For the Week of 10/19/2018
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:
1. In the 2018 midterms, many more people are running — and far more seats are contested — than we’ve seen for a generation.
Evidence of a budding blue wave sweeping the November midterms this cycle can be found in the electrified activism of Americans across the country. With this year’s uncontested rate for state legislative seats at its lowest in 46 years, Americans are hungry for change in their state houses. With more than 5,300 Democrats running for their state legislatures this year, including over 2,300 women, more than 1,100 candidates of color and almost 700 millennials, the DLCC is working hard with our partners in states to get out the vote and help push these promising and hard-working candidates over the finishing line.
A voting rights group is working hard to educate and register thousands of Wisconsin voters ahead of the critical midterm elections in November. After the Republican-controlled state legislature passed restrictive voter ID laws--primarily targeting minority voters-- Wisconsinites are coming together to help lift up the voices of those underrepresented in Madison. The DLCC is working with Wisconsin Democrats and supporting strong candidates like Shelia Stubbs, Lee Snodgrass, Art Shrader and many others who are ready to fight back against Republicans’ destructive policies that are hurting Americans.
After tens of thousands of Georgians’ mail-in absentee ballots were “placed on hold” because of the state’s strict voter ID laws, civil rights groups in Georgia are suing Gwinnett County. Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp continues to suppress minority and millennial voters in Georgia -- as he presides over his own election for governor. The DLCC is proud to support a diverse, strong slate of legislative candidates, including Park Cannon, Sally Harrell and Jonathan Wallace, and many more as they strive to pass legislation that protects and strengthens the rights of all Georgians. With critical issues such as health care, education, and voting rights on the line this November, it is more important than ever for Americans to be able to make their voices heard at the ballot box.
Republicans in North Carolina know that they can’t win elections on their policy ideas alone and have used their power in the legislature to pass a law that could mean 20 percent fewer polling places open for early voting ahead of the midterms. This will have a major impact in a state where 60 percent of voters take advantage of early voting. This move will disproportionately affect minority and elderly voters who may have trouble getting to the polls on Election Day. It is time to make a change in North Carolina, and the DLCC is working hard to elect candidates like Natasha Marcus and Ron Wesson, among others, who will fight hard for justice and transparency in Raleigh.
Former U.S Attorney General and Chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) Eric Holder has a message for Americans ahead of the November midterm elections: Republicans are suppressing their vote. Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are actively working to suppress the vote through restrictive voting ID laws and gerrymandered districts, but voters can still stop them from continuing their attacks on our democracy -- by making sure they get to the polls this November. The DLCC is ready to stand behind our grassroots supporters who are organizing to spread awareness and help their neighbors vote, and our legislators who are fighting back to restore and protect one of our most essential rights as Americans: the right to vote.
- DLCC Shares Breakdown of 2018 Democratic Legislative Candidates [DLCC Press Release]
- Empowering Democratic Millennial Candidates in 2018 [DLCC Press Release]
- Millennials have a chance to transform state legislatures this November [Think Progress]
- Millennials Are Stepping Up to Run for Office [Washington Monthly]
- Nearly 700 Democratic Millennials are running for state legislatures in 2018 [Run For Something Twitter]
- Democrats mount a Midwestern comeback [McClatchy]
“The folks that I am collaborating with...we are all running because we are passionate about the state and passionate about closing the gap. If enough of us get elected, this could create generational change for our state."
-- Felicia Stewart, candidate for AL HD-46
With the most Democrats running for state legislatures since 1982, Democrats across the country are uniting to get our candidates over the finish line - including the candidates themselves. Three Democratic women in Alabama are working together to change the face of government in the Yellowhammer State by supporting each other’s bids for the state legislature. These women are a force on the campaign trail and will be a force for progress in the Alabama state legislature!
Early Voting is ALREADY HAPPENING in these states: AZ, CA, GA, IN, IA, ME, MN, MT, NE, NJ, NC, OH, SD, TN, VT, WA, WY
Early Voting is ABOUT TO START in these states:
- 10/20/18: NV
- 10/22/18: AK, AR, CO, ID, IL, MA, TX
- 10/23/18: HI, UT
- 10/24/18: WV
- 10/25/18: MD