Election Day is November 3rd. Are you ready?
No worries, we got you.
Whether you’re voting in person, voting by mail, or just getting the word out there, here is your one-stop-shop Voter Toolkit to learn all you need to know about voting in the 2020 election while having some fun along the way. Now let’s dive in!
Resisterhood Documentary Director’s Statement
Welcome my fellow Resisters! Let me start by thanking you for checking out this Voter Toolkit. You are here because you know how important it is to vote in 2020. This is the most important election in our lives. We must all make our voices and our votes count!
My name is Cheryl Jacobs Crim (you can call me CJ) and I’m the director of RESISTERHOOD, a documentary that follows a diverse group of grassroots activists working tirelessly to defend our democracy and stop the erosion of our civil rights. After the 2016 election I knew I needed to use my skill as a filmmaker to tell stories of everyday Americans fighting for the country I believed in—a country with equality and justice for all. I have filmed dozens of peaceful protests and hundreds of people getting arrested while making some good trouble—necessary trouble (the picture above was taken just after I paid my $50 fine for being arrested at a protest).
RESISTERHOOD embodies the idea that joining together to support and uplift each other is what democracy looks like. So get out there, vote, and encourage everyone around you to vote. Send them this Voter Toolkit. Together, we can create an America we are all proud of!
When/how do I register to vote?
Right now! There’s no time like the present, so if you have 2 minutes check it right now through Vote Save America.
Not sure whether you registered or not? Never fear, check right here. This will take 30 seconds, so no excuses!
Make sure to check the registration deadlines for your state, because they are fast approaching. You’re busy so I got you: check here or here to see what your state’s rules and deadlines are and for a plethora of useful voting info.
How do I vote by mail?
After you’ve made sure you’re registered to vote, check to see what your state’s request rules are for mail-in voting because it varies by state and some rules have changed because of COVID. In some states you can send in a request online, and in some you need to mail-in the form, so be sure to check!
Once you got that all squared away, then viola! You should receive your ballot in the mail. Be sure to check the deadline because it may be for the postmarked date or date received, depending where you live!
We aren’t done yet though! Once you receive your ballot be sure to fill it out and mail it in as soon as you can to mitigate mail congestion and increase the likelihood of your vote being counted in time.
Still feeling a bit confused? Vote Save America can help walk you through the process. It’s fast, easy, and will make a huge impact.
More info: Learn more about voting with this sharable Instagram post!
How can I vote safely in person?
Because of the ongoing pandemic we encourage all Resisters to request mail-in ballots so they can vote remotely, but we know that might not work for everyone so here we go:
The official election day is November 3rd, but some states have early voting so be sure to check here to see what your state’s rules are. If you can vote early, PLEASE DO!
Each state will have physical voting locations, however some states have cut down their number of polling places or are creating voting centers where people around the state can all vote. Make sure to check here or here to find out the exact rules for your state and to find where your closest polling location will be.
Each state is taking different safety precautions at the polls due to COVID-19, so be sure to check your state’s safety guidelines for direction.
We care about you! Please use common sense and make sure to wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer, keep at least six feet of space between yourself and other voters, and wear gloves if possible. Ballots can be fragile so make sure your hands are dry and your sanitizer has evaporated when you hold the ballot.
Here’s a shareable instagram post on how to vote without using the USPS.
I didn't support Joe Biden in the primary. Why should I support him now?
Think of your vote as your voice—your prime opportunity to let our leaders know what kind of America you want to see. This election isn’t just about Joe Biden, it’s about you, your fellow resisters, and the communities actively hurt by the current administration. You might not completely agree with Joe Biden, but this election is about so much more than him.
This election is not a one time thing, it is a movement whose shockwaves we will feel for years! We want to elect a president who will then elect a cabinet and supreme court nominees that will help build a more just America. With issues like climate change and health care during COVID-19 becoming more urgent, we know that Trump is not that person.
Your vote is your voice and your vote is your choice. So make a choice! What type of America do you want to see and who will get you there? If you don’t vote, we might see another four years of a president who doesn't truly represent the citizens of our nation. Voting in this election will bring you one step closer to a government that will truly stand for all Americans.
Does my vote matter if I live in a very “red” or “blue” state?
Your vote is your voice and your chance to tell Washington what kind of America you want to live in. If you don't vote, regardless of where you live, you waive one of your most important rights as a citizen.
