Wayland Democratic Town Committee Newsletter
October, 2020

Next week, Wayland starts mailing out early voting ballots!

Each of us are committed to doing whatever it takes to change the White House, flip the senate, and re-elect our own progressive legislators. This includes investing 20 hours or more over the last 6 weeks of the election cycle, donating money and yard space for signs, and reminding everyone we know about voting. So since our September newsletter, what have Wayland Dems been up to?

  • Sent hundreds of postcards and phonecalls for Florida (approximately Wayland Dem volunteer 200 hours this fall alone)

  • Submitted 4 more letters to the Wayland Crier for Carmine Gentile

  • Phonebanked and textbanked for Becca Rausch and Joe Biden, dozens of hours in just the past few weeks.

  • Volunteered for approximately 20 hours of sign holding over the next 5 weeks

  • Shared critical vote-by-mail information via text, phone, social media, and handwritten notes

  • Held a one-person stand out across from a Republican demonstration (thanks, Dennis!)

  • Stood out against racism during 4 Sunday standouts in the town center

  • ... and much more!

Examples of upcoming Wayland Dem opportunities include:

  • Call your family and friends in swing states. One relational call is as effective as 20 phonebank calls. Please ask those you know: "What is your plan to vote?"

  • Phonebanking and textbanking opportunities are available EVERYDAY

  • Letters-to-editor and social media posts

  • Donations, donations, and more donations!

  • Signs, signs, and more signs -- in our yards and on our cars

  • Ballot curing calls with WIDEA (Wayland Inspires Democrats to External Actions)

  • Biden literature drops in NH

  • Standouts for Gentile, Rausch, and Biden/Harris

This is it. The 2020 election that we've been talking about for so long -- it is NOW. Let's take a deep breath and know that we've got this. Wayland Dems get the job done. So... buckle in for this last big push to the 2020 election!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


As we reflect on how this one person has helped our country move closer to its ideals of equal rights for all people, the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is deeply felt across our community.

Thank you to Joan Blair for sharing this video, in Justice Ginsburg's own voice:

 "We should learn ... to do our best for the sake of our communities
and for the sake of those for whom we pave the way."




Re-elect State Representative
Carmine Gentile for Wayland


When Waylanders need help, we can count on Carmine.

Our progressive State Representative Carmine Gentile is fighting a re-election challenge from a rightwing Republican candidate. How can you help?


An advocate for reproductive health, Carmine is the only candidate for our district who supports the ROE Act, and he was named a ROE Act Champion by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts.


A small business champion, especially during COVID, Carmine advocated so Wayland's businesses, including Russell's and Longfellow, could open. He also supported a moratorium on evictions in our state, helping renters and small businesses who have lost income due to the shutdown. 

Watch the September 2020 League of Women Voters candidate forum: https://sudbury.vod.castus.tv/vod/?video=70983622-08c1-4c0e-9148-e590003939de

Wondering what to do? Easy as 1-2-3-4!
(1) Tell your neighbors about Carmine. A phone call, a quick socially distanced chat, or an email. Your opinion carries weight, so let folks in Wayland know why you are such a big supporter of re-electing Carmine Gentile for State Representative.

(2) Host or hold a sign! His campaign is looking for more locations and your yard looks perfect! Also seeking volunteers for upcoming standouts in Wayland center. Email gildell@mac.com to schedule your date/time.


(3) Write a letter for Wayland Crier or our Wayland Dems website. Email us waylanddems@gmail.com for help!

(4) Donate at https://secure.actblue.com/donate/carmine-gentile-1


Re-elect Wayland's State Senator Becca Rausch


A message from Becca's campaign

This is a really difficult moment in our nation’s story. Tuesday's so-called debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump demonstrated the severity of this moment, as the current occupant of the White House not only refused to denounce white supremacy but rather directly incited violence from a known neo-fascist hate group, refused to state that he would accept the results of an independent certification of the upcoming election, and would not even engage in a mature, civilized debate. 
This November, our planet, our health care, our rights, and our democracy as we know it are on the line. For everyone reading this who is angry or fearful for the future to come, know that I see you, I hear you, and I'm right with you. I too am deeply concerned, but I promise you, whatever happens in Washington, I will continue fighting to advance intersectional justice, safeguard our elections from illegal interference and enhance ballot access, promote health care and reproductive freedom, and protect our democracy right here in our Commonwealth. It’s what I was sent to Beacon Hill to do, and I will not let you down, particularly amidst this national political crisis. 


