BREAKING: per the Electoral College, Joe Biden, President-Elect and Kamala Harris, Vice-President-Elect
As 2020 finally ends…
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE IN THIS DIFFICULT YEAR!
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Clean Elections Texas Education Fund (CETEF) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to educate voters about the role of money in elections in Texas and the corrupting influence of big money on the election process; to offer information on the option of public financing for political campaigns; and to encourage a more transparent government process.
We have had a wonderful year of outreach, inclusion and growth. Here are several things we have worked on or are still working on at this time to address the concerns and issues we face:
1.Continuing to educate about campaign finance reform, we held a Zoom showing of the film “Suppressed”, in July. The film highlighted voter suppression issues such as Voter ID laws that make it difficult to register, stay registered, or prove registration; voter intimidation, ‘exact match’ issues, voting infrequency purges, and Latino name purges, verification of citizenry, intimidation through deportation threats. The audience was then invited to ask questions of representatives of co-hosting organizations and make comments about actions to take to make voting fair and accessible. Energized by this film, we led actions to expose the voter suppression damage being done to the Post Office.
2. Voting in Dallas, an informal group of non-partisan non-profits working on voting issues in Dallas County has grown and worked together throughout the year. The purpose of this group is to share information, support each other, and work together on common challenges. We work to reduce duplication and focus our efforts for maximum results in the areas of a) Voter Education: putting on events or distributing general information about voting; b) Voter Engagement: reaching out and engaging directly with voters and working on turnout – these are usually issue/cause groups; c) Voter Registration: working on training and events to register voters around the county; d) Voter Protection: working during the elections to problem-solve issues/disputes at the polls. At this point, there are about 25 organizations represented in this coordinated effort.
3. Secure our Elections – CETEF worked three years with a national coalition and a state group to learn as much as possible about steps to take to assure our elections would be secure and free from outside influence. Having helped county officials in the selection of new voting equipment, we were able to see the machines put to the test. We worked with the county and a new citizens group, Dallas V.O.T.E.S., to both support and urge our county to prepare for the expected overwhelming voter turnout and covid-19 issues facing them and the voters in this historic election.
Clean Elections Texas (CETex) is our nonpartisan not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to promote open and accountable government in Texas by building statewide support for a public funding/small-donor option for candidates seeking public office in the state, fair and secure elections, fair redistricting procedures, and a representative and transparent judiciary.
We led and supported actions to push our senators to vote for relief bills to fund safe and secure elections and the Post Office, as well as the vital funds for people, cities and states, hospitals, small businesses and testing and tracing.
CETex has been working in several different issue-areas throughout the Summer and in preparation for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature:
1. Campaign Finance Reform Legislation. We have been working in cooperation with several state legislators to draft bills in the following areas: 1) Legislation that would limit the maximum dollar amount of campaign contributions that can be given to candidates for state offices, in a manner similar to the limits that are imposed in federal elections; 2) Anti-“pay to play” legislation that would put a maximum dollar amount that any gubernatorial appointee can donate to the Governor’s political campaigns; 3) Legislation that would limit the amount of money that one candidate or officeholder can transfer to another candidate or officeholder, to close a loophole that gives excessive influence to political leadership to dole out favors from their larger campaign committees; and 4) Legislation that would propose a Resolution for the Texas Legislature to adopt in support of an amendment to the US Constitution that would help overcome the flood of corporate and private money that have come into our politics because of the US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC and other cases.
2. Redistricting Influence and Reform. CETex is a member of “Fair Maps Texas” (www.fairmapstexas.org). A coalition of several non-partisan organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Texas, ACLU, Common Cause and several others working to reform the redistricting process in Texas and assure that when the legislature draws new district lines to reapportion state and congressional districts in Texas, that it does so in a fair and open manner. As part of Fair Maps Texas we will be working with legislators to file reform legislation that would create an independent citizens redistricting commission to take on the task of redistricting from the legislature. The Fair Maps Texas Coalition is also working with legislators to file legislation that would make the existing redistricting process more fair and open, by requiring various measures to require the legislature to disclose maps and underlying data throughout the redistricting process.
3. Texas Commission on Judicial Selection. CETex has been working with another coalition, the Texas Fair Courts Network, to provide documentary and testimonial input to the Texas Commission of Judicial Selection. The commission was created by the Texas Legislature last session to perform an interim study of the various methods by which judges are selected in other states and consider reforms to the Texas system of partisan judicial elections. CETex and the Texas Fair Courts Network testified before the commission and made recommendations for reforms that would make the judicial selection process more independent and fair. The Commission will finish its work soon and provide a report to the Legislature.
Join us by actively working with us and/or by donating to our cause, thus increasing our outreach at this crucial time at the local and state levels, where our work will be more challenging but will be bolstered by the national movement.
CETEF is our 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to educate the public and legislators about our issues. A donation to CETEF is tax-deductible. To donate: https://www.cleanelectionstx.org/cetef
CETex is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(4) organization. We particularly need your support for the extra expenses incurred every two years during the legislative session. Because we lobby, your donation is NOT tax-deductible. To donate: https://www.cleanelectionstx.org/
We need your help. We are a small organization, up to the task, but there are always expenses connected to setting up and coordinating the meetings, actions, and events. We have an austere budget and heavy load. It is vital that we continue to expand our potential during these exciting and yet demanding times.
Please know that your gift will have a great impact on addressing the issues listed above. Please give generously. A monthly gift would be very helpful. Any amount will be deeply appreciated.
Now it is all about Mitch and… GEORGIA!
I know you are tired of this pandemic and the non-stop chaos of news when we should be having a peaceful lull and holiday time. I know I am.
Instead we are still being called upon to pay attention and take action and the words “vital” and “urgent” are STILL relevant. No rest from the worsening pandemic and its effects on our individual lives either. And either too much togetherness or time alone.
BUT/AND the election in Georgia will determine whether the next years are non-stop infuriating or productive. It is that stark and simple. We have to win the Senate!
And so we are again calling on all of you to help make this win happen. I have again included actions from various organizations that might meet your interest and/or availability. I hope you find one or two which engage you. So, if you feel you need to do something, your efforts will be joined by others around the country with one goal in mind – a Mitch-free Senate and a real chance for us to repair our democracy.
Key deadlines and voting Information. OVER December 7 is the voter registration deadline, early voting starts TODAY December 14 and the election is January 5; voters can request a ballot immediately to vote by mail.
Here are some ways that you can help with Georgia:
Relief package — and we still don’t have this!
AGAIN we MUST pressure Mitch McConnell and our senators to pass a stimulus package RIGHT NOW in the lame duck session. This relief is so desperately needed by individuals, businesses, and cities/states. I know we have done this often but not recently and it is only us, the voters, who can have an impact. Call any and all numbers for their different offices.
202.224.2934; 972.239-1310; 713.572.3337; 956.423.0162; 806.472.7533; 512.469.6034; 903-593-0902
202.224.5922; 512.916.5834; 214.599.8749; 713.718.3057
202.224.2541; 270.781.1673; 502.582.6304; 606.864.2026; 270.781.1673; 270.442.4554