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OUR WORK IS NOT DONE!

First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who helped in the election – getting out the vote, putting up signs, phone banking, driving voters to the polls, directing traffic, cutting radio ads, recording robocalls, and serving as poll watchers, poll observers, monitors and adjudicators. Thank you all! We turned GEORGIA BLUE!

At this time, President-Elect Biden is ahead in Georgia by 10,600 votes. Lowndes County Democrats provided 20,117 votes for Biden. Without Lowndes County Democrats, Biden would not be ahead in Georgia!

 But our work is not yet done. As it stands now, there will be a Runoff for Public Service Commission (PSC) District 4. The PSC sets the rates for gas, electricity, etc. The Democratic candidate is Daniel Blackman. Daniel Blackman was the keynote speaker at the 2019 LCDP BBQ. He came through for LCDP, on very short notice. We need to come through for him!

The Runoff for State and Local Officeslike the PSC, is on Tuesday, December 1. Early Voting will start as soon as possible. (I’ll share the schedule as soon as I receive it.) The deadline to register to vote was October 5.

The Runoff for Federal Officeslike the US Senate, is on Tuesday, January 5. Early Voting will run Monday, December 14 – Friday, January 1, except holidays. The deadline to register to vote will be Monday, December 7.

One can vote in the Runoff for Federal Offices even if one did not vote in the General Election. We need to register everyone who isn’t registered now! The easiest way for someone to register to vote is by smartphone: go to mvp.sos.ga.gov 

Ask everyone in your network to go to mvp.sos.ga.gov on their smartphone or computer, to check their voter registration, to register to vote if not already registered, and to request an absentee ballot if not already requested. It’s all at MVP. 

Turning 18 by January 5? Register by December 7 to vote for Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock for U.S. Senate! Go to mvp.sos.ga.gov. Anyone who has completed probation and fines can register to vote! Anyone who is a citizen can register to vote! 

The Democratic candidates are Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael WarnockVOTE for BOTH! If both win, the U.S. Senate will be tied 50-50. Vice President Kamala Harris would then cast the tie-breaking vote, giving control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats!

Not a moment to waste, Democrats! Get the word out now about voter registration and absentee ballots: mvp.sos.ga.gov

PLEASE SHARE THIS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SPREAD THE WORD!!

THE LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S MINUTES FOR OCTOBER 05, 2020

LCDP County Committee Members Present: Chairwoman Vivian Miller-Cody, Dr. Dennis Marks, Ronnie Pierce, Constalina James, William Lamb, Pam Hubbard, Carol Mikkelson, Sandra Tooley, Jeremiah Lawton, Stan Tullos, J.D. Rice, Willie Rayford, Kathryn Grant, Gretchen Quarterman, Dr. Debra Tann.     

LCDP County Committee Members Absent: Eric Bell, George Bennett, Janie McGhin, Tyler Tucker, George Burns, David Henry, Angela Greene, Randy Brown, Debra Rutland.  

Chairwoman Miller-Cody called the meeting to order. She then called upon J.D. Rice to give the invocation. Mr. Rice then led the members in prayer. 

Secretary William Lamb then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then turned the members’ attention to the minutes for our last meeting held on September 14, 2020, which have been posted onto our website. A motion was proposed to approve the minutes for September 14, 2020, the motion was seconded, and the motion was approved. 

Treasurer Ronnie Pierce was then called upon to give his report through October 01, 2020. He stated that the party ended up with a balance of $5,771.84. He stated that our balance in September, in our Ozark account, was $3,558.83. There were some transactions that came through September 3 through October 4, which included payment for the phone, printing, and yard signs. Total debits equaled $1,059.99. Total credits which included sales from yard signs and donations were in the amount of $5,262.00. We have a current Paypal balance of $204.00. In actuality, we had a Paypal balance of $1,100.00. Treasurer Pierce and Assistant Treasurer Constalina James decided to take out $870.00 from the Paypal account and put that amount into our primary bank account. $870.00 was the amount we collected for the selling of yard signs. He concluded by stating that the party has a grand total of $6,248.92 in our account. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then called upon Constalina James to give the Budget Committee’s report to the present members. Mrs. James stated she will be making a few changes to the budget because she needs to add slots for robo calls and radio advertisements. She will then send the updated report to the Budget Committee for approval. Once they are done looking it over, she will then submit the budget to the Executive Committee.   

