Election Day is technically on November 6th, but in many states across the country, voting has already begun — and in too many states, some people won’t be able to vote at all.
Early voting is an underutilized tool that can be incredibly beneficial to Democrats. The process varies from state to state, but voting casting a ballot in the weeks leading up to Election Day helps ensure a maximum number of votes, shortens lines at the polls for everyone else, and makes getting out the vote on November 6th that much easier.
There’s a reason why Republicans have sought to curtail early voting in so many states: it has historically been utilized most by working people and minorities.
Trying to vote early will also help ensure that you’re not left hanging on Election Day due to the increasingly malicious schemes being run by Republican legislatures and Secretaries of State. Progressives Everywhere has focused a lot on voting rights over the last year, and this week, the national public finally took notice of an egregious but in no way atypical scam being run Brian Kemp, the Georgia Secretary of State and GOP candidate for governor.
There are currently 53,000 voter applications in limbo in Georgia because of unnamed “violations” of the Exact Match system that Georgia uses to disqualify voters. Just 10% of those registrations are from white people, while 70% belong to black voters. Kemp has since 2012 purged a whopping 1.5 million voters from the state books and closed 200 polling places, working diligently to disenfranchise the state’s growing minority population.
His history is a stark contrast to his Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race, former State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, whose New Georgia Project worked to register 800,000 voters since 2014.
A coalition of civil rights groups have sued to get those 53,000 registrations confirmed in time for the election so people can fill out real ballots and not provisional ones, and Abrams is working hard to create a network of poll monitors and volunteers to make sure every vote is counted.
Here’s a pretty good summary:
The race is neck and neck and Kemp’s only hope may be to steal this election. We can’t let that happen. You can donate to Abrams campaign HERE.
Unfortunately, this is just one of many voter suppression schemes. Here are just a taste of the others happening across the country:
- The Supreme Court just allowed an onerous voter ID law that will make it harder for Native Americans to vote in North Dakota, home to a close Senate race. There are groups there working to help ensure all Native American voters can cast their ballots. You can donate to them via Progressives Everywhere’s Get Out the Vote page HERE.
- The court also OK’d Ohio’s purge of over a million voters, while Indiana has eliminated nearly half a million voters from the rolls in the last half-decade. You can donate to Kathleen Clyde, the Democrat running for Secretary of State in Ohio, as well as other Democrats running for SoS in other key states, by clicking HERE!
- Kansas, under the leadership of democracy-hating criminal Kris Kobach, has incredibly strict Voter ID laws. Kobach, a malignant clown who also pushed the citizenship question on the 2020 census and ran Trump’s failed “voter fraud” commission, is running for Governor in a tight race with Democrat Laura Kelly. You can donate to Laura Kelly by clicking HERE