OMG, Alabama, you did it!

So why did Doug Jones win? (TheHill)

Black voters came out and did the right thing, especially the women. Thank you.

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  • 98% of black women voted for Jones. 63% of white women voted for the alleged child molester.
  • 72% of white men voted for Moore, while 2% wrote in candidates.
  • Black voters make up ±26% of Alabama’s voters. Doug needed at least 25% of these mainly Democratic voters to show up. 28% did.
  • 51% of white college-educated women voted for Moore, compared to 43% of college graduates overall.
  • White voters without a college degree overwhelmingly chose Moore.

Senator Richard Shelby asked Alabamians to reject Moore by writing in somebody honorable instead.

  • “Jones defeated Moore by 1.5 percentage points, while the write-in vote was slightly larger than the margin between the two major-party nominees. More than 22,000 voters, or 1.7 percent of the electorate, wrote in a name instead of voting for Moore or Jones.”

Grassroots organizations worked their butts off.

Resistance group volunteers, both in Alabama and all around the country,  joined together to do the hard work of elections: telling people about the special election, registering new and relocated voters, knocking on doors and talking to people, phoning and texting, writing postcards, helping voters get the right identification cards, and ultimately, driving them to the polls. This was a victory of thousands of small actions, which could change everything.

  • A group called Open Progress is funding a large text message campaign with African-Americans.
  • Leaders in the black community registered voters with criminal records who were once again eligible to vote and got them to the polls.
  • A nonpartisan group called the Voter Participation Center is reaching over 300,000 black voters here with direct mail and text messages.
  • NextGen America, a national group funded by Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist, lent an organizer to an Alabama-centric group, Woke Vote, to help mobilize historically black college campuses.
  • Indivisible Groups in Birmingham, Mobile, Auburn, Huntsville, Dothan, and elsewhere around the state completed 110 canvassing shifts to get out the vote (and most of them were first-time canvassers!). They knocked on 5,550 doors driving Doug Jones to victory.
  • Indivisible recruited 985 virtual volunteers across the country to send 242,420 texts to Alabama voters to get out the vote.
  • At least 347,709 postcards were sent out by over 6,376 volunteers, including groups of us right here in Ventura County.postcards3.jpeg
  • Voters who might otherwise have been disenfranchised by not be able to get to the polls were driven there by volunteer drivers. They worked for local Democratic offices and for this amazing effort by our fellow Californian Cee Cee Chance and her awesome organization, Allied Progressive Front. Her gofundme site raised over $26,461 for busses, vans, voter information pamphlets and housing for volunteers, whatever local Democratic offices needed to do their work. Any leftover funding will be donated directly to Alabama Women’s March.
  • If you haven’t seen any listing of volunteer efforts to flip this election before, here’s a list, not exhaustive by any means, to give you an idea of the scale of this grassroots campaign.

Special Elections Unoficial Results. (Click here)

Notes from the front lines:

There were long lines, and Lee County reported that there were so many voters, they had to get more ballots. Montgomery had to add more poll workers to handle the crowds.

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Birmingham at 6:45 in the morning

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