The President is not an Emperor.

The heart of our freedom is respect for our Constitution, for government of by and for the people, and for the rule of law. But we have a President who thinks our Department of Justice works for him. On Thursday, November 8th, 5pm the Culpeper Democrats and Culpeper Persisters joined protests nationwide to announce to President Trump that what he’s doing is NOT okay, that he’s not an emperor, and that nobody is above the law. 

Abigail wins! But we’re not done yet.

Wow. What an election. On Tuesday, 41% of Culpeper County voted for Abigail Spanberger. Turnout was near presidential levels. In 2016, Eileen Bedell received 34% of Culpeper’s vote. Ralph Northam got 37% in 2017. Each year builds on the next. Last year laid the ground work for this year. This year prepares us for next year. Next year gets us ready for 2020. I am so proud of the Culpeper Democrats and your incredibly hard work that made this victory possible. Each of you who wrote postcards, made phone calls, knocked on doors, stood in front of the polling place in the rain passing out sample ballots, donated, and voted — you are all heroes. Thank you.

–Ben Hixon, Chair, Culpeper Dems

Abigail Spanberger has our farmers’ backs.

At last month’s Culpeper Farm Tour, Abigail Spanberger spoke to our small farmers, some of them worried about their future under President Trump’s tariffs, which wildly interfere with agricultural markets. As she rightly observed during the recent Congressional debate: “Farmers don’t want bailouts, they want to sell their crops.” Abigail will have our farmers’ backs. 10 days!

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Culpeper Absentee Voting

Answers to questions our phone bankers have encountered about the absentee voting process in Culpeper County.


 
What’s the difference between early voting and absentee voting?
Virginia has excuse-based early voting, which is referred to as absentee voting. You can vote absentee either in person or via the mail if you satisfy one of the official excuses for being unable to vote on November 6th. These excuses should cover virtually all possible reasons for being unable to vote on November 6th. 
 
How do I vote early in person (In person absentee)?
If you can’t vote on November 6th, just bring your Photo ID to the Culpeper Election Office, 151 N Main Street, Third Floor. You’ll fill out a form and vote right there. They are open Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30, as well as Saturday October 27th and November 3rd. November 3rd is the last day of in person absentee voting.
 
How do I request an absentee ballot in the mail?
You can request a ballot at the Virginia Department of Elections online portal. You have until October 30th to request a ballot, and it must be received by 7pm, November 6th. The ballot requires two stamps to mail back.
 
What are the official excuses to vote absentee?
You can vote early (absentee in person or by mail) for one of the following reasons:
 
REASON CODES FOR VOTING ABSENTEE
Code Reason Supporting Information Required
1A Student attending college or university outside of locality of residence in Virginia Name of college or university
1B Spouse of student attending college or university outside locality of residence in Virginia Name of college or university
1C Business outside County/City of residence on Election Day Name of employer or business
1D Personal business or vacation outside County/City of residence on Election Day Place of travel (VA county/city or state or country)
1E I am working and commuting to/from home for 11 or more hours between 6:00 AM and 7:00 PM on Election Day Name of  employer or business and Election Day hours of working and commuting (AM to PM)
1F I am a first responder (member of law enforcement, fire fighter, emergency technician, search and rescue) Not required
2A My disability or illness Not required
2B I am primarily and personally responsible for the care of a disabled/ill family member confined at home Family Relationship
2C My pregnancy Not required
3A Confined, awaiting trial Name of institution
3B Confined, convicted of a misdemeanor Name of institution
4A An electoral board member, registrar, officer of election, or custodian of voting equipment Not required
5A I have a religious obligation Not required
6A Active Duty Merchant Marine or Armed Forces Branch of service
6B Spouse or dependent living with a member of 6A Branch of service
6C Temporarily residing outside of US Enter your last date of residency at your Virginia voting residence only if you have given up that address permanently or have no intent to return
6D Temporarily residing outside of US for employment or spouse or dependent residing with employee Name of business or employer
7A Requesting a ballot for presidential and vice-presidential electors only 
(Ballots for other offices/issues will not be sent)
New state of residence and date moved from Virginia. Only eligible if you moved less than 30 days before the presidential election.
8A Authorized representative of candidate or party serving inside the polling place Not required
9A Granted a protective order issued by or under the authority of a court of competent jurisdiction. Name of the county or city in Virginia or the state of the issuing court.
 
Does the Culpeper election office have an elevator?
Answer: Yes
 
What is their phone number?
Answer: (540) 825-0652
 
I moved.  Is it too late to notify the elections office of a change of address?
Answer: Yes. The deadline was Monday October 15.  But if your move occurred since the last November election, you may return to and vote at your previous polling location.
 
What ID do I need to vote?
Answer: Government-issued Photo ID, Virginia student ID, employer-issued ID.  If you don’t have one, you can still vote if you go to the registration office — even on Election Day — and apply.  They will give you a free Voter ID card.  If you forget your photo ID, you can cast a provisional ballot at your polling place.
 
I am disabled.  Do I still have time to vote absentee by mail?
Answer: Yes., but please hurry.  You may request an absentee mail-in ballot through October 30It must be received by 7pm, November 6th. Being postmarked by that day does not count. First class delivery through USPS requires 2-5 days. The absentee ballot requires two stamps.
 
If I am a convicted felon (long-ago marijuana charge) can I get my voting rights restored? 
Answer: Yes, but it can take several weeks:
https://www.restore.virginia.gov/frequently-asked-questions/ or call The Secretary of the Commonwealth at (804) 692-0104 
https://www.spreadthevote.org/virginia/ (local offices for Charlottesville/Piedmont or Loudon/Fairfax)
 
More information on our restoration of rights page.
 

