Georgia on your mind? Write GOTV postcards to their voters!

First, a gratuitous earworm placement of one of our all-time favorite artists…

Postcard Option #1 – Postcards to Swing Voters!

We have reached our capacity, and we thank everyone who’s contacted us! But reaching our own limitations doesn’t mean you can’t help!

While we tussle with getting 17,500 postcards to their new homes, you can get started now by contacting Postcards to Swing States DIRECTLY. The only difference is that you’ll be providing your own postcards and postage.

  1. Pick a quantity and buy your postcards here. (50 card minimum)
  2. “Postcards to Swing States” will email you voter addresses and instructions.
  3. Buy enough $0.35 postcard stamps.
  4. Write the short message as shown below below (We do LOTS of postcards!)
  5. Send on Dec. 26 – 28th.
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Sun 11/8: Finding elections more interesting than you thought?

Volunteer with Scrutineers! Use your inner wonk for good!

Raise your hand: Who has learned more about elections since Trump took office, than they learned in high school civics class?

Oh, but there’s MORE! Check out the Scrutineers and their opportunities to help create trust in the integrity of our elections! If you are a detail-oriented person, and not frightened by words like “spreadsheet”, this may be the dream volunteer community for you!

Who or what are the Scrutineers?

Scrutineers is an online community of people who care about the fairness and accuracy of US elections and are committed to doing what we can to protect the elections. We’re movement veterans, newcomers, and everything in-between. We’re a nonpartisan organization dedicated to ending voter suppression and ensuring secure elections. We’re here to LEARN, CONNECT, and ACT. 

Now that the election is over, their project list for volunteers is being constantly updated. Some of the projects require you to become a membeer of Scrutineers ($1.99 – we are members!) and others don’t.

You can download their “Find a Project” app for Android or iPhone from here, or, as we have done, you can access the information through a computer. However, since we found the desktop interface a little confusing, we’re walking everyone through it here.

When the page comes up on a desktop computer, it just looks like the image of a phone, but you can enter your email address directly into it.

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Call it out!

You shouldn’t hesitate to speak up and seek help if something doesn’t feel right or you sense someone else is being intimidated. Voting should be stress-free, if not joyful. Call-out to the great people behind ‘Joy to the Polls,” including this group and these great dancers.

If you think you’re encountering or witnessing voter intimidation, call one of these numbers to get help and advice from a trained election protection volunteer. Take pictures or videos, and send them to SeeSay2020.com

Take a moment to program one or more of these numbers into your phone before you head to the polls.

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“What the heck is a poll tape and why is it so important?”

Groups are looking for volunteers to photo/video poll tapes across the country.

Updated Nov. 1, 2020 Revision of participating organizations.

This isn’t such a huge issue for us here in Ventura County. Not only are we doing a mail-in election because of the pandemic, in-person voters are using paper ballots that get placed into ballot boxes, just like in your 6th grade election for class president. (But that doesn’t mean you can’t help other precincts…)

Other CA counties do have poll tapes, and states are still using machines proven to cause serious problems. How serious?
Gore vs. Bush serious. Kemp vs. Abrams serious.

Bennie Smith, a financial software developer in Shelby County, Tennessee, which includes Memphis, was contacted by a candidate after losing an election they felt they should have won in their majority Black and Democratic district. However, for years, the winning candidates were overwhelmingly white and Republican. Who was electing these people?

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Fri. 10/30: Note to self… Trump is NOT in charge of this election.

Quote: For those of us only remember part of the first line of Roosevelt’s inauguration speech of 1933 (our hand is up!), it’s worth reading the whole thing, which sounds like it could have been written yesterday.

#1 – Let’s take a breath here…

Our email and media feeds are flooded with potential election stealing and violence at the polls. Not only may these visions be overblown, but they may, in fact, be turning fear into a weapon against us, intimidating us from voting this criminal administration out of office.

Today, we were given permission from writer/observer R. Hubbell, to reprint his Oct. 28th article, to remind us the safeguards even a tyrant like Trump can’t touch. (You can subscribe to his great newsletter here.)

It is a sad reality that our president is not elected directly by the citizens of the United States. For good or ill, the Framers of the Constitution created a body that we now refer to as the “Electoral College.” The Electoral College elects the president and vice president, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and enabling legislation. The Constitution and statutes provide that states may count votes from November 4th through December 8, 2020, with the latter date serving as the deadline for states to certify the selection of their Electors to the National Archivist. Six days later (December 14), the Electors meet in their respective states to cast their ballots in accordance with their state’s election results. For a general description of the timeline, see Congressional Research Service, “The Electoral College: A 2020 Presidential Election Timeline.” The election of the president becomes official on January 6, 2021 when Congress counts the votes cast by the Electors in their respective state meetings.

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Friends and Family Voting Toolkit – Beyond phone/textbanking.

#1 – Rethink voting as joyful. Share videos like these.

and this video.

#2 – Who do you know who doesn’t have transportation to a polling place or ballot box?

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Tues 10/20: Push back, Nancy! You’ve got ’til Oct. 23rd to impeach Barr!

Mitch McConnell used every trick at his disposal to prevent President Barack Obama from not only seating emminently qualified Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, but also 88 district and 17 court of appeals judges. Now, after the tragedy of losing RBG, McConnell and Trump have teamed up to push through an extremist nominee WHILE people are voting. Time to change up our game.

