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Someone has to stand up and be counted as a Democrat in Delaware County.  I'll start with me.

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  • published About Voting... in News 2020-10-30 11:49:27 -0400

    Need a ride? And other helpful voter support...


    How can we help you vote? 

    Because you absolutely must VOTE!

    The enthusiasm is indeed astounding! We have over 200 volunteers from all parts of the county and beyond helping to get us all to the polls in 2020! 
    Need help voting?  We're here for you!  Check out what we can do to get you to the polls on time. 

    Your voting options are absentee, early or election day on Nov 3rd.

    • HAND DELIVER YOUR ABSENTEE VOTING BALLOT — During early voting hours you can also hand in your sealed, signed absentee ballot envelope to BOE staff, who will time-stamp the envelope and ready it for processing. Then you can check the BOE website a day or two later to confirm receipt of your absentee ballot. 

    • EARLY VOTING — It's easy! BOE staff are being super diligent about disinfecting styluses and black sharpie pens and kiosk areas. Only one (or two if you come together) voter at a time is allowed in the voting area. Masks are required and there are chairs available if you are not able to stand for a long time. You can enter the BOE building to vote from both the Gallant Ave entrance and the Page Ave side. Thanks to the Chad McEvoy for AD101 campaign for the early voting schedule chart!

    • ELECTION DAY, NOV 3RD — Polls open at 6am and close promptly at 9pm throughout the county. Masks and safe distancing are required and precaution for Covid safety will be followed. Check out the NYS Board of Elections voter registration and poll site look up to find your name on the voter registration list and your polling place. 

    • FOR MORE INFORMATION — If you have any questions about your voting options and your voter registration contact our Delaware County Board of Elections at: (607) 832-5483. The staff is friendly and eager to help you vote.


    We've Got Drivers Standing By

    • ABSENTEE BALLOT DELIVERY — We have drivers willing to pick up your sealed and signed absentee ballot and deliver it directly to BOE staff, who will time-stamp the envelope and ready it for processing.
      You can check the BOE website a day or two later to confirm receipt of your absentee ballot.
      Send an email to Mina at: or call her at (646) 784-0072.  She will need your name, address, and phone number to connect you with a driver to pick up your ballot.

    • RIDES TO THE POLLS (FREE!) — for voters who can't drive,
      either for early voters Oct. 24 - Nov. 1 to Delhi and/or on election day Nov. 3 to your local polling places. Request a ride by sending an email to Mina at: or call her at (646) 784-0072. 
      She will need your name, address, and phone number to connect you with a driver.
      (This will be taxi service style! Masks will be required, and voters will sit on the opposite side of driver, in the back seat, windows open).

    Download our State Candidates Brochure

    In 2020, Row A is the Democratic line on the ballot. The party with the Governor's office gets Row A. But this sign means more. Every candidate listed on ballot Row A in Delaware County this year has been interviewed, researched, vetted and ENDORSED by your Delaware County Democratic Committee. We're like the Good Housekeeping Seal of approval. You can vote Row A ALL the Way with confidence. Every Vote Counts. Every OFFICE Counts!

    We created a brochure with bios and contact information on all our State Candidates on Row A.  You can download a pdf of the brochure in 2 parts.

    Candidates Brochure Front Page.  
    Candidates Brochure Back Page.


    Click on your town to see its ballot:

    Each town has a slightly different list of candidates.



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  • published Doing Something Helps. For Real! in News 2020-10-16 20:36:28 -0400

    Doing Something Helps. For Real!



    The 2020 Election Year volunteer enthusiasm is astounding! Now, in these last days, we're turning our attention to getting our neighbors to the polls. Here's a list of all kinds of things you can do to keep the momentum going!
    You don't have to be a Democratic Party member to participate. There's something here for everyone. 

    Volunteer Options for Drivers

    • DELIVER LAWN SIGNS — to folks in your area
      who request them but can't pick up. Sign up by sending an email to Kathleen Hayek at:

    • BE A "BALLOT DRIVER" — help voters who want to hand deliver their absentee ballot to the Board of Elections, but can't drive.
      Sign up by sending an email to Mina at: or call her at (646) 784-0072.

    • PROVIDE A RIDE TO THE POLLS — to voters who can't drive,
      either for early voters Oct. 24 - Nov. 1 to Delhi and/or on election day Nov. 3 to your local polling places.
      (This will be taxi service style! Masks will be required, and voters will sit on the opposite side of driver, in the back seat, windows open).

