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August 31 - Sept 6, 2020
64 Days Until November 3, 2020

 QUICK LINKS TO TAKE ACTION 


KEY ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK:
WISCONSIN:
ILLINOIS:
MICHIGAN:
PHONEBANKING:
TEXTBANKING:
PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS 2020: 
Rep. Underwood Will Join Us on Sept 3!
Support Lauren Underwood 
Phonebanks Every Thursday, 6-8pm
 

REMEMBER! Congresswoman Underwood will join our phonebank Thursday, Sept 3. She’ll come on at 6pm to thank us for our efforts. Please try to join Sept 3rd - we'd love to have a good Indivisible Evanston showing for the Congresswoman!


Sign up to join our Thursday Indivisible Evanston-only virtual phonebank parties!
So far we've made nearly 5,000 calls to voters in IL-14!


In just over a month, voters in Illinois are expected to receiver their vote-by-mail ballots. That's why we need to contact voters in IL-14 NOW to make sure they support the Congresswoman's re-election in November. The GOP is throwing endorsements and money at her opponent, so it will be a tough fight.

Join our weekly phonebanks to help Rep. Underwood become the first Democrat to win re-election in Il-14! 
Details:
  • Phonebanks are hosted by the campaign and last from 6-8pm
  • No need to stay the entire duration - join when you can and make your target of 50 dials!
  • First-time caller? Training provided by at 6pm for those who need it

Can't make Thursdays? Join an Indivisible Chicago phonebank on Tuesday's OR make calls on your own. 

Postcards Now Available
At long last, postcards to support Rep. Underwood are ready for pickup! Sign up to pick up your postcards on either Tuesdays or Fridays. All details are available at the link. And be sure to join fellow postcarders for a Zoom party on Mondays.

What else?

  • Volunteer Organizing Meetings - Sign up for for biweekly virtual sessions to hear about outreach and mobilization strategies, and provide feedback to Team Underwood. Next session Sept 2.
Sign up for Underwood Phone Bank Parties on Thursdays 6 - 8pm
Recording of Indivisible Evanston's
Virtual Monthly Meeting 
August 25, 7-9pm
"What You Need to Know About Vote by Mail"

Watch a recording of Indivisible Evanston's "What You Need to Know About Vote By Mail" August 25 meeting here.

This recording is located on the Zoom platform and will expire and become unavailable on September 23. Please contact indivisibleevanston@gmail.com if you have issues accessing the recording. Thanks!

Many thanks to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and our expert panel:
  • Jan Schakowsky, Congresswoman for Illinois' 9th District will speak briefly about vote-by-mail best practices. 
  • Tyler St. Clair, Outreach Manager of Common Cause, will speak about the new Illinois legislation.
  • Aaron Ammons, Clerk of Champaign County, will speak about how voting by mail will work practically in his county and throughout the state. 
  • Alisa Kaplan, Executive Director of Reform for Illinois, will speak about broader issues with vote by mail: research on fraud and partisanship, national trends in vote by mail and election administration.
  • Rose Colacino, Election Integrity & Security Voters' Rights Leader of Indivisible Illinois, will moderate the question and answer period, to ask the panel questions and field questions from the audience. 
Recording of Indivisible Evanston's August 25th Monthly Meeting: What You Need to Know About Vote by Mail

 

In the coming weeks, and especially now that the fabulous DNC is now complete, we'll all be getting more involved with taking action with the Biden/Harris campaign. Keep checking this space for weekly ideas and information about how we can all do our part to help them win on November 3rd!
Take Action with the Biden/Harris Campaign

 

Register to Vote: Through Election Day
Resource: Register to Vote.

Registering to vote has never been easier or more convenient. 

NOTE: Any voter who needs to register for the first time or file an address change must present two forms of ID, one of which shows the voter's current address.

Early Voting: Oct 19 - Nov 2 
Resource:

Early Voting - Evanston; 8:30-7pm Weekdays; 9-5pm Weekends
Early Voting - Suburban Cook County 

Evanston: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center 2100 Ridge Avenue, Rm. G300 
Wilmette: Centennial Park, 2300 Old Glenview Road 8:30-7pm Weekdays; 9-5pm Weekends
What do you need to Early Vote? Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter's registration, address or signature.


