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The Minutes of the Lowndes County Democratic Party’s Meeting Held On August 03, 2020

LCDP Committee Members Present: Dr. Dennis Marks, William Lamb, Ronnie Pierce, Vivian Miller-Cody, Constalina James, Carrol Mikkelsen, Willie Rayford; Kevin Reddick, Eric Bell, Dr. Debra Tann, Sandra Tooley, George Burns, Jeremiah Lawton, David Henry; George Bennett; Pam Hubbard; Kathryn Grant; Gretchen Quarterman; Stan Tullos.  

LCDP Committee Members Absent: Janie McGhin; Tyler Tucker; Angela Greene; Randy Brown. 

Dr. Dennis Marks called the meeting to order and then proceeded with leading the members in the pledge of allegiance. Kevin Reddick then made the invocation/prayer. 

Dr. Marks then stated that the main purpose of our meeting was to decide on who will fill Chairman Gerone Anderson’s position for the remainder of 2020, due to his unexpected death. 

Vice Chairwoman Vivian Miller-Cody spoke in honor of Chairman Gerone Anderson’s memory and about how he impacted the party and our community. She began by stating all of our prayers go out to his family. She stated he had the courage and will to serve others. She was inspired by his spirit, especially how he always spoke about the importance of voting, and he was a fearless leader. She was reminded of what Representative and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis always said about getting into “Good Trouble,” and she stated that is what Mr. Anderson did and that was who he was. 

Secretary William Lamb reminded members that they can go on to the Lowndes County Democratic Party’s website to review the minutes for several of our last few meetings including our meetings on June 01, 2020 and on July 06, 2020.

Treasurer Ronnie Pierce was then called on to give his report to the body. Our account balance as of August 03, 2020 is in the amount of $4,427.46. Total deposits for the month of July was one check in the amount of $25.00 from Dr. Marks. Our disbursements included $30.00 for Cricket Wireless phone; a check in the amount of $50.00 went to Tyler Tucker and another check in the amount of $50.00 went to Matthew Baun for their help during the primary elections earlier in the year; we also paid $14.99 for our Zoom subscription to hold our meetings; we paid $79.99 to Kathy Vineyard for flowers for Mr. Anderson’s funeral; we paid an additional $60.53 for Mr. Anderson’s wake expenses. Total disbursements were in the amount of $285.51. We also have a Paypal balance in the amount of $899.77. We received $50.00 from George Bennett for membership dues and we received $25.00 from George Henry for membership dues. We had fees subtracted in the amount of $2.78, which left us a total balance of $5,627.23. A motion was made to approve the Treasurer’s Report, the motion was seconded, and the report was accepted into the record.

Dr. Marks then announced that due to Mr. Anderson’s death we now have a vacancy on the LCDP County Committee for District 2, Post 4 and we needed volunteers to fill this position. Dr. Marks also announced that we have a vacancy for District 3, Post 3 and that Jeremiah Lawton was willing to serve in this position. A motion was entertained for Mr. Lawton to fill this position, the motion was seconded, and Mr. Lawton was elected by acclamation to fill this vacancy. Dr. Marks then went on to announce that we have a vacancy for Super District 4, Post 4 and he recommended that Pam Hubbard be appointed to this position. A motion was proposed for Pam Hubbard to fill this position, the motion was seconded, and Pam Hubbard was elected by acclamation approved to be on the committee. Dr. Marks then announced another vacancy for Super District 5, Post 1 and he stated that J.D. Rice was willing to serve in this position. A motion was proposed for J.D. Rice to fill this position, the motion was seconded, and Mr. Rice was elected by acclamation to be on the committee. Dr. Marks then turned to the vacancy at At-Large, Post 2 and he stated there were two volunteers that were eligible for the position: Debra Rutland and Warren Lee. Vivian Miller-Cody nominated Debra Rutland for the position and Ms. Rutland was voted to fill the position by acclamation. 

Dr. Marks then turned to the unfortunate issue of having to fill Mr. Anderson’s chairmanship until the end of 2020. Dr. Marks stated Vivian Miller-Cody wanted to step forward to fill this position. A motion was proposed for Vivian Miller-Cody to become Chairwoman of the Lowndes County Democratic Party, the motion was seconded, and she was then voted by acclamation to fill the position. Since Mrs. Miller-Cody was now taking on the position of Chairwoman, her other position for Vice-Chair for Membership was now open. Constalina James volunteered to be nominated for this position until the end of this term and she was voted by acclamation to fill this position. Dr. Marks also informed the body that Vice Chair for Qualifying Kathryn Grant had resigned her position and Dr. Marks recommended Pam Hubbard for the position. Ms. Hubbard was formally nominated for the position and hearing no other nominations she was voted to the position by acclamation. Our newly appointed Chairwoman Vivian Miller-Cody thanked the committee and the body for their vote of confidence in her filling the position until the end of the year. 

