Democracy Happy Hour - Nov. 18, 2020

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This week's theme: Democracy Legislation & Protect the Results Updates. Fix Democracy First hosts a weekly Democracy Happy Hour on Wednesdays @ 5-6pm PT. Grab a drink and join us and  learn about the latest democracy efforts, challenges, solutions, as well upcoming events and actions.

Recording from Wednesday, November 18th, 2020:

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In the News & Protect the Results Links and Updates:

November is Native American Heritage Month - https://www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month

Nations and Tribes of Washington State - https://ais.washington.edu/nations-and-tribes-washington-state

Native Land - https://native-land.ca/

Alaska becomes second state to approve ranked-choice voting as Ballot Measure 2 passes by 1% - https://www.adn.com/politics/2020/11/17/alaska-becomes-second-state-to-approve-ranked-choice-voting-as-ballot-measure-2-passes-by-1/

The Most Expensive Election Ever - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/most-expensive-election-ever

Navigator Reaction to Election Results - https://navigatorresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Navigator-Post-Election-Update-11.14.20.pdf

Federal prosecutors assigned to monitor election malfeasance tell Barr they see no evidence of substantial irregularities - https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/william-barr-election-memo/2020/11/13/6ed06d20-25e4-11eb-a688-5298ad5d580a_story.html

GOP leaders in 4 states quash dubious Trump bid on electors - https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-donald-trump-legislature-pennsylvania-b199b2debc87fbb20612a48835bc0dba

Top CEOs met to plan response to Trump’s election denial - https://apnews.com/article/top-ceos-met-plan-response-to-trump-ae2790a11be9a73cd3216d17ce06e143

Trump and his supporters are discovering how hard it is to sabotage election results - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-and-his-supporters-are-discovering-how-hard-it-is-to-sabotage-election-results/2020/11/17/96d37bbe-290e-11eb-9b14-ad872157ebc9_story.html

There’s a Reason the Election Went So Smoothly - Local officials are the unsung heroes of 2020. - https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/election-worked-surprisingly-well/617127/

The Movement for Democracy Reform Saved the Election - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/movement-democracy-reform-saved-election

#PROTECT2020 RUMOR VS. REALITY - https://www.cisa.gov/rumorcontrol

National security veterans warn of transition delay as Trump digs back in - https://www.electiontaskforce.org/

National Task Force on Election Crisis - https://www.electiontaskforce.org/

Transition Period - https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e70e52c7c72720ed714313f/t/5fa1cd3e81953d0ee8cb9c50/1604439359163/Transition+Period.pdf

How to Stop a Power Grab - https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/11/23/how-to-stop-a-power-grab

Distorted U.S. democracy underscores urgency of Electoral College reform - https://thefulcrum.us/election-dissection/electoral-college-reform

Reaching 270 by 2024 - The Path to a National Popular Vote – November 19th @ 12-2 pm PT - https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vR3heVXuoVeJvsvTJ5aldklrveBzUv-LfB71VOQJMnsU7BF2Y86EZ7dA6o0R3A6lrC2ffmSOJHLzvrX/pub

National Democracy Legislation:  

Anxious democracy reformers pressing Biden to make more of their causes - https://thefulcrum.us/joe-biden-agenda

The Case for H.R.1 - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/policy-solutions/case-hr1

For the People Act (HR1) - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/1/text

Democracy Day 1 (Declaration for American Democracy Coalition) - https://declarationforamericandemocracy.org/

Democracy Day 1 Petition - https://declarationforamericandemocracy.org/petition/

Voting Rights Advancement Act - https://www.hrc.org/resources/voting-rights-advancement-act

H.R.4 - Voting Rights Advancement Act - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/4

H.J.Res.48 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only. - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-joint-resolution/48
H.J.Res.2 - Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections. - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-joint-resolution/2

Our Common Purpose - https://www.amacad.org/ourcommonpurpose/report

 

WA State Democracy Legislation

Voting Rights Restoration Efforts in Washington - https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/research-reports/voting-rights-restoration-efforts-washington

HB 2292 - Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections. - https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2292&Initiative=false&Year=2019

She is a former addict and prisoner. She was just elected to the state house in Washington. - https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/11/07/she-is-former-addict-prisoner-this-week-she-was-elected-state-house-washington/

SB 6688 - Requiring certain counties, cities, and towns to obtain preclearance before instituting voting qualifications, prerequisites, standards, practices, or procedures. - https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6688&Year=2019&Initiative=False

HB 1067 – Close Lobbying Revolving Door - Concerning employment after public service in state government - https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1067&Year=2019&Initiative=False

HB 1722 - Concerning local options for tabulating votes in an election – Allows jurisdictions to adopt Ranked Choice Voting -https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1722&Year=2019&Initiative=False

Citizen Initiative Review - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ev3uVoMBoNIAb5IhWYXbftkatKYMJQ5uAcq-eMz_hzc/edit?usp=sharing

Georgia Senate Runoff Efforts:

New Georgia Project - https://newgeorgiaproject.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/

Georgia Election Voter Hub - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGtsoXcTzXT8LznXZXTyRGVTR9A10OoEnblp0DA8mQ9KRuZg/viewform

Fair Fight - https://fairfight.com/

Common Power - https://commonpower.org/

Postcards to Swing States – Focus on Georgia - https://postcardstoswingstates.com/

FDF Actions, Events & Links:

Becoming A Democracy: How We Can Fix the Electoral College, Gerrymandering, and Our Elections - Book event with author Kristin Eberhard – December 3rd @ 6 pm PT - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IaffwfZcTBKMWhDVzWJuYg

Donation $35 or more to FDF and receive a FREE copy of Becoming a Democracy by Kristin Eberhard - https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donate-book-fundraiser

Yakima Voting Rights Community Forum – December 5th @ 10:30 am – https://www.facebook.com/events/377298376749819

Register @: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8PV8SD7gS96b_ZmN31SHOg?fbclid=IwAR0SLkRtSxEaRJDHLu3ZS-TDlzPQ6K_eVh3Fq9dnDgTMDBdysN2lFiUPMSE

FDF Events Page - Past Events- https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/events#past-events

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