Sam Fisher’s Pro-Democracy Newsletter 🐝⚖💛 — Issue #25
ITS TIME TO GET READY TO VOTE!
Well Fam the time has come to get ready and stay ready to vote for our lives. This is not hyperbole. This is a genuine call to action. It’s nothing we’re not accustomed to. Black and Brown people have understood the assignment and voted overwhelmingly Democratic. Although, our Hispanic brothers and sisters could increase their percentages, but I digress.
We have 297 days until Election Day 2022. However, early voting begins much sooner. Mail in ballots and early voting sites may be different this year, and moving forward, due to republican interference. Your congressional and state representatives may also be different due to gerrymandering again in republican states. Voter rolls have been purged in several states as well!
I recommend every single voter to verify their precincts and their voting status. It’s never too early, but it could be too late if you wait until the last minute.
What’s Your Voting Status?
Before you go and vote please verify your voting status. Once you verify that you can vote you can determine how you want to vote. Mail in or in-person. Don’t forget to check where you are supposed to vote if you decide you want to vote in person. Below is a link to see if you are eligible to vote and your status to vote.
Can I Vote | NASS — www.nass.org
Welcome To Can I Vote Need help with voting? You’ve come to the right place. This nonpartisan website was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote. Español Choose a category below to get started:
This is an important step. Don’t leave it to chance. EVERY VOTE COUNTS!
Where Do I Vote?
Equally as important is where you vote. Over the past decade or so republicans have been steadily reducing the number of available polling locations in BLACK AND BROWN NEIGHBORHOODS! Meanwhile, the number of polling places in white neighborhoods have stayed the same or increased. White supremacy is hard at work to stop you from voting!
Election Day Voting in 2020 Took Longer in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods — The New York Times — www.nytimes.com
An analysis of voting times based on anonymous smartphone location data.
Knowledge is key. Know where your polling location is. Know the times it will be open. Figure our when and how you will get there. Then do it again to verify the details. One week out, do it again. It is not unheard of for polling stations to be closed in the days leading up to election day or on election day. Make a plan and verify it frequently.
Find Your Polling Place | NASS — www.nass.org
Many states offer online services that can help you look up your local voting site. Others list contact information for local election officials, who are trained to help you find your polling place. Select your place of residence in the drop down menu.
Who Am I Voting For?
One of the most concerning issues with the American electorate is that often time voters are not certain about who they are going to vote for or the issues they are willing to support. An alarming number of voters decide at the polling place who and what they are going to vote for. They are also usually influenced by the people surrounding the polling entrances handing out voter information and applying pressure. Believe me it works!
The best ammunition against the pressure of deciding on a candidate or an issue you want to vote for is to prepare yourself before election day. Know your representative. Know what ballot initiatives are going to be on your ballot. Information is KEY!
Find Your Representative | house.gov — www.house.gov
Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your ZIP code to your congressional district, with links to your member’s website and contact page.
Sample Ballot Lookup — Ballotpedia — ballotpedia.org
This sample ballot tool includes: All candidates in every upcoming election occurring within the 100 most-populated cities in the U.S., plus all federal and statewide elections, including ballot measures, nationwide. Additional local ballot measures may also be included. Tribal elections are not included. Territorial elections are included.
How Do I Get To My Polling Place?
Getting to your polling place could be a challenge. If you are an older voter, or if you are physically challenged getting to your polling location can be impossible. Plan ahead and make arrangements with family or friends to arrive early. They should also be ready to spend time at the polling location (see article above). If you cannot get there with a family member or friend, Uber and Lyft usually provides free rides to the polls.
Alternatively, many organizations, churches, and other non-profits provides transportation to the polls. The most frequently heard name is Souls to the Polls. Every state has multiple churches providing transportation to the polls. The bottom line is contact your local church and see if they participate in Souls to the Polls.
Souls to the Polls — The Equity Alliance — theequityalliance.org
In partnership with Faith Unchained In collaboration with Dr. Shawn Joseph and his Unchained Movement, The Equity Alliance organized voter registration and mobilized voters to turn out for every election with the end goal of building, sustaining, and expanding Black political power in Nashville. Decisions made about school funding, housing, transportation, policing and job creation…
There’s also Ride Share 2 Vote in battleground states. The bottom line start now to figure out what’s available to you and make a plan.
We Are Helping To Protect Democracy!
Democracy or Bust!
We are at a crossroads my fellow Americans. We are faced with fake patriots who want to destroy our country. There’s no two ways about it. January 6th 2021 was the day they announce their presence in mainstream politics. They also showed that they are willing to kill and maim Americans to gain power. With republicans covering for them, obstructing lawful investigations, and refusing to cooperate with the January 6th Committee. They are showing their faces.
We cannot forget or forgive this insurrection. We have to vote like we’ve never voted before. More importantly, white Americans MUST vote to protect our Democracy. Without them we could truly be the last generation of Americans.
Next week I will start highlighting state politics and ballot initiatives. Of course I am going to start with Florida and the ladies running for office here. Don’t worry I will get to some critical local races as well. Please stay safe, and thank you for reading!