Midterm Challenge – Know Your Ballot!

Let’s get ready for the 2018 Midterm elections! If you’re like many people, when you are face-to-face with your mail-in ballot here in Washington, it can feel overwhelming. So many issues, initiatives, so many offices to vote on! Today we’re taking a few minutes ahead of the election to prepare, with tools to review your ballot ahead of time, tools for getting information to help you decide how to vote, and an ask to extend the reach of your vote by sharing your opinion with other voters.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT. Research indicates that progressives, women and minority voters who did not go to the polls in 2016 elections would have made the difference in the choice for the President of the United States. Plus, the people you are electing are YOUR VOICE in Congress, in our courts, and in our local and state government offices.

Ballots will be here starting Wednesday, Oct. 18th. Let’s do our research now and make a plan for our vote for the November General Election.

ACTION: Decide who and what you will vote for!

Step 1. Make your list. You can go to BallotReady.org and view a personalized ballot for your vote. Just click on candidate names and scroll down to see additional non-partisan information on candidates and issues. After you make your candidate selections you can print or email the ballot with your choices from the BallotReady.org website.

Also, sample ballot for Washington State here: Sample ballot here: https://www.kingcounty.gov/~/media/depts/elections/elections/2018/11/sample-ballot-en.ashx.

Step 2. Still uncertain about specific issues or candidates? Other options for election information include

- The Washington State Voters Guide, https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/research/2018-voters-pamphlet.aspx (interactive version at https://weiapplets.sos.wa.gov/MyVote/#/login)

- The League of Women Voters, https://www.lwv.org/blog/so-you-think-youre-ready-vote

- Fuse’s Progressive Voters Guide, https://www.progressivevotersguide.com/

- SI’s endorsements, https://www.seattleindivisible.com/blog/2018/9/29/seattle-indivisible-midterm-endorsements

Still not sure on a couple of key issues? Ideas to try for more in-depth information:

- Read an Op-Ed in your local newspaper

- Go to (or watch on TV or livestream) a debate or other campaign event

- Ask a candidate a question (call, email, Facebook, at a live event)  -- Try the Townhall Project at https://townhallproject.com/ to find live events featuring incumbents in your area

Step 3. Share your opinion! Maybe you felt fairly neutral about certain candidates or ballot measures before, but chances are that now you’ve done all this work, you have some new and potentially strong opinions. That’s a good thing! So now, tell people what you think and why. Pick one or more of the following:

- Talk to 5 friends about it in person or over text

- Post a Facebook status or tweet about it

- Write an Op-Ed for your local newspaper

IF YOU CANNOT VOTE for any reason, MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT by making your decisions for Step #1 and Step #2 on your local sample ballot (to clarify what and who you really want to advocate for). Then really focus on Step #3 to help your local friends refine their voting plan.

Background:

“The Non-Voters Who Decided The Election: Trump Won Because of Lower Democratic Turnout,” Forbes Magazine, https://www.forbes.com/sites/omribenshahar/2016/11/17/the-non-voters-who-decided-the-election-trump-won-because-of-lower-democratic-turnout/#408791d653ab

Thanks to 5calls.org for information included in this Daily Action.

DON’T FORGET

Tuesday 11:45 am - Resist Trump Tuesday Rally

Meet outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Avenue, followed by a meeting with our Senators’ Staffers

Tuesday 7:00 pm - Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting

At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District (new location!), 321 16th Avenue). This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.

ELECTION EVENTS

We just learned that SwingLeft now has a rolling phone bank for Kim Schrier that you can do from home!

https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/swingleft/event/61349/

WE NEED 25 INDIVISIBLES TO CANVASS IN WA-08 ON OCT 20

We agreed to bring enough volunteers to fully staff a Planned Parenthood Action GoTV canvass in Federal Way on Saturday Oct. 20--the first Saturday after ballots are received--so we really need your help. There’s no better way to harness that post-Kavanaugh energy than talking to PP supporters in the 8th District, explaining how essential it is that they turn that ballot in.

Please help (and bring your friends) by signing up on the below Google Form:

https://goo.gl/forms/zC4yrhvM1oqiKg253

Phone Bank in Seattle to Flip the 8th Congressional District:

Wednesday, October 17th (6-8pm) in Seattle:

Machinists Union Local 751, 9125 15th Pl S, Seattle, WA 98108

RSVP directly with the Schrier campaign so they know how many of us are coming:

https://secure.ngpvan.com/VZ3BR0FwE0SSH9gX9Cqy9Q2

Please join Seattle Indivisible for #MyVoteMyVoice

Monday, October 22, 7-9pm at Optimism Brewing. Speakers include Attorney General Bob Ferguson and State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna. We’ll be joined by 10 human rights non-profits and DJ Megabooty of KBCS 91.3 FM spinning tunes. We will showcase the best videos from the #MyVoteMyVoice video challenge — some of which will be featured in Indivisible’s national video campaign leading up to the election! Be sure to bring your ballot with you, because at 9 pm, we will march down to the ballot box (with live music!) to deposit our ballots. Make your own #MyVoteMyVoice selfie video, write postcards to voters in WA-8, win Amplifier art, enjoy great food trucks and Cupcake Royale cupcakes as we celebrate the vote! Kids and dogs welcome.

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2179967772217280/

Eventbrite sign up: (Tickets are free; we’ll accept donations at the event to help cover costs.)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/myvotemyvoice-tickets-50893098628

MORE INFORMATION on Canvassing events:

https://www.seattleindivisible.com/election-events/