We've got serious work to do, but I need your help. Phonebank with us! (See: https://www.beccarausch.com/connect) Write letters to the editor! Talk to your friends and neighbors about the stakes of this race! I will never stop pushing for progress, but I can't do this without your support, time, and treasure. 

As always, if you or any of your loved ones in my district have fallen on hard times during this pandemic, please do not hesitate to reach out to my State House office. My office line is 617-722-1555 and my State House email is becca.rausch@masenate.gov We are here to help.


A reminder from Wayland Dems:
Wayland has, for the first time in decades, progressive representation in our state senate. Becca has been a human rights, environmental justice, and community-centered champion for our town and our state. NOW is an essential time to step up and keep her in office, fighting for you, me, and our most vulnerable residents.


See the events section at the end of this October newsletter
for information on Becca's upcoming debate, phonebanks, and related events.

For more information on Becca's legislative accomplishments, please see www.beccarauschma.com


MetroWest for Biden

Wayland Dems are part of the MetroWest for Biden coordinated campaign, which is also partnering with local groups like Indivisible and Together 2020 to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. 

After the first presidential debate, many of us are more fired up than ever before to elect Biden/Harris! There are opportunities everyday for Waylanders, including:

Be on the lookout in your inbox for new opportunities to get involved. If you have any questions, please reach out to elainekd1@gmail.com or metrowestforbiden@gmail.com



Black Lives Matter


Please join WDTC members and Waylanders of all ages every Sunday at 12:30 at the intersection of 27/20 to stand in support of Black Lives, organized by Wayland Community for Social Justice (WCSJ).



WIDEA Updates

WIDEA (Wayland Inspires Democrats to External Actions) has been incredibly successful with the Wayland to Manatee/Sarasota initiative!

Thank you to the many of you who have continued to contribute to the WIDEA post carding effort!  The hard work has paid off. As a result, in Manatee County there has been a dramatic increase of 12,000 Democrat vote by mail ballots!  

The next step is to help cure ballots that have been rejected by the Supervisor of Elections in Manatee County. Over the next few weeks, phone banking will be essential in helping voters whose ballots were rejected to rectify the issues and get their vote counted.

To help, please reach out to Joan Blair, who continues to lead the efforts in this area: blair.joan@gmail.com



What is your voting plan?

How can I register or check if I am registered?
Regardless of whether you vote early, vote absentee, or vote on Election Day, you must be registered. To check whether you are registered to vote, and for information on how to register to vote, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website: www.sec.state.ma.us/ele.

If you need to register to vote, you may do it online by visiting: www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. All you need is a license or an ID. issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The last day to register is October 24, 2020.
How can I vote?
(1) Early voting:
There will be ten days of Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election. Early voting will take place at Town Hall (41 Cochituate Road, Wayland) Saturday, Oct 17 through Friday, Oct 30, 2020 during Town Hall business hours:

  • Mondays, 8am-7pm;

  • Tuesdays - Thursdays, 8am-4pm;

  • Fridays, 8am-12:30pm.

  • Weekend hours are: Saturday, October 17th, Sunday, October 18th, and Sunday, October 25th 8am-12pm. Early voting hours on Saturday, October 24th will take place from 2pm-6pm.  

(2) Vote by Mail:
You do not need an excuse to vote by mail this year. To vote by mail, all you need to do is:

  1. Complete a Vote by Mail application, either by the paper form or the new Mail-in Ballot Application System;

  2. Deliver your application to your local election office by mail, hand-delivery, email, or fax, or submit your application through the Mail-in Ballot Application System;

  3. Vote when your ballot arrives;

  4. Return your ballot.

To ensure timely delivery of your ballot, submit your application for a November ballot no later than October 20. Applications received after October 28 cannot be accepted. 
State Election ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3 and must be back at your local election office no later than November 6.
Apply early, in order to have enough time to return your ballot.
*Please note: once a voter has cast an early voting ballot, the voter may no longer vote at the polls on Election Day.*
(3) Vote in person on Election Day:
Precincts 1 and 4 vote at the Wayland Town Building Gymnasium. Precincts 2 and 3 vote at the Wayland Middle School Gymnasium.  Find your Voting Precinct here:
On election days the polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.  

