Friday, March 9, 2018

ACTION: SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTIONS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, March 9, 2018
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SAFEGUARD OUR ELECTIONS
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#ProtectOurElections
#Elections2018
 
The integrity of elections is vital to our democracy.  In 2016 Russian hackers infiltrated elections systems in at least 21 states, 7 of which were compromised.  They also exploited social network platforms to spread lies and manipulate public opinion.

U.S. Intelligence services have left no doubt that Russia will attempt to interfere in the 2018 elections.  What is being done to safeguard our votes?  GOP leadership and this administration have shown little interest in preventing foreign interference.

Rex Tillerson has basically said that if Russia wants to interfere there is really nothing we can do, and the State Department has left $120 million allocated to prevent foreign meddling in our elections unspent. The GOP attempted to defund the Election Assistance Commission - the agency tasked with safeguarding elections -  and Ryan is removing it’s chairman.

The responsibility to act is on our Congressional representatives.

The Election Security Act and The Secure Elections Act would regulate vendors, help states with funding for audits, upgrading technology and providing a paper trail.  The Honest Ads Act is a first step in stopping anonymous electioneering online.

These are bipartisan bills that must come to a vote.  Tell your MOC’s to fight for election security now.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because the integrity of our elections is in jeopardy.  Russia has spread disinformation online and hacked our voting systems.  We know they will try again in 2018.  Please tell the Senator to protect our elections by endorsing both the Secure Elections Act (S. 2261) and the Honest Ads Act (S. 1989) and pushing for their passage, Thank you.”
 
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR YOUR REPRESENTATIVE:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code].  I am calling because the integrity of our elections is in jeopardy.  Russia has spread disinformation online and hacked our voting systems.  We know they will try again in 2018.  Please tell the Representative to protect our elections by endorsing both the Election Security Act (H.R. 5011) and the Honest Ads Act (H.R. 4077) and pushing for their passage, Thank you.”
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**ACTION 2: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**
Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Senators to take actions to protect our elections.
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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 (5
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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