26 Feb

Discrepancies in Georgia 2018 Election Results

A non-profit group, Coalition for Good Governance, has discovered that 127,000 Georgia voters did not record a vote for lieutenant governor in the November 2018 election. A disproportionate number of these 127,000 voters were Democratic and voted in precincts with high numbers of registered African American voters. And they all voted by machine.

Georgia is one of only five states exclusively using voting machines that leave no paper trail and cannot be audited. They are loaded with software controlled by the secretary of state’s office. In 2017, the Coalition for Good Governance found security flaws in Georgia’s election servers and filed a lawsuit against secretary of state Brian Kemp to discover if the security flaws had resulted in vote tampering. Before the suit concluded, the state election server, and then the backup server, were wiped clean. Kemp, and now current secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, have refused to allow professionals to conduct forensic examinations of the machines.

To read more, click here.

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sign against sunset sky that says, "No fake crisis"
18 Feb

Local Protests Against National Emergency Declaration

Thousands Participate In Protests

Local Southern California activists joined thousands of protesters throughout the USA who came out on Presidents’ Day to protest against the recent declaration of a national emergency. Move On initiated these demonstrations to show opposition to diverting funds to pay for a wall along the USA’s southern border.

Throughout the country, dozens of groups, from Indivisible to local grassroots groups, supported, organized and participated in these demonstrations alongside Move On, Credo, and Win Without War. Activists held more than 270 events in 48 states.

The protests were to show we “stand with immigrant, Muslim, and Black and brown communities to stop Trump’s dangerous and illegal power grab.”

Local Events in Southern California

Local groups held several events in Southern California. There were protests in downtown Los Angeles, San DiegoOrange County, and the South Bay of Los Angeles, among many more.

Photos from the protest in Torrance organized by Indivisible South Bay-Los Angeles:

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07 Feb

Swing Left 2020 Campaign Kickoff House Party in West Los Angeles

Enthusiastic activists joined hosts Greg and Melanie Bartlett, Sarah Jakle, and Tamara Levenson on Saturday, February 2, to learn about Swing Left’s 2020 election strategy.

After Sarah’s inspiring opening remarks, Greg and Tamara explained Swing Left’s 2020 focus on “Super States.”

The most important battles in the race for the White House, the Senate, and fight to control redistricting are concentrated in the same eleven Super States (AZ, CO, TX, WI, MI, OH, GA, FL, NC, PA, and ME). Thus, Swing Left’s 2020 strategy is focused on these eleven states. 

(A video explaining the 2020 strategy in more detail can be found here:

The first stage in the Super State strategy is engaging new voters. Turnout is less of an obstacle in presidential elections than in midterm years, so instead of focusing just on turning out existing voters, now Swing Left wants to expand the electorate. To do this, Swing Left is asking its volunteers to write personal letters to the unregistered, asking them to become registered voters. Not only has research shown this strategy to be effective, but it also allows activists in all fifty states to be involved in efforts in the eleven Super States. Attendees had the chance to write letters during the gathering and were also encouraged host to their own letter writing house parties.

The other part of the initial strategy is early fundraising for the future Democratic Presidential and Senate nominees. This ensures nominees have the funds to immediately hire staff and buy ads as soon as they begin their general election campaigns. 

A lively question and answer session followed the strategy rundown. Attendees particularly wanted to emphasize the importance of reaching out to other local progressive groups as well as developing effective and concise language to convey the Democratic platform.

Those who are interested in getting started right away can attend a letter writing party on Tuesday, February 19th from 6:30-9:00pm in West LA. RSVP here:

For more information about Swing Left’s 2020 strategy, click here. 

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blue wave
24 Nov

Harley Rouda, Katie Porter, Gil Cisneros Win, But Is Just The Start

Tsunami In California

Katie Porter (CA-45), Harley Rouda (CA-48), orange-county-red-to-blue Rouda Porter Cisnerosand Gil Cisneros (CA-39) have all been declared the winner in their districts. Combined with the previously called race for Mike Levin in CA-49, Orange County will now be represented by all Democrats in Congress. The last time this happened was in the 1930s.

