Community Activism · Elections

Plan Ahead–Take Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Off, and Maybe Other Days Too

Plan ahead! Make sure to take Tuesday, November 3, 2020 off from work, and maybe Monday November 2 and Friday October 30 as well.

 

Election Day 2020 is going to be A Thing. You thought the 2018 midterms were a thing? Well, they were, but this is going to be A Bigger Thing.

 

You need to prepare for it.

 

Now is the time to think about what you will do on and around Tuesday, November 3, 2020 so you will be as effective as you can be in defending and upholding democracy.

 

It might make more sense for you to vote early or vote absentee so you can cover for co-workers to free them to head to the polls.

 

It might make more sense to take that Tuesday off from work, and maybe the surrounding days, too.

 

If you know you’re going to be out of town on that Tuesday, devote some time to getting your absentee ballot sorted.

 

Plan ahead, all!

 

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Action Alerts · Community Activism · Marches and Protests · Social Media

Take the #KremlinAnnex Challenge Before February 22

Take the #KremlinAnnex challenge, a social media effort, before the February 22 deadline.

 

We’ve written about the #KremlinAnnex protests before, and urged you to support them. These are daily protests, held in Washington, D.C., in Lafayette Park. They began in July 2018, not long after Trump’s appalling meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. (Hence the name, and the hashtag.)

 

In a Thread of Uplift started on Twitter by the excellent Walt Shaub (@waltshaub), Kremlin Annexeer Melissa Barlow (@Literary Mouse) mentioned a new social media activity:

 

ICYMI: Me and the #KremlinAnnex crew have a challenge: We need people from all 50 states (plus DC + territories!) to take pics of themselves with signs that say, “I won’t let Trump threaten (insert state here).” Post the pics to Twitter with the hashtag #NoTrumpShakedowns.

 

The deadline to take and share your picture is February 22, 2020.

 

Have at it, folks!

 

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Check Out Democrat Sara Gideon, Who Will Run Against Republican Susan Collins in 2020

This OTYCD post originally ran in July 2019. It has been updated slightly. 

 

Check out Sara Gideon, a Democrat who is running against Republican Senator Susan Collins in 2020.

 

Gideon is one of five Democrats who has expressed interest in running against Collins. (The others are Bre Kidman, Michael Bunker, Ross LaJeunesse, and Betsy Sweet). Gideon holds the distinction of having held major elective office; she’s been the Speaker of the House in Maine’s legislature since 2016.

 

Ady Barkan’s Be a Hero organization and activists from Maine famously launched a Crowdpac campaign to fund Collins’s eventual Democratic opponent after she voted to put Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. As of late June 2019, the fund held just over $4 million.

 

Presumably, this fund will go to the winner of the Democratic primary. That election will take place on June 9, 2020.

 

Over the last several months, the Cook Political Report has changed its rating for Collins’s Senate seat from Lean Republican to Toss-up.

 

As of February 2020, the Senate holds 53 Republicans and 45 Democrats, plus two Independents, Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucus with the Democrats.

 

The Democrats need to hold all their seats and pick up four in order to gain control of the Senate. Collins is among the most vulnerable.

 

Please consider adding Gideon to your Core Four for 2020.

 

 

See Sara Gideon’s campaign homepage:

https://saragideon.com

 

 

Donate to Gideon’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/sg-website?refcode=website-nav

 

 

See Gideon’s Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Sara_Gideon

 

 

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Like Gideon on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SaraGideonME/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2330577087269160&ref=page_internal

https://www.facebook.com/speakergideon/

 

 

Follow Gideon on Twitter:

@SaraGideon

 

 

See the Crowdpac page for Collins’s to-be-named Democratic opponent:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fund-susan-collins-future-opponent

 

 

See Ballotpedia’s page on the 2020 Senate election in Maine:

https://ballotpedia.org/United_States_Senate_election_in_Maine,_2020

 

 

Read a New York Times story on Gideon’s announcement:

 

 

 

Candidates · Choose Your Core Four · Community Activism · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Set Aside Two Hours Per Week To Work For Your Chosen 2020 Candidates

This OTYCD post originally appeared in February 2018, but for obvious reasons, we are updating and reposting it for 2020.

 

2018 was a huge test for us all. We stepped up. All the texting, phone-banking, canvassing, postcard-writing, and general beating-of-the-drum paid off. Democrats claimed control of the House of Representatives, and our efforts helped limit likely Democratic losses in the Senate during a cycle that favored the Republicans. Had things been closer to normal, the GOP could have picked up six to nine seats. While we lost two Senate seats, we gained two, and the GOP didn’t come close to their 2018 goals.

 

So! On to 2020. We’ve already asked you to choose your Core Four for 2020–four Democrats, two incumbents and two challengers, for each chamber of Congress, PLUS choosing a voting rights organization to support:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/2020/02/01/choose-your-core-four-plus-a-voting-rights-org-to-support-in-2020-2/

 

To serve those four candidates well, you’ll need to school yourself on their voting records and their backgrounds. If they’ve written books, you need to read them. You need to become expert in them so you can persuade people to vote for them and defend them to those who are skeptical or hostile.

 

Obviously, you will need to read up on the Democratic nominee for president as well, once that person is chosen.

 

Once you feel like you have those five under control, you should see whether you can add other races to your load. State and local races will take place, too.

 

In order to stay on top of it all, find a way to commit a minimum of two hours a week to state, local, and federal 2020 races.

 

Money always matters, of course, but time can be even more valuable to a candidate. If you’re an excellent political volunteer, your time might be worth several times more than your dollar donations.

