August 24, 2020
Countdown to Election Day 2020

71 DAYS !

New York Will Allow Voters to Cast Mail-In Ballots

New York State will allow most voters to cast their ballots by mail in the November general election, joining a growing list of states that have expanded mail-in voting to address the potential spread of the coronavirus at polling places.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat, signed a bill on Thursday allowing voters to request an absentee ballot if they cannot show up at a polling location because of the risk of contracting or spreading an illness, effectively permitting the state’s more than 12 million registered voters to vote by mail.      -- New York Times, Thursday, August 20

 You can request an absentee ballot NOW!

Go to the Columbia County Board of Elections website "Voter Resource" page here and click on the "Civilian Absentee Application" link. Download an application and return it to the Columbia County Board of Elections, 401 State Street, Hudson, NY 12534.  Be sure to check your reason, include your email and phone number and sign it. If you have any questions, call the Board of Elections at 518-828-3115.

The Columbia County Democratic Committee
cordially invites you to the

Blue Wave Virtual Brunch

with host
 Julianna Margulies

and special guest
Rep. Antonio Delgado
“In my lifetime, I’ve never known a moment when the possibility of real change lay so close, and the peril of falling short felt so dire. Now is the time for everyone to come off the sidelines. Antonio is a dear friend and an embodiment of the pragmatic and inclusive leadership we need to mend our divisions. I’m excited by this opportunity to support candidates like him across Columbia County.”
- Julianna Margulies

Join fellow Democrats at their premiere fundraising event. Money raised directly supports our Democratic candidates and Get Out the Vote efforts.
November 2020 will be the most important election of our lifetime, and we must do all that we can to ensure a Blue Wave all the way up to the White House.
Blue Wave Virtual Brunch
Saturday, September 12
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Event tickets can be purchased online at
Columbia Blue Sponsor - $5,000*
Midnight Blue Sponsor $2,500*
Sapphire Blue Sponsor - $1,000*
Ocean Blue Sponsor - $750*
Turquoise Blue Sponsor - $500*
Aqua Blue Ticket - $250
Sky Blue Ticket - $125
True Blue Ticket - $50**


* Host Committee - Name(s) listed in future invitations and event program
** Young Dems
To pay by check, please respond to and mail the RSVP form to Columbia County Democratic Committee, PO Box 507, Ghent, NY 12075. You can download the RSVP form at
All attendees and guests must be registered in advance. Logon credentials will be emailed to ticket holders closer to the event.
For more information, please contact Claire Ackerman at
Candidate Meet and Greet

Chatham Democrats will host a Virtual Meet and Greet with NYS Assembly 107th Candidate, Brittany Vogel and NYS Senate 43rd Candidate, Patrick Nelson.  Each candidate will give a brief statement followed by a question and answer period. 
The Final Sprint

Last week we published a detailed list of ways to be involved and how to direct one's giving in the final sprint to November 3rd.  We can't take credit for this good effort, but have vetted the list and find it to be such a valuable tool we have added it to our website for reference.

August 24, 2020

It's time to act for the 2020 election. 

These are all good ideas: don't stress over which is the best! Choose one that suits you. 

1. Make calls for Antonio Delgado:  Go to  

2. Volunteer for Biden-Harris. They are phonebanking to battleground states, texting, amplifying through social media, and writing postcards. something for everyone.
3. Send letters or postcards to voters in swing districts nationally: Contact Valerie Wallin at or Tobby Casuto at
4. Do deep canvassing with "Changing The Conversation Together".  Visit to learn more about Deep Canvassing and how you can help.
5. Or simply go to Election Direction where you will find many of these activities and more in one location.  You can choose an activity or a candidate and have them notify you when there are opportunities to help.  You will also find the candidate races both locally and nationally that we think are among the best places to focus your support.

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