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Lisle Township Democratic Organization is the local political force that makes a difference and works to turn Lisle Township and DuPage County Blue! If you can not come to a meeting or are not sure of the best way to get involved locally fill in this form and you will be contacted.

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We Need Your Help Poll Watching!

Do you have just 2 hours to help ensure our election integrity at early voting sites or on March 17, 2020? Consider our county’s history with machines that have not worked, or with voters being turned away, or that for the first time in 35 years that the courts are allowing Republicans to poll watch!

We are trying to ensure that our 35 polls in our township are properly watched to ensure people’s right to vote will be preserved. We need to be vigilant protecting people’s right to vote. We will be having our final  poll watcher training by a veteran election judge, Mark Spieglan on Wednesday, March 11 at 7PM-8PM at the LTDO office at 906 Lacey Ave. Unit 118, Lisle. If possible, please fill in this form so that we can help plan our coverage.

If you are curious about being a poll watcher or can’t attend the trainings, please view this podcast.

To guide you in poll watching, we have prepared the following documents:

Our aim is that each citizen with the right to vote is allowed to exercise it!

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Consider Early Voting!

Early voting is currently underway at all locations! Check the DuPage Early Voting web page or this downloadable PDF document for locations and times. Except for the County Clerk’s office, all sites have weekday evening hours as well as weekend hours. The “temporary” site are open through Saturday, March 14th, and the remaining sites are open through Monday, March 16th.

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Corona Virus Precautions for LTDO

Precautions against Covid-19 (Corona Virus) for LTDO were discussed at an ad hoc LTDO Executive-Communications meeting.

General Precautions

  • Wash your hands regularly!
  • Stay at home if you feel ill seek medical care.
  • Post signs at office and at all meeting entrances: “Please wash your hands prior to entering or use hand sanitizer”.
  • Be cognizant of people around and their health. Protect yourself by taking good care of your health and sanitization.
  • Cough and sneeze into tissues or into your elbows
  •  If you have not already obtained a flu shot, get one. This will NOT protect you against Covid-19, but “normal” flu is also dangerous and will put you at greater risk should you contract Covid-19/

These will be reevaluated each month or as needed.

Meeting and Office protocols

  • Until further notice no food will be left at the office or brought to the meetings.  We will bring anything left to the meeting tonight to be brought home. You can bring something that will be consumed but not left. Just our water machine will be left.
  • We will initiate cleaning/disinfecting protocols of all handled surfaces. They will be wiped downed twice daily – protocols will be outlined and posted for volunteers to adhere to.
  • We plan to create a Zoom account to live stream in a secured place for our various meetings to accomodate those that may need to be at home.

PC Protocols

  • PC’s should carry hand sanitizers with them.
  • Do not shake hands at the doors.
  • Do not go into the houses; stay on the stoop.
  • Encourage early voting or Vote By Mail to reduce large number on voting day.

Use reliable sources of information (obviously there are others):

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TONIGHT (Monday, March 9th): LTDO Membership Meeting

Join us for our March monthly meeting at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church at 1828 Old Naperville Rd., Naperville. It is a special GOTV working meeting. Please bring postcard stamps and charged cell phone & laptop or tablet if you want to phone bank.

We have a 30-minute meet and greet starting at 7:00-7:30. Our meeting is from 7:30-9PM. We will have 4 choices of activities for people to take part in that will help Get Out The Vote. Sean Casten’s Campaign will train people to use the hub dialer to phone bank. It’s the most efficient and best technology around. (Those interested bring a charged cell phone and laptop or tablet.) Post card writing, poll watcher training, and brochure stuffing will also be done. We will go over Get Out The Vote Plans from the teams. From about 9-9:30PM we close with another 30 minute time for socializing. We look forward to meeting you or seeing you again!

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Primary Ballots Explained

Short version for IL-6

Vote for up to 6 delegate candidates and not any more. 3 men and 3 women will be chosen so bear that in mind. If you have no personal delegate preference we suggest you vote for all 6 for your preferred candidate. IF you prefer some individuals rather than others we suggest you vote for who you prefer. This would make it more likely your preferred candidates would be elected.

