HOW BIG IS MY BALLOT?
Only 15 days until the Midterms!
Has Your Ballot Arrived?
If not, check with your election officials here.
If yes, complete the ballot and send it in today! Your vote is vital!
If you're not registered, find out if you can still register (it goes by state).
Questions? Contact Vote from Abroad for answers.
If you or anyone you know believe that their voting rights are being denied, you can call the following numbers for legal assistance:
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
American Civil Liberties Union Voter Protection Hotline: 877-523-2792
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
How big is my ballot?
After reading so much about different states' measures to disenfranchise their Democratic-leaning voters, I've gotten a bit paranoid. Are voting commissions just looking for excuses to throw out absentee ballots?
A friend asked me to print out her Florida ballot this week so that she could return it by mail. When she forwarded the pdf I saw that it was 17 inches long and intended to be a two-sided document. So...Do we print the pages full size and tape the pieces together? Print and mark the top and bottom half of each ballot page? Shrink the page to fit the A4 paper in my printer? (Would the state of Florida really accept a ballot that is only five inches wide? Can my friend read the resulting 6-point type?)
Is this a trick question?
Our solution was to have a copy shop print the ballot pages on A3 paper and then cut them to size; that ought to satisfy the Florida State Division of Elections. If you have any doubts about ensuring the validity of your ballot, you can look up the requirements by state at Overseas Vote Foundation.
Lifehacker: The Most Common Myths About Voter Registration, Debunked by Leila Sales
Here’s the real truth: most of the reasons that people cite for why they can’t or won’t vote are just myths.
Washington Post: What the Arab world needs most is free expression by Jamal Khashoggi
“I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi’s translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul. The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back … This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post. This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world.” —Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor.
Cape Up with Jonathan Capehart: What Trump needs to learn about Frederick Douglass (54 min)
David Blight, author of 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom', tells how Douglass became a demanding voice for America to live up to its ideals.
Department of Natural Selection:
TechCrunch: Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data by Zack Whittaker
Matching up mean and lonely people who don’t mind losing their contraceptive coverage—or their personal data.
"Word to the wise, Donald Daters: It’s not enough for an app to ensure you a certain level of political homogeneity. It needs to ensure some data protection, too." Emily Dreyfuss in Wired
For more ways to take action check out the action plan put together by PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange), and Americans of Conscience; read the featured action suggested by Indivisible; or check out the online training platform of Resistance School and sign up to any of the more than 15 free courses they offer on organizing 101, team building, contacting voters, and building movements.
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