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NEW DATE FOR OHIO PRIMARY: April 28, 2020

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NEW DATE FOR OHIO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020
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What you need to know:
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On Wednesday, March 25th, the Ohio Legislature voted to extend the Ohio Primary Election through April 28.  This action supersedes and replaces the June 2nd directive by Governor DeWine.

The April 28th election will be conducted exclusively through mailed-in absentee ballotsThere will be no in-person voting for this primary election, though exceptions are being made in certain cases.  For complete background, see an article in the Ohio Capital Journal HERE.

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YOU HAVE ALREADY VOTED:
Nothing further needs to be done.  Your ballot has been retained and it will be counted on April 28th.  You can track your ballot on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE

YOU HAVE NOT VOTED:
Vote by mail is a two-step process:

1) You must submit an APPLICATION to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) to obtain a ballot. The BOE verifies that you are eligible to vote through the application.

2) After verification, you will receive a blank BALLOT in the mail from the BOE.

The ballot must be postmarked by April 27 to count.

Please note: You must be proactive to receive an application.  One will NOT automatically be sent  to you.

HOW DO I OBTAIN AN APPLICATION?
There are three ways that you can obtain the vote-by-mail APPLICATION:

1) Download and print the application from the Board of Elections website HERE

2) Contact the Board of Elections and ask them to mail the application to you.  Call the BOE at (216) 443-8683

3) Send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org.  We would be happy to drop-off the application at your home while practicing social distancing.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A BALLOT?
You must first submit an APPLICATION before you can receive a ballot.  Please see above.

CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?
If you missed the original February 18 voter registration deadline, you are not eligible to vote in this primary election.  Even though the date of the election has changed, the deadline for registration has not changed.  We will keep you posted if/when there are any updates on this issue.

I HAVE QUESTIONS
If you have any questions about vote-by-mail, please send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org and we’ll respond promptly.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Remember to vote your complete ballot, including for judicial candidates!  See the sample ballot of endorsed candidates, below.  Please ignore the March 16 on or before date.


Assistance for Seniors, Volunteer, Ohio Primary, 3/31 Meeting Cancelled

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UPDATES:

* Local Assistance For Seniors
* Volunteers Needed
* Ohio Primary Election
* Club Meeting Cancelled

 

LOCAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS

Rocky River Senior Center
Seniors in need of grocery or prescription delivery can contact staff at 440-899-6665.  Click HERE for additional information.

For updates from the City of Rocky River, click HERE


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Rocky River/Lakewood Meals on Wheels
The program is in need of kitchen volunteers to work 8:30 a.m. to noon, days are flexible, under the direction of the head cook.  Contact Bob Burns, Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-288-5892.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The organization is in need of volunteers for food packing and sorting, kitchen help, distribution and more.  They are currently following the recommendations of the CDC/Ohio Department of Health.  For complete information on how you can help, click HERE or call 216-738-2053.

Your Favorite Charity or Non-Profit
Contact your favorite organization to learn whether they need volunteers or assistance.


OHIO PRIMARY ELECTION

On March 17th, the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) filed legal action regarding the Ohio Primary.  For complete information, click HERE.  Key points of the legal action are:

1) the ODP factually asserts that the Executive Branch of the Government of the State of Ohio does not have the authority to set elections; the authority resides with the General Assembly
2) the ODP is seeking to allow absentee ballot voting through a final date of April 28th

Complete details can be found in the link, above.

Under the current directives set by the Ohio Governor and  the Ohio Director of Health, absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 1st; and in-person voting will take place on June 2nd.  Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE for complete information.

We will provide further updates when the legal case is resolved.


CLUB MEETING CANCELLED

The Rocky River Democratic Club meeting scheduled on Tuesday, March 31, 7 PM at the Library is cancelled.

March 17th Presidential Primary Election Suspended Until June 2nd

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MARCH 17th ELECTION DAY SUSPENDED UNTIL JUNE 2nd
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Please visit the Board of Elections website HERE for complete information.
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Key details posted on the BOE website include:
  • The boards of elections are prohibited from processing any new voter registrations for the June 2, 2020 presidential primary election. The February 18, 2020 voter registration deadline remains the voter registration deadline. Boards of elections must remain open on March 17, 2020 to receive any absentee ballots at the boards of elections through 7:30 p.m. Boards of elections are required to process any UOCAVA ballots. Boards of elections are required to process any-non UOCAVA absentee ballot post-marked by Monday, March 16, 2020 and received by the boards of elections through March 27, 2020. Boards of elections are prohibited from tabulating and reporting any results until the close of polls on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
  • The boards of elections are required to process absentee ballot applications received at the board of elections postmarked by Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 1, 2020 and must be received by the boards of elections no later than Friday, June 12, 2020. UOCAVA absentee ballots must be submitted for mailing not later than 12:01 a.m. at the place where the voter completes the ballot, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

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Again, please see the Board of Elections website for complete information.

