Election

Retake Our Democracy is reorganizing its website to make it more user friendly and to more explicitly provide tools for helping you engage in the the 2020 election and the 2021 Legislative Session.

For, now the NM Legislation menu includes just the 2020 Legislative Priorities and the 2019 Report Card. In the future, it will host information about our emerging 2021 priorities, the Interim Hearings, the 2020 Report Card and other materials to support legislative advocacy.

We have also developed a menu on the home page with tools and options for your involvement in the state and national elections. To be very clear, Retake devotes less than 10% of its time and none of our financial resources to election activities. But as a 501-c-4, we are allowed to educate our community about candidates and campaigns and how they can become involved.

A election menu includes a page with information on how you can become active in both NM primary and soon will have information on important races in the NM general election in November and on this page (below) we have information about how you can weigh in on both the National presidential and Senate elections, as well as how you can support our choice for New Mexico’s US Congress in District 3, Teresa Leger Fernandez.

To look at the seven NM State Senate Democratic Primary races where challengers are facing off with DINOs, click here. We encourage supporters to become involved in supporting these challengers and we provide contact information for seven important NM State Senate campaigns to make it easy for you to become engaged.

Look for our election information to be expanded in the coming weeks with our blog alerting you as to these developments.

Take Action to Retake the US Senate & White House

We have two recommendations for ways in which you can use your spare time to influence races and/or boost voter turnout in key swing states. Both Swing Left and Vote Forward offer easy guidelines and tools for making a difference in November….right now.

Swing Left: A Guide to National Advocacy. This site is a tremendous resource for people living outside swing states or districts. You can plug in a zip code and find races nearby that are swing races. Maybe you moved to NM from one of those districts and so know people there who could be activated or maybe you will decide to devote an hour a day to phone banking to boost voter registration in Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania or Texas. Swing Left has all the tools you will need to make this easy.

Vote Forward. Vote Forward has developed a dynamic system that allows you to write to individuals in 9 swing states. Vote Forward provides you with addresses of potential voters who their research suggests would vote Democrat, but where their research also has determined that without a nudge, these potential voters will not turn out to vote. Randomized trials have demonstrated that inconsistent voters are much more likely to vote, if they receive a personal letter explaining why it is so important they vote. There is something motivating just knowing that someone took the time to write to you personally. Vote Forward provides template language, names and addresses and suggestions for how to get supplies during Covid. Pre-quarantine, Vote Forward had suggested that you organize a group of friends and gather once a week to write letters together. While that may not be possible now, in the coming weeks, as quarantine regulations ease, you can do this in groups. But for now, you can devote an hour a day of your quarantined time to writing potential voters.

Retake Strongly Encourages Support for Teresa Leger Fernandez in CD District III

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Retake Our Democracy is reorganizing its website to make it more user friendly and to more explicitly provide tools for helping you engage in the the 2020 election and the 2021 Legislative Session.

For, now the NM Legislation menu includes just the 2020 Legislative Priorities and the 2019 Report Card. In the future, it will host information about our emerging 2021 priorities, the Interim Hearings, the 2020 Report Card and other materials to support legislative advocacy.

We are also developing a menu on the home page for election activities. To be very clear, Retake devotes less than 10% of its time and none of our financial resources to election activities. But as a 501-c-4, we are allowed to educate our community about candidates and campaigns and how they can become involved.

The election menu will have information on how you can become active in both NM primary and also in the general election in November. We will also have information on candidates, both incumbents and those challenging them. It is then up to our supporters to determine how they want to utilize their financial and human resources.

To look at the seven NM State Senate Democratic Primary races where challengers are facing off with DINOs, click here. We encourage supporters to become involved in supporting these challengers.

Look for our election information to be expanded in the coming weeks with our blog alerting you as to these developments.

Retake Strongly Encourages Support for Teresa Leger Fernandez in CD District III

Teresa Leger Fernandez is running in the primary for the open seat in the third, northern, Congressional district. The Democratic Party Primary for US CD 3 has an array of very good candidates, but from the perspective of Retake Our Democracy, there is one clear preference: Teresa Leger Fernandez. For the reasons delineated below, we strongly encourage you to vote for Teresa in the June 3 primary.

But it will take more than votes. At least one candidate (Valerie Plame) is heavily funded from outside interests and, from a review of campaign website and Facebook page, has received but one endorsement and that from a former aide to the late Ted Kennedy.

On the other hand, Teresa has been endorsed by:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Sierra Club
  • Emily’s List
  • Taos Pueblo
  • Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Latino Victory Fund
  • NARAL Pro Choice America
  • Adelante Progressive Caucus of NM Democratic Party
  • End Citizens United
  • AOC’s Courage to Change PAC
  • Voter Protection PAC
  • and others who support her candidacy

There is a reason she is so enthusiastically supported by so many. A working mom of three who grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, Theresa began her career as a Head Start baby, graduated from Yale and Stanford Law School and then returned home to Northern New Mexico. Teresa has spent the last thirty years working as a social impact lawyer, representing tribes and pueblos, local organizations, and small businesses, to build infrastructure, expand affordable housing, protect land, water, and sacred sites, and defend voting rights.

Retake believes that she will be a stellar Congresswoman for the district – as well as the first woman to represent it – and with her election, New Mexico has the opportunity to send an all women of color delegation to the House of Representatives, a first in the nation.

We noted earlier that it will take more than votes to win this race. So, if you can, please donate to the campaign, or volunteer by reaching out to Charlotte Roybal at croybal@teresaforall.com, or (505) 930-0563. In a non-canvassing and non-town hall world, mailers, TV ads and phone calls are in particular need. So even if you are not an experienced phone banker or even if you haven’t really liked doing it in the past, this is a great time to burst out of your comfort zone.

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