Link Love for GET OUT THE VOTE DAY

The last day to vote is Tuesday.  Have you made sure all the good people in your life have the information they need to vote and have figured out a plan to get to the polling place if they haven’t voted yet?  (Have you made a plan to vote?)

I’ll be out canvassing with my sister.  DH is picking up signs for polling places for our congressional candidate and AG candidate from a nearby city.  Reader FF is canvassing too!

I’ll also be canvassing. I was really dreading it initially, but felt very energized by the positive feedback–some people even thanked us for doing this. Living in a reddish part of a purple district, it’s been good for me to see that there are others in my area who think as I do and are very enthusiastic about voting for Democrats (and voting out Republicans). I was told that GOTV canvassing is the most fun you’ll have canvassing. At this point, it’s more about getting supporters to actually vote, and less about convincing people. So I hope that you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

If you google “volunteer” and then either your senate candidate or your governor candidate, chances are they have a good ground game and a cell phone app that can get you hooked up this weekend.

If Fort Bend goes blue

Abe Lincoln’s republican party

Thread about the rise of Nazism in 1933 The parallels to today…

Related:  Guns did not help Jewish people in Germany

More families were separated than originally reported

Birthright citizenship case

I can’t believe Lindsey Graham said this (literal jaw drop):

Girls suing for the right to wear pants in a public charter in the US

Fascism in Brazil

Message to the Media on reporting objective facts

Trump cancels program to fight domestic terror

How facebook is melting the minds of our elders

Here are the idiots behind the dumb scheme to accuse robert nueller of sexual harassment

The following is a really good explainer about why Ken Paxton is able to run for AG despite being under indictment for insider trading (if you watched the Jon Oliver segment and had so many questions):

 

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14 Responses to “Link Love for GET OUT THE VOTE DAY”

  1. rose Says:

    Thank you. Voted … including for AG.

  2. rose Says:

    OH YES!!!! AND, and working at my polling place Tuesday calling and reminding people of one party to come in and vote.
    Thank you for all the encouragement and hand holding you two and your readers have been doing since early 2016 ~ actually since 2015 but…. . Two more years and I hope/need you to keep writing and posting; you make a difference!!!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Wooooo!

      Thanks for your service!

      We’re taking a lunch break between block-walks right now. I also grabbed a bunch of mail-in voter registration cards. I wish I’d had them with our first set. People had told me there weren’t many unregistered voters on their walks but I think they were doing different neighborhoods.

  3. nicoleandmaggie Says:

    Lessons from canvassing:

    A lot of people aren’t aware of the voting hours, if early voting is still going on, etc. They are so happy to get information. It helps if you have handouts with that info on it.

    A lot of people aren’t sure if they’re registered to vote. They really appreciate it if you bring up the page so they can put in their info and check. So far it’s been about 50/50 whether or not they’re registered in our county.

    I registered 3 people to vote in the next election today and handed out 2 prepaid postage cards to people who didn’t have time to fill out their forms. I would have registered 3 more if I had had my stuff with me in the first round of canvassing we did. There are a lot of disenfranchised people out there. It is not fair and we need to do a better job of enfranchising them. *I* need to do a better job of enfranchising them. I’m definitely renewing my deputy voter registration in January.

    There are a lot of very nice Dem kids of not very nice Repub parents. The parents generally still let them talk to us when we asked for the kids by name instead of slamming the door on our faces as they had initially wanted to.

    Being a cute white girl with a cuter younger white girl makes even the most curmudgeonly Trump supporter be polite and apologetic after an initial negative reaction. I need to use that privilege for good more often.

    There are a lot of really really nice people out there.

    There are also a lot of really cute pets and children out there.

    • Debbie M Says:

      Thanks, this was interesting! And thanks for doing it. I always assume that no one wants to be canvassed, but clearly I’m wrong!

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        The lists we were using only have people who are presumed democrats (I don’t know how they make that presumption).

        There’s still plenty of campaigning going on today and tomorrow for your senate candidate! map.betofortexas.com should show you where your local pop-up offices are, and they can get you hooked up. (In addition to canvassing, campaigns need volunteers for driving and other stuff.)

    • Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

      Having a cute reasonably behaved kid can really swing things the right way, I’ve come to realize! I didn’t ever think of that before but it’s true.

  4. FF Says:

    It’s interesting how different voting is in different places. Here in NY, there’s no early voting, registration ended a few weeks ago, and absentee ballots require an excuse. So almost everyone is voting on Tuesday,

    How did you find canvassing? Fun, awful, or somewhere in-between?

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      In between. I didn’t go by myself– I was sort of a canvasser-in-training today. I am really bad at using the app and talking to people at the same time. My sister had to keep rescuing me. There are a lot of really rewarding parts though– helping people who wanted to do something good but didn’t know how is such a great feeling.

      Early voting is the BEST. The whole COUNTRY should have had the VRA. I hope early voting sticks around here now that the VRA has been removed from the racist South.

      • FF Says:

        I’ve gone four times with different partners each time–I would be too nervous by myself. Today I was paired with a first-timer, so I was the more experienced canvasser and handled most of the talking–it does get easier with practice. I don’t use the app when talking to people unless I’m looking up their polling place–I put in the information and sync afterwards, and I check their names before I get to the door).

        I also have seen some cute pets (and a couple of scary dogs) and children, and also a number of chickens.

  5. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  6. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    We sent in our ballots on the weekend. I hate talking to people but I’ve texted anyone who is likely to forget to vote because they’re very busy to remind them.

    All the terrible things going on make me want to lay on the dog bed with Seamus for comfort. But we keep carrying on.


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