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
- Trump donor hired Trump-tied lobbyists, then raked In coronavirus relief cash (The Daily Beast)
- Which Senate seats are most likely to flip in November? (The Washington Post)
- Trump (the company) asks Trump (the administration) for hotel relief (The New York Times)
- Team Trump fears suburban women will destroy him in 2020—and that coronavirus Is making it worse (The Daily Beast)
- Firms with Trump links or worth $100 million got small business loans (NBC News)
- 'A reckless choice’: Black, progressive activists warn Biden against picking Klobuchar as VP (McClatchy DC)
The Indivisible Montgomery Hearings and Public Events committee met on Apr. 26 to stay in touch, and to discuss what we should be doing during this period of physical distancing. Most of our members are participating in remote activities such as letter writing. The best thing we can do is to be prepared for what is likely to be a compressed political campaign in late summer and fall.
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
A special election for the House seat vacated by Katie Hill in CA-25 will be held on May 12. The race is a toss-up. We can help keep the House blue by supporting Democrat 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
Text with Resistance Labs in support of Turnout 2020, a national project to recruit volunteers to make phone calls to potential voters in swing states and get them to commit to vote. They will show you how to do it. Check it out here
Reclaim Our Vote, a non-partisan phone bank, post carding and textbanking campaign created by the Center For Common Ground, focuses on contacting voters of color in voter-suppression states to help them register and vote. Partners include NAACP, Rapid Resist, and Black Voters Matter. Sign up here.
Consider donating to funds like Ditch Mitch
, Retake the Senate
, or any of the SwingLeft
funds to target your donations to 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.