Trump’s refusal to endorse a peaceful transition of power continued to make waves yesterday. Grim Reaper McConnell and Press Sec Kayleigh McEnany tried to dance around Trump’s comments but failed. McEnany said Trump would “accept the results of a free and fair election,” which clearly leaves him a wide berth to claim that the ballots weren’t fair, so he won’t accept the results.

One thing is certain: Trump knows he will probably lose and he’s trying to invalidate the result.

His team’s efforts in Pennsylvania are the tip of this invalidation spear. It’s likely that the vote in each state will be messy, with hundreds of thousands of absentee or mail-in votes needing to be counted well past election day, and this will create an opening for states controlled by Republicans, like Pennsylvania, to instruct their state electors to ignore the “compromised ballots” and vote for Trump. It’s a shameless long-shot strategy but that’s what Trump always chooses, the disgusting and outrageous option that keeps him in power.

Trump was in North Carolina yesterday lying his face off about his record to another maskless super-spreader crowd. He claimed he had saved Social Security, when in fact his policies and proposals–eliminating the payroll tax–would have wiped SS out. He also touted signing an executive order “protecting pre-existing conditions,” but the order was a toothless fig-leaf designed to cover his regime’s relentless legal quest to invalidate the ACA and remove protections for pre-existing conditions, a quest that goes before the Supreme Court on November 11th.

Trump’s attack on the ACA is happening against the backdrop of rising Covid case counts across the United States. Cases are high and staying high in 19 states, and low but rising in 11 states. It’s the latest chapter in a slow-motion disaster, aided and abetted by Trump’s reckless and irresponsible rallies. Most of the worst spikes are now occurring in Red States like the Dakotas, the mid-west, the rust belt, and the mountain states.

So it will be life-and-death on the ballot this November, both for our citizens and for democracy itself.

The election is less than six weeks away. Here’s voting information New Yorkers and Dutchess County residents need to know:

The deadline to register to vote is Friday, October 9th, and this includes changing your address and/or voter registration if you are newly living in Dutchess County.

You can request an absentee ballot from now until Oct 27th.

You can return an absentee ballot directly to the County Board of Elections in Poughkeepsie or an Early Voting Site rather than mail it in.

If returning an absentee ballot by mail, the USPS recommends mailing it back by October 27, but send it back sooner if possible.

You can instead vote early in-person (recommended). These are the early voting sites in Dutchess County:

  • Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 East Market Street, Rhinebeck
  • Millbrook Fire House, 20 Front Street, Millbrook
  • Dutchess County Board of Elections, 47 Cannon Street, Poughkeepsie
  • Boardman Road Library, 141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie
  • Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52, Fishkill

Early voting dates and times:

  • Sat Oct 24, 12pm to 5pm
  • Sun Oct 25, 12pm to 5pm
  • Mon Oct 26, 9am to 5pm
  • Tues Oct 27, 12pm to 8pm
  • Weds Oct 28, 9am to 5pm
  • Thurs Oct 29, 12pm to 8pm
  • Fri Oct 30, 9am to 5pm
  • Sat Oct 31, 9am to 4pm
  • Sun Nov 1, 12pm to 5pm

As long as you wear a mask, socially distance, and use hand sanitizer it should be as safe to vote early or on election day as it is to shop for groceries–which has been proven safe in New York State by months of grocery shopping without ANY measurable uptick in Covid cases. If you have to vote by absentee ballot, please try to return it to an Early Voting site near you.

One bit of good news, 22 retired 4-star generals and admirals and almost 500 national security leaders published a letter yesterday endorsing Joe Biden, countering a letter published by Trump with only 235 retired military officers. No president in modern history has received more criticism and opposition from retired military than Trump.

Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”

Have a peaceful and rejuvenating weekend.

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