For a little perspective, votes were still being counted A MONTH after Trump’s election to office in 2016. It was during this time that Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead grew to 2.8 million nationwide, which rankled Trump so badly that he created, in connection with Kris Kobach and V.P. Pence, the money-wasting, gaslighting Election Integrity Commission to chase down the illegal voters of their darkest dreams. 19 actual fraudulent votes were eventually found by the DOJ. Over the entire country.
This all aside, we still have work to do.
Action #1 – Volunteer to make this Senate seat blue.
Mike Espy is running against Senator Cindy (“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”) Hyde-Smith, an appointee who replaced GOP Senator Thad Cochran earlier this year and who has voted with Trump 100% of her short time in the Senate. In 1986, Espy became the first African-American from Mississippi elected to Congress since Reconstruction. In 1993, he became Secretary of Agriculture in the Clinton Administration.
Espy: “Health care is the primary issue in this entire campaign, for two reasons. In Mississippi, we lead the nation, unfortunately, in the number of rural hospitals closing just because we wouldn’t accept the Medicaid expansion money that we were offered a few years before. Mississippians do not want their insurance companies canceling their policy for pre-existing conditions. Those who voted before will likely come again. We persuaded them before, we will persuade them again.”
- Donate: Support Mike Espy in the runoff election here.
- Write letters: Send letters to Mississippi voter with the help of votefwd.org here.
- Write postcards: Sign up for Mike’s postcard campaign here.
- Text: Text for him here.
- Phonebank: Out of state folks can volunteer directly through ESPY’s website – here.
Action #2 – Help Black Lives Matter verify that vote-by-mail ballots are counted.
Those who thought they could bypass suppressive shenanigans of the polling places by using a vote-by-mail ballot can still be disenfranchised!
Black Voters Matter Fund is hosting a phonebank to reach out to voters who received absentee ballots but don’t have a status listed for what happened with their ballots. Based on the data, counties with larger percentages of Black voters also have higher rates of these unprocessed ballots, and Black voters appear to have been at least twice as likely to have unprocessed ballots (or rejected ballots) compared to white voters.
BVM has a phonebank available where we can volunteer here.
If you’ve never phonebanked before and/or haven’t yet created an ActionID, go here for a fast and easy tutorial. You can join the phonebank from this page too.
Action #3 – Lawyers and volunteers who want to help in the Florida recount…
Are you a lawyer?: The Nelson for Senate campaign needs lawyers in Florida to help out statewide with the recount. If you are an attorney or know one, and can be in Florida on the needed dates, we can sign up or share this: http://bit.ly/2DyeD9T
Are you an interested non-lawyer volunteer?: Please use this form to sign up to volunteer in the recount for Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, Andrew Gillum for Governor, and Nikki Fried for Agriculture Commissioner. We need people who can help out in a variety of roles in the recount process, including observing at polls, data processing, and logistics organization.