Get Out The Vote

Are You Registered to Vote?

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Your DGB for today is to confirm that you are, indeed, registered to vote in the state, county, and city in which you intend to cast your ballot in November.

Today the Supreme Court handed down a decision that is Very Bad News for voting rights in the US. Husted (short for Husted, Ohio Sec. of State v. A. Philip Randolph Institute et al.) makes it legal for states to purge voter rolls of folks who’ve been infrequent voters. That’s it. These will be people who’ve committed no crime other than to fail to make it to the polls for some arbitrary number of elections. Of course, as is often the case with voter suppression, this will affect certain groups more than others - namely, people of color, senior citizens, folks with disabilities, and the poor.

This is a blow to our democratic process, but we can combat it. After confirming that you are still registered, see if friends or family need help checking their own status. Depending on your state, it may be important to do this well ahead of November. If someone finds that they need to register, help them with that, too.

It should be clear to everyone by now that not even Trump’s impeachment will be the end of this horrendous mess. The whole complicit GOP needs to be booted out of Washington and we can only do that if we all VOTE.

 

New Year’s Resolution: Get Out the Vote

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Your DGB for today is to sign up with Postcards to Voters by texting “HELLO” to 484-275-2229.

 

Well, we made it through 2017. That was a… um… wow. That was nuts. Hopefully you’re not too hungover today, because we’re hitting the ground running with a renewed commitment to get out the vote. Postcards to Voters is a great resource. After texting, as mentioned above, “Abby the Address Robot” will ask you some questions and walk you through the steps to sending personalized messages to voters in key races. 

Postcards to Voters has already had an impact in places like Alabama, where it helped propel Doug Jones to victory and flipped a deep red senate seat a lovely shade of blue. We have a good feeling about 2018, so dust off your gel pens and rolls of stamps and get ready to make a BIG difference.

 

Taking Back the House in 2018, Part Three

Your DGB for today is to organize a voter registration drive. You’ve done the homework, you’ve become a registrar, and now it’s time to get out there in your community and register people to vote.

If you need a quick refresher on parts one and two, start at researching how to become a registrar in your state. Then move onto actually becoming a registrar and how we can make gerrymandering work for us by getting more people registered to vote.

Next, go to the American Association of University Women’s website and read all of their tips for how to organize a voter registration drive. They give you advice like where to hold your drive, how to find your state’s rules on who can register to vote, how to recruit and train volunteers, and more. 

When you hold your drive, post your pictures on social media and hashtag  them with #DGBTakingBackTheHouse2018. We can’t wait to see all of your hard work in action.