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Disrupt Autocracy in Ohio
"The arc of the moral universe is long. But it bends...in the direction of whoever is pushing it harder, for longer..."
—David Pepper, Saving Democracy
While the media focus on Trump, the real subversion of democracy is happening in places like Ohio, where Republicans have called a special election in the doldrums of summer in order to thwart citizen referenda on reproductive rights and gerrymandering. This is a fight where you can have a real impact now, reverberating through 2024.
What’s at stake in Ohio
The current threshold for passing citizen referenda in Ohio is a simple majority. But majority rule is anathema to the Republican agenda, so in violation of their own ban on summer elections, Ohio's Republican legislators called an August 8 election to raise the threshold to 60%. If this measure passes, voters will lose the ability to fight back against draconian new laws that are opposed by the majority of Ohioans. These include a restrictive abortion law and a bill governing what is taught in colleges. (Read about why forcing a major constitutional change onto a low-turnout ballot violates centuries of Ohio norms.)
4 Ways You Can Disrupt Autocracy in Ohio:
1. Phone Ohio Voters
Republicans are counting on low voter turnout, which is typical for summer elections. Join Swing Blue to disrupt their plan by turning out Dem voters! Many are unaware of this upcoming election, so your calls will make a real difference.
If you're new to phone banking, this is an excellent place to begin. The Dem voters who we're calling are not currently being barraged by political calls, and the information you are sharing is both crucial and greatly appreciated. There will be lots of training and support as needed.
Ohio Republicans have enacted the strictest voter ID laws in the country as part of their efforts to limit voter participation. To counter these moves, Swing Blue postcards will inform people about the requirements and remind voters to bring an ID if they vote in person.
Postcards will be available to postcard hosts beginning on Juneteenth, 6/19.
Take a minute and donate to the Ohio Democratic Party. Your contribution will fund the local efforts to win in August, and will lay the foundation for a stronger grassroots organizing effort for critical 2024 races up and down the ballot.
North Carolina is another example of how Republicans have used gerrymandering to undermine democracy. Join Swing Blue Alliance and All in For NC on June 25 to hear how young Democratic leaders in North Carolina are fighting back.
Learn the history, the need, and the plan of action from:
Drew Kromer, new Chair of the Mecklenburg County (Charlotte) Dems
Dr. Kimberly Hardy, New Vice-Chair of the NC Democratic Party
Jennifer De La Jara, Charlotte school board member
Sean Grier, local political strategist
Co-sponsored by Carolina Forward; Chop Wood, Carry Water; Democracy Alliance; and Left of Center.
Berl Hartman of Swing Blue Alliance joined intrepid volunteers from Swing Left Target Majority NYC to register voters at the Long Island Pride Parade on June 11 in Huntington, NY. They report that the event was fabulous.
Huntington is perfectly located to attract parade-goers from three Congressional districts that we need to flip in 2024, including George Santos' district, NY-03.
The group registered new voters and used innovative “Vote Tripling” postcards: voters fill out the cards pledging not only to vote, but also to remind 3 friends to vote. Swing Left will send these back to them a few weeks before election day in November.
Are you visiting persuadable family and/or friends this summer? Now you can use the interactive map on the White House's “Investing in America” website to find the infrastructure projects that Democrats have brought to your local area.
This tool can help you remind your loved ones and/or summer flings that the Biden administration is “transforming our country for the better – reaching communities in every corner of the United States, including those that have too often been left behind.”
Swing Blue Alliance (formerly Swing Left Greater Boston) is the largest all-volunteer Democratic grassroots organization headquartered in Massachusetts. We use proven methods to protect our Democracy, work on competitive local and national elections, and strengthen the Democratic party at the grassroots level.