Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday 8/3 Call to Action

Election Security-America’s Anemic Response
Top national security officials vowed Thursday to defend American elections against what they called real threats from Russia only weeks after President Trump seemed to accept President Vladimir V. Putin’s denials of interference during a summit meeting in Finland. FBI director, Christopher Wray, director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, national security adviser, John Bolton, and General Paul Nakasone, head of the National Security Agency were in attendance. The group sought to reassure voters that federal, state and local governments were taking steps to guard against Russia’s never-ending attempts to sow discord and affect our elections. With only ninety-something days left before the midterm election, this presentation seems way overdue.…/russia-election-security-midterm.…
Senate Republicans shoot down extra funds for election security
Senate Republicans voted down a bid Wednesday to direct an extra $250 million toward election security in advance of the 2018 midterms, despite heightened warnings from intelligence officials that foreign governments will try to interfere in the contests and evidence that some lawmakers have already been targeted.…/cac1750a-95a1-11e8-a679-b0…
The Secure Elections Act
Our very own Senator Amy Klobuchar along with Senator James Lankford have teamed up to create the Secure Elections Act. This bill would aim to get rid of paperless voting machines, incentivize states to perform post-election audits for most or even all elections, and finally expand information sharing regarding voting systems.
The bill is slated to be considered by the Senate Rules Committee later this month. In light of the GOP’s recent disinterest in even funding election security measures, the fate of this bill is unknown.…/james-lankford-amy-klobuch…/index.html
Remember, Russians have already penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says
U.S. cybersecurity official, Jeanette Manfra said in February that the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. It happened then and it’s bound to happen again in November.…/russians-penetrated-u-s-voter-sys…
Today, you could call Sen. Klobuchar and thank her for her continued efforts to keep Minnesota safe. Call Senator Tina Smith and encourage her to get vocal on this issue too. Luckily, Minnesota has some of the best voting practices in the United States. Let’s be sure we encourage everyone to get out and practice their right to vote in November.
Protect our Votes is an organization that conducts “election, voting machine and ballot research on a state, county and precinct level.” Let’s check this out and see what we can learn and how we can help:
The Final Stretch
This is it. We are in the final stretch before the midterm elections. It cannot be overstated how important it is that Democrats get elected in November. Every person needs to commit to helping increase voter turnout. Multiple studies have shown that personal contact with voters is the key to encouraging them to participate. Taking time to connect with someone fact to face (or almost as good-on the phone) can be enough to cause many people who never voted in the past to see themselves anew, as the sorts of people who regularly go to the polls on Election Day. In turn, voting even once can become habit forming, reinforcing self-identification as “a voter” long after the initial conversation with a canvasser. What is more, voter contacts have strong spillover effects within households, boosting participation by others as much as 60 percent. Largely regardless of the message, personal contact with reluctant voters — even once, but especially repeatedly — can shape the electorate dramatically.…/how-to-mobilize-reluctan…/…
What’s the takeaway? Now is the time to volunteer with a campaign to canvass. Push yourself out of your comfort zone these next three months. Share your enthusiasm for the DFL with others in Minnesota communities. You can rest easy at night knowing that you are doing your best to take back this country.
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push.
Join your neighbors to stand up against Trump and his terrible administration. #StandOnEveryCorner encourages all of us to get out in our communities and speak out about what’s happening in the U.S. right now. It’s simple and easy. Grab a sign and find a participating corner near you. Better yet, create your own corner and encourage others to join you. Learn more from this article here:…/honk-if-you-stand-with-s…/
Or here:…/…/
This tweet lists some of the participating spots. There are many in the Twin Cities.
Primaries are August 14th
Don’t forget to vote in the primaries by August 14th. Check out this website for more information on who’s running in Minnesota.…/minnesota-8-14-primary-at-a-…/
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
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