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That's why we're asking you to sign Don't Mess With Our Vote!
We know the challenges that face our democracy. It's time to recognize that education about the issues alone doesn’t drive change. Debating the issues doesn’t drive change. Direct , strategic, collective action drives change.
For more info and ways to share the petition, contact Getachew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People have raised awareness. It’s time to organize.
A strong democracy needs well-funded, secure election infrastructure. We're a long way from achieving that. At the DEFCON 26 hacking convention, an event called “Voting Machine Hacking Village” was hosted for kids aged 8 to 17, where after a quick thirty-minute lesson on SQL injections the 39 participants attempted to hack a 2013 Diebold TSX voting machine—the current machine widely used in Florida. Out of the 39 participants aged 8-17, 35 kids found exploits. The fastest hack was accomplished by an 11 year old in under 10 minutes. The 11 year old hacked a replica of the Florida state website and was able to change the results of the election.
As we see voter turnout on the rise, progressive candidates who represent our inclusive democracy are winning. The August 7th primaries continue these victories. In Vermont, the Democratic Party nominated Christine Hallquist, the first transgender gubernatorial candidate in US history. Democrats in Connecticut nominated Jahana Hayes, who could be come the state's first Black congresswoman. And finally, Somali-American and Muslim Ilhan Omar received the Democratic nomination for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District.
DI anchor partner Common Cause launched their Our Democracy 2018 campaign to ensure that our elected officials protect our democracy.
To take action, visit their campaign website and use their toolkit to send a message to your elected officials.
The ballot for this year’s Corporate Accountability Hall of Shame is live, and the competition is fierce. Vote now for the companies you love to hate.
Dark money groups compete to control our democracy, That's why DI coalition partners Corporate Accountability, Common Cause, PFAW, and Daily Kos have joined together in a coalition to work on passing the DISCLOSE Act. Sign their petition here.
2018 Expanded Mobilizing Meetings
Join a national briefing on the launch of "Restore Your Vote," a new web tool to help returning citizens know their voting rights—Aug. 22nd at 3pm EST/ Noon PST
Join us on our next bi-weekly DI Mobilizing meeting Wednesday, August 22nd at 3pm EST. The DI is collaborating with the Campaign Legal Center and Color of Change on the launch of their new Felony Disenfranchisement web tool "Restore Your Vote," aimed at educating people with felony convictions to know they have the right to vote before the upcoming midterm elections. In fact, up to 17 million Americans with past convictions can vote RIGHT NOW—they just don't know it—because the laws in every state can be confusing.
We encourage both national staff and your state leaders to join us for this briefing. RSVP to Getachew Kassa at email@example.com
Get Engaged - See Latest Updates on the Campaigns Calendar
We are maintaining a DI campaign calendar that will include information on upcoming events and activities. Visit our website to access the calendar. Contact Elsie (firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you have questions.