Dear MoveOn member,
This is stunning: The New York Times' data wizard Nate Silver—who predicted the 2012 election results state-by-state with uncanny accuracy—is now projecting that, "Republicans [are] close to even-money to win control of the [Senate] after next year's elections."1
It's the worst-case scenario: Republicans win a majority in the Senate, and we can kiss the rest of President Obama's agenda goodbye.
To make things worse, they have a plan to steal the 2014 election starting right now by making it harder for seniors, students, poor people, and African-Americans to vote.
To reverse the effects of this effort, we have a 3-pronged plan of attack:
1. We'll launch state-by-state campaigns to roll back discriminatory voter suppression laws, rules and regulations when state legislatures are back in session.
2. We'll prepare a traditional and online media blitz, highlighting both the actions of extreme politicians like North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the stories of heroic individual voters whose rights are being trampled.
3. We'll organize an aggressive counter-intimidation campaign to mobilize the very same voters who are being disenfranchised. This tactic was proven to work last election, when showing voters what Republicans are really up to actually motivated unlikely voters to overcome barriers to get to the polls.4
We helped beat back the GOP voter suppression machine in 2012—and we can do it again—but all of us need to help. And we can't afford to wait until next year. Are you in to support our "Let Us Vote" campaign?
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Alex, Jessica, Nick, and the rest of the team
1. "Senate Control in 2014 Increasingly Looks Like a Tossup", The New York Times, July 15, 2013
2. "Hagan demands review of NC voter law," The Hill, August 13, 2013
3. "How Voter Backlash Against Voter Suppression Is Changing Our Politics," The Nation, April 29, 2013
4. "How Voter Backlash Against Voter Suppression Is Changing Our Politics," The Nation, April 29, 2013
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