Take Three Actions Now:
Protect Our Local Elections From "The Big Lie"
The Thurston County GOP has sent out a massive amount of volunteers to observe the general electoral process at the County's Ballot Processing Center in Tumwater. The embrace of the GOP across the nation of the lie that elections are rigged and stolen when Republicans don't win makes it crucial that there are both Democratic and Independent observers to ensure that false allegations do not go unchecked. Ballots dropped Oct. 7, so next week our election workers will be doing signature verifications and (possibly) ballot inspections.
Good News: Last Wednesday, OI co-founder put out a call to OI members asking registered Democrats to sign up as observers for next week and y’all knocked it out of the park! The Dems now have filled the slots for election observation...BUT, we still need registered Independents to sign up to be observers.
Action 1: Help Thurston County Auditor's Office protect our local elections from "The Big Lie" by signing up as a registered Independent observer on one or more of the following days next week:
Threatening to Change the Filibuster Terrified the GOP into Raising the Debt Ceiling. Let’s do the Same For Voting Rights.
“President Biden last Tuesday said it is a “real possibility” that Senate Democrats could seek to revise the Chamber’s filibuster rules to overcome a Republican blockade on raising the debt ceiling.” The very next day Mitch McConnell suddenly offered to work with Democrats to fix the debt ceiling crisis. The President needs to use power to do the same for voting rights.
Action 2: Contact President Biden and tell him to publicly declare a “real possibility” that Senate Democrats could revise filibuster rules to overcome the Republican blockade on voting rights.
Call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 Tues-Thurs, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.
Script: My name is _______ . I am calling from zip code ______ to urge the President to publicly raise the “real possibility” of the Senate Chamber revising the filibuster to overcome the Republican blockade of The Freedom to Vote Act. Last week, you said that revising the filibuster was a “real possibility” to overcome Republican blockage of raising the debt ceiling, and McConnell suddenly agreed to work with Democrats. Please use your power to do the same concerning the Freedom to Vote Act. Free and fair elections deserve no less.
Want to do more? Call our Senators and let them know you want them to adjust the filibuster now to pass the Freedom to Vote Act.
Congressional Redistricting Comments Needed
Last week we asked you to comment on the Redistricting of our Legislative Districts. This week we are focusing on the Redistricting of our Congressional Districts. We only get this chance once every 10 years! Written testimony is due to the commission by Oct 22.
You can see all 4 Commissioner proposed maps here: Commission Proposed Congressional Maps. The League of Women Voters map here.
The Sims and Walkinshaw maps keep CD10 close to what it is now.
The Graves map moves us completely out of CD10 and splits Thurston between CD8, CD6 and CD3. The Fain maps split the Thurston between CD10, CD6 and CD3.
What criteria must be considered in redrawing district boundaries?
Personalize your comments if possible. Read guidance from the League of Women Voters: How to write effective testimony. Written testimony is due to the commission by Oct 22.
League of Women Voters recommended talking point: Keep Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey in CD10 with South Pierce County.
Action 3: Submit a Comment:
It is helpful if you would modify the script to make it more personal and say why keeping our voting district community-based is important to you.
Script: I'm [NAME] from [CITY], [ZIP] . Please keep Thurston County in CD10.
The larger cities of Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater form strong communities of interest together in commerce, interlocal agreements and political advocacy groups.
Keeping communities of common interest together is more important than district competitiveness.
The Graves and Fain maps each split Thurston County into 3 Congressional Districts. The Graves map splits Lacey into 2 districts and the Fain map separates Olympia from Tumwater.
I urge you to keep Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater together in CD10 with South Pierce County as recommended by the League of Women Voters.
The criteria says: Keep communities of interest together and minimize the number of counties and municipalities divided into more than one district.
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