One Wednesday each month, new citizens are sworn in at a naturalization ceremony held downtown at Golden Hall. Following the naturalization ceremony, volunteers register these new citizens to vote.
Volunteers are needed to assist the core group of dedicated volunteers who supervise this process. If you are familiar with the voter registration form, then plan to be there around 10:15. A tutorial on the form and procedure will take place at 10:00 AM for new volunteers.
September 26 (morning and afternoon) 10:15 -12:30 AND 2:15 -4:30)
You can help register in the morning or afternoon.
3rd Ave. and B Street, in the Civic Theater Plaza, adjacent to Golden Hall.
Horton Plaza, which is two blocks away from the Civic Theater Plaza, will validate for 3 hours of parking, no purchase necessary. The validation machine is located on the first floor of Macy’s on a counter in the shoe department. Parking ticket can be validated before or after the voter registration. I think you need to arrive at Horton Plaza after 9:30. Please check to see if this is still available.
You don’t need to bring anything other than comfortable shoes, a light sweater or jacket, a hat and your enthusiasm. If you have a blue t-shirt , please wear it to show off our Democratic blue. Obama Vote pins will be available to pin onto your t-shirts. These buttons are to be returned at the end of each session. There is no storage space for backpacks or purses. Bring water if desired.
Contact Mercy Mandelbaum for information [email protected] or 1 (619) 435-1911.
Please join us May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Coronado Library Winn Room to hear Karin Winner, former editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune, discuss “Fake News” and its effect on our current political and social worlds.
For 16 years Karin Winner served as Vice President/ News & Editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune (which won two Pulitzer Prizes under her leadership). She retired in 2010 after 33 years with the U-T.
Today, she chairs the board of inewsource, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization that partners with KPBS, San Diego’s public broadcasting station, and serves on the boards of The Old Globe Theater, San Diego State University’s Campanile Foundation, the KPBS advisory council and the Chancellor’s Community Advisory board at UCSD. She is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club 33, The Wednesday Club, Women Give and the International Women’s Forum. A graduate of The Bishop’s School and the University of Southern California (BA, Journalism), Karin was the recipient of the Ellen Browning Scripps Distinguished Alumna from The Bishop’s School; San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “The Courageous Leadership” award; the outstanding alum award of the USC School of Journalism and a Girl Scouts’ “Cool Women” honoree.
Coffee and snacks served starting at 10:30 AM.
While most of our general meetings are on a Saturday morning, once in awhile we do have an event in the evening. We have some members who would like to attend our meetings or events but need transportation. If any member needs a ride to a meeting or event, please do not hesitate to call any of the board members and we will provide transportation for you.
Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the Coronado Democratic Club will not have a GO Team for this year’s mid-term elections. However, you may not have noticed but one Donald J. Trump (so aptly characterized by his former Secretary of State) is still with us as a national embarrassment. Therefore, we encourage everyone, whether you were a GO Team volunteer in years past or not, to get involved. There are multiple opportunities where we can make a difference. Pick a contested race (can anyone say Duncan Hunter?), choose a candidate you like and contact their election headquarters to see where they need help, or volunteer for a phone bank to try and tip the scales blue (Wyoming governor’s race comes to mind). Just to get you started, here are some websites that would provide preliminary information:
Did you know that 16- and 17-year-olds in California can now preregister to vote? According to California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, more than 100,000 teenagers have already done so. This comes in the wake of a nationwide tide of youth activism over gun control that now has young people ready to take their collective power to the polls.
“We are seeing the impact that young people can have when they stand up and engage,” Padilla said in a statement. “Since California launched pre-registration, 100,000 soon-to-be voters have answered the call to participate in their democracy. As Secretary of State, I want to do all we can to encourage civic engagement among our youth.”
According to the Huffington Post, young voters nationwide consistently have some of the lowest election turnouts of any age bracket. Studies have shown preregistration can help boost their numbers. A 2014 Duke University study found states that have introduced preregistration laws typically see an increase of youth voter turnout by an average of 2 to 13 percentage points. California is one of 13 states, along with the District of Columbia, that allow citizens as young as 16 years old to preregister to vote, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This preregistration process allows youth to become automatically eligible to vote when they turn 18.
California youth who preregister to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old. Preregistering allows 16- and 17-year-olds to complete the online voter registration form (www.registertovote.ca.gov), providing sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.
So, if you are the parent, grandparent, relative or friend of a teenager, please encourage preregistration. These young people have the potential to save our democracy. For more information, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pre-register-16-vote-18