Flush them all
This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc.
Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time.
This is the fight we need to win. VOTE
Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term.
This has to start now. Right now.
Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy.
Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID.
Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state.
Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail.
Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level.
They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back.
To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies.
You know how we’ve all read those time travel stories where someone goes back and makes a tiny change and it has a serious impact on the future the character came from? You have the ability right now to make that tiny change to alter history.
Here’s where to register: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote
Additionally, here is the list of the remaining state primary elections:
04 September 2018: Massachusetts State Primary
06 September 2018: Delaware State Primary
11 September 2018: New Hampshire State Primary
12 September 2018: Rhode Island State Primary
13 September 2018: New York State Primary
06 November 2018: Michigan CD 13 Special Election
06 NOVEMBER 2018: GENERAL ELECTION
04 December 2018: Arkansas General Runoff
08 December 2018: Louisiana General Runoff
08 January 2019: Georgia General Runoff
That’s another of the tricks of the current administration – disenfranchising voters means they get to stay in power because the truth is that voting DOES matter. It’s the ONE THING all citizens can do that ACTUALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
So I know it feels like the world is going down the toilet right now and no one can fix it, but YOU CAN. Your voice matters. PLEASE VOTE. PLEASE.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Because if not you, who? Who will fight for your rights if you won’t even do it for yourself? And if you have the ability to fight for the rights of marginalized groups, why wouldn’t you? Why wouldn’t you be the hero of this story and try to save as many as you can?
If you don’t care about queer marriage, if you don’t care about black lives, if you don’t care about indigenous persons and their lives, if you don’t care that the planet itself is literally being destroyed by greed, if you want to support fascism and racism and the other evils in our world, then feel free to not vote. After all, that’s what the current administration is counting on. The current administration is counting on how beat-down and over-burdened we all are. They are counting on all of us thinking that someone else will fight this battle for us. They’re counting on our hopelessness.
So go be a hero instead. Prove them wrong. Check your registration status. Figure out where and how to vote. I thought I even saw something on the internet not too long ago about Lyft offering free rides on voting day. Do the right thing and fight for everyone and everything you love.
It’s just your vote. And it absolutely matters, which is exactly why the administration doesn’t want you to believe it does.