Sign on and welcome to participants by Dana Offerman.
Fifty-four people registered for this meeting! Zoom instructions to participants to ask a question in the chat box. Dana discussed the state of the election and thanked all those who volunteered.
Rex Scott – Candidate for Pima County Board of Supervisors for District 1
Rex expressed his thanks to the membership but suggested that congratulations are a bit premature.As of today, he is awaiting the final results with a lead of 1,854 votes, but 700 regular votes and 18,000 others have yet to be counted.There is no way to know how many of those are in District 1.Republicans turned out in record numbers on election day.Democrats who did win their respective elections won by a small margin. The final count is complicated by the late early ballots which are trending Republican.Rex will continue the fight no matter the outcome and will focus on the 2022 election to replace the governor and state legislators.
Breakout Rooms – Purpose is to determine what the membership wants to focus on going forward.
Results from groups: -All groups strongly endorsed supporting efforts in Georgia. -Strong support for a concerted state strategy to include; Civic Engagement Beyond Voting, Request to Speak, Letters to the Editor and Education Funding. -Looking to 2022 election; Identifying and supporting candidates for LD11, Governor’s Race needs a strong Democratic candidate (start vetting now), Learn from the lessons and disappointments of this election 1.Why down ballot candidates were not successful 2.Voter education: candidates and issues -Messaging Strategy; Social media strategy – what is most effective? -Membership and diversity of ITAA; Alliances with other groups, unions, recruiting more diverse members including youth and Hispanic voters.
Karen Harris – Volunteer Opportunities In The Georgia Senate Runoffs
These opportunities are also listed on the ITAA website.
Georgia Runoff Involvement form – keeps you connected to what is currently happening Warnock Campaign – find recurring events on Mobilize Ossoff Campaign – Volunteer directly with the campaign (phone banking) Vote Save America – organizes weekly events for volunteers Vote Forward – letter writing Fair Fight Action – Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization Black Voters Matter – text “WeMatter” to 797979 Postcards to Swing States – write postcards to Georgia voters New Georgia Project – help register young people and people of color to vote in Georgia. Click here
Margo Nichols – Treasurer’s Report
Unrestricted Funds - $94.65 remaining Monies received from passing the hat and contributions:used for postage, postcards, literature and reimbursement for expenditures. Restricted Funds - $454.85 Donations from National Indivisible (501C4): cannot be used for candidates or Democratic party.$100expense coming up in January which will leave the fund with $350. Contribution made to The Bail Fund out of this account.Steering Committee will discuss how to use the remaining funds and include those suggestions in the strategic plan which will be presented in January.
Dana Offerman – Future Activities
Focus on Redistricting Commission
Return to Letters to The Editor
Prop 208 passed but we must remain diligent
Request to members to send to Dana what future priorities should be
Alaska not determined yet for Senate and Congress
Steering Committee will draft a strategic plan and annual goals to present to the membership at the January meeting for discussion, input and a vote. Input from the breakout sessions will be considered in the draft plan.
Chat Questions and Comments
Is there any interest in additional tee shirts? If so, contact Beth Smith (email@example.com)
Where does O’Halleran stand thus far in the election?
Will there be a recount in Arizona?
Keith Brekhus – O’Halleran declared winner today with a 3.5 percentage point lead. Recount requires the loser to be within 200 votes of winning, so not likely. Remember to remove any political signs
There will not be a December meeting.The next meeting is scheduled for January 4, 2021 at 3:30 via Zoom.If you have any creative ideas on how to meet, please email Dana.
Nominations for Chair and Vice-Chair are required in December in order for the membership to vote on those nominations at the January meeting.The current chair is Dana Offerman and the Vice-Chair is Margo Nichols.Please send your nominations via email to Dana. Dana will inform members regarding any calls to action that may be required going forward.
The Arizona Legislature resumes on January 11, 2021.The State team will reconvene prior to that date (TBD).Unfortunately, Republicans will control the agenda so the State team will be busy and may need to visit.The Letters to the Editor group will be in full force.
Encouraged all PC’s to attend the LD11 reorganization meeting on Saturday, November 28th.Susan is running for First Vice Chair. Misty Atkins is running for Second Vice Chair.