    • DELIVER DOOR HANGERS — deliver Dem candidate info brochure door hangers to registered Democratic voters in your town who we can't reach by phone. You'll be given prepared packets, a list of voter addresses with a map, and instructions. Sign up by sending an email to Kim Van Atta at:, or call (917) 657-1050.

    Volunteer to write LTEs, Postcards

    • WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR (LTEs) — People really read these! Your letter can either promote one of our down ballot candidates, educate voters on how best to vote in 2020 or inform on other crucial issues. We can provide help and publication addresses. To volunteer, e-mail to: or call Lisa Tait at 845-586-3178.
    • HAND WRITE POSTCARDS FOR NYS SENATOR JEN METZGER, SD42— Jen represents Delhi, Hamden, Colchester, Masonville, Tompkins and Walton, but her impact has been significant statewide. In her first term Jen co-sponsored a boatload of progressive bills, got us a legislative ban on fracking, voted for a cap on residential property taxes, advocated for rural broadband, and negotiated for aid to family farms. No wonder the Republicans would like to boot her out! We’re shooting for completion of this project by Wednesday, October 21st.
      Get Metzger postcard packets (cards, addresses, script) at:
      –– 98 Main St, Delhi, Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30-2:30; Sat's 11-2pm.

      –– 139 Main Street, Delhi, most any day from 11 am to 4 pm. Text Mina Takahashi with your ETA and she will meet you out front: 646.784.0072.

      –– If Bovina Center is easier for you to get to, text Mina and she can leave you a packet out on her porch: 646.784.0072.
    • HAND WRITE POSTCARDS FOR BETSY KRAAT — Help Betsy Kraat, our Dem Assembly District 102 Candidate, representing Harpersfield, Kortright, Middletown, Roxbury, and Stamford, get known by writing postcards for her. We'll provide the addresses, cards, basic info and stamps. To volunteer, e-mail to: or call Lisa Tait at 845-586-3178

    Volunteer Opportunities with Masks and
    Safe Distancing

    • POLL WATCHING — Get trained, earn your poll watching authorization certificate and learn how your eyes and ears can help get last minute voters to the polls on Election Day. Sign up by sending an email to Kathleen Hayek at:
    • HELP STAFF COUNTY DEM HEADQUARTERS — Meet dedicated Dems from all over the county at our 98 Main Street, Delhi, Dem Headquarters. Help take donations while distributing signs and information. Office hours are Wednesdays & Fridays 10:30-2:30; Thursdays from 5-7pm; and Saturdays 11am - 2pm. We can add more hours of operation depending on volunteers. Sign up by sending an email to Ginny Terry at:, or call her (917) 836-4034.

    You can help us reach more people!

    • FOLLOW AND LIKE — our local Dem pages. Suggest your Dem friends do so as well. This increases our exposure and chance to be seen by others.

      On Facebook:
      Delaware County NY Democrats
      Town of Colchester NY Democrats
      Town of Middletown NY Democrats
      Town of Walton Democrats

      On Twitter:
      Delaware County Dems: @dcny_dems
      Middletown Dems:  @MtnDem1

      On Instagram — We Need Help!
      Can you post our FB messages on Instagram?
    • SHARE — If you like one of our posts or think it's important, go beyond the "Like" button. Share our posts! Each time a post is shared, it gets higher ranking. Your shares increase the likelihood we'll reach a broader audience.

    Make some phone calls!

    • MAKE NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR CALLS- We have identified neighbors of yours who did not vote in 2018 and/or 2016 and may need some additional encouragement to vote in this critical election year. We will give you a list of just 10 key voters in your neighborhood to call.  You will provide them with information on how to vote this year, and give them support for whatever method they choose to use: absentee, early voting, or on election day itself. Sign up by sending an email to, or call Kim at 917-657-1050.

    • PHONE BANKING WITH DELGADO, BARBER & METZGER– #TEAMDELGADO, Antonio has teamed up with Jen and Jim and is hosting a Weekend of Action this weekend and next. There are daily phone banks reaching voters all across NY's 19th Congressional District! Click here to find and sign up for events. It's a virtual good time!

    Keep your campaign donation dollars local.

    • DONATE TO OUR YARD SIGN FUND — We're accepting donations for the Biden/Harris and our Row A, All the Way yard signs, purchased with DCDC funds. Go to: and donate whatever you can!  Thanks!

    • DONATE TO A STATE CANDIDATE — We are working hard to elect the fullest and best slate of candidates we’ve endorsed in years, and those last minute dollars can truly help them over the line. Here's the list of their websites:


    As we move forward, lets support each other,
    and keep our cool.

