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Thu Dec 14, 2017, 03:22 PM

From today's LA Times: Why Jones Won.

http://beta.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-goodman-jones-win-black-turnout-20171213-story.html#nt=oft03a-1gp2

There was one paragraph in this excellent article that brought home to me the enormity of the challenge we face in duplicating Jones' win. Here:

In Alabama, where voters must show identification at the polls, the state closed ID-issuing motor vehicle offices in multiple majority black counties. Voters overcame this structural barrier to elect Jones, and the Democratic Party can repay them by working to remove it.

It won't be easy, but we can accomplish this. Being aware of what problems exist means we can take care of them.

The whole article is worth reading and I hope you will.



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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 03:27 PM

1. Saving for later. The repugs try everything they can to suppress Dem votes, espcially POC votes.

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Thu Dec 14, 2017, 03:32 PM

2. They sure do, and my highlighted paragraph is a PRIME example. n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Original post)

Thu Dec 14, 2017, 03:35 PM

3. The Jones campaign spent wisely

From what I've seen, the Jones campaign spent a bunch of money on folks helping voters to get registered and followed up. They also made sure voters got to the polls, and did some education (e.g., if you're stopped at the desk because of real or alleged deficiency in your registration, ask for a provisional ballot - don't leave the polling place without voting).

Republicans have spent a lot of time thinking up new ways to disenfranchise citizens and discourage them from voting. We need to mount a concomitant effort making sure people are registered, that they know their rights, and have people standing by in case of a problem. We can outmaneuver these fuckers and make the system work better for more people.

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