Turn NC Blue!
Our Plan to
Redraw the map by 2020!
Durham Democratic Women has developed a plan based on 2012 voting statistics to retake the General Assembly by 2020.
Check Back Often for Updates on What You Can Do and to Find Resources or
email us at: turnNCblue@gmail.com
We Need More
Power of the Pen
Get Busy & Write Those Letters!
Power of the Pen at the Durham Farmer's Market!
Saturday, September 13
Shifts: 7:45-10 am &
10 am-12:15 pm
Sign Up Here!
Durham Democratic Women will have a tent and table at the Durham Farmer's Market from 8 am to noon. We will be recruiting letter-writers for our Power of the Pen Project. We will also have early voting information as well as our Turn NC Blue Cards and information about upcoming events.
This should be fun!
Our very successful letter writing campaign, Women Vote, is getting a new name! It will now be called “Power of the Pen,” and is expanding to include men writing to men as well as women writing to women. This is a county by county Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort to reach infrequent and new voters who are likely to vote Democratic if they vote.
Studies show that the single biggest reason that people do not vote is that they think that their vote doesn’t matter. Our purpose is to reach out to them through personal letters written by Democratics who are frequent voters.
Lots More Info on our Power of the Pen Page
Click to volunteer!
Sign Up here
PowerofthePen.net --more coming soon!
Why Vote? Here's Why...
Click, print and Distribute Widely!
This half sheet (front and back) handout quickly outlines all the important reasons we all need to vote--and Get Out The Vote--this fall. When someone asks you why they should vote for Democrats, you will be ready, and then so will they.
Click to print 2/page Handouts.
Distribute to recruit volunteers for Power of the Pen!
Want to do something besides being mad?
Many have expressed a desire to do “something” about the NC General Assembly: not all counties are as lucky as Durham with a solid Democratic Delegation. DDW has developed a plan, which has been adopted by Democratic Women of NC. This plan provides a road map to retake the General Assembly by 2020. To do this all Democrats will have to be working together towards the common goal: this will take a lot of work.
Help us Turn NC Blue!
To sign up, click for commitment form
and return to us, email to: turnNCblue@gmail.com
or mail to:
Durham Democratic Women
P. O. Box 377, Durham, NC 27702
We've started a blog for Turn NC Blue!
And we want to hear from YOU!
We know you've had some great experiences already--registering voters, coming to meetings, walking with those door hangers, and letter writing. We are collecting short pieces of a few paragraphs about recent experiences our members have had working with Durham Democratic Women, including letter writing in past years. This is your chance to tell people how important and empowering it is to become involved--especially now.
Send submissions to email@example.com
or through the contact tab on this site.
Go to Turn NC Blue! Blog
Want to vote them
means printing and distributing information.
Thank You So Much!
We are putting it to good use.
This is what America would look like without gerrymandering
May 8, 2014 Vox
What would a world without gerrymandering look like? Check out the map above, in which each colored district has a roughly equal population, for a glimpse.
The map was created by the Center for Range Voting... Basically, they used the shortest possible line to cut a state into two halves with roughly equal populations. Then they did so again, and again, and again, until they had the proper number of overall districts. Check out the difference between today's ludicrously gerrymandered North Carolina House map — featuring twisting, snakelike districts that stretch across the state — and the Center's version. See more here
1 + 1 = BLUE! Voter registration drive Phase 1 was a great success!!
Write a Letter To The Editor !
...of your local paper or news outlet. This is a very important and effective tool. We need many different people to write on topics we care about.
Everything you need is on our advocacy page.
Thank you so much!
And when you send it -- send a copy to us too -- we'll print it on our website…
Election changes coming in 2014, 2016
By Mark Binker
August 12, 2013
The rules for voting in North Carolina are about to change. House Bill 589, which has passed the General Assembly has been signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, will require voters to show photo identification when they go to the polls starting in 2016. It also makes dozens of other changes to how the state conducts elections, which will start taking effect this fall and continue through 2014 and beyond. read detailed article/watch video of McCrory explaining
What the voting law does
August 12, 2013
The state’s new election law changes when people can vote and how they can vote. It also changes campaign financing and disclosure laws. Here are some of the major provisions and when they begin. see bullet points
In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears
by AILSA CHANG August 16, 2013
This week, North Carolina's governor signed a new law requiring a state-approved photo ID to cast a vote in a polling place and shortening the period for early voting...NPR's Ailsa Chang visited rural areas of North Carolina to report on how the changes could affect poor minority voters who live there.
Listen to/read story
email us at: turnNCblue@gmail.com
Beyond Durham - Harnett County
We are reaching out to winnable neighboring counties that could use our help. Harnett County has asked us to help them by encouraging our POP letter writers to request and write to people in their county.
Here's how you can participate:
Check back here for updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities from Harnett and Lee Counties to help Turn the NC Legislature Blue!
Turn NC Blue Voting Guide Cards!
Click here for PDF
They have all election information: who to vote for, which office; times, dates and locations of early voting and election day.
Print out on blue card stock to hand out to people everywhere you go!
Voter Engagement Committee
We are turning NC blue!
Become a part of it: click here to volunteer
Just like the weather, DDW’s Turn NC Blue activities are heating up! During this year’s primary, some volunteers expressed a dislike for phone banking and questioned its effectiveness. They said that they would rather just set up a table some place and tell people why it is important to vote in the fall election. And so the Ask Me Campaign was envisioned. Look for an August launch: we will be selling T-shirts with VOTE! in large letters on the front and issues on the back. Volunteers will wear these to public events--and just around town—ready to explain to people why it is important to vote and hand out issue sheets.
Durham’s state legislative delegation is all Democratic, so Durham Democratic Women decided to pair up with Lee, Harnett and Person Counties to help Democratic Women there with fall election activities. Beyond Durham has already staffed a booth in Harnett County passing out voter information. We have many who have volunteered to help work outside Durham - click here and fill out a commitment form to join in.
Some Democratic Women said they want to talk with people in their own neighborhood, so DDW will help these volunteers get lists of infrequent voters, and provide talking points and materials
Power of the Pen will launch August 1. This year NC Democratic Women are writing letters to women across the state, and now we are also including men writing to men. Our past results have been great – in 2012 74% of those receiving letters voted compared to 41% of those not getting letters. So take out your pen, nice paper and get ready to write to infrequent voters telling them why it is so important to you to vote. We will provide issue sheets that you can use to help you. Go ahead! You can start writing letters now and fill in the names and mail once the lists are ready August 1. This is when we will have final Early Vote site information, all run-offs around the state will be completed, and we will complete our election card inserts to go with your letters.
There is a lot going on. DDW is coordinating with other groups in order to not duplicate activities and use the people power as effectively as possible. If you would like to help with any of these activities fill out a commitment form and send it in!
PO Box 377, Durham, NC 27702
You Can Vote Handout:
Voter Registration Best Practices
new voting law
Effective Sept. 2013:
For descriptions of the above and the many more
provisions of the new voter law, see Democracy NC's
Legislative Report Card
-- See how your legislator voted! Also info on the new voting law, and much more.
Why We Need to Vote Them Out (Statewide)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC 2) says she needs her $174,000 a yr ($3,300 a week) paycheck. Her husband is a physician, The average salary in her district is about $42,000 a year.
credit: Living Blue in North Carolina
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Voter ID Info
prepared by Orange Co. Dems
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness" --Eleanor Roosevelt
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