 

You don’t have to give your time in a two-hour block. You can chop it up as needed–four half-hours, an hour here and an hour there, twelve 20-minute blocks, twenty-four ten minute blocks, whatever works best for you.

 

Research, reading, attending speeches, going to Indivisible meetings, and talking to other people all count, as does phone-banking, canvassing, and writing GOTV postcards.

 

If you can give more than two hours a week, great! But the key thing is to aim to give at least two hours a week, and stick to it.

 

As we head toward Labor Day 2020, you might want to think about rearranging your schedule to give even more time to 2020 races. Almost all of them will end on November 3, 2020, and campaign needs will grow more intense as early November approaches.

 

It makes sense to sit down now and plan how September through November will go, particularly if you’ll have other standing obligations to work around, such as school, or your kids’ schools, or holidays such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

 

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Action Alerts · Choose Your Core Four · Community Activism · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

See One Thing You Can Do’s 2020 To-Do List

See the 2020 To-Do List compiled by this very blog, One Thing You Can Do.

 

With profound apologies for not having this ready to go on January 1, 2020, we have assembled a To-Do list for 2020.

 

We created it as a page on the site, but we realize we should release it as a post as well.

 

Please bookmark it and refer to it often in the months leading up to Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

 

See it here:

 

https://onethingyoucando.com/your-2020-to-do-list/

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Help Tony the Democrat Send Postcards to Voters in All 67 Counties in Florida, Telling Them About Florida Vote by Mail

Help OTYCD friend Tony the Democrat, founder of Postcards to Voters, with the Florida Vote by Mail campaign–an effort to send postcards to voters in all 67 counties in the state, reminding them about the option to vote by mail.

 

Florida Vote by Mail is the largest, most ambitious, and longest project Postcards to Voters has pursued since it sprung into being in early 2017.

 

The Florida Vote by Mail campaign began around August 2018. To date, its postcard-writers have dispatched at least 600,000 postcards telling voters in 20 Florida counties about how to vote by mail.

 

Tony the Democrat says that “we have been picking up speed and volume,” and he anticipates that the postcard army will have sent 1.1 million postcards promoting Florida Vote by Mail by the time the campaign ends (the precise deadline date isn’t set yet, but things will likely finish in late August or early September).

 

But! Adding 500,000 to the overall total won’t be enough to reach every receptive voter in Florida.

 

Can you help Tony the Democrat and the postcard army do even better than they expect?

 

As per usual, postcard-writers provide their own supplies: postcards, pens, postcard stamps (they cost 35 cents each), and any other flourishes you like, such as rubber stamps or washi tape.

 

If you are new to writing get-out-the-vote (GOTV) postcards to voters, see the Volunteer page and learn how to sign up.

 

If you are already an approved member of the postcard army, text or email and ask for addresses for the Florida Vote by Mail campaign.

 

If you’d rather sponsor postcard-writers instead of writing postcards yourself, you can certainly do that.

 

 

 

See the Postcards to Voters homepage:

https://postcardstovoters.org/

 

 

See its Volunteer page to learn how to join the postcard-writing army:

Volunteer

 

 

Purchase pre-made postcards from Postcards to Voters:

Postcards

 

 

Order 35-cent stamps from the United States Postal Service (USPS):

https://store.usps.com/store/results/under-55-cents/stamps/_/N-1ke0rhjZ9y93lv

 

 

Order less-expensive vintage stamps that add up to 35 cents through Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/572416539/postcards-to-voters-postcrossing-etc-35?ref=yr_purchases

 

 

Follow Postcards to Voters on Twitter:

@DemocratWit

 

 

Like Postcards to Voters on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/

 

 

See the merch in the Postcards to Voters shop:

Shop

 

 

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Choose Your Core Four · Community Activism · Elections · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare

Do You Live In Or Near a 2020 Swing State?

Do you live in a 2020 swing state? Find out. 

 

Whenever a presidential election approaches on the calendar, there’s much discussion of swing states–states that seem like they could tilt toward either the Democratic candidate or the Republican, and which should prove critical to a victory in the Electoral College. [A candidate has to rack up a minimum of 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency. As of December 2019, the Electoral College consisted of 538 votes.]

 

Things have gotten ever more polarized over the years, which means the number of legitimate swing states has shrunk. But until we get rid of the Electoral College, swing states will exist, and they will matter more to the candidates than will states that are firmly red or blue.

 

In an August 2019 guest column for Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Alfred J. Tuchfarber identified six 2020 swing states:

 

Florida

Michigan

Minnesota

New Hampshire

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

 

If you live in or near one of these states, it’s a good idea to pay closer attention and devote time and money to bringing about the result that you want to see.

 

In particular, you will want to stay on top of threats to the integrity of the voter rolls–attempts to restrict or suppress residents’ ability to cast a ballot–and you will want to do what you can to fight back.

 

And though Trump is notably weak on a national level, he might show stronger-than-expected poll numbers in specific states. For example, an early November 2019 CNBC piece shows Trump trailing Joe Biden in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin, but faring better against Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. [Important note: the  polls discussed took place weeks before the House of Representatives wrote and voted on articles of impeachment against Trump.]

 

A looser definition seems to apply to “battleground” states–those regarded as less important to the overall Electoral College count, but which could be in play in the next presidential election.

 

In an undated piece about 2020 Battleground States, Taegan Goddard counts the six swing states mentioned above and includes:

 

Maine

North Carolina

Georgia

Texas

Arizona

 

If you live in or near these five states, you’ll want to keep an eye on things here as well. That said, if you need to budget your attention, favor the swing states over the battleground states. The six swing states merit mention in both the Sabato and the Goddard articles.

 

 

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