Secretary William Lamb then called the roll of all present Lowndes County Democratic County Committee Members. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then called upon Dr. Dennis Marks to give his report on the upcoming Elections. Dr. Marks stated we have a few vacancies on the LCDP County Committee for District 2 and Super District 5. He requested members to spread the word because we need to find volunteers to fill those positions. Dr. Marks told members to be aware that October 12 is the start of early voting. He stated we needed to get out the vote, making sure everybody votes all the way down the ballot. Dr. Marks informed members that if people were wanting to vote by Absentee ballot, that the Secretary of State has set up a website where one can apply for their absentee ballot at www.ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov. You can also look at www.georgia.ballottrax.net to track your absentee ballot. Dr. Marks also took time to thank both Kathryn Grant and Pam Hubbard for their leadership in serving as moderators for the paper ballot processing. He stated the Elections Office is still looking for poll workers, so he asked members if they know anyone to volunteer. He stated it is a paid position that requires training. He asked members to be patient with the process and he wanted them to know that we have people scrutinizing the process in Lowndes County, but it will take a while for the votes to be counted. He reminded members about the special U.S. Senate race featuring over 20 candidates, and if one of the candidates does not secure more than 50% of the vote, then there will be a run-off required that will occur on January 05, 2021. We will then be responsible for getting out the vote for the run-off because it could tip the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. He stated that the LCDP’s emphasis now is getting out the vote and do everything we can such as robo calls and ride to polls. 

Pam Hubbard then added that in the special Senate race there are 20 candidates running. She stated the Secretary of State office was preloading the ballots onto the computers and they discovered a small issue with not all of the 20 candidates’ names being on one page of the ballot and instead are filling onto a second page. She wanted members to know that there is a possibility that you will have to keep scrolling all the way down to the bottom of the page or onto the second page in order to find your candidate’s name on the ballot. Dr. Marks added that the issue was in the process of being resolved but we were one week from the start of the election. 

Dr. Marks reminded members that he asked for someone to step up and become the Volunteer Co-ordinator who would be in charge of co-ordinating rides to the polls. Chairwoman Miller-Cody suggested Ronnie Pierce to co-ordinate the rides to the polls and he stated that would not be a problem. Chairwoman Miller-Cody instructed Mr. Pierce to put down her number because she would like to help. 

J.D. Rice then asked Dr. Marks if there were any amendments being proposed and were there any that we needed to pay particular attention to. Dr. Marks stated there were two constitutional amendments being proposed, one dealing with mandating that the legislature utilize fees for the purpose for which they were enacted and the second one deals with sovereign immunity, meaning you cannot sue the state or counties without their permission. He stated this amendment would give a person that permission, if the suit has to do with a constitutionally protected right. He then added that there will be a state wide referendum that has to do with waiving property taxes for non-profit organizations who build houses and provide those houses to their inhabitants with an interest free loan, i.e., Habitat for Humanity. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then opened the floor for members wishing to be heard. Mrs. Miller Cody stated she wanted to speak first about an issue she had been discussing with Gretchen Quarterman. The issue involved that according to our guidelines, the Democratic Party could not give money out to individuals running on the Democratic ballot, but we can do things such as robo calls and radio advertisement. To continue, she also brought up the issue that 10,523 people in Lowndes County requested absentee ballots and only 1,100 people have turned in their ballots. Mrs. Miller-Cody stated she supports doing robo calls as well as radio advertisements in order to encourage people to turn in their absentee ballots. Gretchen Quarterman then added that she suggests recording a robo call in order to encourage Democratic voters to turn in their absentee ballots and to encourage Democratic voters, who did not request an absentee ballot, to vote early. Mrs. Quarterman stated the robo call should cost less than $500.00 to reach several thousand people. Secretary William Lamb seconded the motion to approve proceeding with the robo calls. Ronnie Pierce then stated that he has prepared a script for a 30 second commercial to run on the radio. Mr. Pierce also researched the top stations that Democrats and African-Americans listen to and they are 105.3, 107.9, and 102.7. Each commercial will cost around $18.00 or $20.00, depending on the time slot the commercial runs. Mr. Pierce suggested not doing less than 3 commercials per day for a week, which would cost around $420.00 or $450.00. Chairwoman Vivian Miller-Cody added that during the Executive Committee Meeting a decision was made to approve the radio station 105.3 to run the commercials. Dr. Marks suggested waiting until the start of early voting to start running the advertisements on the radio. Mr. Pierce stated that Pam Hubbard and he will write an amended advertisement and have the text approved by the FCC, which will take a few days. He suggested starting the radio advertisements on October 19. Mr. Lamb suggested starting the process as early as possible because we cannot wait until October 19, 2020 to get the advertisement on the air, we need it up as soon as possible. J.D. Rice stated that he did not hear the station 97.5 called out. Willie Rayford made a motion to include radio station 97.5 in our advertisement. Ronnie Pierce stated the following three stations have the most listeners and they include WVI Star 105.3, WWRQ 107.9, WAXHI 102.7. Chairwoman Mill-Cody asked the body whether we wanted to use all three of these stations or remove one. Gretchen Quarterman suggested that if we have the money to do all four then we should do all four. Mr. Pierce stated that the Executive Committee met before the general party meeting and allocated $500.00 to him for the radio advertisements. He stated we cannot do four stations for a week with $500.00. Dr. Marks then proposed a motion to allocate $500.00 for robo calls and $500.00 for radio advertisements. Also, he proposed a motion to delegate to Mr. Pierce and Ms. Hubbard to be the ones who ascertain which radio stations would be the most effective and bring the text of the radio ad to the Executive Committee for its approval before submitting it to the FCC. Mr. Lamb seconded both of those motions. The majority of the members present were in favor of both motions to proceed with the robo calls and radio advertisements.      

