Iowa Democrats will Allow some Voters to Organize their own Presidential Caucuses in 2020, part of a Plan to make the State’s First-in-the-Nation Nominating Contest more Accessible for People who Cannot attend one of the Party’s 1,678 Designated ...


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IA Democrats Allow Satellite Caucuses

Iowa Democrats will Allow some Voters to Organize their own Presidential Caucuses in 2020, part of a Plan to make the State’s First-in-the-Nation Nominating Contest more Accessible for People who Cannot attend one of the Party’s 1,678 Designated Caucus Sites.

The State Democrat Party’s Plan, which the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) Rules Committee Sanctioned on Friday, is designed to assuage concerns that Iowa’s Caucuses are Exclusionary and Depress Turnout because they require In-Person Participation at a Midwinter Evening Event.

The Plan will allow Iowans to apply to hold their Own Ad-Hoc Caucuses Feb. 3rd, 2020, wherever there are Groups of Democrats who wish to Participate.

These Satellite Caucuses could take place at Locations like: Factories, Restaurants, Group Homes, Overseas, or Out-of-State Military Installations, where Iowans are posted, Party Officials said.

The onus will be on People who Cannot attend the Regular Caucuses to Apply to hold their own gatherings. A State Party Panel would then Approve or Reject the Satellite Caucus Locations. Satellite Caucus Results would be Reported through an App, Officials said.

The Satellite Caucuses must take place at the Same Time as Iowa’s Regularly Scheduled Caucuses, which are set to begin at 7 p.m. Central time.

That could Require some Groups of Overseas Caucus-Goers to hold Middle-of-the-Night Gatherings and could still hinder Participation by Shift Workers and Restaurant Employees who Work in the Evenings.

“Voting by mail for all those who sign affidavits saying they are working that night or physically unable to caucus would be a much simpler and more equitable solution,” said Larry Cohen, a DNC Member from Maryland who played a Leading Role in Developing the Party’s Rules and Guidelines for the 2020 Primary Process.

In 2016 the Party allowed Four satellite caucus Locations after Permitting Groups who “demonstrated a clear need” to Petition to Hold their Own Caucuses.

The New Plan for 2020 will be “moved into full compliance after further review by DNC staff,” the Committee said Friday.

Democratic Officials in Iowa and Washington said they did Not have an Initial Estimate of how many People would Participate in the Satellite Caucuses, and by Friday Morning the Presidential Campaigns had Not been Briefed on the Specifics of how they would Operate.

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Pew Research Survey Says Pure Independent Voters is Dwindling

The Number of Pure Independent Voters is Dwindling, Leading to an Increase in Partisanship as both Democrats and Republicans move to Rally their Bases ahead of the 2020 Presidential Race.

A Pew Research Survey released in March 2019 found that 81% of Voters who called themselves Independents actually Lean toward the Republican or Democratic Party, leaving only 7% of Americans who say they don’t Lean toward a Party.

Independents often are Portrayed as Political Free Agents with the Potential to Alleviate the Nation’s Rigid Partisan Divisions. Yet the Reality is that most Independents are Not All that “Independent” Politically. And the Small Share of Americans who are truly Independent, less than 10% of the Public has No Partisan Leaning, Stand Out, for their Low Level of Interest in Politics.

Among the Public Overall, 38% describe themselves as Independents, while 31% are Democrats, and 26% call themselves Republicans, according to surveys conducted in 2018.

These Shares have Changed only Modestly in recent years, but the Proportion of Independents is Higher than it was from 2000-2008, when No more than about a Third of the Public Identified as Independents.

But IndependentVoting has a different View.

Four in Ten Voters don’t Want to be in a Political Party. Why? Because Parties have become Special Interests, perhaps the Biggest Special Interests of All.

Independents become Independents because they are Repelled by the Current Political System, by the Self-Dealing and Arrogance of Politicians and Political Parties.

They are 43% of the Country today. Many are Young. Growing Numbers are from the Communities of Color. Among Millennials and Latinos, 50% Identify as Independent and 35% of African American between the Ages of 18-34 are Independent.

They have been, and continue to be, a Restless Engine for Political and Economic Renewal.

Independents care Deeply about our Identity. They go by many Names: “Decline to State,” “Unaligned,” “No Party Preference,” and “Other.”

In States where Independents are Forced to Join a Party to Vote in a Primary, there is Anger. Voters of All Persuasions believe this is Unfair.

When People Choose a Political Identity that is other than what the Parties want, it is an Act of Resistance and a Step towards Changing the Partisan Nature of the System.

Issues that Animate Independents across the Political Spectrum aren’t really Issues in the Traditional Sense. They are about Process, the way things Work.

After this Last Presidential Election Cycle, many People became Educated about the Pitfalls of the Process:

- Closed Primaries which Locked Out nearly 25 Million Voters

- Controlled Presidential Debates

- The Convention Delegate Selection Rules

- The Electoral College

- The Whole Process of Voting

Independent Voters became more Visible as a Result.

We Believe that Independent Voters deserve Respect, Recognition, and Reform, and we Work in Every State, from the Ground Up, to make that Possible.

As an Independent and a Member of IndependentVoting, I want to Select the Candidates, not the Party, that I support. This will only happen when the Primary/Caucus Process Changes and we can Vote on One Ballot with All the Candidates, regardless of Party.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


National Voter Registration Day

More than 500 Registration Events will be held across the Country, September 24th, 2019 by the League of Women Voters (LWV).

The Events will be held as Part of National Voter Registration Day.

The Unofficial Holiday, always the Fourth Tuesday of September, was Created in 2012 by a Broad Group of: Civic Educators, and State/Local Election Officials, to Boost Awareness of Registration Opportunities and get as many Thousands of New People as possible added to the Voter Rolls almost Simultaneously.

