Excercising Your Rights

10/20

Did you receive your ballot? We will go over how to read and use it.

Did you get your voters pamphlet?

https://easyvotingguidedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/evg2020_web_english-2.pdf

What is a measure?

Statewide Initiatives, Referendums and Referrals

The initiative and referendum processes allow people to propose laws or amendments to the state Constitution, or adopt or reject a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature.

If chief petitioners gather and submit the required number of signatures, the initiative or referendum is placed on the ballot for voters to adopt or reject.

Review measures 107-110 

https://ballotpedia.org/Oregon_2020_ballot_measures

How to watch the next presidential debate

  • What: Final 2020 debate between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
  • Where: Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • Time: Debate begins at 9 p.m. and runs 90 minutes without commercial interruption

10/13

Today is the last day to register to vote in November election!  Register here:

https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en

Who watched the debate? Pence vs. Harris

https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/politics/the-vice-presidential-debate-in-4-minutes/2020/10/08/db4009cd-ce2d-4639-b3b9-3531dd2c2369_video.html

Did you get your voters pamphlet in the mail? If you don’t know, find it by next week. Oregon is a vote by mail state, ballots will be sent out in the next few days, but does not need postage or you can drop off in ballot drop off.  Mail by 10/27/20

https://ballotpedia.org/Voting_in_Oregon

https://easyvotingguide.org/

https://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx

10/6

As of September 2019, there were 224 state-level ballot-qualified political party affiliates in the United States.  Some parties are recognized in multiple states. For example, both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are recognized in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These two parties account for 102 of the 224 total state-level parties.  Three minor parties were recognized in more than 10 states as of September 2019:

  1. Libertarian Party: 37 states
  2. Green Party: 26 states
  3. Constitution Party: 14 states

POLITICAL PARTIES 2020

1.) CONSTITUTION PARTY:  Todays issues are best solved by a return to allegiance to the “original intent”  of the founding fathers.  This means the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The party tends to be socially conservative and religiously fundamental in their interpretation of these documents.  The party tends to draw white, middle-class, rural constituents.

2.) DEMOCRATIC PARTY:  One of the two major parties in the US, the democrats have traditionally supported working class, and middle class interests. Democrats believe that we’re greater together than we are on our own—that this country succeeds when everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. Our party is focused on building an economy that lifts up all Americans, not just those at the top. That’s why Democrats are working to make progress on issues like job creation, equal pay, education, health care, and clean energy.

3.)INDEPENDENT PARTY (also known as the “American Conservative Party”): This is NOT the same as registering as an “Independent” (or  “non-partisan”) voter.  The American Independent Party is the party of ordered liberty in a nation under God. We believe in strict adherence to written law. We believe the Constitution is the contract America has with itself. Its willful distortion has led to the violation of our Tenth Amendment guaranteed right to limited government, which inevitably requires oppressive taxation. Its faithful application will lift that awful burden.

4.) LIBERTARIAN PARTY:  Believing that the individual should be the ruler of their own life, and that government should exist to protect the individual rights, not limit them. The maximum extension of individual liberties includes party platforms which include a relaxation of all gun control laws, legalization of drugs, and an end to social welfare programs and allowing business to be in control of its own environmental clean-up. 3rd largest party in the US.

5.)  PACIFIC GREEN PARTY:  Is a political party born in Oregon, very liberal and committed to social and environmental justice issues like Limiting Corporate Power, Universal Health Care, an end to commercial logging on public lands, renewable/non-polluting energy sources, and the support of Unions & Worker’s Rights. The party is much more liberal than even the most liberal Democrats, but maintains a sense of social responsibility which is not found in the libertarians.

6.)PROGRESSIVE PARTY: Our approach is simple to summarize and is built upon the ideas of generations of progressives from Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama:  everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does his or her fair share, and everyone plays by the same rules. As progressives, we believe that everyone deserves a fair shot at a decent, fulfilling, and economically secure life.  We believe that everyone should do his or her fair share to build this life through education and hard work and through active participation in public life.   And we believe that everyone should play by the same set of rules with no special privileges for the well-connected or wealthy.

7.) REPUBLICAN PARTY:   The core beliefs of the Republican Party are centered on the idea that each person is responsible for their own place within society. The party believes that the government’s role is to enable the people to secure the benefits of society for themselves, their families, and for those who are unable to do so for themselves. Republicans believe in limiting the Government’s intervention in the work of the individual towards prosperity. The government should only intervene when society cannot function at the level of the individual. This also means that the party believes in keeping the government as close to the individual as possible, and should be focused mainly on the state and community level, not centered at a federal level.

8.) WORKING FAMILIES PARTY: The WFP supports increased investment in education, in order to create a free, universal, high quality public education.  They also support a greater increase in the minimum wage, as well as greater investment in “Green” technology and jobs. 

Away work:

Watch the vice presidential debate tomorrow night 6:00pm – 7:30pm on many networks

 

9/29

Are you registered to vote?  Reviewed how to register, use this web site and the deadline is October 13th 2020  https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en

Watch the presidential debate tonight at 6pm between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.  It will be on most TV stations and on the radio.

We watched a video on “Why Vote”  this can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVM2UGkIGwI

 

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