>>e-Update 10-1029

October 29, 2010

The “Medicare & You” booklet and my health plan renewal information arrived in yesterday’s mail.  After a quick look I already had a couple of questions.  I remembered the Health and Human Services new website, http://www.healthcare.gov , “Health Care dot Gov, Taking health care into your own hands,” that was described in an earlier update on September 23.  At the website I clickrd on “Information for you” then “Seniors”  and in less than a minute I had my answers.

If you have questions, give it a try; http://www.healthcare.gov.

Now the election, voting and GOTV —

“Because of you…“ President Obama, 10/23 at the U of MN.

Because of your turnout in 2008, President Obama and the Democrats have been able to stop America’s slide into a depression, enact health care reforms and beat back efforts to privatize social security.  All this was accomplished in spite of solid Republican opposition.

In America’s representative democracy every vote (or non-vote) counts.  It is critical that you vote for your ideals and for the common good of our country.

If you do not cast your ballot, you are still in effect voting; only you are voting for the opposition.  That is why the Republicans have campaigns to discourage people from going to the polls.

While it is important that you vote for all your DFL candidates on November 2 – maybe you have already have voted by absentee ballot – it shouldn’t stop there.  Do all that you can to see that your family members and friends cast their vote at the polls.  Ask others to vote. Don’t assume that family members and friends are going to vote.  Make sure they do! Give them a quick reminder on election day.

Where should you vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2?
Use this poll finder link, http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/, to find where you vote. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Moved and not registered?  Family member or friend not registered?  No problem in Minnesota.

You can register when you go to vote. Here is a link telling you what you will need to register on election day:  http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1624

Need a ride?  Know someone who does?

In the Twin Cities call the Rides Hotline at 1-877-50-RIDES (1-877-507-4337)
“The Rides to the Polls” is a project of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to provide free, accessible rides to the polls on Nov. 2. Rides will be available throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Call 1-877-507-4337 to schedule your ride to and from your polling place. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fully accessible vans are available to meet the needs of individuals who use wheelchairs, scooters and walkers

In the St. Paul Merriam Park area, Tom Clayton, 651-644-8441, offers rides to the polls between 2:30-6:00 or so.

Call the DFL, 651-293-1200 (metro) or 1-800-999-7457 (toll free).

Save these dates:

November 2,  Tuesday, 8 pm – DFL Election Night Party, Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Ave. Minneapolis, MN, 55403

November 14, Sunday. 1:30 – 4:30 pm – 2nd Annual Senior Caucus Gala at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 34 Hall, 2507 East 25th Street, Minneapolis

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