Despite his electoral victory last November, 45 has spent the past 7 months making fallacious claims that there was widespread voter fraud -- that millions of people voted illegally for Clinton. On Thursday, May 11th, 45 signed a Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission, lead by Mike “Walking Hate Speech” Pence, and filled with 45’s buddies, will be tasked with reviewing federal election laws and processes, and identifying vulnerabilities. But make no mistake, this commission’s goal is the suppression of voting rights. And it needs to be challenged.
5 Calls has 2 awesome action guides to get you started:
- Prevent Trump's Attempts To Suppress Voting Rights
- Keep Our Elections Fair And Free
Of course, the suppression of voting rights is not new, and there are many organizations which have been on the front lines advocating for fair elections, and defending our democracy. Here are a few national organizations that could use your time or money, but consult the mighty Google to to find work happening in your own city and county.
Make sure your voter registration is up to date. Help folks who may need it (your 18 yo kids, your elderly neighbor, your bff who hasn’t been registered in years because she “isn’t political”, etc.) to complete their own voter registrations. If helping folks to register seems like a skill you possess, volunteer to register voters.
Know the History
Way back in the day, white dudes in New England declared independence from the Brits, and decided to give the vote to white male landowners. Pretty much everyone else has had to earn the vote, and access to free and fair elections for all citizens is a project that still needs work. Enjoy one or all of these entertaining looks at how history has rocked the vote...
Read: African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote
Listen to: Pulling the Curtain
Watch: The March @ 50 - Voting Rights