Published last at 12:40pm CDT October 13 2020, subject to change throughout the day.
11,475,707 ballots have been cast for Election 2020 thus far accounting for 8.3% of the total votes cast in the 2016 general election.
Outside Election 2020, we continue onto day 2 of Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings. Day 1 revealed several things including the Republicans trying hard to call these hearing a Constitutional duty, even when four years earlier Republicans blocked Democrats from having an Obama nominee heard. Democrats, on the other hand, dug deep into discussing the health implications that Barrett would bring if appointed to the Supreme Court. Namely on the impact to the Affordable Care Act. Vice Presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris commented, "Republicans finally realized that the Affordable Care Act is too popular to repeal in Congress, so now they are trying to bypass the will of the voters and have the Supreme Court do their dirty work." We shall see how Day 2 progresses but we are bound to continue to see an emphasis from Democrats to the public on the impacts this hearing has on the here and now directly as it realtes to healthcare. As a queer Latinx woman, I am paying close attention as Republicans continue to parade about their decision as Constitutionally sound even if it means removing healthcare options for the most vulnerable. Or, more directly, trampling on the reproductive health rights of people like me.
And where does Joe Bidne stand on all this? Well, Joe Biden continues to suggest the direction he'd take with the Supreme Court, not answering directly on if he'd "pack the court" but indtead suggesting he's "not a fan" of expanding the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, we are seeing disturbing developments across the country with illegal ballot boxes being installed in California by the Republican Party and technical glitches causing voter registration to be made unavailable in states like Virginia.
#BREAKING; An accidentally cut cable has caused the entire Virginia voter registration online system to go down on the last day to register to vote before election day.— WUSA9 (@wusa9) October 13, 2020
Here's what we know so far ⬇️https://t.co/9Ho2f2NZia
Everyone, you know the drill, go vote. Prepare for anything and everything to happen. Plan now, so we are all prepared.
- Election 2020 - Forecast The Economist - Forecasting the US elections
- Election 2020 - Commentary NBC - Romney decries state of America's 'vile, vituperative, hate-filled' politics, puts blame largely on Trump
- Politics - More Right Wing Terrorism POLITICO - FBI agent: Groups discussed kidnapping Virginia governor
- COVID19 - Vaccine STAT News - Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine study paused due to unexplained illness in participant
Election 2020: Voting Guides
Cook County Illinois - If you're in Cook County, look no further for information on how to vote on your judges. Injustice Watch has a guide for you. - Girl, I Guess has a progressive voters guide as well. Also available in Spanish!
I'm collecting voting guides over at #GetYourVotingGuide! If you have one please contribute and share widely!
- Haymarket Books is back with another discussion, this time with Dr. Angela Davis and Astra Taylor on "Their Democracy and Ours" on fighting for democracy in a time of crisis tonight at 6:30pm CT. RSVP here.
- Join Ladies Wine and Design Baltimore as they discuss the "changing the face of voting with UX" on Wednesday October 14th at 5:30pm CT. They'll discuss how poor design can impact voting outcomes as well as how eye-tracking machines can help analyze and yield better UX design for voting in the future. RSVP here.
- Vote to Live, a project of The Collective PAC to increase voter registration and education intiatives, is hosting a Blak Men Voting Forum on Wednesday October 14th at 7:00pm CT. RSVP here.
Call to Action
- If you can, donate to help Democrats take back the USA Senate with impact-optimized donations. ActBlue has donations targeted to key states like Senate race in Maine with candidate Sarah Gideon. Donate today!
- If you voted early, keep your eyes peeled to confirm your vote has been 1.) received and 2.) approved. Examples of ballot tracking programs include BallotTrax and BallotTrace. Here's an article to help you get started.
- Get your flu shot, here's a list of where to get it.
- Download and use this "Donald Trump Must [Bin]Go" card that includes actionable items you can do now until Election Day 2020 by Clara Bellum!
- Read and prepare to vote. Here's a "How to Vote in the 2020 Election" guide prepared by FiveThirtyEight.
Just for fun
Reliving my 1990s childhood with all the vintage Nickelodeon and Sailor Moon means I've been watching all the Are You Afraid of the Dark and, well, Sailor Moon.
So enjoy this DIY Sailor Moon cosplay, maybe try it for Halloween!