It's the 4th of July! Defend the Right to Vote, Get Out the Vote!

Official Group Daily Action for Tuesday July 4th

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The bedrock of independence and democracy is the right to vote. This Independence Day, push back against voter suppression and sign up to get out the vote in Washington State’s most important legislative race.

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Action 1: Say “No” to Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission

Donald Trump is desperate to prove voter fraud where none exists, and determined to further stack the electoral deck toward right-wing Republicans. That's why he chose Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach—a ferocious advocate for restrictive voting laws—to lead an executive commission to investigate “those vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices … that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting, including fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.”  Since there is no evidence of significant voter fraud it's clear that the commission’s real aim is voter suppression.

Kobach’s commission has demanded that every state supply the commission with an unprecedented level of personal voter information.  Twenty states have refused to comply, but Kim Wyman, Washington’s Republican Secretary of State, has not yet taken a clear position on turning over our data. Her office is closed today for the 4th of July, but you can leave her a voicemail demanding that she declare our state’s independence from Trump’s and Kobach’s bogus voter fraud witch-hunt.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman

Phone: 360-902-4151

e-mail (if her voicemail is full): mail@sos.wa.gov

Script: “My name is [name], and I’m calling from [city, zip]. I am calling to urge Secretary of State Wyman to repudiate the false narrative of voter fraud and tell the Kobach Commission to ‘go jump in Puget Sound.’”

Background:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-secretary-of-state-to-stick-by-voter-data-request-for-now/

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/05/kris_kobach_is_leading_trump_s_vote_fraud_commission_that_s_terrifying.html

Action 2: Help Get Out the Vote in Washington’s Most Important Race

Our state Senate has a Republican majority that, while razor-thin, has nonetheless successfully blocked progressive policies on tax reform,  carbon emissions, voting rights and birth control. But the race for the open Senate seat in the 45th District (Redmond/Kirkland) could change all of that and put our state on a progressive path. If Manka Dhingra wins the 45th District state Senate special electionWashington state’s legislative gridlock will break andpositive changes can begin in ourstate.  Manka Dhingra's campaign is taking sign-ups for phone-banking and canvassing at: https://www.sisterdistrict.com/wass45

Background: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/03/next-national-special-election-clash-240154

http://www.electmanka.com/

Don’t Forget---Town Halls!

Senator Cantwell is holding three long-awaited Town Halls in Seattle week: a Town Hall on healthcare on Wednesday, July 5th at the UW, a Town Hall on net neutrality this Friday July 7that Town Hall Seattle, and a general Town Hall at the TEC High School gymnasium in White Center this Saturday, July 8th. More information and free tickets at: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/townhalls

Rep. Jayapal will be hosting a healthcare Town Hall at Town Hall Seattle this Thursday July 6th. Detailsand RSVP at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqobL15qY0EcV5o2uLhnqFbVFza7nprbxS0EI3wW6zNfTxew/viewform

Do you have ideas for a future call to action? E-mail daily-action@seattleindivisible.com