AUTHOR: Sam Tracy

Polls open in 16 hours! Help make the Blue Wave a reality.

We’re in the home stretch of the 2018 Election — polls open in less than 16 hours!

The race for governor is incredibly close, and with so many voters, Portland could easily swing the election for Janet Mills. No one wants another 2016, so let’s make sure we do everything we can to make sure every Democrat in greater Portland casts a ballot tomorrow!

Statewide, Democrats who stayed home easily could have swung the race for governor in 2014. Portland alone has nearly 24,000 registered Democrats. Image from Maine Dems.

There are three levels of activism you can take tomorrow:

BARE MINIMUM: VOTE!

All polling places in Portland are open from 7am to 8pm tomorrow. As long as you’re in line by 8pm, you’re allowed to vote (but try not to cut it too close!). You can find your polling place here.

Maine allows Election Day registration, so any eligible voter can cast a ballot even if they didn’t register ahead of time. You can register at your polling place, but be sure to bring proof of identity and proof of residency.

For people who need transportation, there are a few options. All public transit in Portland will be free tomorrow. Uber and Lyft are also offering free and discounted rides to people who use their apps. 

INFLUENCER: HELP FRIENDS VOTE!

You probably have friends, family, and co-workers who aren’t as politically active as you. That means you could be the difference in whether those people end up voting, so some encouragement and support from you can go a long way!

Call or text people you know and ask if they’ve voted yet, if they have a plan to vote, and if they need any help getting information about voting. Or better yet, make plans to go vote together! Looking forward to grabbing dinner or a beer afterward is a great extra encouragement to make it to the polls.

ACTIVIST: HELP STRANGERS VOTE!

There are nearly 24,000 registered Democrats in Portland, and thousands more in our neighboring communities. You could make a huge difference by knocking on their doors and reminding them to vote tomorrow.

Sign up for a volunteer shift with the Maine Democrats here. Canvassing shifts are available tomorrow at 8am, noon, and 4pm, and we’re launching canvassers from two staging locations in Portland.

THEN, CELEBRATE WITH US!

After you’ve done everything you can and the polls have closed, come party with fellow Democrats to watch the results come in and celebrate our victories! There are at least three official parties happening in Portland:

A blue wave is possible tomorrow, but don’t forget a wave is made up of countless water molecules. There’s #NoBlueWaveWithoutU!

Onward,

Sam Tracy
Chairman, Portland Democratic City Committee

Save the date: November meeting & officer elections

Because the election is on November 6, we’re pushing the Portland Dems monthly meeting back to the THIRD Thursday of the month: November 15.

Come celebrate the Blue Wave with us at the first meeting of the Portland Dems after the 2018 Election! We’ll have pizza from OTTO and drinks.

We will also be electing our own officers: Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, and Secretary! All positions have two-year terms. If you are interested in running to be an officer, please email chair@portlanddems.org.

Location & other details to be announced.

Bring a friend!

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP there: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984601874988169/

Wednesday, 9/26: Block Captain training (and pizza)!

All politics is local, so the Portland Democrats are getting super-local with our new Block Captain Program! To kick it off, we’re hosting a training next Wednesday. Can you make it?

Anyone can become a block captain — all that’s required is that you’re a Democrat living in Portland who wants to make your community a better place.

Block captains will be the point person for the Portland Democrats in their neighborhood: talking to neighbors, telling them about upcoming elections or events, and making sure their concerns are heard. This is one of our most important programs, both for the election in November and for years to come.

This is a great way to get active, and we’ll also have free pizza for all who attend!

Progressive politics, community, and pizza — what could be better?

Details…

  • When: Wednesday, September 26, 6pm – 8pm
  • Where: Portland City Hall, room 24 (basement level)
  • Who: All Democrats from Portland are welcome
  • Why: To help elect Democrats in 2018 (and beyond!)

If you plan to attend, please RSVP on Facebook or send me an email to help us get an estimated headcount. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

At this training, activists will be turned into block captains. We will help you:

  • Choose your turf. Size is totally up to you, no community is too big or too small. Choose your building, street, city block, neighborhood, or ward!
  • Learn how to canvass effectively. Canvassing sounds intimidating, but it just means talking to your neighbors. We’ll be going over the basics of an introduction, and providing talking points and questions.
  • Get set up on tech. We have an easy-to-use phone app that will help you stay organized and report your progress — we’ll help you log on and walk you through it. Or if you prefer a clipboard and paper, that works too!

Hope to see you there!

Best,

Sam Tracy
Chairman, Portland Democratic City Committee