The Newsletter of Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Project
POST ELECTION REPORT
Republicans have added over 675 seats to their ranks in this election, dramatically surpassing 1994 gains. This number could go even higher as the tallies in the undecided races are determined. The chamber switches thus far are all Democratic to Republican except for Montana House which was tied and is now Republican, and the Oregon House which was Democratic and is now tied. Changes are:
Tied: Oregon House; Alaska Senate
This is the first time in Alabama that Republicans have controlled the legislature since reconstruction. The North Carolina Senate has not been Republican since 1870. And Republicans have reportedly taken over 100 seats in the New Hampshire House. For the first time in history, the Minnesota Senate will be controlled by the GOP.
The political climate in many of the PAVP participating states has changed as well. Please see the chart below which shows the political make-up of the “SAG” – (Senate, Assembly, and Governor) pre-election vs. post election.
History has shown that we may be in for new battle fronts in our ongoing struggle to expand the electorate and minimize barriers to voting, by opposing restrictive reforms such as voter photo ID and proof of citizenship. We should expect new viable threats in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as well as those states that have already been fighting the good fight over the past several years.
Several states have an ongoing coalition based effort to protect voters in their states and others are less prepared. Together we have great wealth of knowledge and experience that we can draw on to fight the good fight by sharing resources, tactics, and knowledge.
THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW
HERE ARE SOME WAYS THE PAVP PROJECT CAN SUPPORT YOU IN YOUR WORK.
1. PAVP project specialist, Tim O’Brien can help you develop and implement a strategic plan to fight back new barriers to voting in the states.
DECEMBER SALSA WEBINAR TRAINING – ACTION ALERTS!
The first in a series of webinar trainings for Salsa will be held on Tuesday December 14th from 1 pm to 2 pm ET. This webinar will focus on best practices for writing and sending Action Alerts through Salsa. Brett Shenker from Salsa Labs will lead the webinar. We will walk through the steps needed to send out an action alert using the Proof of Citizenship issue as our organizing tool. Register today by clicking here: