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See Tokyo Sand’s Comprehensive List of Who’s Retiring from Congress

See Tokyo Sand’s comprehensive list of who’s retiring from Congress ahead of the 2018 elections.

 

Tokyo Sand is behind Political Charge, an amazingly helpful blog devoted to engaging American voters and getting them out to vote.

 

In mid-March, the blog published a comprehensive list of all the members of Congress who have retired or resigned and won’t run again in 2018.

 

It breaks the individuals out by party, chamber, and how their districts or states voted in the 2016 presidential election.

 

 

See the Political Charge blog post on all the retirements from Congress as of March 16, 2018:

Who’s Retiring From Congress?

 

 

See the main Political Charge webpage (scroll down to find the subscribe button on the lower right):

https://politicalcharge.org

 

 

Follow Tokyo Sand on Twitter:

@DHStokyo

 

 

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Elections · Voting Rights, Fighting Voter Suppression

Support H.R. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Support H.R. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act, which would automatically sign up eligible voters when they interact with a relevant government agency.

 

Voting restrictions are bullshit. That’s the official position of OTYCD. Always has been, always will be. We feel that if you’re eligible to vote and you want to vote, you should be allowed to vote, and you should be offered a range of options for doing so–in-person, by mail, on weekdays, on weekends, at many different times of day within a reasonable, set window of time.

 

We’d feel this way if voting restriction laws benefitted Republicans and hurt Democrats. Voting is a fundamental right of a democracy. We should be extending it to everyone who ‘s of age and who wants it, and we should be making it easier and not harder to vote.

 

On June 8, 2017, Senators Pat Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, and Robert Brady, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, introduced H.R. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act, which would do just that–automatically sign people up to register to vote when they  apply for a driver’s license or for public services, or enroll in college, or become a naturalized citizen. The Brennan Center for Justice reports that eight states, plus the District of Columbia, have adopted automatic voter registration recently. If it was available in all 50 states, it could increase the voter rolls by 50 million.

 

Right now, GovTrack rates the bill’s chance of passage at 1 percent. But if enough of us call and ask our MoCs to make it a law, maybe it will.

 

Sample script: (Dear House Rep/Senator Lastname), I am (Firstname Lastname, of town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to support H.R. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act. Making voter registration automatic just makes sense. People who are eligible to vote and who want to vote should be allowed to vote, and we shouldn’t be placing arbitrary barriers in their way–we should make the process as smooth and as easy as possible. If the bill becomes law, it would add 50 million voters to the rolls. Please support it. Thanks.”

 

 

Read the Brennan Center for Justice’s release on H.R. 2840:

https://www.brennancenter.org/press-release/members-congress-introduce-legislation-modernize-voter-registration

 

 

Read the Brennan Center’s argument in favor of automatic voter registration:

https://www.brennancenter.org/publication/case-automatic-voter-registration

 

 

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Read the Brennan Center’s backgrounder on automatic and permanent voter registration:

https://www.brennancenter.org/publication/automatic-and-permanent-voter-registration-how-it-works

 

 

See the GovTrack entry on H.R. 2840:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2840

 

 

 

 

Community Activism · Voting Rights, Fighting Voter Suppression

Support the Efforts of Let America Vote

This OTYCD entry originally posted in November 2017.

Support the efforts of Let America Vote, which fights attempts to make it harder for Americans to cast a ballot.

It’s disturbing to think that any political party in the United States sees lowering voter turnout as a positive strategy, but that is exactly the current attitude of the GOP. They have noticed that their candidates do better when fewer people come out, and they have pursued policies, such as voter ID legislation, which make it harder for people to vote.

The election of Donald Trump promises to make things worse. Losing the popular vote by three million votes clearly wounded his ego, so much so that on May 11 he launched the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Its co-leaders are Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a notorious fan of laws that restrict access to the ballot.

We need to push back against voter suppression, hard and often. Two out of five eligible citizens did not vote in November 2016. In order to strengthen democracy and undo the damage of Trump and the Republicans, we need to encourage non-voters to come out and exercise their rights–not just for presidential elections, but for primaries, mid-terms, and special elections. Trump fans and devoted Republicans have no interest in fixing the larger problem. We need to invite and recruit citizens who rarely or never vote.

Let America Vote helps the cause by fighting attempts to make it harder for people to vote. This takes the form of fighting restrictive bills and laws; questioning purges of voter rolls; and fighting those who try to intimidate voters.

 

Visit the Let America Vote page:

https://www.letamericavote.org

 

Learn about restrictive voting laws that might apply in your state:

https://www.letamericavote.org/states/

 

Read Let America Vote’s statement against Republican Karen Handel’s fundraising email that cited her outrage over citizens of Georgia’s 6th District gaining more time to register to vote:

https://www.letamericavote.org/news/2017/jason-kander-statement-karen-handels-outrage-eligible-georgia-voters-allowed-register-vote/

 

Read its statement on Trump’s task force on voter fraud:

https://www.letamericavote.org/news/2017/let-america-vote-statement-executive-order-creating-task-force-investigating-voter-fraud/

 

Like Let America Vote on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/letamericavote/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@LetAmericaVote

 

Apply to intern with Let America Vote:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8QCrO26Rw_ciCPQSrfNEG8DuCCoZLAASK_ZsCIJ_s1YzAow/viewform

 

Volunteer to help Let America Vote:

https://secure.letamericavote.org/page/s/get-involved

 

Donate to Let America Vote:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/lav-main?recurring=true

 

Read about Trump’s voter fraud commission, the reputation of Kris Kobach, and the GOP’s inclination to suppress the vote:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/05/kris_kobach_is_leading_trump_s_vote_fraud_commission_that_s_terrifying.html

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890

 

 

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Make Sure You’re Registered To Vote

Are you registered to vote? Are you sure? Go to canivote.org and double check.

