For the Week of 11/2/2018
Democrats in statehouses across the country are fighting to move America forward. In case you missed it, here are some statehouse highlights from this week:
Americans have already voted in record numbers in many states in this year’s midterm elections, confirming the heightened interest in the fight for control of Congress and state houses playing out in dozens of races. Voters in at least 17 states surpassed overall early and absentee voting numbers from 2014. Have you made you made your plan to vote yet? Go to iwillvote.com to find your polling place and bring friends and neighbors with you to the polls!
More than 5,300 Democrats are running in more than 6,000 state legislative elections, spread out over 46 states. According to nonpartisan handicappers, as many as 17 individual legislative chambers have the potential to flip this fall and some 800 of the state lawmakers selected next week will win four-year terms, meaning most of those will still be in office when their states redraw their congressional and state legislative maps after the 2020 census. The DLCC is working hard with state leaders and campaigns across the country to flip chambers blue and elect more state Democrats in just four days. We have already knocked on more than 13 million doors, and scores of volunteers are taking the time to go out and knock on doors, make phone calls, and text voters to remind them how important it is to vote this year.
Election officials across the country have closed thousands of polling places and reduced the number of workers staffing them in recent years, citing cost savings and other new realities like increased early and absentee balloting. However, days from what many expect will be one of the busiest midterm elections in decades, the burden of Americans’ shrinking access to in-person voting options is falling more heavily on urban areas and minority voters, a USA TODAY analysis of national and state data shows. This is why we must elect more Democrats to state legislatures so they can strike down prohibitive voter ID laws, or obstacles to voting, and work to increase early voting and vote by mail options and voter education initiatives. We should be doing all we can to ensure as many Americans as possible can make their voices heard by casting a ballot.
A new LA Times poll came out that shows Democrats leading Republicans by 17 points on a generic ballot. While we’ve been ahead in the generic ballot polling all year, that is the highest yet! The same poll also found that 57 percent of likely voters said they plan to cast their ballots for Democrats in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, compared with 40 percent who plan to vote for Republican candidates. The DLCC has invested a record $35 million into reclaiming Democratic majorities in state legislatures. We know that Democrats have a once-in-a-generation opportunity this Nov. 6 to change the faces of power in state government. Now we need to put in the shoe leather and people power over the last few days to talk to as many voters as possible to make sure we can bring home victories.
On Tuesday, voters in Colorado, Missouri, Michigan and Utah will decide whether to limit partisanship and promote transparency in redistricting. In 2020, a new census will be done and the redrawing of voting maps will start in 2021. In 37 states, it’s state legislators who redraw the district lines for state and federal representation, so it’s more important now than ever that we elect legislators who support creating fair maps and will work to make sure every voter has the opportunity to make their voice heard.
- For Third Straight Month, DLCC Sets New Fundraising Record [DLCC Press Release]
- The Midterms Aren’t Just About Trump. They’re About the Future of the GOP [Bloomberg]
- A horde of millennials are running for office [Axios]
- Teachers are running for office in record numbers. On this week’s episode of STATED we talk to @NEAToday National Political Director @carriepugh about what’s driving them, and what it means for state legislatures. Listen and subscribe [statedpodcast.com]
“History likes to say Rosa Parks just sat down on the bus one day because she was tired. Actually it was years and years of organizing and training and planning and recruiting to get to that point. You have to do the organizing work."
-- Faith Winter, DLCC Spotlight Candidate running to flip the CO Senate
It took a concerted effort to get these five amazing women to run for the Colorado Senate – Jessie Danielson, Kerry Donovan, Brittany Pettersen, Tammy Story, and Faith Winter. The Colorado women dubbed the “Fab Five” have been each other’s bosses, mentors and co-workers. They’ve volunteered at each other’s nonprofits, and participated in each other’s weddings. Now, they hold the keys to flipping their state Senate. Colorado Democrats have a chance, for the first time in years, to score the coveted trifecta: control of the state House, Senate, and governorship. They already have a majority in the lower chamber, and are widely expected to keep hold of the governor’s mansion. Their control of the Senate comes down to one just one seat—and it’s women candidates who could make the difference.
Early Voting is ALREADY HAPPENING in these states: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MT, NE, NV, NJ, NC, OH, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, WY