Worried about our election during COVID? You should be!!
Voter turnout may be fine in California and solidly blue and red states that both parties are ignoring as predetermined. But voter participation will face significant obstacles in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina and Texas. North Carolina, Michigan and Texas also have contested Senate seats. These are purple states without a history, funding or ability to conduct a fair mail-in-ballot election. They lack the resources to buy the necessary equipment or hire the necessary people to convert to a mail-in election. Officials will site Coronavirus risks as grounds to close polls in urban minority areas and in college towns. Conspiracy theories will fly from election night as the media will not be able to call the election as current laws mandate that mail-in ballots counting start after Election Day. The longer the count takes, the more conspiracy theories will gain traction and the winner will lose legitimacy. With unprecedented numbers of mail-in ballots and insufficient resources it won’t be possible to count all ballots by the federal statutory certification deadline. Without a change in the law, the Gore v. Bush precedent, which states that the certification deadline cannot be extended to allow for a more proper count, will apply. State legislators will usurp power and choose electoral college representatives themselves, stating it is simply not possible to do a proper count/recount of all mail in ballots in the time necessary and that they believe that voters really did vote for ______. All of that presumes that USPS receives the funding it direly needs to stay afloat and deliver mail-in ballots. Right now, USPS is heading toward bankruptcy in mid-fall, just before the election.
UU The Vote is looking to partner with another UU congregation in a swing state, to address these issues. We have identified grant funding through UUA’s UU The Vote Funding Program.
Please read/watch/listen to at least one UUA and one non-UUA resource before attending our meeting.
UUA UU the Vote Webinars and other info
UUA UU the Vote Resources
How do we Vote in a Pandemic
Brennan Center for Justice for Justice NYU
Spread the Vote
League of Women Voters
Fair Fight (Stacy’s Abrams’ organization that has been successful in reinstating tens of thousands of people who were illegally stricken from voter registration records)