Vote By Mail: Ballots Mailed to Voters Starting 9/24

Resources: 
APPLY NOW TO VOTE BY MAIL IN SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY

  • Last Day to Request Mail Ballot Oct 29: We say request ASAP!

Mail Ballot Dropbox Locations & FAQ Ballot Return Envelopes can be submitted in secure Dropbox locations; 6 locations Oct 9; widely available Oct 19

  • Dropbox Hours: 8:30 AM to 7 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 5 PM on weekends (depending on location). Mail ballots will be collected on a daily basis through Election Day and will be time stamped. 

VBM: It's EASY - Any registered suburban Cook County voter with a driver’s license, state ID or social security number on file may request a mail ballot using an online or paper application. 

VBM Online: Apply here. 
VBM Paper application: You may download, print and sign a mail ballot application and send it to the Cook County Clerk's office.
  • Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov 3) in order to be counted.

FAQ: If I apply for a Mail Ballot and decide to vote in-person, is that allowed? Yes...
From the Cook County's Clerk Office: Once we have sent you a Mail Ballot, you will be placed on the WHO VOTED LIST. The Who Voted List is a voter fraud prevention measure on our end. This means, unless you take your Mail Ballot with you and surrender it to the judges – either at Early Voting or on Election Day at your polling place – you will be required to vote a Provisional Ballot. Once the Provisional Ballot comes back to our office and is researched, when we can confirm that you didn't vote any other way, the Provisional Ballot will be accepted.


Election Day Voting & Registration: Nov 3
Resource: Voter Information Tool
provides key information unique to your voting address or you. The tool can provide details about your polling place, ballot, elected officials and more.
Registered suburban Cook County voters can only vote in their home precinct on Election Day. 
Residents who are not registered to vote may register and cast a ballot on Election Day thanks to same-day registration and voting. Those who wish to register on Election Day must present two qualifying forms of ID.


Work the Election 
Resource: Work Election Day
Every election in suburban Cook County requires a team of Election Judges and Polling Place Technicians to serve voters at the polls. These poll workers are paid depending on the position they work. 

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Important Dates 

Sept 24 - Oct 5: Ballots will be mailed beginning these dates 

Oct 7 - Nov 2: Grace Period Registration and VotingGrace period registrants must immediately cast their ballot after registering to vote.

Oct 9: Drop Boxes for mail ballots will be available at 69 West Washington St. in Chicago as well as the 5 Regional Courthouses in suburban Cook County including Skokie.  

Oct 19: Drop Boxes for mail ballots will be available at locations including the Evanston Civic Center and Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette.

Oct 19: First Day of Early Voting

Oct 29: Last date to request a mail ballot, however the Office of Cook County Clerk indicates that to ensure timely receipt of your ballot, it’s best to apply by Monday, October 26. We say request a ballot ASAP. 

Nov 2: Last day of Early Voting

Nov. 3: Election Day: Find your own polling place via Your Voter Information.

Nov 3: Last day mail ballots can be postmarked. All mail ballots that arrive at Cook County Elections office by Nov 17 will be counted. Voters are urged to complete and mail their ballot back as early as possible once they receive it. All Vote By Mail ballots come with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes. 

 

Register to Vote
City of Evanston Election & Early Voting Info
Apply Now to Vote By Mail in Suburban Cook County
Drop Box Locations/Hours
MI & WI Texting Team
 
Thank you for helping us flip Michigan and Wisconsin blue, one text at a time! This Texting Team sends text messages to unregistered and likely Democratic voters in MI and WI to get them registered to vote. So far, we have texted 95,000 voters in our first week and are well on our way to completing our program by the end of the week.

As part of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance, Indivisible Evanston has partnered with the organizations 
Rust Belt Rising and Register2Vote to to register more voters in Michigan and Wisconsin than the difference in the 2016 election in those two states. Considering that Trump won MI by 10,704 and WI by 22,278 votes, this project has the potential of having significant impact on the outcome in November.

