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Election Day 2018

Election Day 2018 is less than a year away. The ACLU of Northern California and Indivisible groups are mobilizing to score electoral wins to defeat the Trump Administration and Republican Congressional agendas and get politicians elected who represent the people rather than corporations, wealthy individuals and special interests. It matters who controls Congress, state governments, and local institutions.

The Challenge Ahead

Click here to see what to expect when Congress gets back in January 2018.

The reality is that political campaigns are focused on winning votes utilizing people, media, and money:

  • People – The single most valuable resource is an engaged, supportive constituency. They phonebank, canvass, staff campaign offices, recruit volunteers, build word-of-mouth excitement, orchestrate people- and media-attracting events, and donate.
  • Media – Its all about getting name recognition and a favorable image of the candidate out to voters. The average congressional district has about 700,000 people, and many senators represent millions of constituents. The quickest way to reach the most voters is through media exposure, both earned media and paid political ads. Earned media is free media coverage of the candidate speaking at events, taking a stand on some policy issue, or giving interviews to the press.
  • Money – The average winning campaign for the House of Representatives costs $1.3 million. The average Senate race  is $10.4 million!

Voter Registration

California has one of the lowest rates of voter registration and voter turn-out in the country. Voter registration work expands the electorate, combats voter suppression and can even help you grow your Indivisible group.

2018 is a critical year for ballot measures and local elections changing who holds the keys to power.

Indivisible has a Voter Registration Toolkit you can download.

The ACLU of northern California is having a Voting Rights Webinar on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In this webinar, they’ll give you the resources you need to get all eligible California voters to the polls, starting now! Register for the webinar here.

Want to dive deeper? You can also register for an in-person ACLU Training for Change Makers in northern California. Training for Change Makers will help you to develop the skills and connections to organize in your community on a range of civil rights and civil liberties issues:

  • Saturday, Jan. 27 in San Francisco
  • Sunday, Jan. 28 in Sacramento
  • Saturday, Feb. 3 in San Jose
  • Saturday Feb. 10 in Fresno

Register here to receive more information about the ACLU’s in-person training.

Indivisible Groups

There are more than 6,000 Indivisible groups around the country, and at least two groups in every Congressional district.

The Indivisible Project is a registered 501c(4) nonprofit, whose mission is “to cultivate and lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies.”

Indivisible is not a part of the Democratic Party organization, but is a project of the Advocacy Fund, which focuses of four issues: criminal justice, democracy, economic justice and environment/health.

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