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In 2018, an estimated 117 million eligible voters didn’t vote in the midterms.
Some of the common reasons? They didn’t understand their state’s voting laws; they didn’t have a voter ID; they couldn’t afford to take time off work or pay for child care; they didn’t have transportation; their state has been gerrymandered, polling locations have closed or moved, they’ve been purged from the voting rolls, they think their vote doesn’t count.
Sometimes, the steps it takes to cast a ballot have become so convoluted and difficult that it’s easiest to just give up.
Lean Left believes that every eligible voter has a right to participate in our democracy as an informed voter with easy access to the ballot box. In keeping with our mission to help elect Democrats and Progressives in other states, we partner with organizations that are putting power back into the hands of the people in our target states. How do these organizations do that?
Access to voter IDs
Logistical support (transportation, etc.)
Fighting laws that suppress voting rights
Advocating for policies that protect and expand voting rights
These organizations empower volunteers to do the hard work of empowering voters. As volunteers, we can table at voter registration events, make phone calls and write postcards to educate voters about the laws in their states, text potential volunteers to ask them to step up and take action, help people get voter IDs, and more. Plus, we can raise much-needed funds for organizations that do this hard work!
Most of this support in our target states can be done from right here in Vermont!
Check back here often to find actions that will help voters participate in our democracy.
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[Rebecca: we like the idea of having hyperlinks to some of the more complicated concepts, but we don’t know if this page is appropriate for those links. Our goal has been to keep the Actions pages as clean and simple as possible. If you think you’d like to see these added somewhere, we’ve provided the words and corresponding links below:
gerrymandering in PA https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/the-problem
voter ID laws https://www.aclu.org/other/oppose-voter-id-legislation-fact-sheet
closing of polling locations https://newrepublic.com/article/151966/gops-sneakiest-voter-suppression-tactic
transportation issues https://prospect.org/article/what-happens-when-you-cant-catch-ride-polls
voter purge https://www.letamericavote.org/news/blog/2018/georgias-use-it-or-lose-it-voter-purge-forced-more-than-850000-eligible-voters-off-the-rolls/