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Between the gridlock in DC and the terrible policies being enacted at the state level, focusing on state legislatures and other races is critical. Sister District, a Lean Left partner since 2017, has been one of the leading organizations to identify and support state legislative candidates. A small amount of effort or money can go a long way to help a state leg candidate!
- Support this key effort! Turn PA Blue is teaming with Sister District every Thursday to help elect top-priority Dem state legislative candidates. These calls enable staff and local volunteers to knock on more doors and with the data collected, help campaigns speak to the right voters, with the right messages, at the right times.
The deadline to register to vote in the May 17 primary has passed, but North Carolinians can still register and vote on the same day through One-Stop Early Voting, which began last Thursday. Our efforts in the next two weeks can turn out primary voters who will go on to vote in November!
- Did you know that Cheri Beasley, candidate for NC’s open U.S. Senate, lost her 2020 bid for Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court by 412 votes (out of 2.7 million)? 412 VOTES. Let’s keep that from happening in 2022: three ways to text out the vote and one effort to call black voters in historically disenfranchised areas. Learn More Here.
Statewide elections in WI are often decided by 1% or less.That means every vote counts. WI has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. The State Supreme Court recently banned mail ballot drop boxes. Elections are run at a municipal level so extensive outreach and oversight are needed to ensure all votes are counted.
- Join the Wisconsin voter protection team. SIGN UP HERE for an intro session.
Does having a real conversation with a voter make any difference in how they will vote? The research suggests yes! Listening to people’s concerns is a genuine way to engage people in a campaign and a candidate as well as help in shaping the messaging. This “deep canvassing” approach gets voters talking about personal experiences and draws on emotional connections. It can be used when making calls or knocking on doors.
- Join us on Swing Blue Alliance’s deep canvassing training. Shy about making calls or knocking on doors? Just come to the training and see how it’s done and find out about other people’s experiences. SIGN UP HERE!
Building Power Lunch Hours
NORTH CAROLINA, MONDAY, MAY 2, 12:00. Join Lean Left’s North Carolina Team for our monthly Lunch Hour meet-up. This month we’ll have an open discussion about the upcoming primary, candidates who may need our support, work we’re doing on behalf of voters, and what lies ahead. Bring your lunch, a snack or a drink, and let’s figure out how together we can work on behalf of North Carolina voters! SIGN UP HERE.
NEW HAMPSHIRE, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 12:00. Engaging voters with real conversations and supporting each other as we do this critical midterm election work. We’ll share ideas and experiences and make plans on how we can support our neighbors in their effort to bring democracy back to the Granite State. SIGN UP HERE.
Weary & Worried about the Midterm Election?
If you’re feeling anxious about what this year holds or wondering whether it’s worth getting involved, here are two events this month that may help. Attend one of these events (or both of them!) and then swing back to Lean Left Vermont for actions you can take. We’re here to help you get started! Email us here.
- Midterm Madness the Game Plan, Vote Save America’s guest Michael Podhorzer talks about the 2022 map and his data-driven case for optimism. Tues, May 3, 4:30 PM. SIGN UP HERE.
- Jumpstart for the Weary Activist: Tips for Joyful, Sustainable Activism. Sat, May 21, 5 pm. SIGN UP HERE!
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Wisconsin: A Sea Wall for Democracy
Headlines from Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s Democratic governor vetoes GOP abortion bills
Tony Evers vetoes critical race theory ban bill
Gov. Tony Evers Vetoes 6 GOP-Backed Election Bills
“I would’ve never guessed that my job as governor…was going to be mainly about making sure that our democracy is still intact
in this state.”
— Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers
Join Lean Left in supporting Governor Evers’ campaign as well as local Democratic County Committees in critical areas of the State.
Even Georgia Governor Brian Kemp knew there was a line not to be crossed regarding the validity of 2020 election results. He stood by the state’s results that handed Georgia’s electoral votes to Joe Biden. None of the Republicans looking to challenge Tony Evers for the Wisconsin governorship will have any hesitation in tossing out results they don’t like. One leading contender wants to destroy the bipartisan Wisconsin Election Commission so there is only “one throat to choke…if elections go wrong.” Another is still actively pursuing the decertification of the 2020 presidential results.
If Tony Evers falls, so does the state of Wisconsin. Republicans would have a trifecta and would use it to turn it into the Florida of the Midwest. Tony Evers’ veto is the only thing that has stopped them so far.
Wisconsin statewide elections are often decided by 1% or less. Tony Evers defeated Scott Walker by 1.1% and Biden defeated Trump by 0.63%. Much attention gets focused on Milwaukee and Madison but neither of these wins would have been possible without strength in other parts of the state.
Join Lean Left in supporting Governor Evers’s campaign as well as three Democratic county committees in critical parts of the state. One of these county committees (La Crosse) is also the center of the most, perhaps only, competitive US House race (WI-03) in the state. Dem Ron Kind is retiring.
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