North Coast Democratic Delegates Worried as Eureka Voting Place Eliminated.
Democrats living on the North Coast and inland may now have to travel up to 7 hours one-way to vote at the upcoming California Democratic Party ADEM (Assembly District Election Meeting). In a recent surprise move, CADEM Regional 1W Chair Debra Broner notified local State Central Committee members that voting will be held in Santa Rosa only – at the southernmost boundary of District 2. “Sonoma County has 50 % of registered democrats in AD 2 and has not had a location for the ADEM since the redistricting in 2011,” explained Broner.
ADEMs are held every two years to elect 7 women and 7 men to be Assembly District Delegates to represent the Assembly District in which they are registered as a Democrat. AD Delegates are elected by registered Democrat voters and vote on behalf of the community they represent at CDP Regional Meetings and the California Democratic Party Convention.
A sole meeting site is a radical departure from the two polling places we have come to expect in our large district – the 2017 election was held simultaneously in Ukiah and Eureka. Our Assembly District is one of the largest in California – reaching from the Oregon border to Santa Rosa, and east to Trinity County. Thus, Party bylaws specifically allow multiple meeting sites for “good cause” including “the necessity of traveling very long distances, traveling in heavy traffic through dense population centers, or traveling in hazardous weather conditions.”
“We all know how difficult and unpredictable travel in January can be – and climate change isn’t making our winters any milder. What happens if the passes are closed or there are slides? Who can afford to drive to Santa Rosa and back in a day? Once again, rural California is left behind and rural voters disenfranchised.” Helene Rouvier, AD-02 delegate (Eureka).
All Democrats are called to action to let our Regional Chair Debra Broner email@example.com know that we need a meeting and voting place up here in Eureka. Our Democratic Party must provide easy access to voting and not put roadblocks in the way of our more rural communities and citizens. As Humboldt County Central Committee member Michele Walford noted in reply to Regional Director Broner: “Hi Debra, You only have one location listed for AD 02. With a District so large physically, surely there will be one in Humboldt County as usual? I am hoping this is an oversight. We certainly don’t want to be the Party that disenfranchises our own, do we?”