November 17th Meeting: Election Roundup & ACA 101

Join the Birmingham-Bloomfield Democratic Club online on Tuesday, November 17th from 7pm - 9pm for our first post-election meeting!

With the dust settling on the most important Presidential election in history, we'll celebrate our successes, see where we fell short and discuss the future of Oakland County, the state of Michigan and the United States in a post-Trump world.

We'll also discuss upcoming changes to the BB Dems Board and OCDP Executive Committee.

In addition, since we're in the middle of the annual ACA Open Enrollment Period and the law is (once again) at risk, Chair Charles Gaba will give a refresher presentation about how the ACA works, where it doesn't, how to fix it and an overview of the lawsuit threatening to tear it all down.

Use this link to join us via Zoom!

We Did It! (mostly)

First: The #1 priority this year was to remove Donald Trump from power. Everything else--EVERYTHING else--had to be secondary. It appears that we accomplished that goal.

As of this writing, Joe Biden is ahead of Donald Trump by nearly 4 million votes and, more importantly, is ahead in states representing 306 Electoral Votes...well over the 270 needed to win the White House. This includes Michigan, where Biden's lead is nearly 150,000 votes. For comparison, Trump won by around 10,000 votes in 2016. In fact, Biden has already far surpassed the previous record for the most votes won by any Presidential candidate in history...Barack Obama in 2008.

There are four states where the winner hasn't been confirmed by major outlets yet: Arizona, Nevada and Georgia (where Biden is ahead) and North Carolina (where he's behind), but even setting those aside, Biden still has at least 273 Electoral Votes thanks to Pennsylvania.

Trump and the GOP are, of course, attempting to throw every absurd legal challenge they possibly can at the process, but so far they've failed across the board.

There are still steps to be taken--Georgia and possibly Arizona will likely go to recounts; every state still has to officially canvass & certify their results; and of course the Electoral College members have to formally meet, the newly-sworn in Congress has to formally certify the EC vote, and he has to be officially sworn in as President at noon on January 20th, 2021.


Don't Mail Your Ballot: Take it to the Drop Box in Person!

At this point, anyone who plans on voting by absentee ballot should drop off their ballot IN PERSON.

Do not put it in the mail at this point, as it may not arrive in time to be counted.

Via the Detroit Free Press:

Michigan residents voting absentee are now encouraged by the Michigan Secretary of State to drop off ballots at their local clerk’s office or drop box and not via mail.

Potential voters who are not registered yet can no longer register to vote by mail or online; the postmark deadline has passed. Instead, they will need to visit their local clerk’s office with proof of residency to fill out their voter application there.

You can apply for and fill out an absentee ballot during the same trip to the clerk's office. 

Registered voters can request an absentee ballot at their clerk’s office from now until Nov. 2. You must return it by 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3).

All registered voters who do not request an absentee ballot by Nov. 2, must vote in person at their local polling location.



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