INDIVISIBLE CA50 ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

ANNOUNCEMENT & FAQs 11.30.17

November 21, 2017

Through relentless organizing and intense passion, Indivisible groups have emerged as a powerful progressive force in CA50, determined to unseat Duncan Hunter in 2018. Indivisible members beyond CA50 have taken note and are increasingly engaged in our mission to repeal and replace Hunter.

Indivisible activists have newfound political power and are positioned to use it by taking the next logical step in our resistance. After deliberation by a task force and consultation with CA50 leadership, the leaders have agreed that members should endorse a Democratic candidate in the congressional race.

An endorsement by Indivisible CA50 will have a powerful impact on the election outcome. Speaking with one voice, as a community, offers the greatest value to the winning candidate and strengthens us as an organization.

TIMING: The California Democratic Party will hold a Pre-endorsement Conference in January to determine whom the party will support in many races. To give our endorsed candidate the biggest boost, Indivisible CA50 will endorse in December.

PROCESS: Indivisible leaders will facilitate voting in a fair, inclusive, and transparent process. A series of public meetings will be held around the district where people will register as members of Indivisible CA50 and vote. Eligible voters must be at least 16 years old, but need not reside in CA50. Members will vote in person by paper ballot at any one of these public meetings, and all votes will be tallied by the endorsement task force. Safeguards will ensure members vote only once. Volunteers will be asked to offer transportation and other assistance to members who wish to participate whenever possible.

SCHEDULE: Candidates received questionnaires. Indivisible is hosting public meetings across the district between November 26 and December 17. For address of a private home voting sites, email IndivisibleCA50Endorsement@gmail.com.

November 26, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Ramona Public Library, 1275 Main Street Ramona 92065

November 27 , 6-8 pm, Chalice UU Church, 2324 Miller Ave, Escondido 92029

December 2 , 2-4 pm, private home, Bonsall 

December 3 , 3:45 pm, private home, La Mesa

December 7 , 6:30 pm, Corner Bakery Cafe, 32435 Temecula Parkway, Temecula 92592

December 9, 4 – 6 PM, Burning Beard Brewing Co, 785 Vernon Way,  El Cajon 92020

December 10 , 2:00 pm private home, San Marcos

December 16, 2 – 4 pm, El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Avenue El Cajon 92020

December 17, 
12:30 – 2:30 pm, Ramona Public Library, 1275 Main Street, Ramona 92065

Votes will be cross-checked and tallied, and the winner will be announced on December 21, 2017. A public rally with the winner will be scheduled in January.

BROADENING THE FRANCHISE: Indivisible CA50 aims for broad participation in the endorsement process. Please share this announcement widely with your Indivisible networks, lists and contacts, through social media, emails and phone calls. If you have phone and email lists, but lack the time for outreach, please contact IndivisibleCA50Endorsement@gmail.com and we will email and phone bank them for you.

FAQs on CA50 ENDORSEMENT PROCESS

Why should Indivisible endorse in the CA50 congressional race? Indivisible members are united in our conviction that flipping Congress in 2018 is the most effective means to halt President Trump’s dangerous agenda. An endorsement by Indivisible CA50, with members across the district as well as outside it, will have a powerful impact on the election outcome by signaling strong grassroots support for one candidate to take on Duncan Hunter.

Who decided on this process? 
Indivisible leaders throughout CA50 were invited to participate in the process. A task force was formed to study the merits of endorsement as well as the different aspects of the process. Task force members are Kathy Steel, Maureen Gupta, Carolyn McGraw, Connie Elder, Kathy Stadler and Pam Hughes.

After deliberation by the task force and consultation with CA50 leadership, the Indivisible CA50 leaders unanimously agreed that members should endorse a Democratic candidate in the congressional race. The task force then developed the process.

What values does this process aim to uphold?
 The aim is to leverage the power of the grassroots throughout CA50 in a fair and open process, amplifying the voices of constituents at the most influential time. We value the participation of each individual and will give our members the opportunity to be heard outside the Democratic Party structure.

Why are we endorsing as a district and not as individual groups?
 For Indivisible to speak with one voice, as a community, offers the greatest value to the winning candidate and strengthens us as an organization.

What if my group planned to endorse independently?
 Individual groups are free to endorse independently after CA50, and we hope all will unite behind the coalition choice.

What if my group disagrees with the coalition choice? 
Indivisible CA50 asks that all groups support the decision of the coalition, but we recognize that some groups may make a different choice. All groups are asked to maintain a positive, public-facing presence regarding the candidate endorsed by the Indivisible CA50 coalition. That means not being negative about the CA50 winner, even if you support the merits of another candidate. Of course, individuals are free to support the candidates of their choice in their private lives.

Why don’t we wait for the Democratic Party to endorse in the race and back that person? We may choose at times to work with the Democratic Party but we are independent of it. The Indivisible Guide taught us how to wield our power directly to influence our elected officials.  By commiting our powerful grassroots base to back one CA50 candidate, we aim to influence whom the Party chooses. 

What if the Indivisible CA50 endorsed candidate does not go through the primary? Indivisible CA50 will support whichever Democrat advances through the General Election.

What is the timeline for this process? 
Opportunities for voting will take place from November 26th through December 17th. An announcement will take place by December 21, 2017.

