Notes from the Deputy Chair: Voter Intimidation

by Laura Bray, KCDP Deputy Chair
for the KCDP weekly newsletter, September 9, 2020

A contingent of military special forces with the White House in the background
Special Forces in DC by Mobilus In Mobili is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

Perhaps you’ve seen the parades through town supporting the current occupant of the White House. These events are less about showing support for the Republican presidential candidate and more about intimidation—convincing you that your vote doesn’t count so you don’t bother to vote.

By participating in our Peace Parade this Saturday, you can take a positive stand against this intimation and let people know “There Are More of Us Than You Think.”

As President Obama said during the recent Democratic National Convention, “This president and those in power—those who benefit from keeping things the way they are—they are counting on your cynicism. They know they can’t win you over with their policies. So they’re hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote doesn’t matter. That’s how they win. That’s how a democracy withers, until it’s no democracy at all. We can’t let that happen. Do not let them take away your power.”

“Trump and his Republican enablers are putting voter suppression front and center—fear-mongering about voting by mail, escalating their Election Day poll watching and so-called ballot-security operations, and blocking funding to prepare the country for a pandemic-era election,” said Andy Kroll in Rolling Stone.

Only one party is trying to intimidate voters and make it harder for people to register to vote; Democrats are trying to make it easier. We urge everyone to work to elect Democratic candidates up and down the ballot this November.

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