No Voter Suppression!

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Thanks to many non-profits, churches and community groups, there are efforts to educate and get people to the polls. They include Georgia Stand Up, NAACP, ROSE Pack, and The Peoples Agenda.

Early voting ends in Georgia on Friday, November 2nd.  So, the most important thing you can do is to to vote early so you can help get others to the polls on Tuesday, November 6.

Whether you vote early or on Election Day, print your sample ballot, discuss it with your friends and family and take it with you to the polls. No need to memorize how you want to vote.  It’s two pages of items for which to vote.  Vote the entire ballot.  Do not leave anything blank!!

This Georgia Ballot is pretty simple to vote on because after you do your research, you may come to the same conclusions as I did before I voted last Wednesday:  I voted for all candidates of my party preference and, “NO” on all the ballot initiatives.  While change is needed in some of theses areas, the changes proposed here will have a negative impact on the average resident and may devastate Blacks, Browns, those on fixed incomes, and the poor.

Here are good rules for yes/no questions:

A yes vote supports the proposed change.  A no vote opposed the proposed change.  If you are not sure “how” to vote on yes/no ballot initiatives, vote “no”.  No means no change.  Why would you vote yes or leave blank something you do not fully understand??  Why would you vote yes for something and you do not know “who” (legislator or group) is proposing  the change and funding the ads for the change??  Voting “no” is the safe alternative.  Leaving it blank is not an option!  Leaving it blank is can be detrimental if the change is really bad and you do not understand it.  A “no” vote is safe because it helps to insure the change is not made until you better understand it.

The only way to change how things are being proposed and which things are funded (to get more things funded in your community) is to vote down the entire ballot for ALL the offices and initiatives.  Just as a sports team needs all its’ players on the field, the Governor (like a quarterback) also needs the whole team.  So, PLEASE vote down the entire ballot and select the entire team!!

For more information on voting and to review and print your sample ballot, visit:  www.yourpowerconnection.wordpress.com

For websites to research the 2018 Ballot items, visit:  www.ballotpedia.com

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REMEMBER:

1) You can take your sample ballot or any paper notes to the poll with you. However, you cannot share it with anyone inside the polling location.

2) You have to turn off your cell phone inside the polling location.

3) You can vote at any early voting site within your county.

4) Your early voting site may be different than your Election Day voting site or precinct.  Check with your county election office or http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov for your polling location BEFORE you go to vote. Sometimes polling places get changed and consolidated and you may not be aware.  This is especially true now because several Atlanta-Fulton County Libraries (former polling places) are closed for renovation.

FREE rides to vote are also available on Election Day, call any of the organizations listed above and on the flyer above. While Election Day requests may be honored, calling as far in advance as soon possible allows the organizations to better accommodate your ride request.

Happy voting!!

 

 

 

Ebenezer Baptist Has Serious GOTV Events

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To inspire all to vote, especially the youth, Clark Atlanta’s marching band performed on “College Sunday”, Oct. 14 at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

As Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church of Martin Luther King, Sr. and Martin Luther King. Jr., it is expected that they stay entrenched in the foundational issues that  are key to achieving social justice.

Here are ways to get involved in the 2018 Election:
Don’t just sit there. Stand Up, get involved, get valuable info to share with your circle of friends and family.  IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  

Come be a part of our ELECTION SEASON EVENTS.

The Midterm election is upon us and it is very critical that everybody gets out and vote. At Ebenezer. The Social Justice Ministry and the New Georgia Project are encouraging everyone to early vote or by absentee ballot.

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The Clark-Atlanta choir filled with angelic voices, sang beautifully on College Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Please click on your county link to see your early voting location. EACH ONE REACH MORE.

Fulton County: http://www.fultoncountyga.gov/registration-elections-cd/7448-early-voting

DeKalb County: https://www.dekalbcountyga.gov/voter-registration-elections/current-election-information

Cobb County: https://www.cobbelections.org/AdvanceVoting.php
Once you have voted early, we need you to volunteer to help us encourage more people to vote. The Social Justice Ministry has a series of events leading up to elections day and we need your help. Here are two opportunities for you to help us in this effort.

For other counties, go to your county elections website or visit: http://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov

  1. Event: EBC Cares: Walk the Ward Canvassing

Goal is to knock on everybody’s door that resides in Old 4th Ward to encourage them to vote.

Date: Saturday, October 27th
Time: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: Cyber Cafe in MLK Sr. Resource Center

  1. Event: Get out to Vote Rally

Date: Monday, November 5th
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Location: The Heritage Sanctuary

Our voice begins at the ballet box but it does not stop there. We must continue the fight to create we want to see in the world. Here are the opportunities to continue justice seeking.

  1. Event: The Connect: Chat, Chow & Chill (College Students Only)

Date: Various Dates
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm
Location: Banquet Hall, MLK Sr. Resource Center
Contact Minister Darin Waite at darienw@ebenezeratl.org for more information.

  1. Event: Young Adult Ministry Bible Study: The Social Gospel

Special Guest: Rev Bill Honor
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Location: Cyber Cafe
Contact Minister Bronson Woods at bronsonw@ebenezeratl.org

 

 

2018 Voter Information

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Voter registration without voter education is voter frustration!

– Locally & nationwide, about 80% of voters only vote for the top 1,2, or 3 offices on the Ballot. Most don’t have a clue about how long or what’s on the ballot until the enter the polling booth.

-So, engage your circle of friends/family in discussions about everything on the ballot so you and everyone in your circle will vote down the ballot for every office, admendment, and referendum with confidence.

– Print a copy of your Ballot from:  http://www.myvoterpage.com and take it with you to vote. You can’t use your cell phone inside polling place. However, you can take any printed material. You cannot share it with another person inside the polling place. 

– So each voter has to have their own sample ballot or other printed materials.

– Tuesday, October 9 – Deadline to register to vote in Georgia.

– Tuesday, November 6 – Election day across the U.S. Each state has different things on their ballots and they are all important!!

– Now is the time to research the candidates for each office and find out what each office does. You will be amazed to find out things about the Insurance Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner, District Attorney, and/or Governor and how what they do effects your everyday life.  For example, the Onsurance Commissioner decides if your insurance company for auto, home owners, or renters insurance can increase your premiums and by how much.  They can even kick a company out of the state for unethical practices.  So choose candidates for each office well.

– Start and continue a conversation on all your social media, at lunch, dinner, etc. about the ballot and early voting dates in your area.

– Use your smart phone to research candidates the same way you use it to Google other things  you need to know. However, 90-95% of what you need to know about voting and candidates can be found at: http://www.myvoterpage.com

– I always find it amazing that people know more about TV stars, movie stars and athletes’ personal lives than they do about the elected officials for whom our tax dollars are paying their salaries. That means, they work for us.  When we do not  like their work, we get to fire and replace them in the next election.  That’s right. We control if they get to stay in office!  Let’s use our power to change things in our favor.  YES WE CAN!!

– Register (Also, check your status before Oct. 9 to make sure you have not been purged from the voter list.).

– Educate yourself (research candidates).

– Engage with your circle of influence.

– Advocate for candidates you like.

– Remind/make sure everyone in your family (even those who live in different states), your friends, church members, colleges students,  are registered to vote for every office on the ballot and how to determine who to vote for BEFORE Election Day!

– Check with local churches, the NAACP, Urban League, SCLC, Rainbow PUSH, Peoples Agenda, League of Women Voters, National Action Network, and other nonprofits about FREE rides to the polls if you or someone you know needs it.

– VOTE early or on Election Day, November 6.

WE CAN CONTROL WHO REPRESENTS US!!