Since 1992, the California Democratic Party (CADEM) has been protecting the rights of all voters and ensuring that every vote counts through our Voter Protection Program.
For this year’s election, we have redeveloped our statewide Voter Protection Team to make sure that you have the proper resources and that we work together to turn out and protect voters in all corners of our state..
To that end, we are launching the 2020 CADEM Voter Protection Team (VPT) to:
·Assist voters with voting-related questions,
·Report, investigate, and troubleshoot election-related issues with our network of volunteer attorneys and election officials, and
·Provide voter protection resources and training to Democratic campaigns, County Central Committees, clubs/organizations and activists, and allied/partnered organizations.
Voter Protection Team Hotline Volunteers: (877) 321-VOTE (8683)
We are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with staffing our remote Voter Protection Hotline 877-321-VOTE (8683). Volunteers will answer voter calls through a call center mobile app from October 16, 2020, until the polls close on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Volunteers will sign up for available shifts and work with CADEM staff to assist with incoming voting-related questions from voters.
Volunteers will also be tasked with Election Day troubleshooting intake from callers by completing and reporting incidents or issues to our team of lawyers in the field across the state. No prior experience is required.
If voters have any questions or encounter issues with voting, or if your campaign/organization encounters issues relating to elections and voting, please contact our Voter Protection Team Hotline, which is operational from mid-October through Election Day until the polls close!
Additionally, bilingual volunteer operators are needed in Spanish, Mandarin, Hmong, Cantonese, and Tagalog but all languages are welcome! The goal of the Hotline is to be helpful to every single voter who calls 1-877-321-VOTE (8683).
If you or anyone you know is interested and would like to sign up to be part of our VPT as a hotline volunteer, please click here to complete our CDP VPT Volunteer Sign-up Form.
·VPT Primer on Voting and ElectionClick here to download the Primer, which includes a general overview and key points on voting and election for this election cycle. Please review with your team and please feel free to forward it to interested parties.
·Vote 2020 Truth Squad CardClick here to download the Squad Card, where you can find information on voting rights and a downloadable FAQ Squad Card. Which will be available at the beginning of October.
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If I had a superpower, it would be to ensure that every eligible citizen registered to vote and voted in every election. That’s how we make our political voice heard in our democracy. We each have that power, right now, when we cast our vote for the leaders who we choose to represent us.
We’re even more powerful when we talk to our friends, family and community, and get them all to show up to the polls and vote for the issues we care about. The clock is ticking, and the Election is getting close.
Today, people all across the country are celebrating and registering to vote as part of National Voter Registration Day.If you’re already registered to vote, you can celebrate by verifying your registration status and making sure your registration is up to date, especially your address.
In California, we’ve fought for and now offer automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration, and no excuse vote-by-mail — the easiest and safest way to vote this November. But it’s only because people like you elected leaders that believe in a more inclusive democracy. I know that you want your voice heard again this November.
I think it’s important you take a deep breath and read what Trump said about this election.
Donald Trump is a pathological liar. According to documented reports he has told more than 20,000 lies and distortions since he has been president. This is, obviously, deeply disturbing behavior for anyone who is president of the United States.
But what is even more disturbing is that Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy. In other words, he does not intend to accept the results of the election if he loses and leave office voluntarily. This is not just a “constitutional crisis.” This is a threat to everything this country stands for.
In order to be effective in combating Trump’s attempt to sabotage the November election, it is important that you, and everyone you know, recognize the warning signs as to what he and his Republican allies are doing.
For months now Trump has been signaling that he may not accept the outcome of the November election if he loses. In a July interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, Trump was asked a simple question. Would he “give a direct answer that you will accept the election?” Trump refused. He said, “I have to see. No, I’m not going to just say yes. I’m not going to say no, and I didn’t last time either.”
I want you to know that the concerns I am bringing you today are not just shared by progressives.
Miles Taylor, a lifelong Republican who previously served as chief of staff inside the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security, warned that there is nothing that Trump will not do or say to defeat Biden.
“Put nothing past Donald Trump,” Taylor told The Associated Press. “He will do anything to win. If that means climbing over other people, climbing over his own people, or climbing over U.S. law, he will do it. People are right to be concerned.”
Well, I agree with Mr. Taylor. I am concerned. I am very concerned.
But it’s not just me. There is a reason why a large number of Republicans have come out in opposition to Trump and in support of Biden. Trust me, these people surely do not believe in our progressive agenda. They don’t even believe in Biden’s more modest agenda. But they do believe in democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law, and they understand that Trump does not.