Willie Rayford then added that he has a problem that we as a party cannot help Democratic candidates running for office according to our by-laws. Gretchen Quarterman stated the party’s mission is to turn out our base and not to convince voters to pick a particular candidate. She added that the party does not advocate for individual candidates, but instead for all of the Democratic candidates running. Sandra Tooley added that she did find a part in the Georgia Democratic Party’s by-laws that state that a party can contribute to an individual candidate as long as a cover letter accompanies the contribution stating that candidate must remain a Democratic candidate after the election and by their acceptance they are entering into a contract that states if they change their party affiliation before the next election then they will reimburse the party for expenses related to the contribution. She stated she reviewed the Lowndes County Democratic Party’s by-laws and there was no mention of financial contributions. She stated that we need to look at this issue in the future and potentially add something specific to our by-laws. Jeremiah Lawton stated that once the COVID-19 virus is suppressed the By-Laws Committee can meet and discuss revisions to our by-laws. Mr. Rayford added that he has been a Democrat for around 50 years and the party has given financial contributions to individual candidates in the past. He stated that we as a party should be helping local Democratic candidates with giving them a few hundred dollars such as Dr. Treva Gear. Dr. Marks stated our purpose is to support all Democratic candidates. He added that if we were to make a financial contributions to one or more candidates, say we seed $1,000.00 to a candidate, then we would be subject to the requirement of the State Ethics Commission to report all of our donors and file quarterly as well as monthly reports of all our income and expenses. Dr. Marks also stated that this would become a matter of public record. He also believed that this was an onerous undertaking with all of the reporting requirements and would expose all of our contributors to public inspection. He added that we are better off supporting the Democratic candidates by getting out the vote, rides to the polls, robo calls, and radio advertisements. Chairwoman Miller-Cody added that we have to go forward with the by-laws that we have now and in the future the new officers can review our by-laws for future changes.    

Meeting Adjourned

THE LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS & POLL WATCHERS!

To All Lowndes County Democrats:

This is your chance to help turn Lowndes County BLUE!

The 2020 Election is here and Lowndes County Voters are turning out.

A big thank you to the great team of Early Voting Poll Watchers who have committed to watching Early Voting inside the Board of Elections office.

And a big thank you in advance to our Democratic Team of PBPM/VRP monitors for the paper ballot processing monitors and vote review panels that start October 19.

Needed:

Outside Poll Watchers for Early Voting (poll watching is done in shifts)

Inside Poll Watchers for Precincts on Election Day, Nov. 3 (work is done in shifts)

This is the Election of our lifetime- our Democratic values and our children’s future are on the line.  This is your chance to say, Yes, I will- I will do my part for All of Us.

For more information call Dennis Marks at 229.630.8486 or email lowndesdems@gmail.com.

