Why do we need a “Blue Wave?”
The party with a majority in the House and in the Senate controls the agenda, vote actions, and committee chairs who in turn control committee agendas, votes, and subpoenas. All investigations, oversight, accountability, transparency, and legislative agenda are currently blocked by the Republican majority party in the Senate, and no longer blocked in the House.
A Democratic majority in the Senate would mean:
passing budgets for the people, not the 0.1%
rejecting Supreme Court judges selected to reverse Roe v Wade
enabling an committee to report on how to protect elections from foreign attacks
health insurance, protecting the environment, election security, government ethics, gun control, net neutrality, education, housing, jobs, justice, and civil rights.
Overall, Democrats mainly need to turn out in high percentages (to overcome gerrymandered districts and voter suppression) to elect a Congress that will protect the country and hold the Executive branch accountable. Details vary by district.
Working on Elections 2019 - 2020
First, make sure you’re registered to vote. If you moved or have been put into an “inactive” status, you need to re-register. Ask your friends to check, too. See the Voter Information section near the bottom of the page.
We need a huge Democratic get-out-the-vote (GOTV) effort. There are many ways you can help and volunteer organizations you can work with. Find ways that are fitting for you.
Local groups most directly involved in elections
A place for volunteering to elect Democratic candidates. Phone and text banking, events, meeting space, fundraising, canvassing, voter registration, schwag, and more. [Will reopen in 2020.]
An activist alliance working to safeguard civil liberties, human rights and democracy by electing representatives and influencing the political process to reflect these aims.
Sister District has a strategic, targeted focus on critical state races that—if we win—will make it easier to win national elections by revisiting badly gerrymandered state districts.
Sister District aims to ensure that all Americans have equal representation and our government works for all people, not just the minority in power.
Actions: Phonebanking, postcards, textbanking, canvassing, events support, district captain committees, data & research team.
From understanding the voter registration form to role playing, we fully equip people to engage unregistered voters in the democratic process.
Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest House of Representatives Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018.
Find your closest Swing District and join the team to learn about actionable opportunities as they become available.
They joined with Crooked Media to form the Crooked 7 Fund where you can donate to replace the 7 most vulnerable Republicans in California (CA-10 Denham, CA-21 Valadao, CA-25 Knight, CA-39 Royce, CA-45 Walters, CA-48 Rohrabacher, and CA-49 Issa).
Swing Left has other district funds, but sadly none for Andrew Janz to replace Devin Nunes in CA-22.
Mission: Rebuild a progressive voting majority in federal, state and local government.
EmergeAmerica, inspiring women to run for office
Forward Majority, retake state legislatures to reverse gerrymandering before it’s too late
National Democratic Redistricting Campaign (NDRC) and Organizing for Action (OFA) strategically targeting legislative chambers, governorships, and ballot initiatives to reverse gerrymandering
Resurgent Left, fighting for team blue from the bottom up
A national, non-partisan, umbrella organization to support equal voting rights for all and work towards full voter participation, by education about voting in America and by linking willing volunteers to organizations that are fighting for fairer elections.
Sign up to learn how to help citizens Register, Get Voter IDs, Vote, and Be Counted. Volunteer to help a state voting rights organization.
Volunteer with state-specific voting rights groups.
Many national organizations are fighting for voting rights for all. They need your help.
DEMOCRACY STARTS IN THE STATES
We’re electing progressives where it counts the most. Join the data-driven, people-powered movement to flip our country around.
State governments often draw the district maps for national elections—and controlling that process has given the GOP an unfair advantage. States control voting methods and set voting requirements. When the GOP suppresses votes, Dems lose.
From healthcare to racial justice, the laws that impact our lives the most are often passed by states—not by the federal government. Serving at the state level gets inspiring progressive Dems ready to run for national office. Compared to national races, state races are cheap.
Actions, Events, and Resources for working to win nearby congressional districts.
Field Engagement Organizing Guide
California SOS VoteSure voting resources and education — check voter status, find polling place, voter info
League of Women Voters Bay Area positions
Means for Democracy — Building an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just community (summarizes recommendations from 20 groups)
Mercury News endorsements
Moms Demand Action gun sense candidates pledged to vote on the side of gun safety
Our Revolution endorsements
Planned Parenthood voter guide 2018
South Bay Progressive Alliance endorsements