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The time has come.


It’s worth all caps.




Know also: Some Democrats will lose some races. We at OTYCD would be delighted if every Democrat wins every race everywhere, but come on, that’s not gonna happen.


Know also: Trump, notoriously, has done nothing to secure America’s voting infrastructure against onslaughts from Russian cyber-attacks.


Whatever happens, stay strong, stay realistic, and stay here and carry on the fight.


Community Activism · Elections

Feed Hungry Voters Through Pizza to the Polls

Feed hungry would-be voters through Pizza to the Polls, an organization that delivers pizza to voters waiting in line, as well as protestors.


Democracy is hard work. Hungry work, sometimes. When long lines form at the polls, some folks might give up and go home if they’re hungry or have no hope of getting fed and voting before they have to be back at their jobs.


Enter Pizza to the Polls, an organization that accepts reports of poll lines and sends pizza to those waiting to vote.


As of December 24, 2017, Pizza to the Polls has accepted more than $50,000 in donations and delivered more than 2,500 pizzas to voters in Chicago, Miami, Cincinnati, JFK airport, Dulles airport, and more. It also delivered pizzas to people in Washington who protested the GOP tax bill in December 2017.


Note: donations are not tax-deductible.


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Report a long line outside a polling place, so the Pizza to the Polls folks can work their magic (you’ll need the address of the venue):




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See Vote.Org’s List of All 50 State Voter Registration Deadlines (Updated September 2, 2018, With an Explanation Of Why You’re Seeing This Repost)

Update: This OTYCD post originally appeared on July 2, 2018. We have deliberately cleared the queue of new posts to leave this repost up until October 6, 2018, when the earliest state voter registration deadlines for 2018 begin to pass. Please click on the above link titled Important Announcement from OTYCD’s Sarah Jane to learn why timely posts have ceased.


See Vote.org’s list of voter registration deadlines for all 50 states.


Loyal OTYCD readers know the importance of recruiting as many friends and family members as possible to come out and vote in the 2018 midterms, which happen on Tuesday, November 6. If we’re going to fix what’s broken, it can’t just be you going to the polls.


You’re also probably alarmed by the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of allowing Ohio to purge its rolls of voters who haven’t cast a ballot in a few cycles and do not respond to an inquiry from election officials.


The ruling sucks. Let’s not sugar-coat it. States now have permission to delist registered voters who haven’t cast a ballot recently. Ohio was evidently sending out a ‘hey are you out there’ notice after one “missed” election cycle, which makes their purging efforts exceptionally aggressive.


If you believe that voting is a right, not a privilege, the SCOTUS decision is a slap in the face of democracy. It lets states act as if voting is a “use it or lose it” kind of thing. It isn’t, and it shouldn’t be.


Anyway! The way to fight back is to step up and do the work on behalf of your friends and family. You need to help them check and confirm that they’re registered to vote, and help them register if they’re not. You need to make this task as easy for them as possible.


So, it’d help to know when it’s too late to register to vote in the home states of your friends and family, would it not?


Fortunately, the folks at Vote.org are on the case. They’ve cataloged and listed the voter registration deadlines for all 50 states.


And good news–the furthest-out deadline appears to be 31 days before Election Day, and that’s only in one state, and only if you’re mailing your ballot. Most states’ voter registration deadlines fall within the 30 days before E-Day, and some allow voters to register on the day itself.


So! You still have months to help friends and family register to vote, and you still have time to follow up on and re-register if the first attempt failed somehow.



See Vote.org’s webpage on voter registration deadlines across America:




Also see our post on making sure you’re registered to vote, which contains a link you can use to help friends and family check their registration status:




You have many options for supporting the good work of Vote.org.



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Believe It, You Matter, Part XI: Convince Your Friends and Family That They Matter

This OTYCD post originally appeared in July 2018.


Believe It, You Matter, Part XI: Convince your friends and family that they matter.


If we’re going to deliver the rebuke that Trump sorely needs in November, it can’t be just you who goes to the polls.


You can have a broader impact by talking to friends and family about the need to vote in the fall, and helping them complete the steps to make sure they’re able to vote in the fall.


First off, you have been talking to them about voting, yes? If not, school yourself with these links:




Talk to them, and keep talking to them.


