- Even when rural candidates don’t win, their presence in a race boosts Democratic turnout, and that can make a big difference in statewide races.
- As Dems start competing meaningfully everywhere, Republicans have to divert some money from more competitive races.
- What issues are you most interested in (e.g. affordable housing, parking, density requirements, trees and environmental impacts)?
- What are some of the takeaways and/or fears people have shared with you (in person or online)?
- If you’d like to join our group!
- Assuming we can get a quorum (so please attend if you can!!), vote to amend our bylaws to reflect precinct redistricting necessitated by the 2020 census (details in last month’s newsletter). The proposed amendment language, with full explanation, is here.
- Volunteers will be needed to staff current polling places and the two old polling places (Alumni Hall and Tonsler) on Primary Day to answer voters’ questions and thank them for coming out to vote.
- June 2 Summer Bash Fundraiser report (see below).
- Charlottesville City Council Candidate forum on May 24 (see below).
- June 26 picnic with Albemarle Dems (see below).
- Zoning info forum (see below).
- two precincts no longer exist;
- there are two new precincts that technically have no one representing them, because the precincts did not exist at the time of our last reorganization (and our bylaws don’t address this scenario!);
- some Precinct reps no longer live in the precincts that they represent due to the redrawn lines;
- Mike Cameron and Mary Ann Harris have found a very few errors in the VoteBuilder database that put people in the wrong precinct (we’re advising the DPVA’s tech team of these).
- A proposed amendment to the bylaws will be presented for the May 22 Full Committee meeting.
- In the meantime, precinct leaders will develop an ad hoc reorganization to handle the upcoming election.
Update on Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)
Reflections on the November General Election
Josh Throneburg reported that he and his team are doing an after-election report to analyze what worked well and what didn’t; Josh is committed to staying involved to try to build in all of those areas for the future.