The 2020 election may be over, but for Delaware Democrats the work to inform, register and motivate voters continues.
With Democrats defending slim majorities in the U.S. Congress and dozens of seats up for grabs in the Delaware General Assembly, the 2022 campaign season has already begun.
As a member of the 14th District Democratic Committee, you can help elect Democrats to local, state and national office. In 2020, we provided critical support to candidates by sending thousands of letters, raising thousands of dollars and participating in Get Out the Vote drives.
Join us by emailing Committee Secretary Cheryl Fruchtman at DE14RDDems@gmail.com to express interest.
Several other organizations that support Democrats are seeking volunteers in the next election cycle:
Vote Forward volunteers send handwritten letters to unregistered and low-propensity voters—particularly in battleground states—encouraging them to vote. In 2020, volunteers sent more than 20 million postcards, boosting voter turnout nationwide and in the Georgia runoffs.
Rock the Vote is focused on building the youth vote with education and registration initiatives. Since its founding by music executives in 1990, the group has registered more than 12 million voters.
Environmental Voter Project identifies environmentalists and works to engage them in the political process. In 2020, the program targeted 1.8 million non-voters in 12 key states, and turned 607,000 into voters.
Get involved so Delaware can Build Back Better!
The 2020 U.S. election was the most secure in American history, according to federal elections officials. Yet Republican lawmakers continue to claim election fraud and are currently pushing more than 360 bills that would make it harder for Americans to vote.
The latest state considering voter suppression measures is Texas, where legislation would eliminate large voting sites, ban drive-through voting and restrict voters from dropping off completed absentee ballots. Opponents of this campaign to curb democracy maintain the legislation would disproportionately impact young, disabled and Black and Hispanic Texans.
But Americans can fight back, supporting organizations in Texas working to defeat voter suppression efforts and encourage get-out-the-vote initiatives. As Los Angeles editor Robert Hubbell recently noted in his daily newsletter, six groups are particularly worthy of your attention:
• Powered By People organizes volunteers to encourage Texas voters to register, vote and volunteer.
• Texas Organizing Project leads grassroots lobbying and electoral organizing efforts on behalf of Black and Latino communities in Dallas, Harris and Bexar counties.
• MOVE Texas opposes “Governor Abbott’s radical anti-voter scheme,” according to its website.
• JOLT works to build the political power and influence of young Latino Texans.
Please check them out and get involved. The 2022 campaign has already begun.
It Takes You, It Takes Me, It Takes ALL OF US . . .
At least 45 states are considering restrictive laws to make it more difficult to vote. These voter suppression laws, most proposed by Republican-dominated state legislatures, could alter future elections, particularly in battleground states like Georgia, Pennsylvania and Arizona.
But a growing grassroots movement is working to protect voting rights, in part by soliciting the aid of CEOs of corporations with significant operations in these states. If you want to join this effort, please start by sending an email message to business leaders in Georgia, encouraging them to repeal the recently passed S.B. 202. We’ve included their email addresses along with a sample message that you can use as to personalize your note. Let’s make our voices heard. Our democracy may depend on it.
· The Home Depot – Craig Menear – email@example.com
· United Parcel Service – Carol B. Tomé firstname.lastname@example.org
· Delta Air Lines - Ed Bastian – email@example.com
· Arby’s - Paul Brown – firstname.lastname@example.org
· The Coca-Cola Company - James Quincey – email@example.com
· Cox Media Group - Daniel York – firstname.lastname@example.org
· Genuine Parts Company - Paul D. Donahue – email@example.com
· Georgia Pacific - Christian Fischer – firstname.lastname@example.org
· Porsche - Oliver Blume – email@example.com
Dear [Recipient]:As a longtime customer and fan of your company, I am writing you to ask that you use your influence to correct the voter suppression effort in Georgia. Your influence can help repeal the new, restrictive voting rights law, S.B. 202. It’s bad for our democracy, bad for the reputation of your company and bad for Georgia. Action is needed throughout the business community to remedy the situation, and I ask that you take a leadership position to protect democracy for all Americans. Thank you for your action on this matter,
SUPPORT THOSE FIGHTING VOTER SUPPRESSION EFFORTSFortunately, hundreds of major companies and corporate leaders have also taken a stand against new restrictions on voting. They should be recognized for their efforts as well. Among the major corporate names: Target, Netflix, Bank of America, Facebook, Cisco, Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, Dell Technologies, HP and American Airlines. Please take a moment to write their CEOs expressing your appreciation for their efforts as well. A sample message:
Dear [Recipient]:As a longtime customer and fan of your company, I am writing to thank you for taking a stand against voter suppression legislation across the country. Your influence is helping to ensure the right to vote is protected for all Americans. And I hope that you’ll continue to oppose these anti-democratic laws whenever they are proposed. Thank you for your action on this matter,[Your Name]
It Takes You, It Takes Me, It Takes ALL OF US . . .