Over the course of the past few weeks, Trump has consistently sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the coming election. At a time when he is behind in almost every national poll and in most battleground state polls, Trump recently stated, “The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election.”
Think about what that means. What he is saying is that if he wins the election, that’s great. But if he loses, it’s rigged. And if it’s rigged, then he is not leaving office. Heads I win. Tails you lose.
And then, while telling us that the election is going to be rigged, he urges his supporters in North Carolina to commit voter fraud by voting twice — a felony.
Trump is not only trying to create chaos and delegitimize the election process. He and the Republican Party are now spending tens of millions of dollars in the courts to make it harder for people to vote. They are attempting to defund and destroy the U.S. Postal Service so that people will not be able to cast mail-in ballots. And their allies in state legislatures like Pennsylvania’s are refusing to pass legislation to ensure all legitimate votes are counted in a timely manner.
So now, what do we do?
Well, first and foremost, we have to do everything we can to ensure Joe Biden wins by the largest possible margin on November 3. The better Joe Biden does, the harder it is for Trump to overturn the election.
But now we have to consider a scenario that is unprecedented in American history. What happens if, after the voting is completed, Trump loses but refuses to abide by the results and does everything he can to hold onto power?
This is scary stuff, and I can hardly believe I have to write to you about Trump’s threat to our Constitutionally-enshrined system of the peaceful transition of power.
But sadly, that is the situation we are in.
And what we must do, in response, is demand that our government and media institutions prepare our nation for what happens on the night of November 3 — and beyond.
First, with the pandemic and a massive increase in mail-in voting, state legislatures must take immediate action to allow for votes to be counted before Election Day, as they come in. We recently had an election in Vermont where, with mail-in ballots constituting 70% of the total votes, ballots were counted for days before Election Day and it ran very smoothly. Florida is expected to begin counting ballots days before Election Day for the same reason. In fact, 32 states allow for the counting or processing of absentee ballots — verifying signatures, for example — before Election Day. The intent behind these laws is clear: to help ensure a reliable and dependable election process, and timely reporting of the results.
What we must avoid is a situation where battleground states like Pennsylvania are counting millions of votes for days and weeks after Election Day. Right now, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Pennsylvania is blocking legislation that would remedy this problem. They know, and independent studies confirm, that the overwhelming majority of Republicans plan to vote in-person on Election Day while a strong majority of Democrats will be voting by mail. That means that on election night, Trump, and other Republican candidates, will likely appear to be doing much better than the final results will show once all mail-in ballots are counted. All of this gives Trump the opportunity to shout “voter fraud” as the mail-in ballots are tabulated days after the election. The situation is similar in Wisconsin, another battleground state, where ballots aren’t counted until Election Day, despite concerns expressed by local election officials.
Second, the news media needs to prepare the American people to understand there is no longer a single Election Day and that we may not know the results on November 3. Education is critical. We know enough to know that a number of key states will likely be counting votes for a period of time after Election Day and that those votes may be determinative in this election. The national news media must lead a conversation about what that process may look like and set expectations in advance for what to expect. Absent a national conversation about that reality, conspiracy theories and disinformation will likely thrive in the chaotic environment that we will see after November 3.
Third, social media companies must finally get their act together and stop people from using their tools to threaten and harass election officials and spread disinformation. Currently, social media platforms have the technology to stop their users from threatening and harassing prosecutors, judges and other public officials. It is time for them to expand those protections to the people who administer our elections. Otherwise, the entire election process could be compromised. Further, Facebook and other platforms have to act to prevent increasingly emboldened and violent right-wing extremists from organizing voter intimidation and disinformation on their sites.
Fourth, we need Congressional hearings with local officials to learn how they plan to handle the Election Day process and the days that follow. Every agency of government, at the federal, state and local level, must do everything possible to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every eligible voter can vote without intimidation, and where no one has to put his or her health or life in danger to cast a ballot.
Here is the truth:
In the United States we have an antiquated and inefficient process for conducting elections. And, today, that system is operating under the additional strain of the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, instead of trying to improve this flawed situation Trump and many Republicans appear willing to exploit it to maintain power.
I hope this nightmare scenario does not come to pass.
So, in the coming weeks, let us work hard to deliver Joe Biden an overwhelming victory on election night. But, we must also stay vigilant, and do everything possible to prevent Trump from staying in power if he loses.
Nothing less than our democracy is at stake.
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