If you haven't received your ballot, contact Clatsop County Elections at 503-325-8605 or go to the office at 820 Exchange, #200, Astoria. Non-affiliated voters do not get to vote in Democratic, Republican, or other political party primaries, only in non-partisan races, including county commissioners and head of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries.
Voting info from Oregon's Secretary of State, Shemia Fagan:
"If you mail your ballot, make sure it is picked up by USPS and postmarked by May 17. Visit Sos.oregon.gov/electioninfo for more information on voting in Oregon, election integrity and answers to frequently asked questions.
"Oregon’s new postmark rule states that any ballot postmarked by Election Day counts even if it arrives at the election office up to 7 days later. The postmark rule was passed into law by the State Legislature in 2021....[R]emember that the total number of votes in the election will go up after Election Day. These are not “late” votes. They were cast on time! Close races may take longer to be decided while officials count all the ballots."
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REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN OREGON
"Oregon state law expressly affirms an individuals’ right to choose an abortion without interference from the government.
"The Reproductive Health Equity Act, updated in 2017, allows for late-term abortions, requires private medical insurance and state Medicaid to cover an abortion, and codifies the right to gender-affirming care, among other protections. Ours is among the strongest reproductive choice policies in the nation. Because health access in Oregon is governed by laws enacted by its state Legislature, rather than by a court’s interpretation of the state constitution, a sudden change to those policies is unlikely.
"Oregonians have shown little interest in changing the state’s policies. Five ballot measures restricting abortion have been rejected by voters since 1986. In 2014, 63 percent of Oregon adults said they thought abortion should be legal in all or most cases, according to polling done by the Pew Research Center." -- State Representative David Gomberg, HD 10, newsletter, May 9, 2022
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LET THE MARCH BEGIN May 14, 2022 • Astoria
Kudos to the hundreds of people who marched in Astoria for reproductive rights, joining with thousands more at about 400 marches around the country. Thanks to Erica Berry for initiating and organizing this community event. More photos here.
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NEW MEETING TIME
Starting next month, INCO's South County Community Group (SCCG) will meet the SECOND THURSDAY of each month. The next meeting is June 9, 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Wednesday, June 8 for your Zoom link.
Handwritten letters to voters are a proven, effective tactic to increase voter turnout. INCO is delighted to be part of Vote Forward’s The Big Send again this year to send 10 million letters to voters in key states and congressional districts ahead of the midterms this fall. We’re writing voter turnout letters now to send to voters in October.
"Those who are trying to push this nation backward are not only on the wrong side — they’re on the wrong side of the future. Look at the beliefs of the younger generations of Americans on all these issues. Look at how young people think around the world. Look at where the dominant cultural forces are. We should not underestimate the strength we have to push back against this march of destruction....
"I also know that it can yield the strength that is needed to not quit, to keep going, to understand that the future will unfold in ways that are completely unpredictable. And yet in that uncertainty lies an opportunity — I would call it a duty — to step into the fight and do our part to shape our destiny along a framework of hope." -- Dan Rather, "Steady," May 11, 2022
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ACT TO SAVE DEMOCRACY
Write To Voters - Elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at www.postcardstovoters.org. For general Get Out the Vote letter campaigns, sign up atVote Forward. For prepped postcards, stamps, or information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) - LTEs in the Astorian can inform voters and promote voting. You don't have to be an expert, just someone who cares about an issue. Write a few sentences or more, up to 250 words. Send to email@example.com, along with your name, address, and phone.
Your ballot is due May 17. Be a voter! Encourage others to vote, too!
Saturday, May 21 - INCO Astoria-North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 am - noon.If you are new to this group, contact firstname.lastname@example.org May 20 to get the Zoom link.
Thursday, June 9 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Wednesday, June 8 for your Zoom link. Starting in June, this group meets monthly on the second Thursday.
INCO Warrenton Community Group Zoom meeting. TBA. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Every Friday - INCO Write to Voters (WTV), via Zoom, 3-4 pm. Informal chat while we write letters and postcards to voters. If you are new to this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org get the Zoom link. NO WTV on Friday, June 3.
"Dictatorships elevate the nation and the leader as ultimate ends, while mere individuals have no inherent worth outside of their service to the state.” -- Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic, April, 2022