Weekly Action Update — Protect the Vote

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November 8, 2022

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The Good News:Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and New Hampshire have better congressional district maps. 

The Bad News: According to Politico, Tapes reveal GOP plan to contest elections by placing an army of operatives as poll workers and building a friendly attorneys “hotline.” 

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Wisconsin

Voter intimidation at the polls has risen dramatically in Wisconsin. It is likely to get worse. Help protect the vote in Wisconsin by recruiting poll observers for the August primary election! Poll observers are the eyes and ears of the WisDems at polling locations, and they need your help to recruit them so that voters can safely and easily cast their ballots.

  • Recruit poll observers via a supported phone bank. There are several time slots weekly. SIGN UP HERE!

Pennsylvania

Sister District Project, a Lean Left partner since 2017, strategically supports state legislative candidates, which has helped to flip legislatures blue and make inroads in others. Thanks to Pennsylvania’s non-partisan redistricting committee the state has a fairer map, which means Democrats have a decent chance at flipping the state legislature blue! You have two opportunities to work with Sister District in PA.  

New Hampshire

In our small towns, elections are won or lost by a very few votes. In 2020, the closest races for the NH House of Representatives were determined by just 754 votes, an average of 53 votes per race. What this means literally is that every single vote counts. The far-right will try to intimidate voters or cause confusion at the polls. 

  • Help the NH Voter Protection team recruit poll inspectors and poll observers, staff the hotlines, and get out the message about how voters can vote safely. SIGN UP HERE!

North Carolina

The Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, and the State Supreme Court are the only bulwark against NC’s current ultra-conservative legislature. In 2022, more Democrats must be elected to the state legislature to protect Gov Cooper’s veto; the State Supreme Court must retain its Democratic majority in order to safeguard the rights of the state’s citizens; and Cheri Beasley must win the open U.S. Senate seat, which could determine party control.

  • To ensure victory in November, we’ll need every last volunteer. So we’re helping All In for NC as they launch a big, new program to call and activate 1,000 of their past volunteers! These phone calls are meant to re-engage prior volunteers—friendly, appreciative people who share your values and concerns. Not ready to make those candidate calls yourself? Find someone who is! SIGN UP HERE! 

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There is much at stake in Pennsylvania in 2022. There are open seats for Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, and Senate. Of course, all of the US House seats are in play.  

Nothing is more exciting than the fact that with new fairer state legislative maps, Dems have a real shot at flipping the PA House of Representatives. They also need to hold or make inroads in the less favorable State Senate map.

Join Lean Left in supporting a set of nested state legislative races (one State Senate and three State House) that can change the balance of power in Harrisburg to protect abortion rights, pass gun control legislation and fight for other progressive values. 

State Senator Katie Muth is a fragile incumbent. She was first elected in 2018 when she defeated the Republican incumbent. She has been a champion of environmental protection, even taking on her own party over gas lines. The Republicans want this seat back!

State Representative Dan Williams is a House incumbent whose district lies within Katie’s. With 2020 redistricting, his district has changed a great deal. He has to introduce himself to his new constituents.

 Challenger Cathy Spahr’s district also overlaps Katie’s. Democrats have come close to flipping this one in the last two elections. As a working single mother of two, Cathy understands well the challenges facing working families.

Challenger Paul Friel narrowly lost to the Republican incumbent in his district (embedded in Katie’s Senate district) in 2020. Paul is a small business owner with strong and deep ties to his district including as a current member of his local school board.  

Check out the PENNSYLVANIA Briefing Sheet for more information about this battleground state.

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Upcoming Events

North Carolina Team Meeting, Monday, June 6 at 12:00. Join us on Monday, June 6, at noon for Lean Left’s Building Power Lunch Hour to discuss how we as out-of-state volunteers can support the election of Cheri Beasley to the U.S. Senate and the re-election of two state Supreme Court justices, as well as ensure that Governor Cooper’s veto power stands as a check on the Republican legislature. Sign up here.

Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Action Meeting, Tuesday, June 14, 5:30 – 7:00 PM.
We will start with an overview of what is at stake in PA and WI (which is just about everything!) and voting rights issues in each state. The focus of the meeting will be on important actions that you can take or organizations that you can follow to get engaged. There will be information on how to sign up for actions and what to expect when you do. SIGN UP HERE.

New Hampshire, Team Power Lunch, Thursday, June 16 at 12:00. We have updates on the district maps — good news for a change. (News story here.) There will also be an update on canvassing. We have new information to make it easier to sign up. Come share your 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

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