This year, LWV Volunteers Plan to Host In-Person Registration Events at Public Locations such as: Transit Stops, Sporting Events, and Naturalization Ceremonies, while also Promoting the Group's Newly Redesigned Website for Election Information,

Visitors of the Site can Check their:

- Voter Registration Status

- Begin the Process of Registering

- Confirm Polling Locations

- Voting Hours

- Review any Voter Identification Requirements

- Compare Candidates and Propositions on the Their Ballot in November

Volunteers Registered 865,000 People on Sept. 25th, 2018, a Record for the Holiday.

"Voters are just a few months away from casting the first ballots in the 2020 elections, so now is the time to make sure your voter registration is up to date," said Virginia Kase, CEO of the LWV. "Even if you are registered to vote, spread the word."

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WV Republicans Adopt New Delegate Selection Process for 2020

West Virginia Republicans (WVGOP) at a recent Executive Committee Meeting made Changes to the way in which the Party will Select and Allocate Delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte. Gone is the Loophole Primary the State Party has traditionally used, where Voters would not only Vote on Presidential Preference, but Directly Elect both At-Large and Congressional District Delegates on the Primary Ballot.

Such a system puts the onus on Campaigns to gain Ballot Access for their Candidate but to also Round Up and File for Delegate Candidates supportive of the Candidate. The Former is easier than the Latter as is evidenced by Rick Santorum's Troubles in the Mountain State in 2012.

That System has been scrapped by the WVGOP for 2020 in favor of a more streamlined process. By a 92-12 Vote, the WVGOP Executive Committee opted to Share the Delegate Selection Process with the Trump Campaign and Shift to a Winner-Take-All method of Allocation.

Under the New Plan, Republican Primary Voters in West Virginia will Only have One Presidential Choice before them, the Presidential Preference Vote. Whichever Candidate Wins that Vote would be Awarded All of the Delegates at Stake in the West Virginia Primary on May 12th.

On the Selection Side, Delegate Candidates would No Longer be included on the Primary Ballot. Instead, Prospective Delegate Candidates would Apply and Interview with the WVGOP Executive Committee and the Trump for President Committee to Determine what that Individual has done for the Party/Trump and how Loyal they are. Obviously, that would give much more Discretion to the State Party and the Trump Campaign to Identify and Select Delegates than under the Loophole system.

This Option was one of Three being Considered by the Executive Committee. The other Two were:

1 - Keep the Loophole, Direct Election of Delegates system the Same.

2 - Adopt a Convention System similar to what the West Virginia Republican Party used in 2008.

The New System will Sunset after 2020, Reverting to the Old Loophole System for Subsequent Cycles unless there is State Party Action to make other Changes.

This Change clearly gives the Trump Campaign a great deal of Discretion over the Delegates chosen for the National Convention from West Virginia.

The Democratic National Committee Rules allow Candidates to Reject Delegates Selected to Fill Delegate Slots Allocated them and then Represent them at the Convention. However, that Right of Refusal happens After the Delegate Selection Process.

The West Virginia Republican Party Plan cedes a Great Deal of Control to the Trump Reelection Effort before and/or during Primary Season, likely ahead of the West Virginia Primary in May.

This also adds another Data Point to the growing List of States making a Variety of Changes to their Delegate Selection Rules to Help insulate the President from Intra-Party Challenges and Hypothetically keep Divisiveness down within the Party in the Electorate before the Transition into the General Election Phase.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


4th Democratic Presidential Debate in Ohio Update

Otterbein University in Suburban Columbus Ohio will Host next month’s Democratic Presidential Debate, Event Organizers said Friday.

The Oct. 15th and 16th event, the Fourth Debate of the season, will be sponsored CNN and the New York Times.

CNN Anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett, as well as New York Times National Editor Marc Lacey will serve as the Debate Moderators.

Billionaire Tom Steyer has Qualified for the October Democratic Primary Debate, becoming the 11th Candidate to do so.

Steyer Crossed the Threshold after receiving 2% in a CBS News/YouGov Poll conducted in Nevada. To Qualify for the Debate, Candidates need to get at least 2% in Four Polls Approved by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Donations from 130,000 Unique Donors. Steyer had already gotten 2% in Three Polls and has already hit the Donor Mark.

The DNC has said it will Not have more than 10 Candidates Onstage on One Night. When asked about the October Debate, a DNC Spokesperson said.

The Ten Candidates who Debated Thursday: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang, All Automatically Qualify for the October Debate.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2nd District) is the next most likely Candidate to Qualify, reaching the 130,000 Donor Threshold for the October Debate, needing Two additional Qualifying Polls by Oct. 1st.

Self-Help Author Marianne Williamson reached the 130,000-Donor Threshold would need Three more Qualifying Polls by Oct. 1st.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drops Out on Sept. 20th, 2019.

Otterbein has seen its share of Political happenings in recent years. The University earlier this year gave an Office and a loosely-defined Title to Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who lives nearby. Kasich has Filmed his Regular TV Appearances at the University in his Role as a CNN Contributor.

Event Organizers chose Westerville in part to emphasize the Suburbs and their Role as an Emerging Political Battleground, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. Democrats in Ohio and elsewhere have Outperformed in the Suburbs since 2016, due to Backlash among those Voters against Republican President Trump. Trump and Republicans have made up for that Shift with Increased Strength in traditionally Democratic areas in Northern and Eastern Ohio.

In 2018, Democrats picked up Six Seats, All in Suburban Districts, in the Republican-dominated Ohio House of Representatives.

In 2016 Hillary Clinton beat Trump in Westerville Precincts by about 1,000 Votes but Trump Won Ohio by 8 Points.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


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