Wednesday, April 11, 2018

ACTION: PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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PROTECT OUR ELECTIONS
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#ProtectOurElections
#Elections2018

To change Congress, our votes must count.

The integrity of our elections is being assaulted is through cyberattacks on voting systems and targeted, manipulative political ads on social media.

Voting machines are vulnerable:
-- in 2016 Russia hacked election systems in at least 21 states (and will try again in 2018)
--the Senate Intelligence Committee and cybersecurity experts recommend moving to paper ballots
--20% of voters use machines with no paper trail
--current funding is not enough to update all voting machines

Social media can be manipulated:
--Cambridge Analytica, employed by the Trump campaign, secretly gathered 87 million Facebook users’ data to develop profiles for producing targeted ads aimed at influencing or suppressing votes in the 2016 election.
--During 2016 Russia placed, and Russian bot farms spread, propaganda content and ads on Facebook that reached millions of users.

The Election Security Act and The Secure Elections Act gives states funding for audits and to move to paper ballots. The Honest Ads Act requires payment disclosure for digital political ads.  They are all stuck in Committee.

Our MOC’s must do everything they can to protect our elections and bring these bills to a vote.
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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: REMEMBER THIS FOR THE MIDTERMS**
Share this post.  Our next elections are vital to our democracy.  Every vote must count.

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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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