The 39 State Strategy To Win In November

Last week Wisconsin taught us a lot both good and despicable. Let’s explore.

The Republicans in Wisconsin forced people to risk their lives in order to exercise their right to vote last week in Wisconsin. Five Supreme Court Justices, (Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts and Clarence Thomas) were complicit. The Republicans made it clear that they care much more about their power than the lives of the citizens. If you ever had any doubt this should dispel it. The Republicans will stop at absolutely nothing to win elections.

The objective for progressives should be to remove Donald Trump from office and take back the Senate in November. (I’m assuming we retain control of the House.) Both goals are achievable. Even in the best of circumstances it won’t be easy. The Republicans will make certain that we are not dealing with the best of circumstances.

Again hoping I am incorrect, I expect a second wave of the coronavirus to interfere with the election. Various strategies will be employed by the Republicans but all will have the same desired objective: suppressing voter turnout. They know they cannot win sans voter suppression and gerrymandering.

The key to a Democratic (in this case as close as you can get to synonymous with progressive) victory is huge voter turnout. In order to achieve that we have to get as close to all of the registered voters who lean Democratic/progressive to cast their votes as possible. The biggest thing we have going for us is that we have a decentralized election system in America which makes it challenging to hack. If you get your vote in there is a very good chance it will be counted.

There are 39 states that really count in this endeavor; the 34 states with Senate races of varying doubt of outcome and the 15 battleground states in the Electoral College (10 overlap hence the total of 39. They breakdown as follows:

Senate only: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming

Senate and Battleground: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia (two seats), Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia.

Battleground only: Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Here are six not always so easy steps to follow: (I hope you will be able to stop at step four.)

Step One. Go to your state’s website and check you registration status. If they don’t show you as registered you must remedy that before you can vote. Fault doesn’t play a role and many GOP controlled states are actively purging people in a voter suppression effort.

Step Two. Find out what provisions/requirements there are for absentee by mail voting. If your state has such a provision and you qualify find out what is the earliest date you can “apply” is and the procedure for doing so.

Step Three. Assuming your state has such a provision and you qualify apply on day one. There will be backlogs even in the states that try to be fair.

Step Four. If your state’s website allows you to, monitor the progress of your application and vote.

Step Five. If you do not qualify for mail in voting but qualify for in person absentee voting (a/k/a early voting) do so on the first day of the time period. If there is a coronavirus outbreak things will not get better as time goes on and beside that, life happens.

Step Six. If your only option is in person Election Day voting then get your “good intentions” to the polls! You may have to risk your life to vote. Democracy and America as we know (or perhaps I should say knew) it is on the line. Since the Revolutionary War patriotic Americans have periodically risked and in too many cases lost their lives on the battlefield to preserve America and our right to vote. Your country is now asking you to do the same.

I hope you don’t have to resort to step six but some of you will.

Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat it. Remember that when you put things off!

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