March 17th Voting Location Update: Normandy and Pinzone

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MARCH 17, 2020 ELECTION DAY UPDATE
Two Polling Locations Affected

CLOSED LOCATIONS

THE NORMANDY APARTMENTS, 22701 Lake Rd. CLOSED TO NON-RESIDENTS
If you do not live at the Normandy, but it is your usual voting location, you will vote at the Rocky River Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Road on March 17th.

THE PINZONE TOWER APARTMENTS, 21900 Addington Blvd. CLOSED TO NON-RESIDENTS 
If you do not live at the Pinzone Tower Apartments, but it is your usual voting location, you will vote at the Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Boulevard on March 17th.

These are not permanent changes. The Board of Elections is expected to resume voting at the Normandy Apartments and the Pinzone Tower Apartments in the November 2020 Election.

OPEN LOCATIONS
The following voting locations in Rocky River will be OPEN on March 17th.  If you usually vote at one of these locations, continue to do so:

  • United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Rd. OPEN
  • Presbyterian Church, 21750 Detroit Rd. OPEN
  • Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd. OPEN

ABSENTEE BALLOTS:
You must complete the request form and send it in the mail by Saturday, March 14th. To request an absentee ballot click HERE or call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at (216) 443-8683.

EARLY VOTE IN-PERSON
Individuals can cast their ballot at the Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue during the following early voting hours:

  • Friday, March 13th, 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • Saturday, March 14th, 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday, March 15th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Monday, March 16th, 8:00am – 2:00pm

All voters are advised to check their voting location before going to vote on Election Day. This can be done by visiting the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE or calling (216) 443-8683.

Please share the above information with family, friends and neighbors.  We’ll provide more information and updates if it becomes available.  If you have any questions, please email us at submit@rockyriverdems.org.

Combined West Side Club Meeting: Tuesday, February 25, and MORE!

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Save the Date and More!
Tuesday, February 25, 7 PM

Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton

Open to the General Public

THIS IS A JOINT MEETING WITH ALL WEST SIDE CLUBS THAT ARE WITHIN OHIO DISTRICT 16:
Fairview Park, Bay Village, North Olmsted,
Westlake, Rocky River

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Featured Speaker:
JORDAN HAWKINS
Deputy Engagement Director
Ohio Democratic Party
Some pundits are giving-up on Ohio.  We’re here to say, “Nothing could be further from the truth!”

Join us on February 25 to learn what the Ohio Democratic Party is doing to lead to Election victories in 2020.  Ohio’s Presidential Primary is March 17.  If you want to make a difference, the time is now.


ELECTION 2020
Below is information on local, state and national election activities.*
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JENNIFER O’DONNELL, Candidate for the Court of Common Pleas.
To learn more about Jennifer, stay informed about upcoming events, and give your support, please go to her website HERE.  We’re proud that Jennifer is an outstanding judicial candidate and a resident of Rocky River!
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MONIQUE SMITH, Democratic Candidate for State Representative, House District 16
Sunday, February 16, 4:30 – 6 PM.  Meet and Greet hosted by Rocky River Democratic Club president, Mike O’Neil.  Spend time with Monique Smith in an intimate, informal setting and share what’s important to you and our community. This is not a fundraiser.  Click HERE to RSVP and for more information. To learn more about Monique, upcoming events (including canvassing), and more, click HERE to go to her website.  To contact Monique and her campaign team, email: Smithfor16@gmail.com
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PETE BUTTIGIEG event Cleveland
Tuesday, February 18, 6 PM.  Join Sonal Shah, National Policy Director, Pete for America, with special guest Ken Harbaugh, former U.S. Navy pilot and president, Team Rubicon Global.  Exact location provided with RSVP.  For ticket and other information, click HERE.
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ELIZABETH WARREN has opened a campaign office in Cleveland 
The office is located at 4415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.  Craig Smith is the Regional Organizer Director, Warren for President.  To contact Craig, email: csmith@elizabethwarren.com or phone 330-904-8299.
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MICHAEL BLOOMBERG has opened a campaign office in Rocky River
The office is in the old Pearl of the Orient restaurant in the Beachcliff Market, 19300 Detroit, Rocky River.  Brad Presutto is the Regional Organizer, Bloomberg 2020.  Canvassing events will be held every weekend through the primary, and phone banking takes place every Monday – Thursday in various shifts between 5 – 9 PM. To contact Brad, email: Bpresutto@mikebloomberg.com  or phone 380-799-1855
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OHIO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY:
Tuesday, March 17th is Election Day
Wednesday, February 19: Early vote-by-mail begins
To check your own voter status, update your address, or register, please click HERE to go to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
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* If you know of other office openings or Election 2020 events, please send us an email at: submit@rockyriverdems.org


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
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CLEVELAND POWER OF MOMS: Ohio 2020 (Moms Demand Action)
Sunday, February 16, 3 PM,
 Rocky River United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Road, Rocky River.  Hear from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and local gun sense leaders about the movement’s momentum in Ohio and nationally.  For more information, click HERE
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GREEN ENERGY OHIO
Wind power is under assault again in Ohio with Senate Bill 234 that gives unincorporated townships the ability to call for referendums to vote whether they want wind farms in their townships, regardless of the Siting Boards decision to approve. No other energy source has this double jeopardy facing them.  To follow developments on this important environmental and economic issue, visit Green Energy Ohio HERE.