Debate Night: Culpeper!

Wow! The Culpeper Democrats are so proud of our nominee, Abigail Spanberger, after tonight’s Culpeper debate with Dave Brat. Standing up to pharmaceutical lobbies and special interests. Service to our country. High speed broadband is an economic imperative. Kids shouldn’t have to do their homework at McDonald’s. Strong CTE programs and apprenticeships. Farmers don’t want bailouts, they want to sell their crops. With determination and focus, anything is achievable. Our next Congresswoman!

Culpeper Democrats greet Abigail as she arrives. What positive energy!

Beer Hound watch party. The Culpeper Dems invited the Culpeper GOP to watch with us. Terrific enthusiasm, great conversations, civic engagement and public discourse!

 

Abigail joins us at Beer Hound after the debate. We are so proud of her!

If you missed the debate: you can watch it online at C-SPAN! Make sure to watch her amazing closing statement!

 

Postcard writing with the Culpeper Democrats!

Our Postcards are here!

There’s three big ways we can reach voters: at their door, on the phone, and through the mail. Nervous about knocking on doors? Hate talking on the phone? Still want to help Abigail Spanberger and Tim Kaine get elected? Help us reach voters by writing a postcard!

Not everyone can vote on November 6th. Voting early is easy. All you do is bring your photo ID to the Culpeper Election office, 151 N Main, 3rd floor, no weekdays between 8:30 and 4:30, or on Saturday October 27th or November 3rd, fill out a one-page form, and vote then. But not everyone understands how it works. That’s why with less than a month until the election, the Culpeper Democrats are writing election reminder postcards educating Culpeper voters about earning voting.

Want to help? Our office is also open throughout the coming weeks (see our office hours here) if you want to stop by and pick up a stack of cards or drop them off.

Postcard Writing parties!

We’ll be hosting postcard parties over the next few weeks. Check this space for information! our first party is this Friday at 5pm. We’ll have pizza and stickers. 

Postcard party Location Date/Time
CCDC Offices (206 S Main Street, 3rd floor) October 12th, 5pm – 7pm
CCDC Offices Friday, October 19th, 5pm

 

Urgent! Stamps needed!

The CCDC has a hard limit of $1000 that we’re allowed to spend on this election. That means we can’t purchase stamps for every postcard we want to send. So when you return the postcards, please stamp a few of them as well!

 

Postcards designed by CCDC Design Committee Chair Alicia Guy, paid for by the CCDC, and okayed by the Tim Kaine and Abigail Spanberger campaigns.

What a great turnout for our first postcard party!

Culpeper Dems Festival for Change and Country Fair

With special guests, musicians, and more, you’re not going to want to miss the biggest Culpeper Democrats event of the year! September 23rd (Note the new date due to the hurricane) from Noon to 7pm at the Farm Retreat at Willow Creek.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for under 18. Get your tickets now!

 

Hurricane update: unfortunately, First Lady Pam Northam and State Senate candidate Eileen Bedell are unable to appear on the revised hurricane date. But we’ll have plenty of fun activities and local music! Take a look at the schedule of events!

Also confirmed: performances by local musicians Mo Safren, Bailey Hayes, and Taylor Johnson on the new hurricane date!

Culpeper Democrats Celebrate the 4th of July!

Today the Culpeper Democrats were joined by Abigail Spanberger, the Culpeper Persisters and the Culpeper Young Democrats, and friends from neighboring Madison Dems and Rappahannock Dems to celebrate our nation’s independence by marching in Culpeper’s 4th of July Parade! Thank you to all our volunteers for showing your pride in our Party and our Democracy!

July monthly meeting: Join the Executive Committee!

Our July meeting will be held at the Culpeper Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 302 N Main St, at 7pm on July 24th.

Board of Supervisors room at a recent public meeting on ICE. Many of our members were present! Photo Credit: Culpeper Star Exponent

The CCDC Executive Committee is reorganizing!

We have several officer vacancies to fill. Officers will be voting members of the Culpeper Democrats executive committee. A majority vote of the Executive Committee has the authority to act on behalf of the Democrat Party of Culpeper County in between meetings of the full membership — so this is a big deal!

On July 24th, four officer vacancies will be voted on: 1st vice chair, 2nd vice chair, secretary, and web manager. 


1st Vice Chair – Conducts meetings when the chair is unavailable. Identifies areas of responsibility according to the needs of the committee and their own interest. For example, proposing, organizing, and planning special CCDC events and fundraisers.

Candidates: Meroë Dawson, 


2nd Vice Chair – Conducts meetings when the chair and 1st vice chair are both unavailable. Identifies areas of responsibility according to the needs of the committee and their own interest. For example: membership recruitment and diversification. (Culpeper is 25% nonwhite and our membership should reflect that.)

Candidates: Rebecca Layne,


Web Manager – Maintains and updates the website. Sends Mailchimp updates. Responds to Facebook and email messages. Posts images of our events on social media. Should be a good writer, and familiar with WordPress and Mailchimp or willing to learn.

Candidates: , 


Secretary – Prepares minutes of general and executive meetings to be published online. Takes attendance at general meetings. Maintains membership roll and keeps track of membership forms. Should be a good writer and well-organized.

Candidates: Ed Dunphy,


Please let Ben know (chair@culpeperdemocrats.org) if you’re interested in running!

For nonmembers: If you’re not currently a member but wish to both join and run for an office, you must submit your membership form and $30 two-year fee before being declared a candidate. You can submit your forms online by email to chair@culpeperdemocrats.org or info@culpeperdemocrats.org and pay your membership fee online at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/joinccdc, or else submit both by postal mail to PO Box 131, Culpeper, VA, 22701. We will vote you in as a member before the officer vote.