When you call, email or fax your legislators, they count each of these contacts individually. So if you call, email, and fax on one issue per day, it counts as three separate votes in their tally. If you don't have access to a fax machine, try the website faxzero.com.
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Actions you can take this week: August 2nd
Fair and Representative Elections
The state of Georgia is trying to take over Fulton County’s elections and has taken the first step. It is no secret that the target of the takeover is the most heavily Democratic County in the state. Two dozen state senators have called for a performance review under provisions of the new SB202. As written into Senate Bill 202, the State Election Board can replace a county’s election board with the individual of their choice following a performance review/audit/investigation. Then, that temporary superintendent would enjoy full managerial authority of how the county counts votes and staffs polling places. Does this sound democratic? In addition, House Speaker David Ralston plans to reverse the way allegations of vote fraud are handled by turning them over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) instead of the Board of Elections.
Contact Senators Ossoff and Warnock with the suggested script: My name is ---- and I am from ----. Plans are underway for the takeover of Fulton County’s elections by Georgia state senators. This undermines our very right to one person, one vote. We desperately need federal action in the form of the passage of S.1. to protect our right to vote.
Protection of Civil Liberties
Access to Affordable Healthcare
Georgia will receive $4.9 billion in federal emergency relief and infrastructure funding as part of the American Rescue Plan. This money is meant to be used to support Georgians as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the funds began on August 1 and will close on August 31. Governor Brian Kemp is overseeing how the state will spend this money. The funds should be used to improve education outcomes, provide economic assistance to families and small businesses and increase access to healthcare and broadband. Investing in Georgia’s families, particularly low-income families, will help them for years to come.
Contact Governor Kemp with the suggested script: My name is ---- and I am from ----. Federal emergency relief funds are meant to be used to support Georgians. Restore the budget cuts for schools for Fiscal Year 2022. Expand broadband to rural Georgia. Expand Medicaid and increase desperately needed mental health services under the program. Provide rental relief to prevent evictions and provide financial assistance for small businesses.
Back On My Soapbox
The delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading rapidly. It is more contagious than the viruses that cause the common cold, influenza, Ebola, smallpox, MERS, and SARS, Ebola, and chickenpox. We have much to learn about this disease as it is evolving and mutating quickly. One thing we know so far is that vaccinations are the best protection against the delta variant and the unvaccinated are at risk. We don’t know if boosters against the virus will be required but drug companies are in preparation in case they are required.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance in July to recommend that both “vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of high transmission to help prevent Delta’s spread and to protect others, especially those who are immuno-compromised, unvaccinated, or at risk for severe disease.” The agency is also recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools and I am grateful that the Bibb County Board of Education is following this advice. In my opinion, we should wear masks in any setting in which we do not know someone’s vaccination status. Let’s be a part of the solution instead of the problem.
There are 67 weeks until the 2022 midterm elections. As always, it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Please stay safe.