In 2019, several states have off-year elections. They include Virginia, where Democrats are only 2 seats away from a majority in both the State Senate and the House of Delegates. Success means that Democrats can draw fair Congressional districts in 2020.
We are supporting two terrific Sister District Project candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, Hala Ayala (District 51) and Larry Barnett (District 27), and one candidate for the Virginia State Senate, John Bell (District 13).
Why are state campaigns important? Sister District Project, an organization that targets state races, argues (and we agree) that the Republicans understood that the “state legislature is where the power lies to draw district lines for Congress.” In 2010 they took over many state legislatures and redrew the districts, maximizing their power. Besides this gerrymandering activity, they went directly after voting rights, passing voter ID bills, limiting the number of days of absentee balloting or early voting, and enacting numerous other voter suppression tactics. We will continue to work closely with the Sister District Project in 2019/2020.
Keep an eye out for actions that support our Sister District candidates! All of these actions can be found under the Take Action drop-down menu, including phonebanking, canvassing, texting, postcards, and voter empowerment.
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