It is apparent there was a bigger blue wave than what pundits deemed on election night. In addition, the turnout turned out to be the biggest in 104 years for a midterm.

In other California races, Josh Harder defeated the incumbent in CA-10. TJ Cox has been gaining against the incumbent in CA-21 and the race is not over. California’s delegation may consist of only eight Republicans out of 53 representatives.

Blue Wave Nationally

The pattern has repeated itself in other parts of the country. FiveThirtyEight predicts Democrats will gain 40 seats nationwide in the House of Representatives.

Notably, the last Republican House member in New England lost. Maine Senator Susan Collins is the only Republican representing New England in Congress.

With Kyrsten Sinema’s win, Arizona now has a Democratic Senator for the first time since 1967. Democrats picked up several Governorships and have a total of 23. In addition, several state legislatures flipped to Democratic control, or Republicans lost a significant majority.

Time To Think About 2020

Still, there remains a lot of work to do to keep the gains. First, our work has expanded. There are still vulnerable Republicans to defeat, but we will also need to defend the gains from this election, like those in the Central Valley and Orange County. We also want to shift the Democratic party to be more progressive.

Second, several states have turned more Republican. In particular, Democrats did not fare well in Ohio, Iowa, and Florida. Florida is one of the six states The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman thinks will decide the presidency. The other five states are Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, and North Carolina. Democrats fared better in these states, but not by overwhelming margins.

Lastly, we have to fight against voter suppression and gerrymandering. As the close races in this election show, Republicans do not want everyone eligible to vote, or to even count every vote.

Check out the Swing SoCal Left calendar for steps to take now. There is a run-off election for the Mississippi Senate race.

The 2020 elections will be won by what we do in 2019.

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400 plus people at a rally to flip the 25th District in Palmdale to create a blue wave
10 Nov

SoCal Blue Wave: Mike Levin & Katie Hill Win, Other Races Probable Democratic

A blue wave came to Southern California on November 6th. We swung SoCal left! Mike Levin won in CA-49 against the Republican candidate. Katie Hill beat the Republican incumbent in CA-25.

Furthermore, while the outcome is not certain yet in CA-39, CA-45, and CA-48, analyses by the The Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman and see a high probability of a Democratic sweep. Election officials still have thousands of ballots to count. These outstanding ballots usually favor Democrats.

Specifically, Harley Rouda’s lead in CA-48 grows larger every day. He is now ahead by 3.6%. He declared himself the winner today.

In addition, although Katie Porter in CA-45 and Gil Cisneros in CA-39 both currently trail, by how much decreases daily. As of Friday evening, Katie Porter is now behind by barely 1%, and Gil Cisneros’ deficit is only 1.6%.

Find the status of CA-45 ballot counting here and a tally of ballots for CA-39 here.

We might not find out the fate of these races for a couple weeks, but it looks like Democrats will prevail.

All in all, despite the initial calls on election night, we had a blue wave here in Southern California. Just how big is yet to be determined!


Katie Hill on election night

Katie Hill on election night

Mike Levin on election night

Mike Levin on election night

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TJ Cox phonebanking at a Westside Democratic HQ phone bank
02 Nov

Volunteers Flood into CA-21 for Cox; Hotel Rooms Available

As T.J. Cox closes in on his Republican opponent in CA-21, volunteers are flooding into the district from north and south California.

The Democratic Party is arranging to make hotel rooms available to canvassers can stay overnight.

Hotel rooms are still available in Fresno, Delano, and Bakersfield from 11/3-11/7! Please fill out the below form if interested. More folks in Bakersfield are especially needed!

Click for GOTV Supporter housing hotel request form.

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obama texting, texting to voters, textbanking
30 Oct

Textbanking: Texting Voters For GOTV

Texting Voters

Texting voters, also referred to as textbanking, is now a thing. It is supplementing traditional GOTV efforts as volunteers and campaign workers send out thousands of texts daily to GOTV, persuade, and more.