Polls only predict elections as long as those polled are the people who vote. The notion of “safe states” relies on data taken from the last election cycle, so a “safe state” does not truly exist if you don’t vote. “Safe states” like California, Texas, Georgia, Oregon, New York, and Tennessee have all flipped at some point in their history.
Also, voting in your state's local elections is extremely important in not only flipping your state, but in improving your local community so you can see a real change at your front door. Check out this information guide to learn more about why local elections matter and for a break down of local positions you can vote for.
As this upcoming election is vitally important for the future of our country, go out and vote no matter which state you live in! Your vote is your voice and your vote is your choice!
Here's a link for further reading.
What is a swing state?
A “swing state” refers to any state that could reasonably be won by either the Democratic or Republican presidential candidate by a swing in votes. These states are usually targeted by both major-party campaigns, especially in competitive elections.
What is considered a “swing state” can change with each election cycle. FiveThirtyEight gives a great analysis of how the election map has changed and looks at key battleground states for the upcoming election.
One vote in an ocean of millions might not seem like it can make a difference, but consider some of the closest elections in U.S. history. One vote might seem small, but we can’t forget that Trump won the 2016 election mainly because a large concentration of Trump voters who lived in key districts of “swing states” turned out to vote and helped him secure enough electoral votes to win the presidency despite losing the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
We need to win at least 270 electoral votes to win, and that’s why Vote Save America has targeted 6 battleground states for this upcoming election that will determine who our next president will be. Through their Adopt A State program, you can directly support the work of organizers, volunteers, and candidates in the six key battleground states that will be most important to delivering a progressive majority in 2020. So get out there and adopt a state!
Why is the Senate important to win?
The Senate makes up half of Congress, with the other half belonging to the House of Representatives. They have the power to make laws, declare wars, and confirm presidential appointees like cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court justices, federal judges, etc… So yeah, pretty darn important.
Republicans control the Senate at the moment with 53 seats as opposed to the Democrat’s 47 seats (2 are Independents). Since becoming Senate Majority Leader in 2015, Mitch McConnell has stolen a seat on the Supreme Court, tried to take health care away from 20 million Americans, and stopped the Senate from doing anything that isn't confirming extreme right-wing judges to lifetime appointments.
The good news? Mitch is up for reelection this November. Even better yet, 23 of the 35 seats up for reelection in 2020 belong to the GOP, and that means that we need to hold our current seats and flip 3-4 seats to take back control.
In 2018 Democrats had a landslide victory in the House of Representatives and flipped 40 seats, taking back control of the House. They then sent progressive bills over to the Senate where they died before even being considered (thank Mitch for that).
Winning the Senate is vital to stopping Trump’s damaging policies, because even if he wins reelection, winning the Senate can ensure that Congress holds him accountable and confirms qualified judges.
Want to help? Donate to the “Get Mitch or Die Trying Fund” which targets states with the top Senate races and delivers your donations directly to the top Democratic contender in that state!
What is voter suppression?
Voter suppression is a strategy used to manipulate election outcomes by directly or indirectly preventing certain groups’ ability to vote. One example is the terrible Jim Crow laws that had poll taxes, literacy tests, and grandfather clauses to prevent Black Americans from voting. These discriminatory laws ere overturned by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
But in 2008, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act and states across the country have passed measures to make it harder for Americans—particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities—to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. These measures include cuts to early voting, gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and purging voter rolls.
Even more worrying is President Trump’s recent attacks on the USPS and mail-in voting, calling them fraudulent even though there is absolutely no evidence that mail-in voting increases electoral fraud.
Republicans fear that mail-in ballots will increase voter turnout for Democrats, with groups that usually vote in lower numbers now having greater access to the polls through mail-in voting like young people, low-income people, minorities, and those without access to transportation.
As voting is our greatest right as citizens, we must continue to speak up against voter suppression and Trump’s ongoing attack on the USPS. Go to ACLU.org or The Brennan Center for Justice to learn more about voter suppression and how to help combat it!
Shareable Instagram posts on Voter Suppression: On Voter Suppression in 2020, On Mail-In Voting, Send a letter to your senators via text
I’m under 18, how can I still help?
Not 18? No problem. You might not be able to have your voice heard at the polls this year, but there are still tons of ways you can get your voice out there and help. You can still get involved and participate in the election process in the following ways:
Be informed! Read up on political issues (both local and national) and figure out where you stand.