Let’s Do This!

Early vote outside fill-in volunteers:

For outside Early Vote poll watchers who want to be shifted in the remaining days of early vote as outside observers, they need to first sign up through our poll watcher registration form ( bit.ly/poll-watch-legacy ) and note in comments section at end of form something like want to do early vote outside poll watching in Lowndes – please call to schedule me for shift(s).  Volunteers will need to select an Election Day shift on this form – we don’t have the option to select early vote at this point so if they can’t do Election Day, only want outside early vote, they’ll need to note that in the commetn section at the end and we can remove the election day selection on our end.  After registering through the form above, volunteers can also email pollwatchers@georgiademocrat.org to request that someone on our team call to schedule them for outside early vote shifts.

Election Day poll watchers:

Register to join the Election Day poll watching team here bit.ly/poll-watch-legacy and you’ll receive a confirmation email with all the information you’ll need to get up and running with a few short training videos and other resources we have for poll watchers.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE CHAIRWOMAN OF THE LCDP

My name is Vivian Miller Cody, Chairperson of the Lowndes County Democratic Party. I would like to remind you that early voting starts on Monday, October 12th, and continues to Friday, October 30th, from 7AM to 7PM, including Saturdays and Sundays, at the Board of Elections office located at 2808 North Oak Street, Valdosta. If you are voting absentee, mail your ballot early or use the drop box at the Board of Elections office. You can check the status of your absentee ballot at Georgia.ballottrax.net (that’s B-A-L-L-O-T-T-R-A-X). Your vote is especially important. Let’s turn Georgia Blue! If you need a ride to the polls or to take your ballot to the drop box, call (229) 241-1694. This message is sponsored by the Lowndes County Democratic Party.

Lowndes County Democratic Party’s Minutes for September 14, 2020

LCDP Committee Members Present: Chairwoman Miller-Cody, Dr. Dennis Marks, Constalina James, Pam Hubbard, Ronnie Pierce, Carol Mikkelson, Sandra Tooley, Eric Bell, Jeremiah Lawton, Stan Tullos, David Henry, Willie Rayford, George Burns, Gretchen Quarterman.     

LCDP Committee Members Absent: George Bennett, Janie McGhin, Tyler Tucker, Angela Greene, J.D. Rice, Randy Brown, Debra Rutland.  

LCDP Committee Members Excused: Kathryn Grant.  

Chairwoman Miller-Cody called the meeting to order and then introduced Councilwoman Sandra Tooley to lead the members in prayer. Chairwoman Miller-Cody then led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody asked for the members to make sure to review the minutes for our last meeting from August 03, 2020. She then asked for a motion to approve the minutes from our last meeting. Eric Bell made a motion to approve the minutes, Willie Rayford seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved. Secretary William Lamb then re-iterated to the members that all of the previous minutes for all of our meetings have been posted onto our website for review. 

Secretary William Lamb then proceeded with a roll call of the Lowndes County Democratic Party Committee members present for this meeting. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then called upon Treasurer Ronnie Pierce to deliver his monthly report. Our ending balance as of September 13, 2020 was in the amount of $4,712.97. Total deposits were in the amount of $1,525.00. Sign sales equaled to $1,475.00 and we profited $854.00. He stated this left us with an amount of $4,896.83. Our disbursements included $30.00 for Cricket phone, $14.99 for Zoom, $67.00 for the storage unit, $640.00 for purchase of the Biden-Harris signs, $106.00 for annual fee of post office box, $57.64 for handouts, $60.00 for Tyler Tucker, $50.00 for Mathew Bausey, $60.00 for expenses for Mr. Anderson at Walmart, $79.00 for flowers for Mr. Anderson’s funeral, $30.00 for Cricket, and $67.00 for the storage unit. Total disbursements were in the amount of $1,261.51. Leaving us with a balance in our Ozarks account in the amount of $4,996.83. We have a Paypal balance of $1,052.00. The total of both accounts equals to $5,897.35.  

