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Westside Dem HQ Bus
14 Oct
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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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rock the polls voter concert
13 Oct
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Rock The Polls Voter Concert In Santa Clarita October 21st

Join CA25 United for Progress and Students Next Up at the Rock The Polls Voter Concert in Santa Clarita! Get ready for an amazing night featuring some of the best up-and-coming bands in Los Angeles!

RSVP HERE for the October 21st concert!

The bands playing are:

Grandson (unplugged)
http://www.grandsonmusic.com/bloodwater/?ref=https://www.google.com/
Karmic
https://www.thisiskarmic.com
Lone Kodiak
http://www.lonekodiak.com

Tickets are free! Students please bring a valid student ID and we will check your registration status, register you to vote, and you can sign a commit to vote card!

A raffle will include swag from: Conan & Bob’s Burgers

iHeartMedia 98.7 will have a truck on-site giveaways and raffles!

If you can’t make this, then check out other events in CA-25 to help elect Katie Hill to Congress on November 6th!

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Gun Sense Rally
11 Oct
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Gun Sense Rally With Fred Guttenberg In CA-49

Come to the Gun Sense Rally and Neighborhood Walk with Fred Guttenberg and Moms Demand Action on October 20th in Vista. Rally starts at 9 am. A neighborhood canvass to help elect Mike Levin to Congress will follow.

Fred Guttenberg’s daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting. Since then, he has channeled his tremendous grief into action. Mr Guttenberg travels the country to advocate for common-sense gun reform. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans. They fight for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence.

Mike Levin has earned a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. Thus, he will fight for gun violence prevention. In contrast, his opponent, Diane Harkey, with her “A” rating from the NRA, will only fight to keep getting campaign contributions from the gun lobby.

Check out and RSVP to the full event listing here

For years, Congress has failed to enact effective legislation to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Mass shootings have come to dominate the headlines. As we have seen around the country, people are taking action to change that.

This will be a special day to honor the victims of gun violence by taking ACTION to take back Congress.  Unite with an army of activists.  Hear inspirational speakers, register voters, and canvass neighbors in CA-49.

If you have any questions please send an email to [email protected] or call 301-908-4259.

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Harley Rouda Tied
09 Oct
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Harley Rouda Tied With Rohrabacher In New Poll

This UC Berkeley poll has Democratic Harley Rouda tied with Rohrabacher for the CA-48 Congressional District seat. 

Harley Rouda can win this district. Despite Republicans having a 10 point advantage in registration, Hillary Clinton won this district by 2%.

Rep. Rohrabacher has been in Congress for 15 terms. In 2016, he won this seat by 16 points. In the last two years, he has faced criticism for his ties to Russia and Wikileaks. During this term, he has voted with Trump 84% of the time.

It is time for him to go!

Come out and volunteer for Rouda! Find events here. He especially needs volunteers in the southern parts of his district.

Volunteers in Huntington Beach for Harley Rouda

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not voting / Vote-By-Mail Ballots
07 Oct
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Vote-By-Mail Ballots Are Going Out This Week

Vote-by-mail ballots are arriving this week! They will go out on October 8th!

If you have not already requested to receive a vote-by-mail ballot, you can still request one until October 30th. Go here to make that request. You must request a vote-by-mail ballot for each election unless you have permanent vote-by-mail voter status.

Fill them out and turn them in ASAP. This frees up campaigns to concentrate their GOTV efforts on the individuals who have not voted yet.

Once you have voted, check the status of your ballot here. A voter who casts a vote-by-mail ballot can find out if the ballot arrived at his/her county elections office, if the ballot was counted, and, if not, the reason why it was not counted.

There is also still time to register. Deadline to register to vote is October 22nd. Register to vote here. You can also vote “conditionally” if you miss the October 22nd deadline.

Then, come out to canvass and/or phone bank to help elect progressives on November 6th! We have only a few weeks left until the election. Find events here!

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not voting, vote yes or no
03 Oct
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Why People Are Not Voting And How to Change That

Why Are They Not Voting

About 43% of eligible voters did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. In the June 2018 California Primary 63% of eligible residents did not vote. The reasons why individuals do not vote vary, as explained in a Pew Research Center study.

In 2016, the top reason was because of dislike of candidates or issues. Other reasons ranged from didn’t feel vote would matter and too busy or schedule conflict to illness or disability and registration problems.

why not voting

In addition, there is also a segment of the population who can not vote. For example, due to felony convictions, 10% of Florida adults are not eligible to vote. There are also those who have been removed from voter rolls. There are currently numerous purges of voter rolls happening all across the country. There will be thousands who show up thinking they are registered, but will be turned away and not allowed to vote.

Who Is Not Voting

This article explores who is not voting. Poor people are less likely to vote. Young people, as well as of those of Hispanic or Asian-American backgrounds, are less likely to vote. Notably, they’re more likely to align with the Democratic Party.

Research done by Jan Leighley, co-author with Jonathan Nagler of the book Who Votes Now? Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States, shows non-voters favor different policies than voters. “Nonvoters are more likely, for example, to support a redistribution of wealth, housing bailouts and expanded social safety net programs.”