  • We’ve asked GOP senators to play fair and hold off the nomination of any new supreme court justice before the election. No dice.
  • We’re asking our senators on the Judiciary Committee to refuse to create a quorum on Oct. 22, when they are scheduled to vote on the advancement of Amy Coney Barrett. It may also work in the full Senate, with several GOP absences due to COVID. This has only a slight chance of stopping McConnell, but it will also indicate to our senators that we expect them to fight back harder.
  • Right now is when the phrase “better late than never” comes in. One thing both Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell know, is that any impeachment trial in the Senate would take priority over a vote on the SCOTUS nomination. And there is one person that deserves to be impeached above all others except for our president himself, and that is Attorney General William Barr. And Nancy Pelosi has until Oct. 23rd to get this started.

Minimal script: I’m emailing you because I’m frankly terrified of a judicial nihilist like Amy Coney Barrett getting a lifelong place on our highest court, methodically destroying the work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg against the will and best interests of the majority of Americans. It’s time to pull out the big guns, and stop these proceedings. Please call an impeachment trial for Attorney General William Barr by Oct. 23rd. The work in researching the case has already been done. I am attaching links to CREW’s letter to Henry Kerner, Special Counsel, specifically regarding Barr’s Hatch Act violations, as well as their full report on the case for Attorney General Barr’s impeachment below.

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Wed. 10/14: Three things to do today.

Action #1 – Tell your senators to do their job.

A senator’s sworn duty is to protect the Constitution, the preamble to which sets out the main issues that they must concentrate on, which includes overseeing the welfare of our people. Hunger. Homelessness. Health. Instead of doing their job, the Senate GOP has punted – leaving the hard work of creating a just and adequate COVID-19 relief package to the House and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, subject to the whims and tantrums of a president flying high on steroids. Instead of following their sworn oath, they’ve focused on cementing their own power with a nominee that will decrease “justice for all” throughout this country for a generation. (Story out – Amy Coney Barrett doesn’t think the use of the “n-word” creates a hostile work environment!) Senator Mitch McConnell, the ringleader of this historic abrogation of the Senate’s prime responsibility, should be censured and removed from office.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to know that that we out here are angered and horrified that the Senate is not working 24/7 on creating a COVID relief bill to help the American people survive a pandemic. Their sworn duty involves protecting the welfare of the people, and we want them to do their jobs. Now. Now after a politically-polluted judicial nomination. Now!

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Tues 10/13: Reminder: The CA GOP is not above the law.

ACTION #1: Reach out to our county’s district attorney, Greg Totten, and TELL HIM TO DO HIS JOB! Arrest and charge those behind the fake ballot boxes!

Just weeks before a national election, the CA GOP is openly violating CA law by infesting our communities with fraudulent ballot drop boxes. CNN wrote a story “The biggest election fraud story you haven’t heard about.” On Monday, CA’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, said he had received “disturbing reports” that some GOP officials “may not be prepared or willing to remove those boxes.” This is a breathtaking assertion of privilege, in a country where Americans have died at the hands of law enforcement over broken headlights and expired license tags.

Becerra stated that if the boxes aren’t removed, the Republican leaders could face prosecution. Again, point of privilege for the GOP. The crime has already been committed, but they are being given extra chances. We prefer the approach of the Orange county district attorney, who has already launched a criminal investigation into at least two unauthorized ballot boxes in their county.

What is our district attorney, Greg Totten, an elected official, BTW, doing about the boxes that are now showing up in Ventura County? Has he made a statement? Is he committed to doing his job? Contact him here. (A.G. contact info. outside Ventura Co. here.)

Minimal script: I’m writing as a resident of Ventura County, who is outraged by the blatant law-breaking of the CA GOP, who has placed fake ballot boxes in our county and others. These people are not kids who are ignorant of the law. This is a group with access to lawyers and other advisors who know very well that these boxes are illegal, yet, due to their perception of their own power and position, believe themselves to be above the law. You were elected to office with the expectation that you would address to all kinds of crime. Election law violations are particularly corrosive to a stable democracy, yet we haven’t heard from you. Do your job – Arrest and prosecute those behind this criminal campaign.

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra has stated that counties would have to contact all voters who used these boxes – so their stunt now costs us taxpayers money as well. In addition to punishment for this egregious flouting of the law, we want the CA GOP to fully compensate the county – i.e. us taxpayers, for all time that must now be spent calling voters who used the fake boxes. We are waiting to hear from you.

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Monday 10/12: Keep on the lookout – for fake ballot drop boxes!

The GOP has crossed the line from suppressing voters to openly criminal behavior.

We are imagining that in the light of recent press, these fake ballot boxes are being scuttled back into the darkened garages from whence they came, but Ventura County voters should still keep an eye out for them. Get familiar with where you SHOULD SEE a ballot drop box in your area from this list. (Outside Ventura Co., go here.) In Ventura, there are (6) – three of them are at the Government Center, and one each is located at City Hall, the Pierpont Inn, and at the Ventura Unified School District office. If you see one that’s not on the list, call the Ventura County Elections Division immediately at (805) 654-2664 or the office of the Sec. of State – (916) 653-6814.

Yeah, it’s illegal!

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