In order to be successful, you may have to do some work for them. Remember how little you knew about elections and government when you kicked into action? Yeah, they might know less, and if you end up giving them what amounts to homework, you can’t be sure they’ll follow through. Take as much of the work out of the process as possible.


Let me be blunt. You have to be their voting concierge. Their voting butler. Their voting valet. DO THE WORK FOR THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Make it easy.



Help them learn if they’re registered to vote:


If they aren’t, help them get registered. That might mean helping them apply for documents they need to obtain IDs. Be prepared to do that. Consider taking time off work to help them.


They may not know which races are in play, or who the candidates are. You might need to teach yourself who’s running, especially if your friends and family don’t live where you live. Can you do that work? Can you ready yourself for their questions?


They may not know where to go to vote come November 6, 2018. The best way to do that is to look up the website for the secretary of state of your friend or family member’s home state. It should have a section on voting and elections that will help you both find the specific current polling place.


They may not know how they’re getting to the polls on November 6, 2018. Help them figure it out. If you can offer to drive them, do it. If you can arrange for cab fare, set it aside.


Again, it can’t just be you going to the polls in the fall. You need to encourage as many people as possible to follow your lead.


The more who vote, the greater the chances we have to push back against Trump in a fiercely powerful way.

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Re-elect Washington, D.C. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, Because She is Awesome

Re-elect Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, because she is awesome.


Norton is in her fourteenth Congressional term. Because she represents the District of Columbia, she is a non-voting member of the House, which means she cannot join votes on the floor of the House. This does not stop her from being awesome and fierce. She serves on several House committees and can speak on the House floor.


She continues to pursue legislation that would give Washington, D.C. a vote in the House of Representatives. She belongs to the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus.



If you’re thinking, “I know she’s awesome, but I can’t remember how I know that,” let us refresh your memory. You saw her on The Colbert Report back in the day:





Yeah. Give her support and campaign donations, please.



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Norton appears on Luvvie’s list of black woman candidates running for office in 2018. See Luvvie’s full list and our post about the list:



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Check Out the U.S. Vote Foundation, Which Tells You Everything You Need to Know to Cast a Ballot

Check out the U.S. Vote Foundation, an impressive one-stop shopping center on how to cast a ballot, whether you’re at home, overseas, or in the military.


Founded in 2005, the U.S. Vote Foundation is a private, non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Delaware. Its website offers state-specific voting information for all 50 states as well as U.S. territories–ID requirements, eligibility requirements, election dates and deadlines, etc.


It can help you request an absentee ballot, and help you figure out what to do if you’re overseas or serving in the military. And it can help you find the contact information for your local election office. And if you’re stuck, you can consult the Voter Help Desk.



See the U.S. Vote Foundation’s website:




See its Register to Vote/Absentee Ballot page:




See its State Voting Requirements & Information page (which includes territories as well):




See its impressive spreadsheet that details voting methods and options in all American states and territories:




Consult its Voter Help desk:




See its Who We Are and What We Do pages:





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Support Democrat Gil Cisneros’s Campaign for Ed Royce’s Old California House Seat

Support Democrat Gil Cisneros, who’s running for the House of Representatives seat in California’s 39th District that Republican Ed Royce is leaving.


To flip the House of Representatives to Democratic control, the party needs to win at least 24 seats in the fall elections that are currently Republican.


California offers many opportunities for Democratic pickups–at least eight. The 39th District is one of them. Ed Royce, a particularly noxious Republican who held the Orange County seat for the last 26 years has announced he would retire.


Cisneros came second in a very crowded June 5 primary. California uses a top-two system where the two candidates who get the most votes advance to the general, no matter what party they’re from. He beat 15 other candidates to earn the right to compete.


The only person who got more votes than him, the Royce-endorsed Young Kim, drew almost 22 percent of the vote to Cisneros’s 19.3 percent.


The California 39th seat is gettable. The Cook Political Report rates it as a Toss-up.


Please learn about Cisneros and see if he is someone you can support.



See Cisneros’s campaign site:




See his Meet Gil page:




See his Issues page, which includes sections on health care for all, getting corporate money out of politics, and holding President Trump accountable:




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Read a July 2017 Los Angeles Times piece about Cisneros’s entry into the race, in which he mentions that he left the Republican Party in 2008 because he didn’t like the direction in which the party was going:




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