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Voting in Every State

Thanks to VlogBrothers Hank and John Green, I don’t have to cobble together registration and voting information for all 50 states!

I’m going to leave this video and the Alaska specific video at the top of my blog through the November 8th General Election. Check out the video, find out the information for your state, get registered and/or vote!

Voter Registration in Arkansas – Register by October 9th!

Am I registered to vote when I send in my voter registration form?
No, submitting your voter application at a state agency, in a voter registration drive or through the U.S. Postal Service does NOT guarantee your registration. You should follow up on the status of your registration just as you would on any other personal business matter. Before considering yourself a registered voter, you must receive an acknowledgment of your registration from the county clerk.

Unfortunately each Election Day, many would-be first-time voters in Arkansas do not have their votes counted because they are not actually registered to vote. Many believed they had registered months before, but failed to follow up when they did not receive a voter ID card from their county clerk. The process of voter registration is convenient, but it also places responsibility on the registrant to ensure the process is completed.

Follow up on your Voter Registration before election time!

via Arkansas Secretary of State: Voter Registration FAQs

Since the Arkansas voting office is so stern about confirming voter registration, I’m quoting their FAQ.

Further down it says you be be registered 30 prior to the general election to be able to vote. 30 days before the election is 10/9/2016, but of course I say the earlier, the better.

You can check your voter status with Arkansas’ Voter View. If you’re not registered, use their voter resources page to get registered. Then be sure and vote on November 8th.

Voter Registration in Arizona: Register by October 1oth for General Election!

Click on link below to do the “online” activities described.

How do I register to vote?
Online – If you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) you may register to vote through Service Arizona EZ Voter Registration
Log on to Service Arizona
Select your language preference, then click “Begin Voter Registration”
Verify your voter eligibility
Enter your information in the required fields
Verify address information
You can now select your party preference
If you are having trouble logging in to the Service Arizona website, you can print off a Voter Registration Form and fill it out with your new information. After you finish, mail the completed form to your County Recorder’s office and your information will be updated.

By Mail – You can either print off a form online or request that a registration form be mailed to you from your County Recorder. After completing the voter registration form, mail it to your County Recorder’s office
In Person – You may visit your County Recorder’s office and fill out a registration form in person
Address Confidentiality Program Members – You should only register to vote through the ACP process.
After you have successfully registered to vote you will receive a voter registration card in the mail within 4-6 weeks.

via Elections | Arizona Secretary of State

Arizona has a primary coming up on August 30th, but if you’re not already registered, you’re out of luck, as far as I can tell. You have until October 10th to register for the general election. Arizona is a voter ID state, so check out http://www.azsos.gov/elections/voting-election to see what’s acceptable identification at the polls.
If you think you might be registered to vote already, check your status and update your information, if needed:

Update Your Voter Information

You should update your voter information if any of the following apply:

  • You recently moved to a new address
  • Your name has been legally changed
  • You would like to change your political party affiliation
  • Online – If you have an Arizona Driver License and/or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) you may update your voter registration online.
  1. Log on to Service Arizona
  2. Select your language preference, then click “Begin/Update Voter Registration”
  3. Verify your voter eligibility
  4. Enter your information in the required fields
  5. Update your address if you have moved, otherwise select No on question A & B and click continue.
  6. You can now update any other information that has changed, including your name or party preference

If you are having trouble logging in to the Service Arizona website, you can print off a Voter Registration Form (PDF)  and fill it out with your new information. After you finish, mail the completed form to your county recorder’s office and your information will be updated.

  • By Mail – You can either print off a form online (PDF) or request that a registration form be mailed to you from your County Recorder. After completing the voter registration form, mail it to your county recorder’s office.
  • Address Confidentiality Program Members – You should update your voter registration through the ACP process.

 

Finally, if you are registered to vote in Arizona, I STRONGLY encourage to vote in the August 30th primary. Primaries everywhere have extremely low turnout and many blame this for the polarization of our political system.

Registration Information | American Samoa Government – Election Office

APPLICATION TO REGISTER

A. Any person qualified to and desiring to register as a qualified elector in any election may present himself/herself at any time during business hours to an election officer, then and there to be examined under oath as to his/her qualifications as a qualified elector. Except that absent uniformed service members and overseas voters may register to vote in abstentia and vote in elections for the Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, absent uniformed service members, listing American Samoa as their home of record, may register to vote in abstentia and vote in local elections. See Appendix A for more information.

All applicants desiring to register shall furnish the Chief Election Officer with identification duly issued by a governmental agency, containing a photographic likeness of the applicant, and shall make and subscribe to an application in the form of an affidavit. The affidavit must contain the following information:

1. Name;

2. Social Security Number;

3. Date of Birth;

4. Age;

5. Residence;

6. Place of Current Employment;

7. That the residence stated in the affidavit is not simply because of the person’s presence in the territory/district, but that the residence was acquired with the intent to make American Samoa/district, the person’s legal residence with all the accompanying obligations therein; and

8. That the person is a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. National.

B. The applicant shall swear to the truth of the allegations in his/her application before the Election Officer. Unless contested by a qualified elector, the Election Officer may accept as prime facie evidence the allegations of the applicant contained in the affidavit. In any other case where the Election Officer shall so desire or believe it to be expedient, he/she may demand that the applicant furnish substantiating evidence to the allegations of his/her application.

C. If the Election Officer is satisfied that the applicant is entitled to be registered as a voter, the applicant shall then affix his/her signature to the affidavit and the Election Officer shall affix his/her signature; or he/she shall enter “unable to sign” and the reason in the space provided for the applicant’s signature.