Sandra Tooley asked Mr. Pierce, “Who made the unknown deposit of $25.00 on July 17, 2020?” Unfortunately, at the time Mr. Pierce did not know who deposited this amount into the LCDP’s account. Chairwoman Miller-Cody suggested tabling the Treasurer’s Report until we can find out who deposited the $25.00 into our account. Dr. Marks then made a motion to table the Treasurer’s Report until we clear this issue up. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then called upon Vice Chair Dr. Dennis Marks to give his report on the upcoming elections. Dr. Marks announced there are several vacancies on the LCDP County Committee for District 2 and Super District 5 and he requested volunteers to fill these positions. Dr. Marks notified members that absentee ballots were starting to be mailed out and that they can request an absentee ballot on the new website ballotrequest.sos.ga.gov. You can also go to myvoterpage.com to check the status of your absentee ballot. Dr. Marks emphasized that when you do fill out your ballot, to make sure to fill it out from top to bottom and to make sure to fill in the entire bubble. Also, make sure to write your name and sign the outside envelope. He emphasized that your ballot will not be counted if you do not sign the outside envelope. He also reminded members to make sure to put postage on the envelope, and he stated the best option was to drop off your ballot into one of the drop boxes that are located in the county. The deadline to register to vote is October 05, 2020. Early Voting will start October 12, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for seven days a week and that includes Saturdays and Sundays at the Board of Elections. October 19, 2020 the Board of Elections will start opening and processing the ballots. He then thanked Kathryn Grant and Pam Hubbard because from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. they are going to watch the absentee ballots being opened. The last day for early voting is Friday, October 30, 2020. No voting on Halloween, No voting on November 01, no voting on November 02. November 03 is Election Day, the last opportunity to vote. Dr, Marks stated he is going to need a lot of help with elections, he needs volunteers for poll watching, phone banking, text banking, post-card writing, going to door to door, and providing rides to the polls. He requested volunteers to e-mail lowndesdems@gmail.com if someone is interested. Dr. Marks also asked for someone to step up to be a Volunteer Co-ordinator and to contact him if they were interested. Dr. Marks asked members to be cognizant of the strength of the various Democratic candidates running in this year’s elections and make sure you vote for the Democrat with the best chance of winning. Dr. Marks then stated the most important local election that we have is the election of State Senate District 8 in which Dr. Treva Gear is running.              

Dr. Marks then asked Dr. Treva Gear to say a few things about how we can help her campaign. She has been doing No-Knock canvassing, phone banking, post-carding, radio shows, mailers, and fundraising events. She has some billboards that are going to be coming up and she has more signs to come. She let members know they can contact her if they want a yard sign or a T-shirt. Dr. Gear asked, “How can members help my campaign?” She asked members to use their network to help spread the word about her campaign. Dr. Treva has been endorsed by Stacey Abrams, Fair Fight, Georgia Association of Educators, Sierra Club, Working Families Party, Sharing Action, and Georgia Conservation Voters. She needs more people to help with canvassing, phone banking, writing postcards, and share her campaign on social media. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then called upon Vice Chair Constalina James to give her report on membership. Mrs. James stated she did not have anything for membership but she did have some things to say about fundraising. She thanked all the patrons who paid for tickets and helped with our BBQ that we had to unexpectedly cancel. She sold 51 plates for the BBQ and since it was canceled she spoke to Big Nick about preparing the take out plates to give to the patrons. So on September 22, 202 between 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Mrs. James will be at Bick Nick’s restaurant and he is going to prepare the menu as if we were going to have the BBQ as usual. She has the nine names who purchased the 51 plates and she will contact them to make arrangements to pick up their food. She added that if the patrons do not want the food plates then we will donate the meals to the Food Bank. She will send an e-mail out to the nine people who purchased the tickets. 

Treasurer Ronnie Pierce then showed the members a copy of the flyers that he created so that we will be able to handout them out to voters to inform them of the Democratic candidates running in each election. Dr. Marks emphasized that when members are looking at their ballot to make sure to vote for every Democrat from the top of the ballot all the way down. 

Vice Chair Pam Hubbard had nothing to report. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then added that we were able to sell all of the yard signs and we made $854.00 in profit. She got some more yard signs to sell and she told members to call her if they were interested in buying any. Margie Tullos suggested maybe putting the signs on the LCDP’s website since it is already connected with Paypal. Chairwoman Miller-Cody was against putting the signs online because she did not want Paypal to get a percentage of the profits for the sale of the signs. Gretchen Quarterman suggested charging $11.00 for the signs online in order to offset the kickback to Paypal. Chairwoman Miller-Cody then assigned Gretchen Quarterman to put the yard signs for sale on the LCDP’s website.   

