Dear Friday Regulars, 

It's All About Virginia

In contrast to states such as Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and Florida - which have passed racist voter suppression laws in recent years - Virginia has become, as the New York Times put it, “a voting rights bastion".

Please help us ensure this continues.  

Sign up here for a webinar Thursday, July 29th at 8 pm EST to hear plans for Virginia, led by Reclaim Our Vote (ROV)!

This past year, Virginia has:

  • instituted 45 days of early voting;
  • implemented no-excuse absentee voting;
  • repealed the state’s photo ID law;
  • enacted automatic voter registration for anyone who receives a Virginia driver’s license;
  • made Election Day a state holiday;
  • required public feedback or state Attorney General approval for local election changes, such as moving voting precincts;
  • passed a Voter’s Bill of Rights that expressly prohibits racial discrimination or intimidation related to voting, allowing voters and the state Attorney General to sue over voter discrimination.
  • passed a constitutional amendment creating a bipartisan redistricting commission to eliminate partisan gerrymandering;
  • begun the process of amending the state constitution to restore voting rights to people with past felony convictions.

On November 2, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and all 100 state delegates. The newly elected policymakers will decide the future of the state’s voting rights laws.  Reclaim Our Vote wants to help protect the advances Virginia has made by encouraging voter turnout in key communities. Virginia is also considered a "bellweather" for voter turnout in 2022.
Sign Up for the Webinar to Learn More
Upcoming Action: Starting August 1, we will be writing postcards to almost a million Virginia voters of color, alerting them that Early Voting starts in mid-September and that their voting rights are at stake.  The postcards will be mailed in early September. This postcard effort will be led locally by Lyn DelliQuadri of Indivisible Ulster and ROV Field Organizer.

This is a particularly worthy project for those of you in towns without competitive local races this year.
Sign Up for Postcarding Here
Today at 3 pm EST

This year, one of the greatest threats to democracy—gerrymandering—is once again taking center stage in the fight for fair representation. Join this Indivisible national webinar at 3-4 pm ET today to become better informed and know what resources are at your disposal to find out how redistricting works. Learn about the most effective ways to participate in the redistricting process including best practices for attending public hearings, participating in official online comment periods, and developing a community of interest. 
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