She then called on Dr. Marks to give his report regarding upcoming elections. Dr. Marks reminded members that early voting for the primary run-off for U.S. House Congressional District 1 between Lisa Ring and Joyce Marie Griggs was ending next Tuesday, August 11, 2020. He also thanked Kathryn Grant and Pam Hubbard for volunteering to monitor the opening of absentee ballots and adjudicate any questioned ballots. Ms. Grant expressed concern that not all the elections staff nor the monitors from the other party were wearing masks during the monitoring and adjudication process. Dr. Marks promised to pursue the issue. Dr. Marks then reminded members that the Lowndes County Democratic Party needed “all hands on deck” for the upcoming elections. He emphasized that we need volunteers for getting out the vote, phone banking, handing out flyers, and doing whatever we can to inform voters of the upcoming elections. 

Dr. Treva Gear then made a request for volunteers to help her campaign for Georgia Senate District 8. She asked members to help her phone bank, text bank, and send postcards out on her behalf. She asked for members to contact her Volunteer Coordinator Emily Young and to go onto her website for more information about how they can help her campaign. 

Ronnie Pierce then brought up an issue involving the LCDP’s storage unit because it was previously in Chairman Anderson’s name. He stated that we will need to contact the storage unit rental location and have the unit turned over into his or Vivian Miller-Cody’s name. He also brought up the issue of having to remove Mr. Anderson’s name from the account and add Vivian Miller-Cody. It was decided that Vivian Miller-Cody’s and Ronnie Pierce’s names would be added to the storage unit and Mrs. Miller-Cody’s name would be added to the LCDP’s bank account.

Meeting Adjourned.         

STEPS ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED & PARTICIPATE IN OUR UPCOMING ELECTIONS

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE EARLY IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTION. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE AS EARLY AS THEY CAN!

Early voting in Lowndes County will take place from Monday, October 12, to Friday, October 30, including Saturdays and Sundays of both weekends, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Elections Office, 2808 N. Oak St., Valdosta.

 

How to Register to Vote in Georgia Online

Go to Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/

Enter First Initial, Last Name, County from drop-down menu, and Date of Birth. Click “Submit.”

If you’re registered to vote, next page shows your voter registration information.

If you’re not registered to vote, next page has a green button “Register to Vote”!

Click on it. Then, on next page, click on “I Want to Register to Vote!”

Then, either “Register to vote online using valid GA Driver’s License or ID#” or “Register to vote by printing and mailing the application.”

After registering, do check back at My Voter Page to see that you’re registered.

Deadline to register to vote in the November election is Monday, October 5.

VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT

Georgians registered to vote can also do so by absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots are an option for registered voters who may be traveling, outside the country, serving in the military, or otherwise can’t make it to the polls on Election Day.

How Do I Vote by Absentee Ballot?

1.  Make Sure You’re Registered
-To vote via absentee ballot, you must first be registered to vote.

2.  Fill Out & Submit an Absentee Ballot Application 

-To vote by absentee ballot, you must first fill out, sign, and submit an absentee ballot    application. You can do this online, by mail, by fax, or in person.

Submit your absentee ballot application by the specified deadline. Absentee ballots may be requested any time between 180 days prior to the election and the end of the business day on the Friday before Election Day. View a list of upcoming elections and registration deadlines on the Georgia Secretary of State’s election calendar.

You can submit your Absentee Ballot Application Online, by Mail, by Fax, and In-Person. Please visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s website for specific information on these options.

In addition, the Secretary of State’s Office has created a new Absentee Mail Ballot Online Application Portal https://ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov

BECOME A POLL WATCHER

With just less than 40 days to go before early in-person voting starts, Georgia Democrats need to sign up 1,000 more poll watchers before October 1st to make sure we can cover our priority polling locations across the state. We need your help.

We need poll watchers. We’re coordinating with the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG). Please sign up to be a poll watcher: bit.ly/poll-watch-ga

PHONE BANKING OPPORTUNITIES

We are less than 60 days out from Election Day and are getting to the point where we need all hands on deck. If you are all able to volunteer once a week for an hour from now until Election Day, that would only be about 10 hours of your time over the next two months. It is critical that we all do the most that we can if we want to see Georgia light up blue for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. If we want Dr. Treva Gear representing us in the State Senate, we need to be on the phones making sure people are able to cast a vote for her.

We will be phone banking every Thursday from 4-7 pm and from 10-7 every Saturday. If you need to be trained on the phones we will be able to set that up as well. We are also working on starting text banking on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well. I will link the signup to Thursday phone banking here. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have any questions please reach out to Nathan Lavender, Field Organizer for the Democratic Party of Georgia, Phone# (404)-861-3708; nathan@georgiademocrat.org

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