Why is it so rushed? 
The California Democratic Party will hold a Pre-Endorsement Convention in January to determine who the party will support in a majority of races. To give our endorsed candidate the biggest boost, and to amplify the voices of CA50 in the electoral process, Indivisible CA50 will endorse this December. Also, campaigns close their 4th quarter fundraising at the end of December and the CA50 winner’s campaign will have time to promote our endorsement before closing its books for 2017.

Why are we endorsing only for the congressional race? 
One of the common goals uniting Indivisible, and other grassroots groups across the nation, is flipping Congressional seats from red to blue. Flipping CA50 is key to flipping Congress, and thus it will be our first endorsement.

Will CA50 make endorsements in other races? 
Down ballot endorsement opportunities will be considered in 2018 by CA50 and individual groups. This infrastructure may help facilitate that process.

Will I be eligible to vote in those other races?
 The endorsement processes for down ballot races, as well as voting eligibility, will be determined in 2018.

What protections will assure the voting is fair?Who will count the votes?
 This will be a “one vote per person” endorsement. Registered members of Indivisible CA50 will be assigned unique ID numbers. These numbers will be marked on the ballots and cross checked with ballots from different meetings. A secure ballot box will be present at all voting meetings. An independent auditor from outside of the district will observe the counting of the ballots by the Indivisible CA50 endorsement task force. Anyone who attempts to vote more than once will forfeit their vote altogether.

Who is eligible to vote?
 Registered members of Indivisible CA50 who are 16 and older are eligible to vote. It is not necessary to be a CA50 resident.

Why can people who live outside the district vote? 
Indivisible CA50 is not a geographic group but a coalition of people who are committed to electing a Democrat to Congress in 50. We will need all the foot soldiers we can muster to unseat Duncan Hunter. By engaging our Indivisible brothers and sisters from neighboring districts in the endorsement process, we are strengthening our bonds and deepening their commitment to answer our call for aid in 2018.

How exactly do I vote?
 You must attend a meeting in person within CA50. Voters who require accommodations, such as transportation to the meetings, should contact their group’s leader.

You will register with your name, address, current Indivisible group (if any), Congressional district of residence and contact information. You will be given a ballot and a unique voter ID number. You will fill out your ballot and submit it at the meeting.

When and where are these meetings?
 The process will be launched at an Indivisible meeting in Ramona on November 26. Other meetings will be held across the district to enable voters in different regions to participate.

Here is a list of currently scheduled meetings. If Indivisible CA50 leaders add additional meetings, they will be posted here and on our social media channels. For private home addresses, email IndivisibleCA50Endorsement@gmail.com. Candidates are invited to attend and speak at all meetings.


November 26, 12:30 – 2:30 pm, Ramona Public Library, 1275 Main Street Ramona 92065

November 27 , 6-8 pm, Chalice UU Church, 2324 Miller Ave, Escondido 92029

December 2 , 2-4 pm, private home, Bonsall

December 3 , 3:45 pm, private home, La Mesa

December 7 , 6:30 pm, Corner Bakery Cafe, 32435 Temecula Parkway, Temecula 92592

December 9, 4 – 6 PM, Burning Beard Brewing Co, 785 Vernon Way,  El Cajon 92020

December 10 , 2:00 pm private home, San Marcos

December 16, 2 – 4 pm, El Cajon Library, 201 E. Douglas Avenue El Cajon 92020

December 17, 
12:30 – 2:30 pm, Ramona Public Library, 1275 Main Street, Ramona 92065

Why do we have to show up in person to register and vote? 
The integrity of the endorsement process is paramount. In-person attendance is required to ensure that one person/one ballot is respected. Members who require accommodations are asked to contact their group leader.

What if someone shows up to vote whom I don’t recognize as a member? 
People are welcome to join Indivisible CA50 at one of the voting meetings. All newly registered members of Indivisible CA50 will be encouraged to remain engaged with the coalition and work with us to unseat Hunter.

How many votes are needed to win? 
A candidate must receive 2⁄3 of all votes to be declared the winner.

How will the winner be announced?
 All ballots will be counted by December 21, 2017. On that date, all candidates will be notified first, via phone call and email, before a public announcement. An online announcement will be made shortly after the candidates are notified, via our collective social media channels. A press release will inform the media.

What will Indivisible CA50 do for the endorsed candidate? 
Indivisible CA50 is committed to working relentlessly on behalf of the endorsed candidate. Members will be canvassing, phone- and text-banking, hosting coffees, organizing, and widely supporting the endorsed candidate and the overall effort to flip the district.

What does our endorsement commit my group to do? 
Individual Indivisible groups within and outside of CA50 will encourage members to support the endorsed candidate in every way possible (e.g., phone and text-banking, canvassing, coffee and meet-and-greet hosting, organizing).

What would increase the value of our endorsement?
 The work we do following the endorsement will be key to making the Indivisible CA50 endorsement one that is valued, and sought after, by future candidates. High voter turnout is crucial, which is why the opportunity to vote is open to all who want to join us to defeat Hunter. Working together and strengthening the coalition will be essential throughout and following the endorsement process.

What would undermine the value of our endorsement?
 Anything that takes our eyes off the prize, during and following the endorsement process, has the potential to divide us and to empower Hunter, our ultimate opponent. Low turnout will decrease the value of the endorsement. Supporters of candidates who lose are encouraged to be gracious and refrain from public criticism of the process and the winner.

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