    This is the most challenging election we have ever seen. 
    Fear and tensions are high.
    Some will try to provoke and distract us.
    Don't take the bait.

    Also remember, there are Republicans out there who can't go along with their party any more. Some of them are looking for a safe harbor.
    Let's offer that safe harbor and thank them for supporting country over party. ❤️




  • donated via 2020-10-05 10:38:26 -0400


    Any contribution is appreciated and used wisely!  Thank you!

  • published Donate Yard Signs in Yard Signs 2020-08-28 12:44:19 -0400

    Donate Yard Signs

    $3,812.00 raised
    GOAL: $7,500.00


    Help Us Buy More Yard Signs!

    In rural areas like ours, yard signs are still the quickest, best way, to get candidate's name recognition.  We get them printed in union shops where possible, and recycled, compostable, or recyclable where possible.  We reuse the metal stakes. Still, they are getting more expensive every year!

    Here's what your donation will help fund:

    • $5 funds 1 sign
    • $10 funds 2 signs
    • $20 funds 4 signs
    • $50 funds 10 signs
    • $100 funds 20 signs
    • $350 will fund a local town candidate's budget for yard signs 

    And of course, we'll put any amount you can donate to good responsible use!

    Thank you!

    PS: If you haven't done so already, you can reserve your yard signs here.

  • wants to volunteer 2020-07-08 19:44:38 -0400

    Get Your Yard Sign(s)

    Pledge To Post Yard Sign(s) 

    Post it prominently on your property or nearby roads and intersections.

    Check off the sign(s) you'd like. You will receive an email confirming your pledge. We will notify you via email when and where you can pick them up--from late August to election day, November 3.

    Please note that yard signs are given out on a first come, first serve basis! 

    Row A – All the Way signs and our version of Biden signs are produced by us, the DCDC, and will be plentiful.

    However, the 2020 candidate's budgets and strategy determine how many signs they print, so we can't guarantee everyone a sign for every candidate they want. You might also get yard signs directly from the candidate's campaign.

    Signs are free to anyone pledging to post them, but if you can't post a sign, and/or would like to help us get more, you may donate at our Donate Yard Signs page. Thanks!

    Become a volunteer
  • donated 2020-07-08 09:02:59 -0400

    Donate Your Dinner Ticket

    $2,370.00 raised
    GOAL: $20,200.00

    Turn your Donate Your Dinner Ticket pledge to a completed donation, here.  Every penny goes to work here in Delaware County to elect grassroots Democrats.

    Thank you!

  • pledged $110.00 via 2020-07-07 21:39:46 -0400

    Donate Your Dinner Ticket

    Donate your dinner ticket to the 
    Delaware County Democratic Committee!

    ––update, pledge deadline extended––
    Our Annual Dinner and BBQ fundraiser events were cancelled, but our mission of electing Democrats and our plans to get out the vote for November 3rd are still going strong!

    And we need your help to reach our 2020 funding goal of 200 donors stacking up $20,200 by October 20th! These funds pay for campaign literature, yard signs, newspaper ads, pizza for our phone bankers and door knockers, and digital outreach to Democrats, informing you of upcoming elections, issues affecting your lives, volunteer opportunities, and most importantly our Democratic candidates! 

    The ticket price for the dinner we were planning to hold was $55, and BBQ tickets averaged at $15. Ad placements for our Dinner Booklet ranged from $5 to $300. 

    You can pledge to donate any amount by October 20th below. 

    Or if you prefer to DONATE NOW, today, that would be great! Go here!


    $2,088.00 pledged
    Pledge now
  • published AD 101 Candidate McEvoy Video in News 2020-07-05 16:55:32 -0400

    AD 101 Candidate McEvoy Initiates A Get-To-Know The 101st Video Series

    Chad McEvoy

    The 101st is such a big and gerrymandered district, that it can feel like those of us who live in it hardly get a chance to know one another. That's why I am going to be sitting down - virtually, of course - with folks from around the district to get to know the towns that make up the 101st. 

    This week, I sat down with Bill Elsey, former Town Supervisor of Springfield, to talk about the town's history and what makes it such a great place to live today. It seems like an appropriate place to start since the Springfield 4th of July Parade, which is sadly cancelled this year, is legendary. I will miss being a part of that perfect slice of Americana this year, and I wish everyone a safe and happy 4th!


