With apologies for not having this ready on January 1, 2020, here is your election year To-Do List. No question, we will update this with new stuff periodically.
First, if you haven’t already done or aren’t already doing what we cited as The Most Important Thing You Can Do, please take care of that.
If you don’t have the Need to Do Something NowRightNow to Fight Back Against [Fresh Horror]? page bookmarked, please see to that.
Choose your Core Four for 2020, PLUS an organization that defends voting rights.
The Core Four is two House Reps, one Dem incumbent and one challenger, and two Senators, one Dem incumbent (Doug Jones needs you most) and one Dem challenger, as well as an organization such as Stacy Abrams’s Fair Fight.
Know also: The Core Four is designed to help you do more than you might otherwise. It’s also meant to be work you do in addition to supporting the eventual Democratic nominee for president.
If you have the bandwith to support more than four candidates plus the Dem presidential nominee plus a voting rights org, please do! The best place to put your energy is into defeating GOP Senators who are up for re-election in the fall.
Which leads us to the full list of sitting Senators who are up for re-election on November 3, 2020. Learn it, study it, support the Dems challenging the GOP folks, and spread the word widely.
See all the state deadlines to register to vote ahead of the 2020 primaries, and have this page ready to share with friends and family in other states.
Have a look at your local polling place, and see how accessible it is to the disabled. If it needs work, talk to local officials about fixing the problems before the big day arrives.
Start a 2020 fund to support candidates and causes that will help get Trump and the GOP out of power. If your budget is tight (no shame there), save up and aim your contributions for the final day of each fundraising quarter.
The relevant fundraising quarter deadlines for 2020 are:
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, June 30
Wednesday, September 30
But! If you can give monthly, please do so, and please start doing so NowRightNow. Earlier is always better when we’re talking about political campaigns. The best time to give is the last day of the month, because big donors look at quarterly and monthly fundraising numbers when deciding who to back.
Talk to your friends and family about the importance of voting in November, and help them figure out how to get to the polls if need be.
Better still, talk to them about doing more than voting. Think about what tasks they might enjoy doing, tell them about them, and encourage them to do them. Introduce them to the concept of the Core Four Plus, and the Most Important Thing They Can Do. Give them supplies and money to accomplish these things, if you can. Give them moral support, always.
If your state offers early voting or absentee voting, consider casting your ballot ahead of time so you are free to help others get to the polls on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Help takes many forms. Driving people to and from the polls is just one of them. Providing elder care, babysitting, or pet care is another. So too is offering bottled water, granola bars, and folding chairs to voters standing in long lines at the polls. Giving employees paid time off to vote is another.
No matter what happens, show up and vote. Making you feel too sad or too mad or too exhausted to vote IS A VOTER SUPPRESSION STRATEGY, FOR SERIOUS.
If you’re not voting for Trump or the GOP, then Trump and the GOP want you to stay home, and they’ll stop at nothing to make you give up and stay home.