Forum Comes as Voters Request, Receive and Return Ballots in Arlington Dems’ First Mail-In Caucus
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 2020, ARLINGTON, Va.— Arlington Young Democrats and the Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Dems) will host a virtual forum Tuesday, April 28 for candidates seeking the Democratic endorsement in the Arlington Dems School Board Caucus. The forum will include questions submitted earlier from the public through an online submission process.
The forum will be aired live at 7 p.m. via Facebook Live at facebook.com/arlingtonyoungdems. A Facebook account will not be needed to view the recording. Afterward a recording of the forum will be posted to the Arlington Young Democrats’ and Arlington Dems’ websites, social media and YouTube accounts. The forum comes nine days before the May 7 deadline for prospective voters to request a ballot to participate in the Arlington Dems’ caucus, which will select two candidates to receive the organization’s endorsement ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.
“Arlington Young Democrats is excited to play a role in Arlington Dems’ mail-in endorsement caucus,” said AYD President Dan Matthews. “With the coronavirus pandemic necessitating a change in the caucus voting method to respect the commonwealth’s stay-at-home order, we’re proud to help ensure that the caucus is successful, accessible, and inclusive.”
All five candidates seeking the Arlington Dems’ endorsement for the two open School Board seats have committed to participate in the online candidate forum. Additional information about the candidates is available at https://arlingtondemocrats.org/vote/school-board-caucus/.
About two weeks after announcing a transition to a vote-by-mail process for the caucus, Arlington Dems has received more than 3,600 ballot requests representing all 54 Arlington voting precincts. This early response exceeds the total 1,994 ballots cast in the 2019 School Board Caucus and sets the stage for a potentially record-breaking caucus.
“As our community collectively works to create a new normal, it is inspiring to see that Arlington’s voters are making it a priority to support the democratic process,” Arlington Dems Chair Jill Caiazzo said. “November is coming, and our community will be ready for the most important election of our lives.”
Registered voters interested in casting a vote in the caucus should immediately request a ballot at https://arlingtondemocrats.org/vote/ballot/. Voters have until May 7 for their ballot request to be received (NOT postmarked). Returned ballots must be received (NOT postmarked) by May 30. Arlington Dems’ website has comprehensive information about the caucus, which includes a “Frequently Asked Questions” section.
The Arlington Young Democrats is an organization of Arlington citizens, ages 18-35, committed to furthering the principles of the Democratic Party, making an impact in the Arlington community and providing networking and social opportunities for young people in Arlington. The organization reaches over 1,700 people weekly and is the largest local Young Democrats organization in the state of Virginia.The Arlington County Democratic Committee (Arlington Dems) is the official county organization for the Democratic Party of Virginia. Arlington Dems is open to anyone interested in advancing Democratic candidates, policy priorities and values in Arlington and beyond. Learn more at the Arlington Democrats website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.