January 6th Candlelight Vigil for Democracy

Thank you to everyone who participated in the candlelight vigil at Pope Marine Plaza. Below are the remarks shared at the event.

All across the nation, Leagues and other organizations are holding vigils to honor our dear friend democracy. I am honored to stand here today with all of you and show our support for this wonderful democratic experiment we are part of. 

I use the word experiment, because as any of you who have spent time in a laboratory know, experiments take time, patience, and a lot of work to get right. The early years of our nation saw voting limited to a select few, millions of people enslaved, and millions forcibly removed from their land. It took a hundred years before the right to vote began to expand. 

We are an imperfect nation, still struggling to create a truly representative democracy, still struggling to create structures where the voices of everyone can be heard. 

We here in Washington, along with our fellow citizens in Utah and Oregon have it easy. Our ballots are mailed to us. We can mail them back or we have ballot boxes scattered across the county. I am thankful every day that our elected officials had the foresight to make it easy for everyone in this state to vote.

But in many states across the nation, gerrymandering is making it harder for people to be represented by individuals who come from their communities of interest. Voter restrictions being implemented across the nation are placing burdens on citizens seeking to exercise their right to vote.

In our nation’s Capitol, a year ago today, a few thousand people decided to pose an additional threat to democracy, interrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count the electoral votes, attacking police officers and threatening elected officials.

I ask you now to take a moment of silence to remember those law enforcement officers at the US Capitol who died or were injured, solely because they were doing their duty to safeguard democracy.           --       May the Capitol officers who stood between our elected officials and those seeking to do them harm be ever vigilant of their duties.   --

I ask you now to bow your heads in silent acknowledgement of the women and men who worked tirelessly to expand the right to vote. Millions before us marched in the streets, endured beatings, fire-bombings, and untold numbers died, all to secure the right to vote and to be represented by members of their own communities.

We stand here in awe of the work they did in the past. And we have a duty to continue that work. Vote. Do what you can to make sure others vote. Work with our elected officials to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Donate your time and money to organizations seeking greater representation in democracy. Write letters for Vote Forward or other organizations encouraging people to register and vote. Donate time and money to voting rights organizations in states facing massive voting restrictions.

We are all a part of this beautiful and imperfect nation, seeking to make it better each and every day. Please, I ask you, do your part this year. Volunteer. Do what you can to keep our democracy going and let the light of democracy keep shining over this nation of ours.

Remember that we are here in solidarity. We are here to be a light for democracy and a light for each other. Let kindness and generosity be your guide as we work to make our democracy stronger.

Thank you for coming.


Jefferson County Ballot Box Locations:

Quinault Nation (Queets)

In front of the Queets Tribal Office


Quilcene Community Center

294952 Highway 101, Quilcene


Nordland Fire Station

6633 Flagler Road, Nordland


Jefferson County Library

620 Cedar Ave, Port Hadlock

(Next to the book drop box in the parking lot.)


Jefferson County Courthouse

1820 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend

(One in the back parking lot, one in front of the building, and one outside the County Auditor’s Office)


Hoh Nation

2261 Lower How Road, Forks

(In front of the Tribal Police Center)


Gateway Visitor Center

93 Beaver Valley Road, Port Ludlow


Brinnon Community Center

306144 Highway 101, Brinnon



Information Sessions on Running for Office

Considering running for public office in Jefferson County 2021? Get advice from six currently serving elected officials who share their thoughts on campaigning and serving. While every elected position is different, the insights below can benefit anyone planning to campaign in 2021.

View the zoom interview on running for and serving as a Port of Port Townsend Port Commissioner here:

Port of Port Townsend Commissioner

View the zoom interview on running for and serving on School Board in Chimacum or Port Townsend here:

Chimacum and Port Townsend School Boards

View the zoom interview on running for and serving on Port Townsend's City Council here:

Port Townsend City Council

Would you rather read transcripts than watch videos? 

Port Commissioner Information Session Transcript.pdf

School Board Information Session Transcript.pdf

City Council Information Session Transcript.pdf


View Jefferson County's 2021 Election Guide:

2021 Election Guide for Jurisdictions.pdf


Curious about the League of Women Voters?

The Jefferson County Unit-At-Large focuses on Voter Education. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 who is willing to abide by our policies, as set forth by the League of Women Voters of the United States.

1. Political Policy

The League shall not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. You can still be active with any political party you choose, but while you are conducting League business, you leave your personal politics at the door. 

2. Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy.  

LWV is an organization fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. 

Click here for the LWV's Full Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy.


Are you a caregiver?

Click here to review rules for helping the person you care for vote.

Refresh Yourself on Voting Procedures

Click here for a video explaining the parts of the ballot and how to make sure it all gets in the envelope correctly and signed.

The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County greatly appreciate your interest and the support of our partners, AAUW-PT and media partner KPTZ 91.9 FM, Port Townsend's Community Radio.


Contact

Angela Gyurko, President
lwvjeffcowa@gmail.com

Membership Levels:

We are open to all persons residing in Jefferson County in accordance with the LWV policy on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

$15—Teambuilder New!

Ask us about these member-sponsored memberships.

$70—Individual

$105—Two persons at the same address

$120—Benefactor membership, for those wishing to help expand our membership ranks.

Dues include membership in the League of Women Voters of Washington State and the US League of Women Voters.

To join or renew:

Send your name, phone, email, and check to:

LWV/Jefferson County
P.O. Box 707
Port Townsend, WA 98368


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