Write Your Reps! Tell Greg Abbott: Stop Suppressing Voters

Writing Tips

  • Make it personal: Tell Greg Abbott how COVID-19 has impacted you. Express your concerns about voting during a pandemic.
  • Tell Greg Abbott that prohibiting counties from providing multiple ballot drop-offs is voter suppression.
  • Commend Greg Abbott for extending the Early Voting period and insist that those dates remain in place

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the lives of Texas voters. Texans who are eligible to vote by absentee ballot can reduce their risk of exposure to the virus by mailing or hand-delivering their ballots. to make it easier and safer to vote, several of the largest Texas counties set up secure ballot drop-off locations in multiple locations. This is especially important because of ongoing U.S. Postal Service delays.

On October 1, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order allowing Texas counties no more than one drop-off location for voters casting absentee ballots. This reduced the number of drop-off locations in Harris County (pop. 2.4 million) from 12 to one, and the number in Travis County (pop. 1.2 million) from four to one.

Harris and Travis county are both Democratic strongholds.

In July, Gov. Abbott extended the Early Voting period by six days—which will alleviate long lines and exposure to the coronavirus. However, Republicans in the state legislature are placing intense pressure on Abbott—including a lawsuit—to reverse his decision. Rumors (unfounded at this point) are circulating that Abbott may change his mind. Abbott must be pressured to do the right thing: keep the extended Early Voting period and allow multiple ballot drop-off locations.

Especially in light of Donald Trump contracting COVID-19, Gov. Abbott must act in the interests of public health, not far-right extremists.

Write your reps! Trump’s unconstitutional call to delay elections

On July 30, Trump tweeted, “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”

Trump's tweet about delaying elections

Trump does not have the power to delay elections. He is trying to distract people from abysmal economic numbers and the funeral of voting rights legend Rep. John Lewis.

However, Trump’s suggestion is still incredibly dangerous because it undermines trust in the election process. Trump’s GOP enablers in Congress should speak clearly and loudly against this affront to our Constitution. Likewise, they should vote on and pass the election security bills that the Senate GOP has been blocking since 2019.

Write Your Reps! Tell John Cornyn that Russian Bounties on US Soldiers Cannot Be Swept Under the Rug

“I think the president can’t single-handedly remember everything, I’m sure, that he’s briefed on”
—US Senator John Cornyn, on the news that Russia is paying a bounty on the lives of US soldiers

According to reporting from multiple sources, Russian intelligence units put a bounty on the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan, paying them to hunt and kill Americans. US intelligence assessments have determined that this bounty scheme did play a role in the deaths of several of our soldiers.

The real outrage is that Trump was personally briefed about this in February. Since then the only significant measure he has taken with regards to Russia, was to attempt to bring them back into the G8, a major boon to Putin.

Adding to that outrage, Senator Cornyn, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has downplayed the seriousness of the situation and provided dishonest cover for the President, rather than holding the President to account or taking action to protect our troops.

GOP Sen Cornyn gives bounty allegations, which Trump cast doubt on, the of course-old-news treatment: it doesn't surprise me that the Russians are trying to help the Taliban kill Americans. I mean we've known that for a long time.
Missed this. @johncornyn on Russian bounties story: I think the president can’t single-handedly remember everything, I’m sure, that he’s briefed on

Write your reps! Tell Greg Abbott: Your half-measures won’t kill COVID-19

Updated August 22, 2020

We’ve come to normalize social distancing, mask wearing, and for those of us with the privilege to do so, working from home. But let’s not forget how utterly preventable all of this was—and that Gov. Greg Abbott, who follows Trump’s lead at every opportunity, is responsible. Whether it was reopening the state too soon, undoing local ordinances, or packing his response team with wealthy donors, every step of the way we saw Texans and their families suffer because of Abbott’s actions.

Had Governor Abbott acted responsibly in the first place—as other governors did—we could have recovered more quickly. Now is his chance to show true leadership by ignoring Trump and issuing aggressive and enforceable statewide policies that stop the virus and allow the economy to thrive.

From the Statesman:

“…the governor has acted as if efforts to tamp down the coronavirus were at odds with sustaining businesses. In reality — and our disastrous Texas reopening has made clear — we can’t revive the economy without aggressively containing the virus. Businesses won’t stay open long if employees are falling ill and customers don’t feel safe coming in.”

Further reading

Greg Abbott’s Penchant for the Path of Least Resistance Has Led Texas to the Brink of Disaster

(Texas Monthly)

Governor COVID: 10 ways Greg Abbott flubbed the Texas recovery effort (Progress Texas)

Texas Just Hit 10,000 COVID Deaths, and It’s ‘Flying Blind’ (Daily Beast)

Write Your Reps! Tell John Cornyn that Trump, not China, is to blame for US Coronavirus deaths

Sen. John Cornyn is taking it upon himself to single-handedly shift blame for the US death toll from COVID-19 away from Donald Trump and onto…China. Cornyn’s shameless sycophancy will get people killed. It will also likely raise millions of dollars for John Cornyn.

