Seneca County New York Democratic Committee

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Welcome to the Seneca County Democratic Committee (SCDC) website! We have created this site to reach out to the community and to get your input into the work of the SCDC. You will find our Mission statement, information about  upcoming events, and timely information that affects our community. We would like to hear from you and we welcome your involvement.

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Susan OttenwellerChairperson, Seneca County Democratic Committee

Democrats Working!

Volunteer members of the Seneca County Democratic Committee got together to pick up some roadside trash,  March 27, 2021


Apply for an Absentee Ballot, or Plan to Vote Early!

Do you want to stay safe and avoid crowds at the polling place this year? You have two good options!

1) Apply for an absentee ballot NOW! If you are voting absentee because you wish to avoid exposure to Covid-19, just fill out the application and check the "temporary illness" box. Remember that you will not get an absentee ballot automatically. You must fill out an application! 

2) Vote Early! Early Voting starts on October 24th and runs through the weekend before the November 3rd election. 


To learn more, click here to go to out  Voting Information Page



DRC Statement Regarding Systemic Racism, Police Reform, and Black Lives Matter

Drawing on the tradition and history of rural New York’s role as a source of many movements for reform and equality in America, the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State affirms that Black Lives Matter. Recent events have all too painfully demonstrated yet again that racism is systemic and pervasive, especially in our policing and criminal justice. We urge all communities in the rural counties to enter into the State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative with the seriousness and openness to change it deserves.


We note with approval the countless peaceful demonstrations occurring all over rural New York calling for reform and racial justice. For so many of these small communities to turn out in such numbers shows how important this moment is. We commend the many Democratic candidates who have added their voices to this movement. And we will redouble our efforts to welcome, recruit, and encourage people of color to participate in every level of the political system.

Democratic Committee Contributes to Area Food Pantries

In an effort to assist community families who have experienced job and income loss during the pandemic, members of the Seneca County Democratic Committee donated personal funds to the county’s seven food pantries. Members contributed $2,338 in whatever amounts they could to this effort.  Treasurer Charlie Brady distributed the funds in equal amounts to the food pantries on May 5. He noted that this fund did not use any of the committee’s resources, which are dedicated to help Democratic candidates run for office.

A Salute to Andrew Cuomo

The Governor has responded to the coronavirus pandemic by listening to science and putting lives ahead of profits. We are grateful for his leadership. And we are not alone.  A poll released on March 30 shows that 87% of New Yorkers approve of the Governor's handling of the crisis.

A group of talented people from Queens have produced a musical salute to the Governor. It made us smile. We hope you enjoy it. 

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The early crusaders for the rights of women would have had the sense to wear masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. Seneca Falls Strong! 

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Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American

April 1 , 2021

The efforts of Republican state legislators in 43 states to suppress voting have made the rubber of Republicans politics meet the road of reality.

Republicans are pushing the idea that it is imperative to pass laws to protect the sanctity of the vote because their supporters are concerned that the 2020 election was stolen. But, as observers have pointed out, if they want to reassure their voters that the election was clean, the way to do it would be to tell them the truth: the election wasn’t stolen.

This reality has been established by Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in the United States Department of Homeland Security whom Trump fired after he said the 2020 election was “the most secure in American history”; by former president Trump’s attorney general William Barr, who said that the Justice Department had found no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would have changed the outcome of the election; and by judges who dismissed more than 50 lawsuits alleging voter fraud.

Last week, Trump lawyer Sidney Powell claimed in a court filing that “no reasonable person” would believe that her lies about election fraud “were truly statements of fact.”

And yet, rather than admitting that Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election fairly, Republicans are claiming that they must relieve supporters’ concerns about the stolen election—a myth they, themselves, have created—by passing legislation that will suppress Democratic votes.

There seem to be a couple of things at stake here.

One is that, having riled up Trump supporters by telling them that the election was stolen, Republican leaders can’t very well now back down and admit that they were lying. So they are playing this charade out in the hopes that they can keep Trump supporters energized enough to keep showing up at the polls and to keep voting Republican.


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