Read below to learn how we're working to increase accessibility of voting,
as well as voter registration and turnout in our community
Oregon's entirely vote-by-mail system provides great access to voting to a large part of the population in our state. However, as the housing crisis worsens, and the unhoused population increases, it unfortunately also allows for those without a permanent address to slip through the cracks.
With this in mind, the Speak Up Now campaign partnered with Street Roots, to work with the unhoused population to increase voter registration and voter turnout in the community.
We kicked off with a voter registration drive on September 26th, and will continue registration efforts in the Portland area until the Oregon voter registration deadline on October 13, 2020.
We are organizing a voter party on October 20, 2020.
This event will provide our Portland community members an opportunity to:
learn and understand the candidates and measures on the ballot,
understand how to properly fill out and vote on a ballot,
have access to a safe and private space to cast your vote.
The 2020 elections will be remembered for a number of reasons, including the COVID-19 global pandemic, and historic nationwide voter suppression efforts. Most extraordinarily of all, it should be remembered by the efforts undertaken by public officials in the highest offices to intentionally and strategically work to publicly discredit our electoral process .
In an effort to combat confusion with transparency, the Speak Up Now campaign in Oregon is promoting the live streaming of ballot counting processes by county elections offices.
So far in this effort, we're encouraged to know that Columbia, Polk and Wasco counties are providing live stream links for their residents to observe the process from home.
Have you contacted your county office to ask whether this process is available to you?
After the 2020 elections, our country may require a transition of presidential power. In order to promote that this be done peacefully and transparently, the Speak Up Now campaign is actively organizing with other groups in Oregon
This call to action is for people nationwide, because protecting this democracy means taking action in communities all around the country.
There are people trying to subvert our elections. But it's important to highlight that there are plenty of us at work, organizing to protect them.
Take a look at the video, and join us in this nonviolent struggle to uphold democracy in the US. It will take every one of us available.
We may face a serious constitutional crisis come November, and we owe it to ourselves to be prepared. The first step here in Oregon, is to join together in demanding public commitments from various powers in our state, namely: the media, our elected officials, and the armed agents (police and military).
With these commitments, we outline our expectations; and we will follow over the next four weeks by building coalition, and increasing public pressure. There is a real chance we will have to mobilize and work together after the elections, so let's get started now.
If you're in Oregon, join us in these efforts:
Demand these public commitments publicly: Sign the petition!
Apply pressure and demand commitments directly: Here is the relevant contact information, and email templates you can use
If you're not in Oregon, consider making demands in your state or community!
The media has incredible influence over the electorate, and will be instrumental in managing public expectations around the elections. We must hold them accountable for doing so responsibly.
Our elected officials are entrusted with protecting the legal framework through which our individual votes on November 3rd, get certified at the state level (on Dec. 14), and confirmed at the national level (on Jan. 6). Our vigilance throughout this timeframe is necessary to protect the integrity of this democracy.
The armed agents of the state are in place to protect us and the Constitution. Our stance is nonpartisan and nonviolent, and we demand a response in kind.