D. A qualified elector having once been registered shall not be required to register again for any succeeding election, except otherwise provided by law.

via Registration Information | American Samoa Government – Election Office

The General Election voter registration deadline is October 11th, 2016 – Monday, 4:30pm, according to their elections calendar.

 

#imwithher – Clinton More Truthful Than You Think

Hillary Clinton is often portrayed as dishonest, but in her public statements she is fairly truthful. According to the non-partisan Politifact web site’s Clinton file, she is at least half-true 73% of the time and mostly true 52% of the time:

PolitifactClinton_2016_July

This is in sharp contrast to Donald Trump, whose Politifact file documents his public statements at least mostly false 70% of the time:

Politifact_Trump_2016_july

Truth telling is a value for me. While no candidate will be perfect and while Clinton has told some lies and Trump has stated a few truths, it’s Hillary Clinton who has been documented to be the more truthful candidate. That’s why #imwithher this November.

Don Young on Trump: Outdated Form Letter

 

On July 31, 2016 I asked Representative Don Young and Senator Lisa Murkowski to withdraw their support for Donald Trump based on his uncomprehending what sacrifice means, his extreme thin skin, his continued racist remarks and his apparent disregard for the US Constitution.

Today I heard back from Don Young’s Office. They sent me a pre-convention form letter  (see below) that gave no hint of what Young’s feelings were towards anyone. At the very least they could have sent me an up to date form letter acknowledging that Donald Trump is their party’s standard bearer.

I think Don Young has decided that Alaska’s heavy lean Republican means he doesn’t need to pay attention any more. I’m donating and voting to prove him wrong this November and I hope you will too.

 

DON YOUNG
Congressman for All Alaska
WASHINGTON OFFICE:
2314 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-5765

Congress of the United States // House of Representatives // Washington, DC 20515

COMMITTEE ON
NATURAL RESOURCES

CHAIRMAN, SUBCOMMITTEE ON
INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS

COMMITTEE ON
TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE

REPUBLICAN
POLICY COMMITTEE

August 3, 2016

Dear Mr. Cornwall,

 

Thank you for contacting me regarding the 2016 Presidential Election. I appreciate having the benefit of your thoughts.

 

On November 8, 2016, the United States will vote to elect our next President. The Republican and Democrat parties are currently going through the nomination process. They will have Presidential Conventions in July to determine who will be their respective candidates as well as formally nominate them. On March 1, 2015, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) edged out Donald Trump by a margin of 36.4% to 33.5% on the Republican side in the Alaska Presidential Caucuses. On March 26, 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) captured 81.6% of the Democrat vote compared to 18.4% for Secretary Hillary Clinton. This is a critical election for the future of our country and please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind moving forward.

 

Once again, thank you for expressing your views on this issue. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter atdonyoung.house.gov/forms/emailsignup/ and my YouTube channel atyoutube.com/user/repdonyoung. Doing so will allow me to provide you with updates on this and other important issues. If I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
(signed)
DON YOUNG
Congressman for All Alaska
DY/EM

#Imwithher – An economy that works for everyone | Hillary for America

One thing I value is a working economy – one that works for everyone. Hillary Clinton shares that value and she has some ideas about how to bring that about:

As president, Hillary has a five-point plan to meet these challenges:

A 100-days jobs plan: Break through Washington gridlock to make the boldest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II. Hillary will fight to pass a plan in her first 100 days in office to invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, research and technology, clean energy, and small businesses. She will strengthen trade enforcement, and she’ll say no to trade deals like TPP that don’t meet a high enough bar of creating good-paying jobs.

Make debt free college available to all Americans. Hillary will make college debt-free, and she’ll provide relief for Americans with existing debt by allowing them to refinance their student loans.

Rewrite the rules so that more companies share profits with employees—and fewer ship profits and jobs overseas. Hillary will reward companies that share profits and invest in their workers, and she will raise the minimum wage to a living wage. She will crack down on companies that shift profits overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes, and she’ll make companies that export jobs give back the tax breaks they’ve received in America. She will defend existing Wall Street reform and push for new measures to strengthen it.

Make certain that corporations, the wealthy, and Wall Street pay their fair share. Hillary will pay for her economic priorities and avoid adding to the national debt by ensuring the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations pay their fair share. For example, she’ll fight for the Buffett Rule, close the carried interest loophole, and impose a new surcharge on multi-millionaires and billionaires.

Enact policies that meet the challenges families face in the 21st-century economy. Hillary will make it possible for parents to succeed at work and at home by updating outdated laws so they match how families work today. She will fight for equal pay and guarantee paid leave, two changes that are long overdue. And she will provide relief from the rising costs of necessities like child care and housing, while taking steps to provide Americans with greater retirement and health care security.

via An economy that works for everyone | Hillary for America

If you’re unfamiliar with the “Buffett Rule”, it is the idea that the wealthy should never have a lower tax rate than the middle class. This makes sense to me.

It also makes a lot of sense to me to reward companies that keep jobs here and not reward them for moving them overseas. Donald Trump says he believes this, but his party does not. So I think Clinton has a better chance of making this happen – if she gets a Congress willing to work with her.

If you’ll look through the list above, you should notice that all of these things will require cooperation from Congress. There is not a single item on this list that can be done alone. She will need a Congress willing to work with her on these issues and that’s why it will be important to vote for Democrats or a third party candidate if they have a chance of winning. Some of these ideas have been brought up by President Obama but died in a Congress more willing to block him than make the economy benefit working families.

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