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Democratic Party of
Contra Costa County

contracostadems.org

Next Meeting

 

  • General Membership Meeting
    Feb. 20th, 7pm
    IBEW LOCAL 302, 1875 Arnold Dr, Martinez, CA

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
MEMBERSHIP MEETING
7-9 pm, 3rd Thursday of every month
IBEW LOCAL 302, 1875 Arnold Dr, Martinez, CA
contracostadems.org

Next Meeting:  February 20 Meeting

The Iowa caucuses are not just the symbolic start to presidential primary season, they are the culmination of months and months (and more months!) of voters being bombarded with campaign ads, events, phone calls, and text messages. They are also the culmination of presidential candidates visiting the Hawkeye State as often as possible. And they are a rite of passage for countless volunteers, especially young people who uproot their lives and work day and night for a candidate they believe in.
 
At the end of all this, it’s only natural that voters, candidates, campaign staff, and hard working volunteers want to see the election results — and celebrate — right away. As California’s Chief Elections Officer, it’s more important for me to make sure that election results are reported accurately than to be reported immediately.
 
Over the last few days, we’ve all observed some confusion, some frustration, and much speculation about what happened in Iowa on Monday. Given the many questions that are out there, I think there are some important distinctions to highlight between what happened in the Iowa caucuses, which were administered by a political party, and what you can expect during the California Primary Election, which will be administered by elections officials.
 
The problems in Iowa originated with an app that was developed for the reporting of caucus results to the Iowa Democratic Party. In California, we don’t use apps to cast ballots, to count ballots, or to report results. In fact, state law prohibits our voting systems from even being connected to the internet. And we require paper ballots and a voter verified paper audit trail.
 
Additionally, while the reporting from Iowa was frustrating and confusing, the Iowa Democratic Party has tried to remind the public and the press that there are paper records of every caucus’ results, precisely for this potential scenario. In the event of any issues — technological or otherwise — they are relying on the paper record to determine the results. This is also why California law requires paper ballots and a voter verified paper audit trail, for all voters and for votes castWe also require each county to conduct a post-election audit after every election before certifying final results.
 
Finally, there were a lot of theories about what went wrong between the time the Iowa Democratic Party first noticed the discrepancies in reporting and the time they identified the coding errors in their app. Since 2016, we’ve all been subject to a lot of election misinformation and disinformation.
 
We should all exercise a little patience and common sense by understanding the safeguards in place to protect the integrity of California’s elections. And we should all exercise good judgement by asking questions when we have them, and seeking answers to our questions from the reliable, trusted, and official sources of voter registration and election information: your county election office, or the Secretary of State.
 
The California presidential primary is approaching quickly. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, March 3rd. Many Californians have already begun voting as they receive, complete, and return vote-by-mail ballots or by visiting their county elections offices to vote early. For voters in counties who have adopted the Voters Choice Act, vote centers begin to open on Saturday, Feb. 22 with many more opening on Saturday, Feb. 29For more information on early voting, to verify your registration status, the rules for voting for president, and more, visit vote.ca.gov and make your plan to vote. And if you have any questions call your county elections office or the California Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE.
 
No matter how you prefer to vote, vote with confidence knowing that your vote — and every vote — will be counted and counted as cast. And when the final numbers are announced, know that they have been audited to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the results.
 
Thank you again for your support and engagement. And please share this important message with your networks.
 
Sincerely,
Alex Padilla 
California Secretary of State

We are currently looking for qualified students to intern in our Washington, DC office for the upcoming spring semester. This is a great opportunity to obtain firsthand experience about what it is like to work on Capitol Hill and to better understand how the federal government works.

An ideal candidate is a Contra Costa student who is able to work full-time Monday through Friday. A stipend is available. This opportunity does not include housing assistance. Our office is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

If you or someone you know may be interested in interning in our office, applications should be submitted online at https://desaulnier.house.gov/services/internships.

For more information please contact our Washington, DC office at 202-225-2095. We hope to see you in Washington soon!

Sincerely,
Signature
Mark DeSaulnier
Member of Congress


Impressive Northern California Grassroots Calendar NorCal.org

DPCCC FINANCE COMMITTEE

7-9 pm, December 9, 2019
Round Table Pizza, 504 Center Avenue, Martinez, CA

Hi Everyone:

The November & December meetings the Committee will be reviewing the current budget through October 2019; and, discussing and voting for changes to a third preliminary budget for presentation to the DPCCC E-Board in early January and the entire DPCCC membership at the January 2020 meeting. Additionally, if there is time, we will continue training for interested individuals in discussing California General Purpose Committees, like the DPCCC and the Democratic Clubs.

Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Introductions>
  • Budget for 2019-2020 term
  • Comments

All are welcome to attend and become members of the Committee as you wish.  This Committee will welcome all DPCCC Members, Alternates and Associates to attend and become members and will not discriminate in any manner with regard to the appointment of members to the Committee.  All Committee meetings will be held in the evening to accommodate working individuals.
If anyone should have any questions or comments, please e-mail me or call me at your convenience.

