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Your Vote - Make It Count!
Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover and her staff educated voters on the three ways you can vote in the general election — Absentee, Early Voting, or Same Day Voting

During the DPBC sponsored meeting, which was held via zoom on August 26, Stover also gave an overview of how her office will make it as easy as possible for EVERYONE to vote and do it SAFELY!
The team, which included Jaime Diaz and Nathan Jaramillo, called for everyone to be patient in receiving their absentee ballots, and assured the audience that if you choose to vote in person through early voting or on election day, you will be safe. Their record in the June primary election around the pandemic, speaks for itself.
Right NOW: You can request an absentee ballot application to be mailed to you by going to nmvote.org. You will need your driver’s license number.
September 14: Bernalillo County Clerk mails absentee ballot applications to all registered votes who have not already requested a ballot. If you have already requested an application, you will not receive another one.
October 6: Bernalillo County Clerk begins mailing absentee ballots to voters who have requested them.
October 17-31: Early Voting and Same Day Registration at 18 locations across the county. https://www.bernco.gov/clerk/absentee-voting.aspx
You may also deliver your completed absentee ballot – enclosed in the signed and sealed envelope provided –to any early voting location and put it in a drop box.
Mobile Location for dropping off absentee ballots:
October 17-31 – NM State Fairgrounds, Copper and San Pedro Entrance. Drive through for safe drop off.
November 3 – Tent on 5th and Marquette (downtown). Drive through for safe absentee ballot drop off.
If you have not received an absentee ballot by the end of October, please plan to vote in person on November 3 and wear your mask!!
Upcoming WSD Meetings

The Rest of the Ballot

Wednesday, September 30
6:00 p.m.

Labor Day was last week and that can only mean one thing: the sprint to election day has begun! While we all know who we should vote for at the top of the ticket (it rhymes with "ride in"), what about those down ballot initiatives? The West Side Democrats will host a discussion on the important votes at the end of the ballot... initiatives that are crucial for New Mexico. Join us on September 30th for a discussion on these issues.
Details to come!
Public Banking and YOU!

Wednesday, October 21
Time: 6:00 pm

There has been a lot of chatter lately about public banking. So what is a public bank and why is it good for New Mexico? Can a public bank increase the amount of investment right at home? Please join Sarah Manning from the Alliance for Local Economic Prosperity and a distinguished panel as we discuss this exciting new institution that might be coming to New Mexico!
How Do You Canvass an Independent Voter?
Ever wonder how to talk to an Independent voter or a swing voter?
This will be the timely topic of the 4th Monday Training Series on

Monday, Sept. 28
6:00-7:30 pm

Katharine Clark will be the presenter.
This will be a virtual training. To receive the link to the meeting, please register here

This training will cover the psychology of political persuasion and how to:
  • listen to,
  • relate to and
  • persuade voters
who are in the middle of the political sphere.
This monthly training series is co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Bernalillo County (DPBC) and the West Side Dems (WSD).
Contact Sue Wolinsky, a member of both organizations, with questions: suemwolinsky@gmail.com.
Katharine Clark brings an unusual background to the virtual classroom. She is a political strategist specializing in political messaging and swing district strategy. She has experience in the private, non-profit, and academic arenas.
Representative Karen Bash District 68
Ms. Bash is running for reelection to the New Mexico House of Representatives from District 68. Representative Bash was elected in November 2016, defeating Republican Monica Youngblood who had held this seat since 2012. District 68 is in Northwest Albuquerque. Representative Bash brings an interesting and diverse resume to politics. She has a Masters in Special Education and has a Master of Divinity Degree. In her first term in the legislature she focused on New Mexico’s children and healthcare. Karen Bash has many high profile endorsements including: Moms Demand Action, Conservation Voters of New Mexico, Planned Parenthood, and NEA.

Katy Duhigg is running against incumbent Republican Candace Gould in the NM Senate District 10 race. Sue Wolinsky is the West Side point of contact for her yard signs. If want to show your support for Katy with a yard sign, contact Sue at suemwolinsky @gmail.com.
Climate Change in NM: “I Have A Lot of Faith in New Mexico” Interview with Environmental Reporter Laura Paskus

Climate change has been on display this summer in the Albuquerque area. While the snowpack this year was close to normal, stream flows this spring seemed anemic and now the Rio Grande is a ghost of itself. The temperatures this summer have been consistently above normal and the monsoons missing.  What is happening? We went to Laura Paskus for answers.

For more information on Joe Biden’s climate change proposals, check out https://joebiden.com/climate-plan/

Joe Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It includes two basic truths at the core of his plan: first, the U.S. urgently needs to move on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and second, our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.
Claudia's September Brown-bag Lunch

Join Claudia and her guests Senator Michael Padilla (SD 14), John Badal and Catherine Nicolaou of Sacred Wind Communications. They will explore the challenges and solutions to reaching rural New Mexico with cell and broadband service. As always there will be a Q & A time for you to directly ask your questions.  

Sep 22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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