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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.

Alaska Voter Registration – Register by 10/7/2016!

While I do have a voting preference, I want you to go the polls November 8th no matter who you’re voting for. Democracy wins when everyone is engaged.

First step in voting is being registered. Do you live in Alaska but not sure if you’re registered? Check. If you’re not registered, here’s some basic information along with a link to go register.

How to Register or Update Your Voter Registration

To register to vote or update your voter registration record, you (or an individual with a general power of attorney or special power of attorney authorizing that individual to register you) must complete and sign a Voter Registration Application.

Register to vote online – You can register online either electronically or using a paper form.  To register electronically, you must  have a valid Alaska driver’s license or state ID.  Your information will be validated through DMV and your signature will come from your DMV record.  If you cannot be validated through DMV, you will have the option to register using a paper form that you will be required to print, sign and  return to the Division of Elections.

Voter Registration Application Print an application for you to complete and sign.

Send your completed and signed application by mail, fax or as an email attachment (PDF, TIFF or JPEG) to a Regional Elections office.

Complete a form in person at any Division of Elections office, Division of Motor Vehicle office through a voter registration agency, or voter registrar.

via Voter Registration

If you’re not registered, please register as soon as you can. According to Alaska’s Who Can Register page, you must be registered 30 days prior to the election. I interpret this to mean no later than 10/7/2016.

 

Alabama Voter Registration – Register by October 18, 2016!

One of the things I intend to do this election season is to do what I can to get people out to vote wherever they are and for whoever they intend to vote for. I value democracy and that means getting as many people engaged as possible, whether they agree with me or not.

So I’m going to link to voter registration information for each of the 50 states between now and election day. Let’s start with Alabama.

Voter Registration
IMPORTANT VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION
While Alabama citizens can register to vote at their local board of registrars, under federal law they can also fill out and submit voter registration forms at all state and/or county offices that provide public assistance. In Alabama, public assistance offices, such as Medicaid, WIC, and DHR, must distribute voter registration forms, provide assistance in completing the forms if necessary, and accept such forms. These offices must then forward the forms to the local boards of registrars. These voter registration services are to be offered to all applicants when applying for public assistance or when recertifying, renewing or submitting a change of address. Alabamians are not required to register to vote at these locations and they may decline to do so without affecting their right to receive public assistance. Alabamians may also fill out and submit a voter registration form when obtaining or renewing a driver’s license or when applying for a library card at any county library and many city libraries.

If you are not offered the opportunity to register to vote at any of these offices, please notify the Secretary of State’s Elections Division. The toll-free number is 1-800-274-8683.

via Voter Registration (Alabama)

According to their FAQ page, Registration closes two weeks before the election. I make this to be October 18, 2016 but why not register today if you haven’t already. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered, check.

Murkowski, Young – Reconsider Trump

Because they’re facing re-election this year and because I found Donald Trump’s understanding of the term “sacrifice” to be so scary, I decided to write Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young to try and get them to withdraw their lukewarm endorsement of Donald Trump. Because they’re both fairly hard line Republicans I did not ask them to endorse Clinton. Below is what I sent them. I strongly encourage you to write Republicans up for re-election and ask them to reconsider their support – or thank them if they’re already part of #nevertrump. We simply can’t afford a president who is so deeply out of touch that they offer self-congratulations in response to a question about sacrifices made.

If I get responses, I will publish them here.


On 7/10/2016, the Alaska Dispatch News reported that you would “support the Republican nominee.” Though you would not say his name, this means that you are supporting Donald Trump for President.

I am asking you to formally withdraw this endorsement. I don’t expect you to endorse Hillary Clinton, but I would like you to endorse Senator Ted Cruz’s approach to “vote your conscience.”

While there have been plenty of reasons not to support Trump and while none of the living Republican presidents endorse him, Trump’s reaction to Captain’s Khan’s Gold Star parents should be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for you.

Aside from the reaction itself, which demonstrates anew just how thin-skinned and impulsive the man is, there is his description of his sacrifices from a 7/30/2016 interview on ABC News:

“I think I’ve made a lot of sacrifices. I work very, very hard. I’ve created thousands and thousands of jobs, tens of thousands of jobs, built great structures. I’ve had tremendous success. I think I’ve done a lot.”

You are supporting a man who does not understand the meaning of the word sacrifice. That is the man you would have as Commander-in-Chief. This goes beyond misunderstanding though. It appears that Donald Trump’s answer to ANY question must reference his own greatness. I can’t think of one other US politician who operates that way.

Because you support the GOP Nominee, you own this. If Donald Trump’s shallow and self-centered personality coupled with ZERO governing experience blunder us into war, you’ll own that too.

Please pull back from this unwise endorsement. Don’t make a Commander in Chief of one who disrespects the parents of fallen heroes. Don’t entrust the nation’s nuclear codes to one so easily aggrieved and wrapped up in his own personality. Endorse Gary Johnson or no one if you have to, but stop encouraging people to support Donald Trump. Your party will NOT be able to control him in office any better than on the campaign trail. And when he has the military and the intelligence community at his beck and call, anyone outside of his family and inner circle of yes-people will suffer greatly for it. Probably even you, since you haven’t supported him by name.

Please pull back from the brink. Follow the President Bushes and Ted Cruz in rejecting Trump.  

Sources:

Alaska GOP convention delegates making peace with likely Donald Trump nomination
Author: Erica Martinson   7/10/2016  (Alaska Dispatch News)

http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/07/10/alaska-gop-convention-delegates-making-peace-with-likely-donald-trump-nomination/

 

Trump stirs outrage after he lashes out at the Muslim parents of a dead U.S. soldier, 7/30/2016, Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/backlash-for-trump-after-he-lashes-out-at-the-muslim-parents-of-a-dead-us-soldier/2016/07/30/34b0aad4-5671-11e6-88eb-7dda4e2f2aec_story.html

 

Donald Trump to Father of Fallen Soldier: ‘I’ve Made a Lot of Sacrifices’
By STEVE TURNHAM Jul 30, 2016, 7:36 PM ET (ABC News)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-father-fallen-soldier-ive-made-lot/story?id=41015051

 

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