Many regards,
Greg Sanborn
DPCCC Controller & Elected Member, District 4
510-305-7377

LAMORINDA DEMOCRATIC CLUB
7-9 pm, 2nd Thursday of every month except July and December
Lafayette Library Community Rm, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda (part of Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez)
ldclub.org

SAN RAMON DEMOCRATIC CLUB
6-9 pm, 4th Thursday of every month except July and December
Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville, CA
Danville, San Ramon (part of Walnut Creek)
srvdems.org

DEMOCRATS OF ROSSMOOR
6-9 pm, 4th Thursday of every month
Rossmoor Event Center, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA
Walnut Creek
democratsofrossmoor.org

EL CERRITO DEMOCRATIC CLUB
6-9 pm, 4th Tuesday of every month
Zion Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA
El Cerrito, Kensington
ecdclub.org

MARSH CREEK DEMS
3-5 pm,3rd Sunday of every month
Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 380 W Country Club Dr, Brentwood
Brentwood, Discovery Bay (Oakley, Antioch)
marshcreekdems.org

CONTRA COSTA YOUNG DEMOCRATS
6:30-9 pm, 3rd Wednesday of every month
All Contra Costa
cocoyoungdems.org

Good Evening Democrats,

Do you want to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, WI? The filing period to apply as a District-Level Delegate to the National Convention is now open. District-Level Delegate applications (Form A) will be accepted until 8:00 PM, March 3, 2020.

3 Types of Delegates: Registered Democrats have 3 ways to become a delegate to the National Convention.

  • District-Level Delegates: Potential candidates for district-level delegates must submit Form A, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of January 6, 2020-March 3, 2020. Caucuses will be held April 19, 2020 in each congressional district (CD), where Democrats registered in the CD will be able to vote to slate delegates.
  • At-Large Delegates: At-large delegates are selected from a statewide pool and offer another way for Democrats to participate in the National Convention. Potential candidates for at-large delegate must submit Form B, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, within the filing period of February 7, 2020-April 21, 2020
  • PLEO: Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEO) are Democrats from one of the following categories: big-city mayors and statewide elected officials; state legislative leaders and state legislators; other state county and local elected officials; and California Democratic Party leaders. PLEO candidates must submit Form C, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of February 7, 2020-April 21, 2020. Selection of PLEO delegates will be confirmed at the May 17, 2020 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

5 Simple Steps to Become a District-Level Delegate

  1. Register: Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  2. Check Your District: Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  3. File: Submit Form A during the filing period from January 6-March 3 CLICK HERE TO APPLY
  4. Canvass: Start organizing your friends and supporters
  5. Caucus: Show up with your supporters to vote in the April 19 caucus in your district

Register: You must be a registered Democrat to file. Although California Democrats allow Decline-to-State voters to participate in our presidential primary election, only registered Democrats are eligible to become delegates to the national convention. You can verify your registration online here.

Check Your District: You will need to determine the congressional district (CD) where you are registered. If you aren’t sure which district you are in, go here, enter your postal zip code at the top right-hand corner of the website, and it will give you your Congressional District as well as the Representative for your district.

File: APPLY HERE. You may fill out Form A online or request a paper application from California Democratic Party Staff. When filing Form A, you must pledge your support for one presidential candidate. However, should your chosen candidate drop out of the presidential race prior to the Form A filing deadline of March 3, 2020 at 8:00 pm, you have the option to re-file Form A and pledge your support to one of the remaining candidates (sort of like having a “Plan B” for your Form A).

Canvass: Start canvassing your community…your gym, work, local clubs, friends, relatives, Facebook friends you never talk to anymore — any registered Democrat who lives in your same congressional district who can attend the district caucus, support your presidential candidate, and vote for you. They can even register as a Democrat on-site — that’s how easy we make it!

Caucus: You and your supporters will need to attend your presidential candidate’s caucus on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Remember, people can arrive early, sign in, and cast a vote — they don’t have to stick around to hear the speeches. Caucus times and locations will be posted at cadem.vote/NationalConvention when available.

Candidates will be slated by caucus vote totals, though the final results will not be made public until the results are certified by the State Party. Once the primary results are in, the presidential campaign committee and the CDP will notify and confirm all the winners in each district based on how many delegates each presidential candidate is allocated by primary vote totals.

These elected delegates will join the California Delegation at the mandatory May 17 Statewide Delegation Meeting in Sacramento, California and the Democratic National Convention (July 13-16) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Review the California Democratic Party’s Delegate Selection Plan Online HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Delegate2020@cadem.org or by phone at 916-442-5707.

Good Luck!
 
CDP Team

The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County is the county branch of the California Democratic Party with 48.7% of the county’s registered voters as of 2019, the Democratic Party has the highest number of registrants of any political party in the county.

DEMOCRATS IN ACTION: The Democratic Party of CCC is the voice of over 300,000 registered Democrats in Contra Costa County.  We support issues that protect the safety net for working families, children, immigrants, our seniors, LGBTQ community and those that have been disenfranchised by institutional racism and discrimination.  We speak out when we see injustice.
We are dedicated volunteers working with our allies to elect Democrats, pass effective legislation and empower our democratic clubs and community to take action. Our job as Democrats requires a multi-faceted approach. At the national, state and local level, we must Resist Trump’s Executive Orders. Locally, we must Build our Party by registering voters, support grass-roots organizing efforts, empower our Democratic Clubs, and Get Out the Vote (GOTV). We must “Build the Bench” for 2020 & 2022:  

  • Develop and train young and emerging leaders to run successfully for elected office.  
  • Support progressive democratic leadership that reflects the diversity of Contra Costa County.

 Let’s Lace Up Those Shoe’s, Make Some Noise and Organize.  We are Democrats in Action.

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