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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Action Alerts · Community Activism · Online Privacy, Net Neutrality · Postcard Campaigns

Join the Postcards to Wisconsin Campaign (Updated January 25)

Help raise voter awareness in Wisconsin by joining the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign.

 

This post originally ran in December 2019. Because this is a time-sensitive campaign, we at OTYCD will rerun it every few weeks leading up to the mailing date.

 

Updated January 25, 2020: The Postcards to Wisconsin folks have amended the mailing dates for the postcard campaign.

 

Postcards should go out between March 26 and March 27, 2020 to ensure that they arrive around Friday, April 3, 2020.

 

If your packet of information stated a later date, IGNORE IT and go with March 26-27 instead.

 

If your packet called for an earlier date (some in states outside of Wisconsin and Illinois got them), stick with that earlier date.

 

And good news! As of January 18, more than 1,400 volunteers had ordered more than 341,000 postcards to prepare and mail for the campaign. Yay!

 

Original text follows.

 

Wisconsin will be a key state in the 2020 election. Whichever presidential candidate wins Wisconsin will likely win it all. It’s very difficult to succeed in 2020 without it.

 

Trump’s team knows this, and have already been targeting the state with money, time, and effort.

 

Fortunately, so too are Trump’s opponents. One of the many efforts to secure Wisconsin for the Democrats is the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign.

 

A project of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance, it’s recruiting folks to hand-write and prepare 500,000 postcards to arrive ahead of the Wisconsin primary, taking place April 7, 2020.

 

A few things to know if you wish to participate:

 

The postcards will be written between January 4, 2020 and March 31, 2020.

 

You should use the postcards that Postcards to Wisconsin will supply. Order postcards here, in a minimum count of 100.

 

You’ll receive a package in the mail that includes the postcards you requested, the addresses to which they should go, and a specific date when you should mail the finished cards. DO NOT mail the cards any earlier than the date you are assigned. 

 

As per usual with postcard-writing campaigns, you must supply the postcard stamps. They cost 35 cents each.

 

If you can’t participate, you can donate to the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign instead. Its organizers say that $10 allows them to reach 194 Wisconsin residents.

 

See the Postcards to Wisconsin website.

 

Like the Postcards to Wisconsin Facebook page.

 

Follow the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign on Twitter.

 

Boost the related hashtag #Postcards2WI

 

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Community Activism · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

A Believe It: You Matter Two-fer to Use When Talking to Friends and Family About Voting in 2020

A Believe It: You Matter two-fer–a pair of past BI:YM pieces to reference when talking to friends and family about voting in 2020, especially those who have voted Republican in the past, or the recent past. 

 

The first is The GOP Really Is That Bad, and it explains why some people have kept voting Republican despite what they do when they get into office–at least some of those people simply can’t believe that they want to destroy Medicare, Social Security, etc. In other words, they can’t wrap their heads around the notion of public servants supporting things that are so obviously wrong, and even evil. Use the information in this entry to help disabuse them of that.

 

The second is The “May Contain Peanuts” Presidency, and it gets at a problem with Trump that might resonate with people who want smaller government and fewer regulations: Trump’s norm-breaking and rule-flouting will FORCE us to pass laws to penalize behavior that every sane, decent individual knows not to do anyway.

 

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Action Alerts · Community Activism · Uncategorized · Voting Rights, Fighting Voter Suppression

All the State Deadlines to Register to Vote in the 2020 Primaries, Compiled by Head Count (Please Spread the Word on This NOW, in January 2020)

Are you registered to vote? Do you need to help friends and family register to vote in time for their state’s 2020 presidential primary? Here’s a list of all the state deadlines.

 

If you want to vote in the 2020 presidential primaries, you have to register. If you’re not super-hyper-mega plugged in to politics, you might only notice your state’s primary before it happens but after the voter registration deadline has passed.

 

One of the many ways you can help push back against Trump in 2020 is make sure it isn’t just you going to the polls. You can help friends and family vote, too.

 

The good folks at Head Count have compiled a master sheet of all the state deadlines to register to vote in 2020. Bookmark it and share it early and often.

 

It’s important to start talking to people about deadlines to register to vote in the state primaries NOW, in January 2020, because the earliest of those deadlines fall in February 2020, and one deadline — South Carolina’s — takes place January 30, 2020.

 

Head Count is an excellent nonpartisan organization that sets up shop at concerts and helps register newly eligible young people to vote.

 

See its main website.

 

See its voting information page.

 

Learn how to volunteer with Head Count.

 

See the list of upcoming events at which Head Count will appear.

 

Donate to Head Count.

 

Like Head Count on Facebook.

 

Follow Head Count on Twitter.

 

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Action Alerts · Community Activism · Postcard Campaigns

Join the Postcards to Wisconsin Campaign

Help raise voter awareness in Wisconsin by joining the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign.

 

Wisconsin will be a key state in the 2020 election. Whichever presidential candidate wins Wisconsin will likely win it all. It’s very difficult to succeed in 2020 without it.

 

Trump’s team knows this, and have already been targeting the state with money, time, and effort.

 

Fortunately, so too are Trump’s opponents. One of the many efforts to secure Wisconsin for the Democrats is the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign.

 

A project of the Indivisible Chicago Alliance, it’s recruiting folks to hand-write and prepare 500,000 postcards to arrive ahead of the Wisconsin primary, taking place April 7, 2020.

 

A few things to know if you wish to participate:

 

The postcards will be written between January 4, 2020 and March 31, 2020.

 

You should use the postcards that Postcards to Wisconsin will supply. Order postcards here, in a minimum count of 100.

 

You’ll receive a package in the mail that includes the postcards you requested, the addresses to which they should go, and a specific date when you should mail the finished cards. DO NOT mail the cards any earlier than the date you are assigned. 

 

As per usual with postcard-writing campaigns, you must supply the postcard stamps. They cost 35 cents each.

 

If you can’t participate, you can donate to the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign instead. Its organizers say that $10 allows them to reach 194 Wisconsin residents.

 

See the Postcards to Wisconsin website.

 

Like the Postcards to Wisconsin Facebook page.

 

Follow the Postcards to Wisconsin campaign on Twitter.

 

Boost the related hashtag #Postcards2WI

 

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