We're using a texting platform called Spoke, which many different campaigns and organizations use for peer-to-peer texting. We have one more training this week on Wednesday, otherwise we are only accepting trained texters into these textbanks. Once you sign up, you will get links to join our textbanks on Zoom. Thank you! 

Last Training: Wednesday, September 2 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Sign up HERE.
Wednesday 9/2: 12:30-2:30 pm | Friday 9/4: 4-6 pm | Saturday 9/5: 1-3 pm

Questions? Please contact WI and MI Texting Team Leader Laura Tanner
Sign Up To Text MI and WI Voters

Join the WI Voter Registration Calling Crew

Help us flip Michigan and Wisconsin blue! As part of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance, Indivisible Evanston is partnering with the organizations Rust Belt Rising and Register2Vote to to register more voters in Michigan and Wisconsin than the difference in the 2016 election in those two states. Considering that Trump won MI by 10,704 and WI by 22,278 votes, this project has the potential of having significant impact on the outcome in November.

The Wisconsin Voter Registration Program, an offshoot of Indivisible Evanston, has launched a massive voter registration effort to reach over 100,000 targeted unregistered voters by phone.  Based on past program experience, we expect to potentially register 30,000 “highly likely” Democrats.
 
After the targeted voters receive their registration packet in the mail, our volunteers will follow up with “chase calls” asking them to complete their registrations and send them in.
 

Want to join us? To participate, just sign up below and send an email to the project coordinator, Bob Best.

Ongoing Schedule: Sign up!

Sign up to attend all the WI Voter Registration phone banks which run weekly from now until September 30 here: 

Sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/rustbeltrising/event/306347/

Mondays: 7 - 9pm
Wednesdays: 3 - 5pm
Saturdays: 3 - 5pm


Interested in making calls to Michigan? Contact Bill Mengebier with Indivisible Chicago.
Sign up here for WI Voter Registration Phone Bank
TEXTING TRAINING: August 31 | 5:30 - 7:00
Every Monday Night

TEXTING TUESDAYS TEXTBANKS:
September 1 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Florida Vote By Mail

Every Tuesday Afternoon
 
Join the Indivisible Evanston/Indivisible Chicago Alliance Texting Team! Texting is a great way to connect directly with voters in addition to making phone calls and writing postcards, especially in a pandemic when we can’t canvass. But it’s not quite as simple as sending a message to your friends from your phone.

Come to one of our Monday night texting classes to learn more about how to reach voters through texting. Our weekly Monday trainings on will be for the "IndivisiText Team," the national Indivisible texting program. We'll be learning how to use their platforms, TextOut and Slack. It's easy and fun once you get the hang of it!


This training will make you part of the ICA texting team that will be ready to jump in whenever texting opportunities arise. As usual, we’ll do it together and learn from each other. And once you're trained, you'll be ready to join our regular Zoom group texting sessions (like our virtual phone banks and postcard parties). You can also work on your own schedule!

Our instructors and facilitators are Indivisible Evanston's Co-Leader Laura Tanner and Jessica Droeger from Indivisible Lincoln Square. They’ll prep you to participate in our next group texting sessions and for texting on your own! Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation email and another email with the Zoom meeting registration link the day of the training.
Sign Up for Texting Team Training OR Textbanking Event
JOIN TEAM CASTEN FOR PHONE BANKING TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS!

We're calling folks to check in to see how they are doing, and if they will support Casten this November. We worked hard for these seats in 2018, and we'll need to work even harder to keep them for 2020!

Sign up here to call Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:30pm with Team Casten 
Weekend Phone Banks are  also available with the campaign.

Join folks from Indivisible Evanston & other Casten supporters. Training available, too!
Training Note: If you are new to phone banking, a required training session will start 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the first shift you attend.This training is essential to help you better understand the campaign to re-elect Sean Casten, goals of the program and guidelines for making constituent calls.
  • If you have already attended a training session, you do not need to attend training again unless you want a refresher course or have questions.
  • Equipment you will need:
  • A fully charged cell phone (or your home phone can be used)
  • A computer or tablet (to connect to ZOOM and record results in VAN)
Sign up for Casten Phone Banking & Training
Turning Wisconsin BLUE Depends on YOU!
WI Wednesdays Phone Banks: 6 - 8pm
NEW: Wisconsin Weekend Phone Banks - Saturdays 

⭐️ Our rockstar Calling Crew of 371 has made over 17,000 calls to WI & we need your help to make more! Please see the block below with the image of our Calling Crew for a discussion of our calling strategy.

