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TAKE ACTION ON VOTING!

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." Dwight D. Eisenhower

1. GERRYMANDERING

NOTE: Given how complicated this is and the lack of standard definitions of terms, I am not using the term "swing" state at all. Instead I am using two terms -- "battleground" states and "purple" states. Unfortunately there is overlap between the two terms. Messy but if we get the list memorized, we have our priorities.

  • A "battleground" state is a gerrymandered state that will determine the 2020 elections results because of gerrymandering and the way the electoral college works. This makes these 4-6 states the ONES THAT COUNT and should be our top priority.

  • A "purple" state is one where getting out the vote can change the state from red to blue or vice versa. Voting matters tremendously here and can change the electoral college decision by how many votes that state has. Gerrymandering has not been identified as an issue.

  • STRATEGY FOR THE 4-6 BATTLEGROUND STATES -- donate money to local support get out the vote efforts and write postcards to Democrats within the state. A specific list to be provided. Support organizations such as the ACLU nationally and local organizations that are fighting gerrymandering and voter suppression.

  • STRATEGY FOR PURPLE STATES -- donate money to local support get out the vote efforts and write postcards to Democrats within the state. A specific list to be provided.

2. BATTLEGROUND STATES

Getting out the vote isn't enough. They are "battleground" states because these are the only ones that "matter" indeciding the election. We need to figure out how to make election fair the presidential election in each one of these states. Voters in these states decide the fate of the entire US, and worldwide democracy. "One person, one vote" is a fiction. Small states and rural voters have three times the electoral impact as people in cities and populous states.

"Nine percent of the BATTLEGROUND electorate.

 

Those truly persuadable voters --  1 percent of all adults in America -- have the votes to decide the 2020 presidential election."

The National Popular Vote bill website estimates that there are only four states that will decide the 2020 election. Note that Wisconsin has been added and Ohio and and Virginia are not included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The four to six "battleground" states display how Republicans have successfully gerrymandered to ensure minority control and to strangle free and fair elections. These states would not be "battleground" if the Republicans had not been able to gerrymander.

  1. Florida -- 1 of 6 most gerrymandered

  2. Michigan  -- 1 of 6 most gerrymandered

  3. Pennsylvania -- 1 of 6 most gerrymandered

  4. Wisconsin

  5. North Carolina -- 1 of 6 most gerrymandered

  6. Arizona

Other states  that could matter, maybe "purple

  1. Colorado

  2. Nevada

  3. New Hampshire

  4. Ohio -- 1 of 6 most gerrymandered

  5. Virginia -- 1 of 6 most gerrymandered but . . . Virginia Democrats now have control of the Governor's Office, both houses of Congress

3. "PURPLE" STATES

There are a number of states that are described as "purple" indicating that while they may have been "red" in the past, they might be trending "blue" currently. All of the articles are speculation but they make for good reading. They also provide a priority  for us for both making donations to candidates and supporting "getting out the vote" efforts.

Some of the most complete, most accurate, up-to-date, non-partisan information about voting and candidates is Ballotpedia. The definition of "purple" is not consistent. Some of the battleground states are purple. It seems a better idea to memorize the states to be concerned with and then watch what happens.

What are the “Red” and “Blue” (and “Purple”) States?

By looking at the map above, the "purple" states are in gray/brown and are . . .

  1. Nevada -- good chance to flip in 2020, lots of women in government and minority (Hispanic) voters

  2. Colorado -- good chance to flip in 2020

  3. New Mexico -- good chance  in 2020

  4. Iowa -- seems unlikely

  5. Wisconsin -- major priority since is one of the four to six "deciding" states

  6. Michigan-- major priority since is one of the four to six "deciding" states

  7. Indiana -- seems unlikely

  8. Ohio -- seems unlikely

  9. Pennsylvania-- major priority since is one of the four to six "deciding" states

  10. New Hampshire -- don't know

  11. Florida-- major priority since is one of the four "deciding" states

  12. North Carolina -- don't know. It seems like a maybe and then they get another win for gerrymandering

  13. Virginia -- bright spot, already flipped from red to blue