Wednesday, August 2, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO SHUT DOWN TRUMP'S SHAM ELECTION COMMISSION

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Wednesday August 2, 2017 
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SHUT DOWN TRUMP’S SHAM ELECTION COMMISSION
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#StopVoterSupression
#ProtectOurVotingRights
There are many problems with America’s voting procedures:
--decreased access to the ballot box
--lack of security of electronic ballots and susceptibility to hacking
--felons’ disenfranchisement
--Supreme Court’s gutting of Voting Rights Act
--low electoral participation
--gerrymandering 
But widespread voter fraud is not one of them http://wapo.st/2tSpZ03http://wapo.st/2vcgX1Vhttp://bit.ly/2udVWPR
Nevertheless, Trump created a presidential commission to investigate just that, made up largely of voter suppression advocates.
--to provide support for Trump’s unsubstantiated claim he lost the popular vote because 3-5 million people voted illegally
--to create impression fraud is widespread so Republican-run states can make registering and voting ever more difficult
--to develop lists of allegedly questionable voters to be purged from the voting rolls.
Although many states have refused to provide the voter information requested http://cnn.it/2sGPdNs, in response, numerous voters sought removal from the rolls http://nbcnews.to/2u2Ivnx. And now, Sen. Wyden and others are decrying the commission’s disclosure of personal information about citizens who criticized it http://bit.ly/2tRKD0w
Our Democratic MoCs have introduced the Vote-by-Mail Act (S.1231) (automatic voter registration and vote-by-mail in federal elections). But they must do even more— fight to dismantle this “voter suppression” commission.
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH OUR SENATORS (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail!)** 
SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Thank you for your strong support for voting rights and for speaking out against the growing tide of voter suppression. I'm calling to express my serious concern about Trump's voter fraud commission. This commission is a sham set up to investigate a non-existent problem in order to create stricter voting requirements and suppress the vote. I’m urging you to denounce it problematic activities and call for it to be dismantled. Please do all that you can to get rid of Trump’s “voter suppression” commission.”
[To Sen. Wyden: “Thank you as well for speaking out against the outrageous actions of this sham commission in publishing private data about its critics”]
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**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR REPS (if you can’t call during business hours, leave a voice mail!)** 
SAMPLE SCRIPT [ALL BUT WALDEN]
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. Thank you for your strong support for voting rights and for speaking out against the growing tide of voter suppression. I'm calling to express my serious concern about Trump's voter fraud commission. This commission is a sham set up to investigate a non-existent problem in order to create stricter voting requirements and suppress the vote. I’m urging you to denounce its problematic activities and call for it to be dismantled. Please do all that you can to get rid of Trump’s “voter suppression” commission.”
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I'm calling to express my serious concern about Trump's voter fraud commission. This commission is a sham set up to investigate a non-existent problem in order to create stricter voting requirements and suppress the vote. I’m urging you to denounce its problematic activities and call for it to be dismantled. Please do all that you can to get rid of Trump’s “voter suppression” commission.”
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**PHONE NUMBERS** 
SENATOR MERKLEY 
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753 
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750 
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298 
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129 
SENATOR WYDEN 
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244 
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229 
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142 
La Grande: (541) 960-7691 
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732, 
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100, 
Oregon City (503) 557-1324 
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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