Individual WI Wednesday/Weekend Phone Bank sign ups: 

September 2, 6 - 8pm: Sign up
September 9, 6 - 8pm: Sign up
September 12, 10am -12pm: Sign up Saturday!
September 16, 6 - 8pm: Sign up
September: 23, 6 - 8pm: Sign up
September 26, 10am - 12pm: Sign up Saturday!
September 30, 6 - 8pm: Sign up


LINK TO ALL WI Wednesdays/Weekend Phone Banks: Sign up here. 
Want to flip Michigan? SIGN UP: tinyurl.com/call4blue

New to phone banking? Sign up for a phone bank training session before the phone bank.

📞Calls can be made any day; morning, noon & night. Just attend one of our phone banks for orientation & then call at your convenience.

➡️ We make phone banking easy! Our phone banks begin with a Zoom call orientation and end with the opportunity to debrief. Along the way, our phone bank leaders are available to help you with any problems. After you sign up, we'll get back in touch with all the information you need to connect. We're with you every step of the way! Thanks for joining us in this fight to turn WI BLUE!

Questions? Email kathleenlong@comcast.net.
Sign Up for Wisconsin Wednesdays Weekly PHONE BANKS
New to Phone Banking? Need a Refresher? Sign up for 30 minute Phone Bank TRAINING
WI Wednesdays Calling Crew: Phone Bank Strategy
We are working to turn Wisconsin BLUE and carry it for
Joe Biden & Kamala Harris.

While we do that, we are focusing on the strategic battleground areas of the state where Democratic votes are particularly important. This includes some State Assembly districts where Democrats have a chance to flip a seat or need to defend one. The State Assembly races are must be defended/flipped because we cannot let the Republicans get a veto-proof majority. Especially as re-districting is on the table.
We are calling likely Democrats in these areas whose voting record may be spotty. We need to get these likely Dems out to vote. Along with our allies in Wisconsin, including the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, we believe that building awareness and enthusiasm for these local candidates while we ask for support for Biden/Harris will help drive turnout and votes for Democrats up and down the ballot.
We're always working to determine the most strategic focus for our phone calls—it will be changing as we progress through to November as the specific situations change on the ground. Thank you for joining us!

Postcards to Wisconsin/Michigan & Underwood

Join Indivisible Evanston to write postcards to likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin and Michigan, encouraging them to vote in the November Presidential election. We're also writing postcards to Il-14 voters to re-elect Lauren Underwood. We will supply the postcards, names and addresses and script. You just supply the postage (and support the post office at the same time)!

NOTE: Postcards are to be mailed on October 21, not before and not after.  If you want to return the completed and stamps cards to us for mailing in Wisconsin and Michigan, they must be returned to us no later than October 19.


We have packets of 100 cards and materials available for pick up seven days a week at three locations in Evanston. You can also sign up to pick up cards in Chicago with Indivisible Chicago, or order directly online to have them shipped to you if you are outside of the Chicagoland area. Learn more on our BLOG: 

Thank you for joining us! Together we will turn Wisconsin, Michigan, the White House, and Congress Blue!
Sign Up for WI & MI Evanston Postcard Packets
Sign Up for Underwood Evanston Postcard Packets
Register for a Monday Zoom Postcard Party Now

Postcards to Swing States Shipping Kit Assembly

Postcards to Swing States has been inundated by orders since announcing in July that they were adding 8 more states...and they just added four new ones: KY, GA, SC, and TX and upped their goal to 15 million postcards! With this new goal and influx of orders, the organizers are in desperate need of volunteers willing to “kit” the packets of postcards to ship all over the country. That's where we come in!

So far, our our amazing volunteers have packed and shipped over a MILLION cards all over the country. Each week, we are shipping 24 "kits" for the project and we need volunteers to help!