How To Get Out The Vote

A comparison of voter scripts showed a difference in how talking to potential voters motivates them to get out. A script that tells voter turnout will be high gets them to the polls. Telling them there will be low turnout demotivates them.

Also, a script that asks the person to formulate a plan will bring them out to vote. In addition, one that makes voting personal and part of an identity will bring out voters. In contrast, just asking or encouraging to vote is useless.

volunteers registering to canvass fro katie hill

Volunteers canvassing for Katie Hill

Another study compared broader voter motivation factors. It found four most effective. These are:
1 – educate from a young age
2 – peer pressure
3 – competitive races
4 – personal, one-on-one conversations (Canvassing! and talking to friends/family)

While some of these motivating factors are out of our hands to change turnout for the next election on November 6th, there are still things we can do now to bring out voters. We can also register new voters in California up until October 22nd.

Check out events to help elect Democrats in the key, local swing districts. Let’s flip the house!

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Gil Cisneros meeting volunteers
01 Oct
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Gil Cisneros Behind Young Kim In New Poll

Gil Cisneros behind Young Kim in a new Monmouth Poll from September. In this race for the 39th Congressional district, Kim, a Republican, polled with 46% support, while Gil Cisneros, the Democratic candidate, had 42%. 12% declared undecided. Hillary Clinton won this district by 8%.

Ed Royce currently represents this district. He won this district by 14% in 2016. Despite that large margin of victory, he decided to retire. Young Kim is his hand-picked successor.

Ed Royce has voted with Trump 97.8% of the time.

In contrast, Gil Cisneros has progressive views. His positions include:
– healthcare for all
– a living wage for all Americans
– a believe in climate change and the need for action
– support for LGBTQ rights
– defending Planned Parenthood
and much more

Cook Political Report, Inside Elections/Gonzales, and Sabato have this race a toss-up. FiveThirtyEight/Nate Silver has it lean republican.

This seat is very important if the Democrats hope to take back the House.

Find events to get out and help elect Gil Cisneros in November!

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28 Sep
0

Nuns On The Bus In Irvine

NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus is hitting the road! This is the first time in two years. The goal is to hold elected officials accountable for their votes on the 2017 tax law as well as attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Starting in Los Angeles, the Nuns on the Bus “Tax Justice Truth Tour” will travel to a Fiesta for the Common Good at Mar-a-Lago.

This time last year, Republicans in Congress were hard at work to enact a tax law that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthy over working people. This new law gives 83% of the benefits to the wealthiest 1%. It threatens funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Join Nuns on the Bus as we pay a visit to Rep. Walters! We demand accountability for her vote on the 2017 tax law.

Now is the moment to come together and tell the GOP no more tax breaks at the expense of working people, middle-class families, small businesses, and our economy.

When you join the Nuns on the Bus in Irvine, you’ll get to add your name to thousands of others on the bus. Thus, the Sisters can bring you with them all the way to Mar-a-Lago on their Tax Justice Truth Tour!

RSVP HERE

For the latest information on the tour, check out www.nunsonthebus.org!

If you can not make this event, check out the other events in CA-45! With your help we can elect Democratic Katie Porter to Congress instead of Rep. Walters!

Nuns on the bus tax justice tour logo

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Katie Hill and Obama
21 Sep
3

Katie Hill Trailing Knight, New Poll Shows

This poll by Siena College shows Katie Hill trailing Steve Knight. The Congressional election in CA-25 remains close and likely will up until election day.

A poll a month ago had the two candidates tied. Cook Political Report and Sabato have this district as a toss-up. Fivethirtyeight.com/Nate Silver has it lean Democratic. Inside Elections/Nathan Gonzales has it lean Republican.

Despite this being a swing district, Knight has voted with Trump 99% of the time. Clinton won this district in 2016.

In contract, Katie Hill has the endorsements of Barack Obama, Emily’s List, and Naral, to name a few. See the full endorsement list here.

Help Katie Hill win this district. Come to the debate between Katie Hill and Steve Knight on October 25th!

If you can’t make that, check out other events in CA-25 here and here!

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Check Voter Registration
19 Sep
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Check Voter Registration – Deadline to Register October 22nd

The last day to register to vote for the November 6th election is October 22nd. Check voter registration, your status, where your polling location is, and more. Go here to verify your voter status.  

On this website you can see:

      • if you are registered to vote
      • where you are registered to vote
      • your political party preference
      • your language preference for election materials
      • status of your vote-by-mail or provisional ballot
      • your polling place
      • information for upcoming local and state elections
      • information for your county elections office

In addition, you can choose how you want to receive your state and county voter guides before each election.

If you need to register to vote, go here! Don’t forget to sign up as permanent vote-by-mail. And, If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can pre-register.

Also, volunteer to help elect progressives. Check out our calendar of events. Canvassing is the most effective way to get people to the polls. Phonebanking and text banking helps, too, though.

There is something for everyone and at almost every time of day!

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