During this Congressional recess, we are condensing the committee updates into a single section. You can find information on important stories and actions below.
What we're reading:
Maryland voting news and actions
- The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions (The Guardian)
- An unprecedented divide between red and blue America (The Atlantic)
- EPA overhauls mercury pollution rule, despite opposition from industry and activists alike (The Washington Post)
- The Democrats' blowout victory in Wisconsin shows that Biden can absolutely win it in November (Daily Kos)
- Trump family members had Secret Service protection on over 4,000 trips from 2017 to 2019: analysis (The Hill)
- Kamala Harris' plan to save the election (Rolling Stone)
- Ten years after Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Trump administration weakens regulations (The Washington Post)
The Maryland presidential primary will be conducted primarily by mail
, with a few polling places available for those unable to vote by mail. If you are a registered Maryland voter, you don't have to request a ballot - it will be mailed to you.
You can return it by mail by June 2 or drop it off in ballot boxes at locations to be determined.
The most important thing you can do now
is to check that your voter registration reflects your current residential address and that your status is active. Check your voter registration here
Demonstrating that vote-by-mail works is especially important after the outrageous efforts to disenfranchise voters in the recent election in Wisconsin. Republican legislators forced Wisconsin citizens to vote in person, risking their lives and the lives of their loved ones. In defiance, they did vote, in record numbers
. This is our chance to stand with the people of Wisconsin. Register. Vote by mail. Spread the word on social media.
Did you know teenagers who live in Maryland can register when they turn 16 and they can vote in the June 2 primary if they will be 18 by the general election on November 3, 2020? Let them know!
National voting actions
Last Monday, Democrats won a critical victory in Wisconsin when State Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky was elected to the WI Supreme Court. The election's legitimacy had been undermined by Republican voter suppression efforts but the result will narrow conservatives' majority to 4-3 and set up progressives to potentially take control of the court when the next conservative incumbent faces the voters in 2023. That would be momentous for voting rights and fair elections in Wisconsin.
On May 12, a toss-up special election for the House seat vacated by Katie Hill in CA-25 will be decided. We can help keep the House blue by supporting Christy Smith. Donate
or call voters from home
. Read about the race here
You can write letters to encourage traditionally underrepresented voters in swing states to vote on Nov. 3. Go to Vote Forward
to learn about the letter-writing campaign and print your own letters, following the directions here
. For additional help, including effective messages, check out our tips on writing these letters
. Video chat with your friends or family for a virtual letter-writing party! Do not mail your letters now
-- we’ll collect them this summer for mailing in October. Contact Steve
if you have any questions.
You can participate in a test to compare the effectiveness of letters and postcards in registering targeted voters in Pennsylvania. Print letters or have them (and envelopes) left at your door. Contact BetsyKrieger@gmail.com
of Sister District MD-3. More information here
Text with or donate to the Indivisible Payback Project. The Payback Project is targeting your "favorite" nine Republican senators, including Sens. McConnell, Graham, Collins and Loeffler. You can help defeat them by supporting critical organizing work in their states. Go here to learn how
Resistance Labs also has texting projects for encouraging those in other states to request mail-in ballots--an essential in an era of social distancing! More information here
You can donate now to the eventual Dem nominee in a number of 2020 races. Funds like Ditch Mitch
, Retake the Senate
, or any of the SwingLeft
funds are great ways to make sure your donations are used by Democrats in important races in November.
Want to donate or volunteer with a group fighting voter suppression or encouraging women to run for office? Check out this page
with a short list of organizations that do that.