Here’s what I learned in 2016 and 2018 as a volunteer lawyer monitoring voting.
In CA, in the late 1980s through mid 1990s (when California was transitioning from a red state to a blue state) CA experienced a lot of voter suppression.
A few dedicated lawyers formed an organization, became (or already were) experts in California election law, and started monitoring polling places & vote tabulation.
Did you hear about any voter suppression in California? Nope. The problems this year were individualized. Nothing systemic.
Start now. You don’t have to be a lawyer. Find out what your state or community has in the way of a Protect the Vote organization and get involved. See what can be done to prepare for 2020. There is work for everyone.
The 2018 election shows that the GOP communities and demographics are shrinking.
They stuck together.
The Tea Party succeeded not because they adopted undemocratic positions (which they did) but because they organized locally and stayed on message.
While not ALL politics is local, most of it is.
The question is whether the election will matter.
It's ours. Let's take it back.
Maybe this thread should have been called: Make Politics Cool Again.