Many of the resources we cite here are found on the Pathways of Central Ohio 211 site, which provides nearly every resource you could need (thanks, Kristin Asmus McCloud!). Check them out here: https://pathwaysofcentralohio.com/2-1-1-crisis-hotline-inf…/

OHIO DEMOCRATIC PARTY TAKES LEGAL ACTION TO PRESERVE PRIMARY ELECTION AND PROTECT OHIOANS’ RIGHT TO VOTE

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party today filed a writ of prohibition with the Ohio Supreme Court to ensure the primary election will take place and protect Ohioans’ right to vote, after polling places were barred from opening by the state Department of Health.

“This primary election must move forward,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Earlier today we said that we would litigate to defend voters’ right to fully participate in the state’s Democratic primary election, and in the absence of action by the General Assembly and with other actors moving to shut down the primary, we have filed with the Ohio Supreme Court to ensure that all eligible Ohio voters are able to exercise their right to vote in this primary.

“Yesterday’s actions did not create unchecked authority with the governor or secretary of state to run a new election. So authority for a new election must come from the legislature or from a court. Today’s action seeks that court order, preserving the primary while also proposing a more workable window for the election to take place, along with multiple opportunities and a reasonable amount of time for voters to vote.

“We hope the court, governor, secretary of state, legislative leaders and other parties see the necessity of this order to preserve the right to vote and complete a fair and timely election in Ohio.”

Click here to view the Ohio Democratic Party’s complaint in original action for writ of prohibition:

http://supremecourt.ohio.gov/pdf_viewer/pdf_viewer.aspx…

Absentee and In-Person Voting Starts Tomorrow, Feb. 19

While big primary contests have yet to happen, early voting starts in Ohio tomorrow. Don’t wait until primary election day (March 17, by the way) to vote. Download and print this flyer from the Knox County Board of Elections that lists the times available for voting in person and information about absentee voting. Ask for a Democratic ballot and vote:

  • Your choice of Democratic nominee for President
  • Representative to Congress (7th District): Write-in Quentin Potter (you must fill in the oval and write in “Quentin Potter” — see illustration)
  • Justice of the Supreme Court: John P. O’Donnell
  • Justice of the Supreme Court: Jennifer Brunner
  • Judge of the Court of Appeals (5th District): William B. Hoffman
  • State Representative (68th District): Steven F. Mount

Picture of Sample Write-in Ballot

How to write-in Quentin Potter as Representative to Congress. Fill in the oval, write in Quentin Potter.

ALERT:  PURGING OF VOTERS

Even though it is your right to decide when you want to vote, more than 1.7 million Ohio voters were removed from voter registration files by local county boards of elections because of inactivity. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purged voters because they chose not to vote. Were you one of the 1.7 million purged?

To check your voter registration before the next election, visit Knox County Board of Elections or I Will Vote. (Remember to use your formal registration name when you search.)

If you arrive at your polling place and cannot be found in the poll book, thanks to an ACLU of Ohio court victory, you may cast a provisional ballot. Respectfully, but firmly, insist on your right to a provisional ballot. If any problems should arise, call Knox County BOE at 740-393-6716 immediately.