KEY POINTS AND KIT INFORMATION

  • Kit pickups are on Tuesdays and orders must be shipped by Saturday.
  • Volunteers pick up kits containing postcards, paperwork, shipping supploes and prepaid shipping labels.
  • You assemble the kits at home and mail them with USPS (pickup or dropoff)
  • Each kit includes supplies to prep and ship 56 orders of 200 postcards to volunteers.
  • Each kit requires 1-2 hours volunteer time to prep for shipping.
  • Note: postcard boxes are heavy, so please be prepared to lift them. We can help you at pickup!
  • Kits are TIME SENSITIVE and must be shipped within 3-5 days of pickup.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Thank you for helping us help Postcards to Swing States!

Questions? Please contact Laura Tanner

Sign Up for Postcard Shipping Kits
 
Complete the 2020 Census ASAP!
  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
Issue: According to a court filing the U.S. Census Bureau is ending the 2020 head count early by a month so that the process for calculating the number of people used for redrawing congressional districts takes place on President Donald Trump’s watch. Read about the controversy here: "Cities: Census ending early so counting is on Trump's watch"
Complete Census Here
Donate to help restore voting rights to over half a million FLA residents!

A 2018 referendum passed by 64% of FL voters amended the state constitution to restore voting rights to persons who had served their sentences (other than those convicted of murder and aggravated sexual assault) only to be undermined by the legislature in requiring all outstanding fees and fines be paid first. A federal judge called this a poll tax but the Supreme Court ultimately upheld the requirement. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition needs our help in providing funds to pay off the fines.

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) is a grassroots membership organization, led by returning citizens (formerly convicted persons) who are dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions, and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system that will enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety.

Learn more about this grassroots organization and DONATE HERE.

Volunteer to Protect the Vote in Wisconsin

It goes without saying at this point that Wisconsin is one of the most important states this election season, and we're going to have to do all we can to turn it Blue. That includes protecting the vote.

Join the Wisconsin Democratic Party's Voter Protection Volunteer team!


They are looking for volunteers to be poll workers and poll observers in Wisconsinphone banker to recruit volunteers, or to work the Voter Protection hotline. Click here for more details and to sign up for training.

Donate to the Wisconsin Voter Protection Fund.

Sign Up to Protect the Vote in Wisconsin
This year, it's not enough to vote. In 2020, we all have to act. And we can still stay safe and take action from home.
 
In 2020, Indivisible Evanston is working hard to win back the White House, the Senate, Wisconsin and to keep our gains in the House and here in Illinois. 

Thank you for reading our weekly newsletters, following us on FB and visiting our website for a full list of our 2020 actions. 

We can do this if we all pitch in -- this is a team effort! 
Indivisible Evanston Events & Important Dates

Multiple Dates:
September
October
November
  • 2: Last Day of Early Voting
  • 3: Last Day Mail Ballots can be Postmarked & Drop Boxes available
  • 3: GENERAL ELECTION, Register to Vote available  🌊🌊🌊
  • 17: IE Monthly Meeting, 7-9 pm, Evanston Civic Center
  • Multiple Dates: see above
SEE LISTINGS ABOVE FOR MORE DETAILS & to sign up for specific events. 

🦠 RECOMMENDED CORONAVIRUS 🦠 
AND COVID-19 RESOURCES

CDC guidelines
City of Evanston Coronavirus Information 
IL Department of Public Health
Evanston area COVID-19 community support Facebook group

CDC Guidelines on Wearing Cloth Masks

For our most up to date news & daily actions, like our page on Facebook and check in often. Make sure to follow and retweet us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, and add us to your email contacts!

Indivisible Evanston Mission Statement

The mission of Indivisible Evanston is to resist Donald Trump, his administration, and like-minded Members of Congress, and to remove them all from office on November 3, 2020, before they replace our democracy with an authoritarian plutocracy. We do not expect our members or allies to agree on all issues, but we invite those who agree that the Trump presidency is harming our country to work together to replace him and his GOP enablers. We seek to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we are committed to non-violence in all our actions.
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