Short version for IL-11

Vote for up to 5 delegate candidates and not any more. 2-3 men and 2-3 women will be chosen so bear that in mind. If you have no personal delegate preference we suggest you vote for all 5 for your preferred candidate. IF you prefer some individuals rather than others we suggest you vote for who you prefer. This would make it more likely your preferred candidates would be elected.

The first choice on your ballot during the primary from February 6 – March 17 will be voting for President. This vote determines how many delegates will go to that candidate in your district due to percentages. For example, if your candidate receives 33% of the vote then they receive 1/3 of the delegates. If a candidate does not receive 15% of the vote in that US Congressional district then they do not receive any delegates at all. Remember only the delegates actually choose the nominee. The primary chooses the delegates who will choose the nominee in July.

The second choice on your ballot will be for delegates themselves. This part decides which delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee in July to represent specific candidates. Every delegate will be listed next to the last name of the presidential candidate that the delegate supports. The delegate candidate who get the most votes for each presidential candidate that qualifies will get selected bearing in mind that gender balancing requirements be met.

Lisle Township has 2 US Congressional Districts,IL- 6 and IL-11. If you live in IL-6 then you get 6 up to choices and if you live in IL-11 you get 5 choices.  This number was determined by the primary turnout in 2018. Some districts got between 3-8 delegates. Our state sends 101 regular delagates and 50 super delegates. The super delegates are party hierarchy like elected officials. This is new and due to Bernie Sanders making changes in the process last time around. If a candidate gets more than 15% and they do not have any specific delegates slated, then the Democratic Party of Illinois can slate the delegates for the candidate. Genders will be balanced per district for the slating and distribution of delegates.

You can choose all the delegate candidates for one candidate or you can choose some from a few as long as you choose the number for your district or you can choose less than the total number. If you live in IL-6 and have 6 choices then the top 3 women vote earners and the top 3 men vote earners will be chosen. So if you vote for all men or all women you are just helping that genders vote earners. You could vote for the male and female of your top 3 choices if you live in IL-6 and likely have a larger influence over who goes since it is likely that 3 campaigns will get over 15%. Each delegate candidate is required to vote for their chosen candidate, for the first round of voting. IF there is not a majority, then during the second round the delegates are allowed to potentially change votes and the super delegates are allowed to vote. It is very possible we could have a contested convention so knowing a delegates’ second choice is helpful as well.

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The Great Website Spam Monster

LTDO’s new website is at https://ltdo.org. The old website is still active at the old address, but there is no need to go there at all; the old address will point to the new website after some issues are resolved.

There is a long-boiling problem — when searching for  “lisle township democrats”, of being redirected to a spam site; I think this is some sort of search engine mischief which I am trying to resolve. If you go directly to, or search for, ltdo.org, you should not have this problem. If you do search for “lisle township democrats”, look for the link with “ltdo.org” in it and you should be OK.

Thanks for your patience with this issue!

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Build Your Google Skills for Free with Lynda.com

Lynda.com offers great video classes on computing and business topics. It’s a pay site, but recently many libraries have been offering free access. Here are some links to get access within Lisle Township. Call your library if you need help.

Lynda.com

If you work with Google Drive and Docs, as many of us do, I highly recommend the class Google Drive Essential Training. I though I was pretty knowledgeable, but I learned about some useful features I hadn’t been aware of. It’s not a long class and you can easily skip topics you’ve mastered. Google Docs Essential Training is also helpful. You’ll need to first  log in before these links will work or just log in and search for the titles. There are also classes from beginning to expert level on Microsoft Office products and on many more topics.

Mark
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DuPage Has a Great Recycling Page

My house is a mess. There’s plenty I’d be happy to get rid of, but I’m compulsive about recycling and avoiding the landfill. So I started to gather web resources until I discovered that the DuPage County Recycling Page has (or has links to) almost anything I could possibly want. Here’s just a bit of it:

Specific Item Recycling

Also — clothing and cloth recycling! I’ve been wanting to clean out our closets but felt guilty about “donating” worn clothing. From the page
DuPage County has partnered with eWorks and RewearAble to collect clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling. Items not able to be reused will be turned into cleaning/painting rags or reused in insulation, packing material and carpeting.

There are also links to municipal recycling services.

Finally, don’t overlook the sidebar — lots of interesting stuff there. In particular, check out the Recycling Guide for Non-Curbside, which includes stores that accept particular items and junk haulers that recycle whatever they can.

Mark
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