In his run for Governor, Democrat Andrew Gillum credits texts with helping him win unexpected victories. While texting supporters has been around for several years, technology has changed who campaigns can text. Now, campaigns can reach out to voters without asking permission first.

Textbanking To GOTV

I started texting voters last Spring. While doing this, I have had numerous in-depth conversations. A lot of expletives have been thrown my way, too.

Still, I have found the conversations I do have rewarding. In addition to persuading voters, I have helped voters find their polling places and educated on the upcoming election. Even some of the conversations with those opposed to my views have been a friendly exchange of ideas. I also find texting less intrusive than phone calls.

Texting voters is a great tool to use for GOTV. Those who can not get out to canvass can still help with GOTV.  It can replace the need for extensive social media posts and is a good way to reach rural voters. Also, it seems especially more in tune with younger voters. Who answers phone calls from unfamiliar numbers anymore?

How To Text Voters

Textbanking is mostly done from software on a computer, although a few organizations have texting from a mobile phone. This software facilitates the sending of thousands of texts an hour without violating federal rules on mass texting.

The textbanking organizations provide training. Some have a fairly extensive (and sometimes overwhelming) one. Others will start you up with much less direction. There is usually a Slack channel that helps with questions.

Which Organizations Are Texting Voters?

Listed below are the ones I know about who are texting for progressive and/or Democrat candidates.

Open Progress is the one with whom I have texted the most. I have texted for Katie Hill with them. They have also had texting for other local candidates, like Katie Porter, Gil Cisneros, and Ammar Campa-Najjar. They do texting all over the country.

Red 2 Blue first facilitated texting for New York races. Recently, they have included campaigns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan.

Indivisible recently started texting for campaigns. Andrew Gillum was one of their first.

Resistance Labs texts for campaigns, but also sends out messages to organize protests and for issues.

ACLU People Power also texts for both elections and mobilization around issues.

MoveOn does it, too.

State and local political parties are doing it. For example, the Arizona Democratic Party has a program.

Individual campaigns have their own programs, too. Beto has volunteers texting. The Gavin Newsom campaign has texts going out. Al Muratsuchi, Assembly member for the Los Angeles South Bay area, has also been sending out texts.

Sign Up to Text

Texting is not a substitute for traditional GOTV efforts, like canvassing. But, if you can’t make it to a canvass, sign up with one of the organizations above. Texting voters is a great way to GOTV!

I would like to credit Gary Boston as a source for the texting organizations.

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not voting / Vote-By-Mail Ballots / last day to register to vote
22 Oct

Today Is The Last Day To Register To Vote!

The last day to register to vote in California for the November 6th election is today, October 22nd!

To register to vote, go here! Don’t forget to sign up for permanent vote-by-mail status.

If already registered, the last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 30th. Request a vote-by-mail ballot here.

If the deadline to register has passed, citizens can still register and vote up to and on election day. This is done by voting conditionally at their county elections office or a designated satellite location. Find out more details on the process here.

Go here to check your voter registration status, where your polling location is, and much more.

Lastly, volunteer to help elect progressives! Check out our calendar of events.

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women writing postcards to voters
19 Oct

Writing Postcards To Voters – Indivisible Beach Cities

Indivisible Beach Cities has been writing postcards to voters all across the country for months. 

Handwritten postcards is an effective way to GOTV in our current political environment. Notably, recent research shows it comparable to door-to-door canvassing.

At a few recent parties, they (and I) wrote postcards for local swing district Democratic candidates Katie Porter (CA-45) and Gil Cisneros (CA-39). In the past, they have also sent postcards for Beto, Andrew Janz (CA-22), and many more all across the country.

Cumulatively, they have written thousands of postcards in support of progressive candidates.

With election day so close, this Sunday will probably be the last postcarding for November 6th. At this party, they will be writing to Katie Hill (CA-25) voters!

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Westside Dem HQ Bus
14 Oct

Take Westside Dem HQ Bus To Canvass In Swing Districts

Check out more events at the Westside Democratic HQ here
If you can’t make these, check out our calendar of events in the Los Angeles area and in local swing districts. There are plenty of other events that need volunteers, too!


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