October 06, 2020

Check in below to hear what is going on with your local Dems! 



Chair Richards Photo

Hello Fellow Democrats,

Our volunteers are priceless and I'd like to take this time to thank our following volunteers for making ballot chase calls through the REV Project to ensure that those who have requested mail in ballots complete and return them or have made a vote plan.

▪️ Jeff Crabill ▪️ Laurel Peterson ▪️ Marcia Thomas ▪️ Heather Jia ▪️ Cyndee Brown ▪️ Michelle Webster ▪️ Derek Lough ▪️ Nathan Davis ▪️ Ron Nelson ▪️ Marcia Thomas ▪️ Amanda Boitnott ▪️

I would also like to thank Attorneys Hannah Eisner and Jean Swee who serve as members of our Voter Protection Advocacy Team.

As many of you are aware the Bloomington Elections Commission temporarily ceased early voting at the Grossinger Motors Arena for Bloomington voters to due a ballot error that failed to list two Circuit Court Judge retention questions. The McLean County Democrats would like to assure voters that we are taking all the necessary measures to fact find and hold accountable our local election authorities. The Bloomington Election Commission's ballot omission is a grave error that must be resolved swiftly and without harm or foul to voters.

As your Chair, I've worked diligently to address this breach in public trust while ensuring election integrity and a fair result. The right to vote is at the heart of our democracy and it is our commitment to see that each ballot cast is counted accurately for all races on the ticket regardless of party affiliation. As a result, the Bloomington Election Commission will count all ballots that were originally cast, early voting has resumed for Bloomington voters with the correct ballots provided, and solutions for those who have already voted by mail and who have early voted are being currently being determined.

In solidarity,

Chairwoman Nikita Richards


Don't get tripped up while casting your vote for the Fair Tax Amendment proposal to the IL constitution. Fair Tax is the first question at the top of your ballot and the language is as follows in the attached image.
Vote Yes For Fair Tax 

🔹️Sample (Specimen) Ballot - County
🔹️Sample (Specimen) Ballot - Bloomington
Fair Tax Vote Yes


Virtual Wine Tasting with Mystic Kitchen

TODAY is the last day to purchase tickets for our Virtual Dems and Drinks event! https://secure.actblue.com/donate/octwine

The McLean County Democrats are partnering with Downtown Bloomington's own Mystic Kitchen and Tasting Room to host a virtual tasting event! Each ticket will get you 5 tasting portions of wines that have been hand selected to compliment fall foods. Sign up here for this virtual event, taking place on October 8th at 6pm.

  • Pick up your tasting portions curbside at Mystic Kitchen between Oct. 6th and Oct. 8th during Mystic Kitchen's business hours
  • A Zoom link will be emailed closer to the event date

Proceeds from this event will support the McLean County Democrats!

Dems and Drinks October 2020

Virtual Rally in Support of Betsy Dirksen Londrigan!

Join us, McLean County Democrats and candidates, Chair Nikita Richards, and your IL-13 field organizer for a virtual rally in support of Betsy Dirksen Londrigan! Learn how you can help flip this seat and elect Betsy in November. Click here to register for this event!

Betsy Event

A Dems Drawdown!

The McLean County Democrats are hosting our first ever virtual drawdown raffle on October 29! We may not be able to have our annual fundraiser, but here is your chance to give back and win big! Each ticket is $50 and gives you a chance at 11 cash prizes, with a grand prize of $1,000. Only 160 tickets will be sold. Purchase your Draw Down ticket here!

Dems Draw Down

October General Meeting

The McLean County Democrats are inviting you to this month's General Meeting via Zoom. This meeting will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 885 8210 9839
Passcode: 646711

Early Voting!

Early Voting 1

Early Voting 2

📸 Hannah Beer for McLean County Board District 6


🚨 We are 28 days away from the General Election! 🚨 It's time to mobilize Democrats all across our County and ensure election integrity. Here are three ways you can help:

🔹️Rev Project🔹️

The McLean County Democrats need your help! Sign up here to volunteer to make get out the vote phone calls to voters. Training and resources will be provided!

🔹️Voter Protection Hotline🔹️

If you witness or have knowledge of voter protection issues at the poll, please call this hotline number at (224) 990-2200. Please have this number readily available over the next several weeks if you have knowledge of any problems with voting in our County. This is a statewide Voter Protection Hotline for any voter in Illinois who has questions or concerns about voting.


As the election gets closer (28 days!), we need volunteers and phone bankers to help spread our Democratic message! 

Take part in our new Volunteer Incentive program to have a chance to win:

🔹️Weekly: McDems Swag 🧢
🔹️Monthly: $25 Visa gift card 💰
🔹️Nov 2nd: $100 Visa gift card 💵

Can you lend a bit of your time? Click the link below to join the #bluewave movement!

Election 2020!

🔹️Register to vote https://ova.elections.il.gov/ 


Registration deadlines
Online: Oct. 18
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 6
In person: Nov. 3

Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Received by Oct. 29
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3

Same Day Voter Registration
You can also register AND vote on Election Day.
Remember that Election Day is now a state holiday!

🔹️Click here for early voting locations and times in McLean County
🔹️Drop box locations here

Office Hours - 422 N Main St, Bloomington, IL 61701

  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Weekdays: 12 - 6 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 1 PM

General Meeting Minutes

Minutes from the General meetings are saved in the Google Drive folder here