While it is 24 days until November 3, 7 million voters have already cast their ballots and about a million more are voting every day! A majority of states are already voting, including Colorado, Alaska, and Montana, where ballots were mailed yesterday.
The success of IWillVote.com has been record-breaking. Voters continue to use it as a resource to check registration status, register to vote, learn about the choices available to cast their ballot, and to find out where and when to vote. See below the widget that you can now add to help promote it!
I know how time during COVID can make a few days feel like a few weeks but we are still so very proud of Senator Harris’ debate performance this week. Senator Harris made the case to the American people on how the Biden-Harris administration will contain COVID-19, build the economy back better, and bring our country together. She was singularly focused on talking to voters at home about what a Biden-Harris White House will mean for their lives and the issues important to them. We also quickly linked Flywilvote.com to iwillvote.com which once again saw a surge in traffic.
This week both campaigns went to Arizona and Nevada. The Biden Bus made a stop in Window Rock, Arizona for the First Week of Voting and / Battle for the Soul of America Bus Tour. Vice President Biden and Senator Harris made a point to visit with tribal leaders, and committed to ensuring tribes have a seat at the table and honoring the Nation to Nation relationship. The successful release of the Biden Harris Plan for Tribal Nations underscores their commitment.
Nevada lawmakers condemned the Pence rally plan on the heels of the suspected 'superspreader' White House event. NV state Sen. Yvanna Cancela questioned whether Pence should visit after 1,600 Nevadans died from the virus. “I am horrified by Mike Pence and this entire administration’s constant attempts to gaslight the American people and doubt the severity of this crisis,’ Nevada Sen. Yvanna Cancela said.”
"Nevadans have lost their jobs, their lives, their loved ones, and any sense of normalcy. That’s not a ‘great job.’ It’s a devastating betrayal of Trump and Pence’s responsibility to keep people safe. Nevadans have had enough, and they’re putting this failed presidency to an end," said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez.
Ahead of Pence’s rally in Boulder City the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Had Enough?,” contrasting Trump’s claim that his administration has done a “great job” responding to the pandemic with the devastating reality of his failed response.
And the NYT highlighted: “Pence touted the administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming they saved “countless American lives.” Trump contracted the virus last week and the country’s death toll has topped 211,000. The pandemic has hit Nevada particularly hard with tourism down and unemployment at one of the highest rates in the country.”
Vice President Biden traveled to Las Vegas where he spoke at an event with Latino leaders in East Las Vegas followed by a successful drive-in event. Biden encouraged voters to visit IWillVote.com and outlined his plan to do what Trump has failed to— contain COVID-19 and get the American people the help they need and deserve.
On Thursday, Trump said he would not participate in a virtual debate next week. Vice President Biden was prepared to accept the debate commission’s proposal for a virtual town hall, but he refused because he does not want to face questions from the voters about his failures on COVID and the economy. As a result, Biden will instead take questions from voters at an ABC primetime town hall on October 15, as he has done on several occasions recently.
Vice President Biden looks forward to participating in that final debate on October 22. Trump can show up, or he can decline again. That’s his choice. Given his refusal to participate in next week’s planned town hall debate, we hope the Debate Commission will make the final October 22 debate a town hall format, so Trump is not able to evade accountability. Voters should have a chance to ask questions of both candidates, directly.
Trump is pushing to restart crowded, largely maskless rallies while he is potentially still infected with COVID-19. Only a week after being diagnosed, Trump’s campaign and the White House have never taken proper safety precautions against the coronavirus. Instead of taking responsibility for his behavior, Trump shamefully and without evidence blamed Gold Star families for giving him coronavirus. Trump’s disrespect for veterans and military families has no end.
This administration has failed to ensure the health and safety of so many in this country, especially our children. According to the Miami Herald, “Florida has seen the second-largest increase of uninsured children in the nation during the first three years of President Donald Trump’s administration.” This administration continues to put our lives at risk.
The failed plot to kidnap Governor Whitmer was not just chilling, it better be another powerful reminder of what is at stake. As our dear partners at the Democratic Governors Association shared, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called out the President’s hateful rhetoric after the FBI thwarted a plot to kidnap her.
“Hate groups heard the President's words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry. As a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter."
Yours in the Fight,