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Democracy Initiative Weekly Update 10.18.18

Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Our highlighted issues, actions, and events in the democracy movement this week—Please share widely.

WHAT YOUR MEMBERS CAN DO NOW

VOTER SUPPRESSION

We're asking partners to distribute our "Know Your Rights" Georgia one-pager to combat rampant misinformation and ensure all Georgians have a voice this November.
With just three weeks to go until the midterm elections, Republicans are ramping up their voter suppression efforts. Attempts to systematically silence black and brown voters have a long history in US politics, from Jim Crow to recent methods including voter ID, racial and partisan gerrymandering, and voter roll purges. This year, we are seeing an unprecedented Republican effort to purge voters directly in response to the major GOTV effort sweeping the country. The coordinated and well-funded attacks on our voting rights are sponsored by the same people who want to roll back our rights on the other issues that matter to us.
One of the worst examples of racist voter suppression occurring right now is in Georgia, where Secretary of State Brian Kemp is in a close race for governor against Stacey Abrams. Today, less than a month before the election, Kemp is blocking 53,000 voter registrations, 70% of which are from black voters!
Elsewhere, the Supreme Court upheld a North Dakota court ruling that effectively disenfranchises large swaths of the Native American population, and recent investigative journalism by Greg Palast uncovered a postcard purging scheme that dropped 90,000 Nevadan voters a week before the voter registration deadline.
Longtime democracy advocate Miles Rapoport offers a snapshot of the current state of voting rights, and a crucial overview of recent victories, in his latest for American Prospect.

CAMPAIGNS


Below are important ways for you to help in Florida, from your own couch!

  1. Help spread the word about our Yes on 4 Early Voting Ice Cream Socials in partnership with Ben & Jerry's.
  2. Recruit people to attend the Super-Saturday canvas day this Saturday, October 20.
  3. Recruit remote callers, based anywhere in the country, especially for the October 27 Day of Action Call Parties.
  4. Amplify the campaign’s social media posts on Twitter and Facebook.

To date, the Second Chances Florida campaign has contacted more than 1 million voters, via text, phone calls, and at the door. Vote-by-mail in Florida has started! Early voting starts as early as next Monday in many counties. With just three weeks left until Election Day, here are ways that we can all help ensure that Second Chances Florida passes Amendment 4—to restore the eligibility to vote to 1.4 million people.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT

ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE | 866-OUR-VOTE
We're asking our partners to urge their members to get involved in Election Day organizing in their communities, like volunteering with the Election Protection Coalition as a poll monitor.
  • Sample recruitment emails can be found here. Everyone that signs up will get a follow up email listing upcoming trainings, legal command center information, and confirmation of election day assignments.
  • You can download social media graphics are available here.

SIERRA CLUB MICHIGAN CANVASSING
Sierra Club Michigan and Fems for Change are planning a day of canvassing for Proposals 2 and 3 on Saturday, October 20, from 1-4pm EDT. Sign up here.

Sierra Club is also pushing a Tuesday, October 23 Phone Banking event for Proposals 2 and 3 in Michigan from 6-8pm EDT. Sign up here.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS

SIERRA CLUB UNVEILS GET OUT THE VOTE VIDEO WITH GEN Z ACTIVISTS
DI partner Sierra Club partners with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to produce a GOTV video that asks 15 Generation Z activists what they're voting for this election. Share the video on all social media channels as you prepare to mobilize your lists!