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

POST OFFICE UPDATE -- OCTOBER 2020

 

Three separate federal lower courts have issued rulings in recent weeks blocking the Trump administration from implementing changes to the U.S. Postal Service unilaterally in a manner that undermined service speed and reliability across the country over the summer. The courts ordered the post office to cease implementing changes such as limits on delivery trips and the removal of mailboxes and sorting machines. Additionally, one court ordered that election mail be prioritized and overtime requests be pre-approved for the two weeks surrounding Election Day.

Trump's postmaster general, major GOP donor Louis DeJoy, had ordered changes intended to sabotage the post office's ability to handle a historic surge in mail voting as a way to disenfranchise mail voters, who are largely Democratic thanks to Democratic concerns about the pandemic and Trump's demagoguery discouraging GOP voters from following suit at a similar rate. TIME reported that one of those changes was the post office's failure to update 1.8 million address changes, meaning thousands of voters may not receive their ballots at the correct address.

It's unclear, though, whether these court rulings will eliminate the service delays that began appearing after DeJoy's appointment earlier this year. Consequently, voters should strongly consider wearing a mask to go vote early in-person if they deem it safe enough, but if they plan to vote by mail, they should return their ballot by mail no later than two weeks before Election Day. Better yet, voters should return their mail ballots in-person at a drop box, polling place, or their local elections office where allowed by state law to avoid mail delivery delays entirely.

• Overseas Voters: Civilian voters residing abroad who retain the right to vote in federal races in their last state of residence have filed a federal lawsuit against officials in Georgia, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin seeking the right to vote electronically due to the pandemic and delays with postal delivery, which may be exacerbated by the Trump administration's efforts to sabotage the Postal Service.

Active duty military service members stationed abroad already have the ability to cast their ballots electronically via fax or email. Civilians abroad, meanwhile, can obtain but not return their ballots electronically. Plaintiffs argue that there's a considerable risk that their ballots will not arrive in time and that the significantly higher cost of sending mail from a foreign country can be prohibitive. While extending electronic voting to overseas civilians would be one way to ensure they aren't disenfranchised, election security experts have widely warned that internet voting presents critical security risks.

1. GERRYMANDERED STATES OVERRIDE THE POPULAR VOTE

  • 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. MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, PENNSYLVANIA, FLORIDA, ARIZONA, NORTH CAROLINA

  • 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" in deciding the 2020 election. We need to figure out how to make the presidential election fair 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.

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

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