Ballot Questions

For detailed information on both questions:https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elepdf/IFV_2020.pdf
Question 1: Motor Vehicle Mechanical Data
Seeks to expand the right to repair measure to include access for mechanics to telematics currently only available to automakers.
Question 2: Ranked-Choice Voting
Seeks to implement ranked-choice voting, in which voters rank one or more candidates by order of preference, for all primary and general elections for statewide offices, state legislative offices, federal congressional offices beginning in 2022. 


More details for Wayland: https://www.wayland.ma.us/town-clerk

Where can I drop off
my completed ballot?

Secure drop boxes are located at the Public Safety Building (in front of the Wayland Police entrance) and the Wayland Town Building.

Volunteers are needed!

Election worker training is available on Monday, October 12th, 4:30pm-6:30pm (location TBD). For more information, please see www.wayland.ma.us/town-clerk



Coming soon... Bringing Home Beacon Hill

There is a lot of legislative talk at the State House, but what does it mean for people in Wayland and the metrowest area? Hear how state and national policy impacts us here at home.

These brief segments focus on tangible local impact. The first episode shares State Rep Carmine Gentile's insight on how legislation, including COVID relief efforts, are working for small businesses here in Wayland. Watch for it in October!
If you have a burning question about local impact or a guest idea, please contact waylanddems@gmail.com.



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Join our monthly Friday morning zoom breakfasts...
No RSVP required. Bring yourself, your coffee, and your opinions for an informal political discussion. Contact waylanddems@gmail.com or see the listserv for up-to-date zoom info.




Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 2: Dissecting the Presidential Debate with political strategists, Scott Jennings and Robby Mook. Tisch College Civic Lunch at 12noon.
Register at https://tufts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2dODQf33QbG1VY2lE-j3oA 

Saturday Oct 3rd: Youth Forum on Reproductive Rights and Justice
with Sen Becca Rausch, Rep Nika Elugardo, Rep Natalie Higgins, and Rep Tram Nyugen... and sponsored by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA. RSVP: bit.ly/youthfutureswedecide

Saturday Oct 3rd and every Saturday: Standout for Gentile, Rausch, and Biden/Harris in Wayland center (Rte 20/27 intersection).

Saturday Oct 3rd: Phonebank for Becca, 2-4PM with Sen Jaimie Eldridge

Sunday Oct 5th and every Sunday: Black Lives Matter demonstration at 12:30PM in Wayland center (Rte 20/27 intersection).

Tuesday Oct 6: Debate watch party on North TV. Watch with Team Becca, bingo cards, and cheer on Becca!

Tuesday, Oct 6: Phonebank for Becca, 6-8PM with 350Mass

Tuesday, Oct 6: U.S. Congressman, Joe Kennedy III with Tisch College Speaker Series, 12 noon. Register at https://tufts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CDU9owYSS-GsZnFLFDWphQ 

Wednesday, Oct 7: Phonebank for Becca, 5:30-7:30PM with reproductive health champions NARAL and PPAF

Friday, Oct 16: Wayland Dem monthly ZOOM breakfast, 8AM. Bring your own coffee and opinions for an informal conversation with local Wayland Dems. All welcome. Please email waylanddems@gmail.com for the link.

Monday, Oct 19:  WTDC meeting happening online via zoom: Zoom link forthcoming on listserv or email waylanddems@gmail.com. 6:30PM social, 7PM meeting begins.  

Tuesday, Oct 20: Politics and Press in the Age of Trump: Tisch Speaker Series with CNN political analyst and former NBC News host David Gregory. Panelists will include founding editor of POLITICO John Harris, NPR political reporter Juana Summers, and NBC10 Boston political reporter Alison King. Register at https://tufts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_izZXKyqPQ865Y_BKH3uWpA


Wednesday, Oct 28: 5:30PM -- LaTosha Brown, organizer, political strategist, and co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, BVM Capacity Building Institute, TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc.,  Grantmakers for Southern Progress, and Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium, through the Tisch Speaker Series at Tufts University. Register at https://tufts.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Qlna67aQTYCdbmFJha0DYw

Ongoing: Following up on vote-by-mail ballots by ballot curing calls with WIDEA. Regular opportunities available. Please see above.

Ongoing: Campaign activities for Gentile, Rausch, and Biden.
Please see above.



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