Get out and talk to people. Even if you cannot vote, you can still voice opinions on social media, in your school or local newspaper, or other public forums. Share this exact toolkit with your friends, family, and network to bring awareness. You never know who might be listening.
Volunteer. Become a poll worker. If you support a particular candidate, you can work on their campaign by participating in phone banks, doing door-to-door outreach, writing postcards, or volunteering at campaign headquarters. Your work can help get candidates elected, even if you are not able to vote yourself.
Check out the National Youth Rights Association Activist Toolkit to learn more on how to get involved at your school, work with elected officials, and promote youth’s rights!
Join the Movement
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Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook where we will post fun and informative posts you can share, and go to our website to sign up for our newsletter (we promise we won’t spam you)!
Watch the Film
Do you want to feel the POWER of the resistance and see the movement in full force? Watch the trailer and click on the button below to watch the RESISTERHOOD documentary today!
Resisterhood Social Media Content
Download these graphics optimized for Instagram and Facebook with suggested captions so you can post it on social media and mobilize your friends and family to get out and vote! To do so:
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“2020 Voter Registration Deadlines” suggested caption:
The first step in taking back America is registering to vote, so get registered now at vote.org! #resisterhood
“2020 Mail-in Ballot Deadlines” suggested caption:
Make sure your vote is counted – mail in your ballot as soon as possible! #resisterhood
Tag @resisterhooddoc in your posts so we can thank you for doing your part to get out the vote!
Resisterhood Power Playlist
Need some motivation on the road to election day? Grab your speakers and blast our Spotify Resisterhood Power Playlist filled with empowering tunes that’ll get you moving and keep you active!
Relevant Links & Organizations
Want to learn more about voting? Check out the links below to find more information and for great organizations to follow and donate to!
Fight for your rights!
Get out the Vote!
Vote Save America
Rock the Vote (how to vote by state)
Become a poll worker!
Step-by-step Voting Instructions
Voting in the age of COVID
Why is voting important?
2020 Senate Election Interactive Map
Why local elections matter
Our favorite sharable Instagram posts!
What to do when someone says “I’m not voting”
4 ways to safely cast your ballot without USPS
Reading your ballot
US Voter Suppression in 2020
So you want to talk about mail-in voting
Why should you care about politics
What’s at stake in the 2020 election
What is early voting?
Early in-person voting is the answer
Why the student vote matters
Unenthusiastic about voting for Biden?
Our Activists and Their Stories
Thanks for reading! Let's show up and show out!
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Learn more about the heroes of RESISTERHOOD!
Joanna, nicknamed the "Rainbow Warrior", is a soccer player with the Washington Spirit who uses the platform of professional sports to champion the rights of the LGBTQ community. We join her as she marches with Athlete Ally, a group of professional and Olympic athletes. We chant with her as she officially starts the second Women's March from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. And we bask in Joanna's unbridled optimism and unapologetic joy as she inspires everyone she meets.
Mimi is a popular political activist, Egyptian immigrant, and grandmother of 15. She was asked to run for county office in the 2018 Midterm elections. We follow her journey through campaigning and elections and watch as she tries to ride the wave of women being elected to office with the hope of changing the face of politics in this country.
DR. JEAN GEARON
Although she is the great-granddaughter of one of the original American Suffragists, Jean's transformation into a political activist didn’t begin until the day after the 2016 election. Calling on her friends, Jean turned her small book club into the 400 member Women’s Alliance for Democracy and Justice. We watch this determined group of budding activists get involved in local and state politics as well as the fight to ratify the ERA - the same battle Jean's great-grandmother fought more than a hundred years ago.
LUIS & SORAIDA GUTIERREZ
This couple is no stranger to protests in their fight for immigrant rights. A longtime Congressman from Chicago, Luis led the charge to boycott the 2017 Inauguration, but it was his wife, Soraida, who inspired their participation in the first Women’s March. We follow Luis & Soraida as they fight for the rights of Dreamers and bring attention to the plight of families separated at the border. As Luis ends his time in Congress, we watch as his daughter, Jessica steps into the political realm.
Margaret first marched from Selma to Montgomery alongside John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Now, at 82 years young, Margaret has no plans of slowing down. We follow her as she makes her voice heard at a variety of protests, beginning with the Women’s March where she proudly wears her “Black Lives Matter” button and a pink pussy hat. Through Margaret’s eyes, we see decades of political activism and a determination to educate future generations about the need to stand against injustice.
Thanks for reading! Let's show up and show out!