 

Select your state from the drop-down menu at Can I Vote?, which is a non-partisan web site created by the National Association of Secretaries of State.

 

The site will route you to the relevant web page for your home state government, which will let you check your voter registration status.

 

Bookmark this web site for 2018 and have it ready to give out to friends who might need it.

 

Visit it here:

canivote.org

 

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Support the Efforts of Let America Vote

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Support the efforts of Let America Vote, which fights attempts to make it harder for Americans to cast a ballot.

It’s disturbing to think that any political party in the United States sees lowering voter turnout as a positive strategy, but that is exactly the current attitude of the GOP. They have noticed that their candidates do better when fewer people come out, and they have pursued policies, such as voter ID legislation, which make it harder for people to vote.

The election of Donald Trump promises to make things worse. Losing the popular vote by three million votes clearly wounded his ego, so much so that on May 11 he launched the Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Its co-leaders are Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a notorious fan of laws that restrict access to the ballot.

We need to push back against voter suppression, hard and often. Two out of five eligible citizens did not vote in November 2016. In order to strengthen democracy and undo the damage of Trump and the Republicans, we need to encourage non-voters to come out and exercise their rights–not just for presidential elections, but for primaries, mid-terms, and special elections. Trump fans and devoted Republicans have no interest in fixing the larger problem. We need to invite and recruit citizens who rarely or never vote.

Let America Vote helps the cause by fighting attempts to make it harder for people to vote. This takes the form of fighting restrictive bills and laws; questioning purges of voter rolls; and fighting those who try to intimidate voters.

 

Visit the Let America Vote page:

https://www.letamericavote.org

 

Learn about restrictive voting laws that might apply in your state:

https://www.letamericavote.org/states/

 

Read Let America Vote’s statement against Republican Karen Handel’s fundraising email that cited her outrage over citizens of Georgia’s 6th District gaining more time to register to vote:

https://www.letamericavote.org/news/2017/jason-kander-statement-karen-handels-outrage-eligible-georgia-voters-allowed-register-vote/

 

Read its statement on Trump’s task force on voter fraud:

https://www.letamericavote.org/news/2017/let-america-vote-statement-executive-order-creating-task-force-investigating-voter-fraud/

 

Like Let America Vote on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/letamericavote/

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@Let_AmericaVote

 

Apply to intern with Let America Vote:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8QCrO26Rw_ciCPQSrfNEG8DuCCoZLAASK_ZsCIJ_s1YzAow/viewform

 

Volunteer to help Let America Vote:

https://secure.letamericavote.org/page/s/get-involved

 

Donate to Let America Vote:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/lav-main?recurring=true

 

Read about Trump’s voter fraud commission, the reputation of Kris Kobach, and the GOP’s inclination to suppress the vote:

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/05/kris_kobach_is_leading_trump_s_vote_fraud_commission_that_s_terrifying.html

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890

 

 

 

 

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Help Voters In Georgia Obtain IDs Before the June 20 Runoff Election

Help Spread the Vote help voters in Georgia’s 6th District obtain the IDs they need to be eligible to vote in the June 20 runoff election between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel for the open House of Representatives seat.

Ossoff gained about 48 percent of the vote overall–impressive, but not enough to give him the house seat outright.

Spread the Vote, a group devoted to fighting voter ID laws by helping citizens obtain the documents they need, estimates that 60,000 eligible voters in Georgia’s 6th district cannot participate for lack of an ID.

In an email sent on April 19, Spread the Vote notes that Ossoff received 93,390 votes, and his nearest Republican challenger, Handel, received 37,993. (The four Republicans who received at least 1 percent of the GA06 vote got 92,590, collectively.) Helping 60,000 people get their IDs could make a difference come June 20.

Spread the Vote will launch its Georgia chapter on May 6, and its first project will be GA06. It hopes to raise $20,000 to hire a full time staffer to assist its volunteers and chapter leaders.

Note that Spread the Vote won’t have an easy time of it. Civil rights groups in Georgia have already had to file suit to defend the rights of voters who register as late as May 20. The state is trying to claim that citizens have to have registered by March 20 in order to participate in the June 20 runoff, which is contrary to the National Voter Registration Act.

Regardless, do what you can to help the efforts of Spread the Vote.

 

Visit the Spread the Vote site:

https://www.spreadthevote.org

 

Learn about its Georgia campaign:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/georgia/

 

Ask Spread the Vote to help you get the ID you need:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/vote

 

Volunteer to help Spread the Vote:

https://www.spreadthevote.org/volunteer

 

Follow Spread the Vote on Twitter:

@spreadthevoteus

 

…and follow its Georgia campaign-specific handle on Twitter:

@spreadthevotega

 

Donate to Spread the Vote:

https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=58727f25f7e0ab8a674b88bb

 

Read about the lawsuit to protect the rights of Georgia voters who register on or before May 20:

https://lawyerscommittee.org/press-release/lawyers-committee-civil-rights-law-files-lawsuit-challenging-georgias-voter-registration-scheme-2/

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-georgia-voter-law-20170421-story.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politics/voting-rights-suit-georgia/