Monday, February 17, 2020

ACTION: IT’S PRESIDENT’S DAY. GIVE US SECURE ELECTIONS

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IT’S PRESIDENT’S DAY. GIVE US SECURE ELECTIONS. 

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
For Wyden and Merkley: 
  In honor of President’s Day I am calling to support your fight for fair elections. It is unconscionable that the GOP Senate majority blocked votes on any election security measures right after the Senate Intelligence Committee warned that votes are vulnerable to cyber attacks and after the Iowa caucus showed how easily tech can fail. Keep fighting for hand-marked paper ballots and other measures to secure fair elections. Thank you. 

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
For All Representatives except Walden: 
 In honor of President’s Day I am calling to support your fight for fair elections. It is unconscionable that the GOP Senate majority blocked votes on any election security measures right after the Senate Intelligence Committee warned that votes are vulnerable to cyber attacks and after the Iowa caucus showed how easily tech can fail. Keep fighting for hand-marked paper ballots and other measures to secure fair elections. Thank you. 
 For Walden: 
The Republican response to the federal election from foreign interference and technological glitches was too little too late. It is the worst of Washington to throw some money at a problem without insisting on standards of best practice. I predict that the $425 million appropriated to protect our elections will be largely wasted – if tracked at all. You chose party over country by voting against HR 1.  

ACTION THREE:  TAKE ACTION IN 2020

Plan to call Congress with Indivisible Oregon on a weekly basis.  Set goals for your election work in 2020.   Swing Left holds regular letter writing parties. You can sign up at: Take Action Now.  If you are in the Portland area, join Indivisible Oregon letter writing parties with Swing Left/Vote Forward . You can also contribute to Swing Left Fundraiser. We are all in this together. 

BACKGROUND:

Just before President’s Day, the Senate GOP blocked three measures to protect our elections from hacking and foreign interference. It makes no sense.  
 The Democratic Iowa caucus showed that technology can create problems in any election, even one controlled by a single party for its own members
  • A largely bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee laid out the caseyet the Senate GOP repeatedly blocked election security bills
  • Our own Sen. Wyden tried to warn the DNC about a possible tech meltdown in Iowa. Wyden also warned that an app now in use called Voatz has not been tested for cyber security.  
  • “No known technology guarantees the secrecy, security and verifiability of a marked ballot transmitted over the Internet,” says the National Academy of Sciences.  
 Congress allocated $425 million for election security – only 11 months before election dayand without key requirements such as hand-marked paper ballots or post-election auditsNow 8,000 largely separate election jurisdictions are navigating how to spend their share without much guidance. 
 Election security is a national security issue. Call your MoCs and ask them to keep fighting for election security. Then work for a change in the Senate and the White House.  

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Friday, February 14, 2020

ACTION: IT’S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRACY

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IT’S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRACY 

ACTION ONE: TAKE ACTION IN 2020 TO TAKE BACK OUR DEMOCRACY 

Between now and November commit to doing the following on a regular basis: 

BACKGROUND:

The fabric of our society is being shredded and our Constitution liesin tatters. The GOP’s refusal to impeach Trump has emboldened him to go after his enemies and make America a banana republic. 
All’s not lost, however, since we can restore our democracy—by flipping the Senate, defending the House, winning state-level races to control 2021’s redistricting (allowing Democrats to win moreHouse seats over next decade), and taking back the Presidency. 
Accomplishing this monumental task, which is Swing Left’s goal,requires shoring up Democratic base, while also bringing in people who rarely or never vote (disproportionately women, people of color, youths)—especially important given GOP’s voter-registration purges, ID requirements, tactics to discouraging turnout, and Trump’s fear-mongering and disinformation.  
Swing Left, whose tactics helped Dems take back the House in 2018,has identified 12 “Super States” (Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida) that will be key to success in 2020. 
Time is of the essence and we all need to be involved in this fight.This Valentine’s Day, show love for our country by joining with SwingLeft to register voters and increase turnout sufficiently to win big in 2020. 

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