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  • published Vote Absentee in News 2020-06-15 14:09:33 -0400

    Vote Absentee


    From Governor Cuomo....
    Next Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020, New York State will hold its Primary Election. Please see below for information on absentee and in-person voting.
    For your safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, voters are strongly encouraged to vote via absentee ballot:
    • Registered voters in New York have been mailed an absentee ballot application form.
    • All applications or absentee ballot requests must be received or postmarked by tomorrow – Tuesday, June 16th in order for the voter to receive their absentee ballot by mail.
    • Completed applications must be mailed to voter’s County Board of Elections location or simply use the return envelope that was provided with the application.
    • Voters may select “Temporary Illness or Physical Disability” as their reason for requesting an absentee ballot due to the potential of contracting COVID-19.
    • If you have not received an absentee ballot application in the mail, please complete it HERE and email, fax, or mail it to your County Board of Elections by tomorrow, June 16th. The application is also available in Spanish HERE
    • Voters with special needs may apply for an accessible absentee ballot HERE
    Once the absentee ballot is received in the mail, follow the instructions provided to vote and remember to sign the back of the envelope. Completed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 23rd or delivered in person to the voter’s County Board of Elections location before 9:00PM on Tuesday, June 23rd
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  • published Name Tags in Annual Dinner Tickets 2019-03-29 16:10:55 -0400

    Name Tags

    We want to help everyone to meet everyone at our Annual Dinner!

    Please take a moment to tell us how you want your name and your guest(s) names to appear on our guest list and name tags by answering a few questions.  Thank you!

    If you are purchasing more than 4 tickets, please send your guest list to Mary McKeon at:  Thank you!

    Take the survey
  • published Workshop Registration 2017-04-28 15:26:47 -0400
  • commented on Hundreds Gather to Support Women in Delhi 2017-01-25 20:17:43 -0500
    The most fantastic day! And it’s only the beginning…
  • Complimentary Seating

    We're assigning complimentary seats on a first come, first serve basis.  One seat per request. People who can't go are reserving seats for others to go, so as they contact us about the ticket they are giving away, we'll contact the next person on the list and assign them their seat.  If you're contacted and your circumstances have changed you may pay it forward to the next person on the list. All seats must be assigned by 2 weeks prior to Jan. 21st.

    Please fill in the following form and click the sign up button.
    We will need to contact you quickly as this is a fast filling bus, so that's why we require you to leave a phone number.

    Thank you!  We sincerely hope we'll be contacting you with good news soon!

    Sign up
  • posted about womensmarch on Facebook 2016-11-21 12:25:48 -0500
    Just made a donation to to help Delaware County NY Women (and friends) March on Washington!

    Donation in honor of DCDC's Bus to Women's March on Washington

    $362.50 raised
    GOAL: $1,200.00

    [updated 12-12-16]

    News Flash!!  We have us a $500 matching challenge!

    If we can raise $500. during this Women's March on Washington project, it will be matched by another $500! That will go a long way in supporting Democratic candidates for Delaware County!

    Let's do this!  Any amount will help us get to that $500 goal... we're already at $212.50 –– almost halfway!  
    Keep it rolling!  It's not that far... just a nudge from you would mean a great deal.  Thanks! 

    Choose the amount you'd like to donate or create your own!

    • $10 
    • $37.50 
    • $75 
    • $150 
    • $300

    Thank you for doing your part!  We'll proudly represent you in Washington DC!!

    (By the way, if you want your donation to be anonymous, just click the "Don't publish my donation on the website" button on the payment page. The amount of your donation will be counted but your name will remain private.)

  • donated 2019-09-05 11:44:47 -0400

    Fred Cubero Community Barbecue Tickets


    If the total amount of ticket purchase does not appear on this page, check to make sure your internet browser has cookies enabled.  

  • commented on Sidney 2016-02-14 23:31:36 -0500
    This is a very rough draft of the Sidney page. Needs lots of adjustments. And what other information and/or links to include? We have a directory of Sidney committee members, Events in Sidney, and News in Sidney. Link to town/village websites? Candidate bios? Upcoming open seats?
  • wants to volunteer 2020-07-06 20:33:05 -0400


    There's something for everybody to do!
    What special knowledge or talents can you contribute?

    We've created our wish list below and we will be updating it as our needs change. But no need to wait-- if there's anything you want to do that's not mentioned here, or would like to leave specific information, please add it in the "Comments, issues that interest you, other ideas, etc." box below.

    Someone from our volunteer outreach team will soon contact you and help get you started in doing what you enjoy to advance the values you believe in.

    YARD SIGNS for Biden, Delgado, Garry, Barber, Metzger, McEvoy, Kraat, and Shaw are available. Please go to Yard Signs to reserve them and find out when/where to get them.

    Thank you in advance for joining in!

    Become a volunteer