LYNN’S LIST FOR OCTOBER 12, 2020
Protection of Civil Liberties
The housing crisis is dire as the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) moratorium on eviction notices ends January 1, 2021 while Congress and the Administration are locked in failed negotiations as to how to proceed on another stimulus package. Judges do not have clear federal guidance in how to interpret the moratorium resulting in disparate applications of the order. Some judges have applied the CDC’s order to dismiss eviction filings entirely until next year, while others have only delayed the effective date of the eviction until then. Regardless of interpretation, Congress and the Administration agree that some housing aid is essential to prevent evictions which make it more difficult for families to get back on their feet and to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The House of Representatives passed an updated HEROES Act (HR8406). While about one-third smaller in cost than the earlier Heroes legislation (a reduction from $3.4 trillion to $2.2 trillion), the new package contains the same core elements: housing, and income assistance to tens of millions of struggling households; improvements in jobless benefits; state and local fiscal relief to avert budget cuts that would exacerbate hardship and further weaken the economy; and a strong public health response.
Additionally, recent publications by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) say that because of recent jobs’ reports, the crisis has imposed severe, ongoing hardship on tens of millions of people, disproportionately those in Black, Latino, Indigenous, and immigrant households. The outlook is grim unless Congress acts.
And still, the Senate is focusing on confirming a Supreme Court nominee. In a recent Hill-HarrisX poll, an overwhelming majority of voters (74%), both Republican and Democrat, believe the Senate should prioritize coronavirus relief over confirming a Supreme Court nominee.
Contact Senators Loeffler and Perdue with the suggested script: My name is ----- and I am from ----. In a recent poll of Republican and Democratic voters, an overwhelming majority of voters (74%) believe the Senate should be prioritizing ALL Americans instead of just one. Prompt Senate action on the updated Heroes Act (H.R. 8406) passed in the House is essential. Please vote for its passage.
IMPORTANT ELECTION INFORMATION
Vote By Mail/Absentee Ballot Voting
You can complete an on-line absentee ballot request at ballot request.sos.ga.gov. The site instantly transmits ballot requests to county election officials, avoiding potential delays in mail delivery.
Absentee ballots began to be mailed on September 16. They are mailed in batches and come from Arizona.
The deadline to request a ballot by mail (absentee ballot) is Friday, October 30, 2020, meaning the ballot application must be received by the local Board of Elections by that date. Waiting until 10/30 to request the ballot would be VERY risky! If you plan to vote absentee, request your ballot today at ballot request.sos.ga.gov!
It is recommended that, if possible, you hand deliver your absentee ballot to the secure drop box outside the Board of Elections or on the Mulberry Street side of the Bibb County Courthouse. If not possible to hand deliver, be sure that your ballot is mailed no later than October 22.
Once you have voted by absentee ballot, monitor the status of your vote at https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/.
In-Person Early Voting
Early voting runs from Monday, October 12, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020. For Macon-Bibb, early in-person voting is at the Board of Elections 2525 Pio Nono Avenue. Two new early voting sites have been approved: Theron Usery Park off Wimbush Road at 815 N. Macon Park Drive and the Elaine Lucas Senior Center located in Carolyn Crayton (formerly Central City) Park at 132 Willie Smokie Glover Drive. The hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm except Saturday when it is 9:00-4:00.
Saturday early voting occurs on October 24, 2020.
If you are voting in-person, numerous safety measures have been put in place to protect voters from COVID-19, but, by law, masks can not be enforced.
Because of a court ruling, the deadline for completing the census is October 31. Please spread the word! You can still self-respond by going online to my2020census.gov or calling 1-844-330-2020.
Find the link to your legislators here!
There are 3 weeks until the November 3 election.
Make sure you stay safe!