|***NEW!*** Indivisible Arlington Guide to Voting 2020 provides everything you need to know about absentee and in-person voting for the November election.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, you will be able to volunteer to help with our 2020 election activities from your own home. To stay informed about the latest opportunities, please sign up to Get Updates by Email and look for updates in this blue box area of our website. You can also join our private Facebook Group (to be approved, you must answer the screening questions and fill out the form at the link provided when you request to join).
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First and foremost, we all know that Trump must be defeated this year. We have to do everything possible to support presumptive nominee Joe Biden and his running mate. But Virginia also has a Senate election this year, and we must help re-elect Senator Mark Warner. In Northern Virginia, we need to re-elect our congresspersons Don Beyer and Gerry Connolly. Across the state, we must hold the congressional seats that were won by Democrats in 2018, such as Elaine Luria (CD-02), Abigail Spanberger (CD-07), and Jennifer Wexton (CD-10). This year, we would also like to flip more seats from Republican to Democrat, including Qasim Rashid (CD-01) and Cameron Webb (CD-05).
Abigail Spanberger is proud to represent Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, which is comprised of ten counties throughout Central Virginia. Representative Spanberger began her career in public service, first serving as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigating money laundering and narcotics cases, and then serving as a case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As a CIA officer, she worked at home and abroad to collect vital intelligence, keep our country safe, and work in furtherance of our national security priorities. In the private sector, Representative Spanberger worked with colleges and universities to help them diversify their student bodies and increase graduation rates. She serves on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Representative Spanberger grew up in Henrico County. She earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and her MBA at a dual degree program between Purdue University’s Krannert School and the GISMA Business School in Hanover, Germany. She resides in Glen Allen, Henrico County, Virginia with her husband, Adam, and their three children. Representative Spanberger’s opponent will be selected in a July 18 Republican convention.
Dr. Cameron Webb is running for Congress in Virginia CD-05. He would be the first black MD in Congress. Growing up in Spotsylvania, VA, Dr. Webb’s mother, a public-school speech therapist, and father, an HR manager with the DEA, taught him to take an active role in his community and serve others. His parents encouraged all their children to dream big and work hard—lessons that Dr. Webb carries with him today. After graduating from UVA and getting his medical and law degrees, Dr. Webb was tapped by President Obama for the White House Fellowship. He served on the White House Health Care Team and also worked on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, where he helped tackle issues in education, workforce development and criminal justice reform. A practicing physician, Dr. Webb returned to Charlottesville where he treats patients as a general internist, teaches students and serves as the Director of Health Policy and Equity at UVA’s School of Medicine. His wife, Dr. Leigh-Ann Webb, is an ER doctor who grew up in Appomattox County. They reside in Albemarle County where they raise their two children, Avery and Lennox. Dr. Webb is running for Congress to serve his community at this critical time. In Washington, he will be a fierce advocate to ensure opportunities for health and success for all Virginians. We must help flip the open Virginia 5th district and ensure that Dr. Webb defeats his opponent, Bob Good, who strongly supports Trump’s policies and agenda.
We are currently out of postcards for our adopted candidates, but you can arrange to write postcards on your own. Postcards4VA allows you to make your own postcards (they provide designs) or buy your own postcards. You supply your own stamps. Postcards4VA provides each volunteer with a targeted mailing list so you can then mail them out to likely Democratic voters. For more information, go to https://www.postcards4va.com/, where you can sign up.
If you can, please give money directly to our adopted candidates. Your donation will help the campaigns afford signs, advertising, staffing, and other campaign expenses. Here are the direct links to the candidates’ Donate pages:
- Spanberger: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/spanberger
- Webb: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/cameronwebb
We have the technology for volunteers to do virtual phone banking for our adopted candidates as well as candidates for other districts. You can phone bank from home any day between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. It’s easy and flexible.
To get started, request to join the closed Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleVirtualPhonebanking/.
Depending on the ability to social distance, Indivisible Arlington may be providing opportunities for volunteers to knock on doors. But this year it is more likely that we will find ways to do E-Canvassing, working with the campaigns or other organizations.
In addition, the Arlington Democrats will sponsor phone banking for candidates in and beyond Arlington. The latest information is always at http://www.arlingtondemocrats.org/calendar/.
This year, the Virginia Department of Elections encourages voters to protect their health during COVID-19 outbreak. Voting absentee in the November election is encouraged. Information about absentee voting can be found at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/. You can access your Virginia Voter Record to update registration, apply to vote absentee, and view your voter-related information at https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.
You will also be able to vote early at Arlington County offices at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Lobby. Early voting dates and deadlines will be posted on the official Arlington County website at https://vote.arlingtonva.us/absentee/.
Arlington Dems offers a robust ride to the polls program for voters who need assistance getting to their polling location. Volunteers pick voters up at their place of residence, drive them to their voting place, assist with securing access to curbside voting if necessary, and then return voters home. They will provide rides on election day as well as for in-person early voting. This year, they are also providing volunteers to witness absentee by mail ballots for Democrats living alone.
To volunteer, sign up at https://arlingtondemocrats.org/start-making-difference-now/drive-to-the-polls/.
About Indivisible Arlington
Our mission: (1) pressure the current government to fight the Trump agenda; (2) elect a new progressive government.
For our full Mission Statement, Guiding Principles, Strategies, Issues, and criteria for Endorsing/Adopting Candidates, take a look at our Mission and Principles document.