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´╗┐South Carolina is around the corner, Super Tuesday is just a few days away and if we weren't distracted by the corona virus and our disappearing 401ks, the only thing on our minds would be what is happening on March 3. How can it be that so many of us remain undecided on how to vote at the top of the ticket?! I cannot wait to get together with everyone and discuss the outcome just a week after our nail-biting primaries. So looking forward to seeing you on March 10 when we are joined by

UCI Political Science and Law


Professor Tony Smith
who will discuss
"Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail
After Super Tuesday:
What does it all mean and where are we headed?"

When Tony was here last year and he had us rapt


and in STITCHES and we all envied those UCI students
who are lucky enough to take his classes.

Tuesday, March 10


6:30 pm
University Synagogue
3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine

$5 members, $10 non-members


RSVP appreciated, reply to this email

We have also been invited by our home/host, University Synagogue to their special evening to hear Valerie Plame, who will speak following services on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 pm.


No RSVP is necessary for either of the above events. University Synagogue is excited to host members of DemOC PAC for these two special evenings.

Lita and the DemOC PAC Executive Committee


Dear DemOC PAC Members and Friends,
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VOTING

At our last meeting, there was some discussion about whether it matters when or how you vote this time, given all the changes to the voting system. (Because the news cycle is hyperactive when it comes to the presidential race, and final results for some races took so long to tabulate in 2018, some people are thinking strategically about how to cast their votes.) Thanks to Carole Uhlaner, UCI Professor and DemOC PAC member, for getting clarification on these questions from OC Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley.

If one wants to be sure their ballot is counted in the results released Election night, March 3, they must either
1. Vote at a Vote Center anytime, up to and including election day when polls close at 8 p.m.
2. OR vote by mail so that the Registrar receives the ballot by midnight Sunday March 1 (so mail the ballot a few days prior, or turn in to a vote center by 8 p.m. Sunday, or drop in a secure ballot drop box by Saturday, February 29).

On Election night, the first results will be reported just after the polls close with updates thereafter every half hour until all the above ballots are counted; the Registrar anticipates finishing that count around 11 p.m. on March 3.
After that, Registrar will process remaining ballots, with the first update of tallies at 5 p.m. on March 4 and then at 5 p.m. every day thereafter until all votes are counted. 

In any case, vote! The timing only might matter for the presidential primary, not for the other races including the important one for boards of education and supervisors. Vote by mail ballots received by March 6 will still be counted.


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Be sure to BECOME A MEMBER OF THE PAC!

In the 10 years we have been a PAC, it has NEVER been more important to give money than it is this year. We choose carefully, we give thoughtfully and we will make a difference in a year where nothing could matter more than helping to win the Senate, keep the House and the White House and save our Democracy. We hope you will join us and help us meet our goal of $70,000 so we can really make the difference in 2020.

Membership dues for 2020 are only $100 per year. But don’t be constrained, especially this year, by our basic level of dues. Many people pay more, up to $2700. You can join at the $100 level or $250 or $1000 -- whatever suits your budget. Please be generous this year, the most important year ever. And feel free to break your dues into monthly payments. Monthly subscriptions start at $10 a month...feel free to give $25, $50, $75, $100 or more. 
Please renew online today at www.democpac.org/membership.html    
Scroll to the bottom and click on “Join the PAC”

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PAC-TIVISM


Deepest kudos and thanks 

to PAC members and friends who have hit the streets to knock on doors and drop literature for Democratic candidates in the past few weeks.... we LITERALLY could not have distributed those 2000 blue voter guides without you!!!  
We still have a few hundred voter guides to get out there, so please contact Julie Tapp to arrange a time to help if you can!  JulieTapp1@gmail.com or 949-702-6606.
Although we have gotten a good response to the voter guide around UCI, we are also finding a high need for information within the student population when it comes to where and when to vote. Many have not received ballots at their current address, either because they are permanently registered at their parents' address, or because of a move since they last registered to vote. They also don't seem to know about the 2 vote centers on campus which will open Feb. 29, or that they can just walk in and request a ballot. We really need to continue to do this educational work on and around campus between now and March 3. Educating young voters is an investment in November, and in the future of the planet. Please help out if you can!
Julie Tapp, Activism Chair