Chairwoman Miller-Cody asked for volunteers to be a Volunteer Co-ordinator. She then opened the floor for members wishing to be heard. Dr. Gear announced that her campaign was having phone bank bingo coming up later in the week and she will send e-mails out containing details. 

Dr. Marks asked for anybody to volunteer to be a Volunteer Co-ordinator and asked for all hands on deck. 

Chairwoman Miller-Cody then brought up the issue of members needing to pick a date so we can go out and canvass in areas and handout the flyers. Secretary Lamb suggested Saturday, October 10, 2020 as one of the dates and the following Saturday, October 17, 2020. George Burns volunteered to hand out flyers in Brooks County, but Dr. Marks emphasized that we need to handout the flyers in Lowndes County because the flyers themselves deal with candidates running in elections in Lowndes County. Constalina James stated she would be happy to stand outside some grocery stores and handout flyers. Willie Rayford also volunteered and stated that he will hand out the flyers during church services. Chairwoman Miller-Cody then stated she will confirm with Dr. Marks about sending out an e-mail regarding handing out flyers on October 03rd, 10th, and 17th and the people can contact them about getting flyers and they can set up wherever they want. 

Meeting adjourned. 

        

Biden Harris 2020 Yard Signs Available


Update: Sold Out

Biden Harris 2020 Signs are available in Lowndes County.
They can be delivered or you can pick up.

Be sure to include contact information (your address) in the Pay-pal purchase.

They are $11 on-line or $10 if you pay cash.
Contact Councilwoman Vivian Miller Cody to pay cash.

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

https://www.mobilize.us/georgiademocrats/event/307236/

TWO IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE LOWNDES COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Subject: Donation Request Letter for Chairman Gerone Anderson’s Family

Dear Lowndes County Democratic Party Members,

As you are all aware, we unexpectedly lost our Chairman, Mr. Gerone “Andy” Anderson on July 27, 2020. Chairman Anderson tirelessly worked for the Lowndes County Democratic Party for many years to grow our party and increase voter turnout in Lowndes County. Now it is our turn to repay him by helping support his family in their time of need in the form of a donation.

Donations in the memory of Mr. Gerone “Andy’ Anderson should mailed to his wife, Mrs. Cheryl L. Anderson c/o Lowndes County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 2463, Valdosta, GA 31604.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

Yours Faithfully,

The Executive Committee of the Lowndes County Democratic Party

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LOWNDES COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS MEETING

When: Tuesday, August 11 2020 4:30 pm 

Phone number & Access Code:

229-671-3400 & Access Code:997 688 047

Call the above number from your phone. Enter the Access Code on your keypad. The automated system will ask for your name. This is how you can join the board meeting. If you have any questions, please call and ask for Jessica.

Jessica Thomas

Lowndes County Board of Elections
(229) 671-2850

Minutes for the LCDP General Meeting Held On July 06, 2020

LCDP County Committee Members Present: Chairman Gerone Anderson, Ronnie Pierce, Jeremiah Lawton, William Lamb, Stan Tullos, Vivian Miller-Cody, Sandra Tooley, Dr. Debra Tann, Dr. Dennis Marks, Representative Dexter Sharper, Gretchen Quarterman. 

Chairman Anderson led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and then Jeremiah Lawton led members in a prayer. 

Chairman Anderson called upon Secretary William Lamb to give his report. Mr. Lamb informed the present members that the minutes for the Zoom meetings have been posted onto the LCDP’s website for review. Mr. Lamb explained that hopefully when members are able to meet in person we can formally approve all of the minutes. From now on, until members can meet in person, the minutes for each meeting will be posted on the website prior to our meetings.  

Chairman Anderson then called upon Treasurer Ronnie Pierce to give his report. He stated the party ended up with a balance last month of $5,472.15. We had a deposit from Mr. Anderson in the amount of $25.00, return credit from our website domain service that was discussed at our last general meeting, making our deposits totaling $5,552.60. Of that amount we paid $51.00 for storage, $31.00 for phone, and an annual fee of $69.94 for voicemail, we also wrote a check for Valdosta Daily Times in the amount of $631.20 for our ad that ran in the newspaper for four weeks, and we had a bill in the amount of $14.99 for our Zoom meeting. The total that we spent for the month of June was $841.13, which left us with an account balance of $4,687.97. He stated we also had a Paypal balance in the amount of $827.55. That makes the total in both of our accounts in the amount of $5,115.15.   