Cornyn blame-shifting fundraising letter

Regardless of the source of the virus, or whatever missteps China made in slowing its spread, Cornyn’s “blame China” reelection strategy makes absolutely no sense, except as propaganda. Every other country, with access to the same set of facts about the virus, has handled it better than the US has. With 88,000 deaths in the US—and counting—compared to 4,000 in much-larger China, there is no way to spin such a catastrophic failure of government.

Taking China out of the equation—they may very well have underreported their statistics—the US has 272 deaths per million. Germany? 96. South Korea? Five.

These numbers are shameful and they are not getting better. The reason they are not getting better has nothing to do with China, and everything to do with the uncaring, incompetent response of Donald J. Trump and his coterie of enablers like John Cornyn. In his desperation to retain power, Cornyn is trying to agitate a diminishing base of low-information voters. Let’s push back on this cynical strategy. Let Cornyn know he has blood on his hands. And just as important, let’s vote him the hell out of office.

Write Your Reps! Demand support for working people in the next coronavirus relief package

The Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic hasn’t done nearly enough to help working people. We’re calling on members of Congress to vote against the next coronavirus relief package (COVID 4) unless it is a true People’s Agenda for relief. That means the next relief package must:

  1. Keep people on payrolls: Stop mass layoffs, and preserve employment relationships for all businesses, including small businesses. Ensure federal dollars go to workers and small businesses, not enriching CEOs and Wall Street.
  2. Provide financial relief: Expand aid for the most vulnerable in the COVID-19 epidemic, including direct cash assistance, increased food aid, debt relief, and eviction protections.
  3. Protect public health: Full health coverage for all COVID-19 care and protections for all frontline workers.
  4. Defend elections: Enact a vote-by-mail requirement for 2020 federal elections while maintaining access to in-person voting for those who do not have access to mail voting.

This outbreak has already resulted in tens of thousands of people dying, and tens of millions losing their jobs. It has thrown our elections, health care system, and economy into chaos. We can’t afford to wait any longer for Congress to take these necessary steps; it’s time for members to use their vote to demand real relief through a People’s Agenda.

Fill out the form below to send a letter to your senators and House representatives

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Write Your Reps! Tell Gregg Abbott that mass casualties is not a plan

Abbott and Trump at White House

After initially appearing to take the coronavirus seriously, Gov. Abbott met with Trump and then immediately decided to reopen Texas despite mountains of evidence demonstrating that this will put many people at grave risk of death.

Reopening the Texas economy is important. But people won’t stop dying preventable deaths just because politicians are impatient and in denial. Gov. Abbott should look for guidance from other countries and states that have successfully mitigated the coronavirus’s economic impact.

Had Gov. Abbott confronted the coronavirus head-on, rather than stumbling and staggering in the political winds, Texas could be reopened and thriving by now. It’s not too late to start doing the right thing. The model varies country to country, but the basics are:

  • Lots of testing
  • Isolating those who test positive
  • Contact tracing

And, of course, quality health care. (Expanding Medicaid should be a no-brainer for the governor.)

Tell Gov. Abbott your concerns over reopening the state by filling out the form below.

(Need inspiration? See what other Texans had to say.)

Write Your Reps! Save the U.S. Postal Service

Updated August 23, 2020. This letter will go to your US senators.

The House passed the bipartisan Delivering for America Act, which—if passed in the Senate and signed into law—would give $25 billion to USPS, restore overtime to USPS workers, prohibit removal of mail sorting machines & mailboxes, and require all election mail be treated as first class mail.

Now it is time for the Senate to act.

As a reminder, the postal; service is enshrined in the Constitution. USPS provide jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans, including a disproportionate number of veterans and minority groups.

Timely delivery of mail-in ballots will make elections safer during the pandemic. Also, consider the number of Americans receiving prescription drugs via USPS; missed deliveries could be a death sentence for them.

The USPS is an invaluable system that we cannot take for granted. The Senate must convene to #SaveTheUSPS.

Write Your Reps! Tell Greg Abbott: Keep Texas voting during the coronavirus pandemic

Statement by League of Women Voters of Texas President Grace Chimene on Election Changes Needed Needed to Deal with COVID-19:

We are all very concerned about the growing COVID-19 health threat to our local communities, all of Texas, the nation, and all the nations of the world. The Leagues of Women Voters across the country and in Texas are particularly concerned about protecting our citizens’ ability to participate in elections and maintaining our democratic way of life. Voters should not have to choose between voting or protecting their health.