RSVP for Thursday!

Portland Democrats had a great time this weekend chalking sidewalks, making phone calls, and writing postcards.  A huge thank you to everyone who organized these activities and got involved!  And I know we’re all drowning in emails right now, so I’ll make this one brief:

  • We have an important monthly meeting on Thursday at 6:30pm, where we will be discussing and voting on additional GOTV efforts and also engaging in a discussion and vote around the minimum wage referendum on Portland’s ballot this November. The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is here.  Registration is required – RSVP here!
  • If you were surprised and disappointed this weekend to find out that Portland does not offer Saturday absentee voting (like Westbrook does) or have a 24/7 drop box for absentee ballots (like many towns do), you’re not alone. Click here for the Portland City Council’s contact information, and reach out to them to say that Portland should offer weekend voting and a 24/7 drop box – just like so many other smaller towns across Maine.
  • The Maine Democratic Party has begun socially-distanced and masked canvassing, and is looking for volunteers to help out! There is a required hourlong training before you get started – click here to sign up!
  • Finally – the Portland Democratic City Committee is continuing to look for volunteers, for everything from making phone calls to distributing voting information flyers around Portland. Sign up here to join us!

22 days to go, let’s give it our all and go out and win!

Endorsement Announcement & Getting Out the Vote!

A huge thank you to the over 100 Portland Democrats who attended our monthly meeting on Thursday to discuss our GOTV plans, learn about and vote whether to endorse the People’s First Portland questions on our November ballot, and hear an update on voter protection.

We had a vigorous discussion about each of the local referenda questions. In the end, these are the results of our membership votes – which reflects only the views of the Portland Democratic City Committee, and not any other Democratic Party or candidate:

  • The PDCC voted to endorse the facial surveillance ban, rent stabilization, and local “Green New Deal” ballot questions.  Learn more about those proposals here.
  • The PDCC voted to postpone an endorsement vote on the $15 / $22.50 minimum wage proposal to our October meeting.
  • The PDCC voted not to issue an endorsement on the short-term rental ballot question.

There was also unanimous support for the PDCC’s Get Out the Vote expenditure plan for the next two months. This plan includes equipping local organizations who reach historically disenfranchised populations with the resources they need to share election information, establishing a reimbursement fund for active volunteers, and promoting information about the election through various media channels. All of these efforts keep in mind our ultimate goal of turning out as many Portland voters as possible this November to support our Democratic candidates.  We still need to raise more money to make this plan a reality.   Will you donate here?

If the global health pandemic, the relentless assaults on our democratic institutions, and the brutal killing of Black lives are not enough to make this November’s election feel like the most important in history – the immense and catastrophic wildfires in the Western U.S. have reminded us that our very existence continues to be jeopardized by climate change as well. This will be an election that for decades to come we will be asked what we did to alter the course of history.  And right now, there are still thousands of undecided voters in Portland and across the state trying to choose between Trump and Biden, and Collins and Gideon.  Will you sign up for one of our Portland Dems Tuesday night phone banks? To do so, click here and choose the 6-8pm option on any upcoming Tuesday!

Next meeting: Sept. 10, 6:30pm

Our next monthly meeting is on Thursday, September 10 at 6:30 PM, and it will be one of our most action-packed and consequential meetings in recent memory.  Please RSVP here and review the agenda for the meeting here.

All registered Democrats in Portland are encouraged to attend and participate, in order that the votes we will be holding are truly reflective of the will of our membership.  As we plan to take multiple membership votes during this meeting, we will be limiting attendance to only registered Democrats in Portland, so it is imperative that you sign up beforehand.

The important discussions and membership votes that we will have during the meeting will include:
• The People First Portland campaign will join us to discuss the five referenda questions that they placed on the November municipal ballot, which include a $15 minimum wage, a facial surveillance ban, and a ban on non-owner-occupied short-term rental units. We will be taking membership votes on whether to endorse each of the referenda questions after vigorous member discussion of each.
• A discussion of the Portland Dems’ planned voter engagement and GOTV efforts in advance of November, including membership votes on expending funds for various efforts including a grants program for local organizations that interact with populations that are more difficult to reach, and a reimbursement fund for active volunteers. Full details are in the agenda.
• Ryder Kessler of the MDP’s Voter Protection team will join us to discuss efforts to protect our democracy in advance of November; additionally, the Portland Dems will share what we’ve been up to, including drafting a letter to state leaders calling for election reforms, and mobilizing 68 other municipal committees to join us, as well as calling for specific policy changes at the local level.
• A membership discussion on our plans to organize forums for all municipal races with multiple Democrats on the ballot.

All of the details about the items above and other agenda items are included here. Due to the lengthy agenda, we anticipate that this meeting will run from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, and due to the number of items that require a vote, we will be sticking to the time allotments listed.

It is imperative that we have a quorum for our next meeting so that we can have a robust discussion and take votes on action steps.  RSVP for our meeting here.