Several members expressed concern over the $631.20 that we ended up paying to run the ad regarding the LCDP’s upcoming elections in the Valdosta Daily Times. Chairman Anderson and Dr. Marks explained that according to the Democratic Party of Georgia’s by-laws and the LCDP’s by-laws, we are obligated to advertise as much as possible, and specifically “in a newspaper of general circulation in the County at least once a week for the four weeks” about the County Committee elections, so that we encourage people to join and participate in the party. Some members asked whether we could put a limit on how much we spend on the advertisement in the future. Dr. Marks explained that the amount for the ad is determined by the size of the ad. Chairman Anderson stated we can table this issue and we will discuss in the future about how much we are willing to spend on the ad in the future. 

Chairman Anderson then introduced Dr. Debra Tann to speak. Dr. Tann gave members an update regarding the Democratic National Convention which will be held online. She explained that since the convention will be held online, that means everyone can participate with the convention and people are able to sign up on the platform committee which develops the platform that our party is going to run on in the future. She encouraged members to go to the DNC website to sign up to be a part of the convention. She also wanted members to know that since the convention will be online, she no longer has to worry about fundraising to attend the event. 

Chairman Anderson then introduced Representative Dexter Sharper to say a few words. Rep. Sharper thanked the members for their support in his recent re-election. He stated the Hate Crime Bill was passed. He mentioned an issue regarding cutting the salaries for state representatives next year by 10% had been brought forward and he voted in favor of cutting the salaries of state representatives. Lastly, he stated a lot of Democrats voted against next year’s budget, but he voted in favor of the budget because the bill contained a lot of provisions that will help people in Georgia. 

Chairman Anderson asked Representative Sharper whether he had any plans on how to get out the vote for this November’s election. Rep. Sharper stated he tries to use Facebook as much as he can, but he stated we also need to start using all social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat. He stated he is already working with the Democratic Party of Georgia on social media platforms to push younger voters to request mail in ballots. Chairman Anderson asked Rep. Sharper if he could take charge of the LCDP’s social media platforms and he agreed. Rep. Sharper stated he would like some people to get with him and he can show them how to stay present on social media platforms. Chairman Anderson stated that we as a party need to start cranking out more content on social media, if we are going to affect any change. Rep. Sharper suggested making a Facebook post, then pay for the boosting of that post, and then set up the demographics. Ronnie Peirce volunteered to give his information to Facebook in order to run a post. Chairman Anderson then asked Ronnie Pierce to meet with Mr. Sharper as well as Gretchen Quarterman about formulating some ideas for the post and starting a social media committee.  

Chairman Anderson then asked Councilwoman Vivian Miller-Cody if she had anything to add. Mrs. Miller-Cody stated it would be a great idea if representatives from the community such as herself and Councilwoman Sandra Tooley hosted a panel live on multiple social media platforms and answer questions from people calling in regarding voting and the upcoming elections. Mrs. Miller-Cody volunteered herself and Councilwoman Sandra Tooley to get with Mrs. Quarterman and Mr. Sharper and come up with some ideas.  

Chairman Anderson then asked Dr. Dennis Marks to give his report. First, Dr. Marks stated he was giving an update regarding the LCDP’s County Committee elections. He stated the party will have three elections in a row and we will do them a week at a time. Second, he reminded members that there is a runoff in the primaries for Congressional District 1 between Lisa Ring and Joyce Marie Griggs. Early voting for the runoff starts July 20, 2020 at the Board of Elections and then Election Day is August 11, 2020. Third, he asked for volunteers for phone banking, poll watching and rides to the polls. He asked members if they were interested in volunteering, then to send their contact information to the party’s e-mail address and they will be added to our list of volunteers. 

Ronnie Pierce presented two options for flyers containing information for upcoming elections that the party plans to hand out. Chairman Anderson felt this was more cost effective than printing out election cards. Members discussed several suggestions and revisions that needed to be made to the flyer.  

Meeting Adjourned.     

 Lowndes County Democratic Party

P.O. Box 2463  

Valdosta, GA 31604

(229) 241-1694    

www.lowndesdems.org 

www.mvp.sos.ga.gov- Georgia My Voter Page