A Free and Fair Election

This November’s election presents unprecedented challenges–the COVID-19 pandemic, GOP efforts to suppress voter participation, and a president who has made every indication he will obstruct results that favor his opponent. Many are justifiably concerned about President Trump and the GOP working to delegitimize the 2020 election and subvert the will of the American people. This is a serious concern, and efforts are underway across the country to protect the election results and ensure a free and fair election. 

What Democrats are doing

Oct 23: Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can’t be rejected based on signature comparisons (link)

Oct 19: Inside the ‘Malarkey Factory,’ Biden’s online war room (link)

Oct 10: Pa. Republicans drop effort to create ‘election integrity’ panel with subpoena power (link)

Sep 22: Mike Bloomberg raises $16 million to allow former felons to vote in Florida (link)

Sep 14: Biden Creates Legal War Room, Preparing for a Big Fight Over Voting (link)

What the courts are doing

Oct 23: Pennsylvania Supreme Court says ballots can’t be rejected based on signature comparisons (link)

Oct 19: Supreme Court denies GOP request to stop extended period for returning mail ballots in Pennsylvania (link)

Sep 21: Judge extends Wisconsin absentee cutoff 6 days post election (link)

Sep 15: Wisconsin’s Top Court Won’t Order Ballots Reprinted, Averting Election Chaos (link)

What you can do

Nov 2: Election Night Viewing Guide (link)

Nov 1: Trump’s Unserious Plan to Steal the Election (link)

Oct 31: When To Expect Election Results In Every State (link)

Oct 30: Trust our electoral system. It’s built to handle challenges like this. (link)

Oct 29: Here’s How NPR Reports Election Results (link)

Oct 26: We Are Not Done Yet (link)

Oct 26: How battleground states process mail ballots — and why it may mean delayed results (link)

Oct 10: 6 Reasons Not to Panic About the Election (link)

Oct 7: You Have Rights as a Voter! Know them (link)

Oct 6: The Election Is in Danger. Prepare Now: A citizen’s guide to defending democracy (link)

Oct 5: How to actually make a difference if you’re nervous about the election (link)

Sep 30: Talking about Trump’s “Coup” the right way (link)

Sep 25: Trump can’t avoid a transfer of power. He just wants us to think he can. (link)

Sep 23: The Election That Could Break America (link)

Sep 21:The Legal Fight Awaiting Us After the Election (link)

Sep 8: What Did You Do When Democracy Was at Stake? (link)

Aug 18: How to avert a post-election nightmare (link)

Take action:

  • Sign up for a text or phone bank at Indivisible Montgomery for the Win (link)
  • Sign up with Protect the Results to join the protests in case Trump tries to steal the election. There are four events scheduled across Montgomery County and DC–find the one nearest you, or consider hosting an event! (link)
  • Fair Fight 2020 is working to stop voter suppression and you can help. (link)
  • Support Democracy Docket in their work to ensure we have a free and fair election in 2020. (link)
  • Let America Vote is fighting voter suppression and anti-voter practices across the country (link)
  • Help feed hungry voters by donating to Pizza to the Polls (link)
  • Protect Democracy is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to protect self-governance in US and abroad (link)
  • The Campaign Legal Center has an initiative dedicated to teaching citizens to advocate for voting rights in their communities (link)

Other resources

Voting Rights Litigation 2020 – Brennan Center for Justice’s litigation tracker (link)

When Absentee/Mail Ballot Processing and Counting Can Begin (link)