Sequim Residents Join National Border Wall Protests, Sequim Gazette, Feb. 20, 2019
President’s Day Protest Planned, Peninsula Daily News, Feb. 17, 2019
Letter to the editor, Peninsula Daily News, Oct. 29, 2018. By Christina Cunningham, co-chair of the Election Action Group, Indivisible Sequim:
In case you haven’t noticed all of the competing election signs all over Clallam County, 2018 is an election year.
And like many citizens who feel strongly about voting as part of their civic duty, you plan to vote.
Thanks to Washington’s vote-by-mail system, voting can’t be any easier.
The hard part is voting responsibly and with confidence that your vote actually supports what you want it to support.
And that takes a lot of effort because there’s a lot of information out there.
With this understanding, Indivisible Sequim’s Endorsement Committee did the research that we all wish we could do if we had the time.
Our committee of mostly retired professionals — librarians, attorneys, school teachers, ranchers, tech industry, business and others, examined campaign websites, news sources (including the PDN), Clallam County Auditor’s website, Washington State’s Public Disclosure Commission, sites that track campaign funding, and many others, while also attending candidate forums and speaking directly to candidates and spokespeople for the initiatives and ballot measures.
The committee then distilled this information and presented it to Indivisible Sequim members who then voted on whether or not to endorse each of the items that will appear on Sequim’s ballot.
We know how important your vote is to you.
Please feel free to visit our site, indivisiblesequim.org, and take from it what information you wish.
Both the research and the results of Indivisible Sequim’s poll are on our website and Facebook page for anyone who wants to take advantage of our efforts.
Letter to the editor, Peninsula Daily News, July 22, 2018. By Christina Cunningham, co-chair of the Election Action Group, Indivisible Sequim:
I spent Saturday afternoon at a potluck dubbed “The Summit of Love” at Pioneer Park, hosted by Indivisible Sequim. In attendance were State Representatives Steve Tharinger and Mike Chapman, and candidates running for office including Jim Waddell (PUD), Suzanne Hayden (District Court), Mike Doherty and Dale Wilson (County Commissioner).
Instead of spending a beautiful weekend day with family or doing a hundred things, including nothing at all, these public servants and candidates were at a modest picnic, on a weekend, with the public, serving us. There was no “show”, no “flash”—just really decent, hard-working people offering to do extraordinary things putting other people’s interests before their own.
Fortuitously, I ended up sitting next to Representative Mike Chapman, who was a friendly, unassuming, all-around heck of a nice guy. He shared that he had been in public service much of his adult life: local law enforcement, city council, and in the state senate. He joined in the conversation at the table and offered his insights and listened, really listened, to all of our concerns.
This being an election year, I will especially keep in mind, regardless of party affiliation, my thankfulness to those who dedicate themselves to serve the public or offer themselves through running for office.
For Immediate Release
July 20, 2018
Indivisible Sequim Endorses Candidates for Primary Election
SEQUIM — With the 2018 primary election newly underway, Indivisible Sequim has published the results of its first candidate endorsement poll.
U.S. Senate—Maria Cantwell
U.S. House of Representative 6th District—Derek Kilmer
State Legislature, Position 1—Mike Chapman
State Legislature, Position 2—Steve Tharinger
Judge, District Court 1—Suzanne Hayden
Prosecuting Attorney—Selinda Barkhuis
County Commissioner, 3rd District—Howard (Mike) Doherty
A handful of volunteers in the pro-democracy group, whose motto is “Your Vote Is Your Voice,” shared the results of research they’d done online and at candidate forums, and then conducted an online poll of all of the group’s members. “In order for candidates to receive an endorsement from Indivisible Sequim, they had to receive at least 60% of the votes cast,” explained Election Action Team co-leader Christina Cunningham.
Indivisible Sequim meets on the second Sunday of each month.
More than 675 rally against federal immigration policy in Port Angeles. Peninsula Daily News, July 1, 2018.
KONP news broadcast May 2, 2018
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2018
Indivisible Sequim Wants You to Vote
With midterm elections just months away, Indivisible Sequim has launched its “Your Vote Is Your Voice” campaign.
“Voting in Washington couldn’t be easier,” says Election Action Team co-leader Christina Cunningham. “All you have to do is fill out the ballot, then send it in. Yet we have a very low turnout. We want to change that.”
Indivisible Sequim volunteers have begun gathering every other Friday in front of Walmart to register voters. “Are you registered to vote at your current address?” they ask. If the response is yes, they wave a small American flag and cheer for what they consider to be one of the most patriotic of acts: voting. If the answer is no, they either hand out a small pink VOTE.ORG slip to send people to register online, or direct them to the table where they can fill out the registration form. One of the most satisfying moments, according to one volunteer, was explaining to one potential voter that being convicted of a felony does not mean that one permanently loses their right to vote. In Washington state, your right to vote is restored once you are no longer under the authority of the Department of Corrections. But you have to register to actually vote.
“Domestic violence victims are reluctant to register because their address would become public,” says Marsha Maguire. “But we have learned that through the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), Washington survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, or stalking can apply for a legal substitute address and mail forwarding service, thereby keeping actual place of residence out of public voter information.”
Indivisible Sequim’s voter registration campaign is non-partisan. They don’t ask for party affiliation, they just want to say loud and clear, “Your vote is your voice.”
Look for Indivisible Sequim volunteers at the Irrigation Festival parade on May 12th. They will be walking among parade viewers with VOTE.ORG pink slips and clipboards with voter registration forms.
For more information about Indivisible Sequim, visit their website at indivisiblesequim.org. For more information about the Address Confidentiality Program, go to (www.sos.wa.gov/acp/). For more information about voting eligibility after being convicted of a felony, go to www.sos.wa.gov/elections/voter-eligibility.aspx and scroll down to Felons and Voting Rights. To register to vote online, go to http://www.VOTE.org.