It’s not 2020 yet, but you know there’s probably things you can do right now.
You’re right. There are.
This is a landing page for tasks you can do in this “off” year, between the mid-terms and the next presidential election.
We’ll add links to this page as other relevant posts go live on OTYCD. Please check back often to catch newly posted material.
When 2019 is over, this page will disappear from the blog header.
First thing–check and see if you have elections at the state and local level in 2019.
Virginia and New Jersey are electing state legislatures. Your community might have elections for mayor, selectmen, city council, school board, zoning board, you name it.
Use the link in this post to look up ALL your representatives at a glance. Click on your state and local reps. Cross-check against your state legislature and city hall to see if elections are coming.
If you don’t have state or local elections scheduled for 2019, check in with Flippable and donate to its Flippable Fund. It’s leading the drive to help more Democrats get elected at the state level, and that includes efforts in Virginia and New Jersey.
Second, time-limited thing: Help various Democratic candidates for president in 2020 earn their way onto the debate stage.
The Democratic National Committee is imposing thresholds on the field of candidates to make it more manageable.
One of those thresholds is a fundraising threshold, to prove that a candidate has grassroots support.
It’s requiring anyone who wants to get on the debate stage in late June, 2019 to get at least 65,000 donations overall, and get at least 200 individual donations from people in at least 20 states.
The DNC is NOT keeping a leaderboard that shows which candidates are approaching or crossing this threshold. Any news you’re seeing is self-reported by the individual campaigns.
See the OTYCD post about helping Dems cross this threshold (which is not the only threshold, it should be said, but it’s one you can help with.)
[This section of the OTYCD 2019 To-Do List post will disappear once the deadlines pass.]
Third, a task that will remain true up until the deadlines hit in 2020: Help register people to vote.
We’ve seen that Republicans view voters as a threat. If they can curtail, restrict, frustrate, or shut down voter registration drives, they will.
You have several options for helping people register to vote:
Support the U.S. Vote Foundation, which tells you everything you need to know about casting a ballot, whether you’re at home, voting absentee, or in the military, or whatever variation applies to you.
If you know someone who’s turning 17 this year or next, consult Headcount’s spreadsheet of information on which states allow people under 18 to register or pre-register to vote.
Keep talking to friends and family about voting, and the importance of voting. (Yes, the story talks about the 2018 mid-terms. Much of the info still applies.)
Examine your local polling place. If it’s not accessible to disabled voters, start pursuing solutions now so they’re in place by November 2020.
Also, keep an eye out for state chapters and local organizations that help people near you register to vote, and teach people what your regional laws are. The League of Women Voters is a good place to start, but searching [Your State] or [Your Region, City, or Town] plus “Voting Registration” or “Get Out the Vote” should yield results.
Keep writing postcards for Tony the Democrat’s GOTV campaigns for state, local, and special elections.
With the religious right pushing ridiculous anti-choice bills in hopes of nuking Roe vs. Wade, now is a good time to see what abortion laws are on the books in your state. If they’re restrictive, campaign to get rid of them.