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If you’ve ever thought of running for Rocky River town council or school board and would like to make a difference right here in our own community, let’s talk. Please send an email to the Rocky River Dems at submit@rockyriverdems.org

Next Club Meeting: Tuesday January 28 and More!

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Next Meeting of the

Rocky River Democratic Club
Tuesday, January 28, 7 PM

Rocky River Public Library, 1600 Hampton

Open to the General Public
The meeting will include the following speakers:
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MONIQUE SMITH, Democratic candidate for the State Government of Ohio, District 16 (that’s Rocky River, Bay, Fairview, Westlake and North Olmsted).  Scroll below for more information about a Meet & Greet for Monique on Sunday, February 16.
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CRAIG SMITH, Northeast Ohio Regional Organizing Director for Elizabeth Warren’s campaign.
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MICHELE POMERANTZ, Director of the Cuyahoga County Office of Regional Collaboration to address the Human Services Levy that will be on our ballots
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CHRISTINA MORRIS (D-Council At-Large) to provide an update on the Rocky River City Council

ELECTION 2020
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An Evening In Support of Jennifer O’Donnell
Thursday, February 6, 5 – 7 PM, Tartine Bistro, 19110 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River.  Rocky River resident Jennifer O’Donnell is a candidate for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge. For more information about the fundraiser and to RSVP (optional), please click HERE.
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Meet & Greet for Monique Smith
Sunday, February 16, 4:30 – 6 PM.  Hosted by Rocky River Democratic Club president, Mike O’Neil.  Spend time with Monique Smith in an intimate, informal setting and share what’s important to you and our community.  Click HERE to RSVP and for more information.
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Ohio Presidential Primary:
Tuesday, March 17th is Election Day
Wednesday, February 19: Early vote-by-mail begins
To check your own voter status, update your address, or register, please click HERE to go to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
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Impeachment:
You may want to contact U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and encourage him to invite witnesses and serve as an impartial juror.

Cleveland Office:  216-522-7095
Washington D.C. Office:  202-224-3353
Email (complete online form): click HERE


OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Human Rights Campaign Cleveland Volunteer Open House 
Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 to 8 PM, Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Headquarters, 3615 Superior Ave, Cleveland.  Members of the  HRC Cleveland Steering Committee will be in attendance to share upcoming volunteer activities and leadership opportunities for those looking to step up and join HRC in the fight for LGBTQ equality.  For more information, click HERE

Cleveland Power of Moms: Ohio 2020 (Moms Demand Action) 
Sunday, February 16, 3 PM,
 Rocky River United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Road, Rocky River.  Hear from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and local gun sense leaders about the movement’s momentum in Ohio and nationally.  For more information, click HERE

Icebreaker Wind Project

Icebreaker Wind Project – Take Action to Help Fight Climate Change!

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Each of us tries to do our part by using LED bulbs, purchasing energy-efficient appliances, etc. Cleveland now has the potential to make an impact on a larger scale with the implementation of the Icebreaker Wind Project.

Icebreaker Wind Project is a 6-turbine wind farm in the waters of Lake Erie off the coast of Cleveland. It will generate clean, renewable energy and contribute to our area’s economy with more than 500 construction jobs and a projected economic impact of $168M.

The Icebreaker Wind Project would be only the second offshore wind project in the entire United States, and it offers Ohio the opportunity to become a national leader in an emerging industry. It has earned all required Federal approvals, albeit requires a final certificate from the Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB).

PLEASE CLICK HERE and print the letter to Sam Randazzo, Chairman of the OPSB, urging him to grant the certificate. Simply sign your name, address an envelope, and drop it in the mail. It will take a minute and cost a first class stamp, and it is worth the effort for this important cause.

During this season of giving, there is no greater gift we can give to our families than to join our voices together and be heard about the most important issue facing our planet. We, the residents of greater Cleveland, can make a difference on climate change! So again, CLICK HERE to print and send the letter.

Thank you!

Congratulations, Christina Morris!

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CONGRATULATIONS to CHRISTINA MORRIS, the new At-Large Democratic Member of the Rocky River City Council!

Christina MorrisWe’re delighted that the voters of our community elected Christina Morris, a Representative who will bring fresh, new leadership to our local government.

We’re grateful to all of the volunteers who shared their time and effort to help win this election!

Please join us to celebrate!
Tuesday, November 19th, 7 PM
Rocky River Public Library

Together, we’ll share this well-earned victory, and look to the future of our great city.  Everyone is welcome on this festive evening – bring your family and friends!  Desserts and refreshments will be served.

Thank you for all of your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Mike, Deb, Rick, Rob