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The 2020 election might have the highest turnout in a century — and we’re not ready

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One of the most underreported stories of 2018 was the unbelievable turnout during a midterm election in the last 100 years, EclectaBlog wrote Sunday, and 2020 will likely be the same.

In a post on the Michigan-focused site, LOLGOP sounded the alarm that the next election would likely bring Democrats out in droves for the primary and caucus elections and mobilize opponents of President Donald Trump.

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“We already know interest is running high given so many other indicators, so I expect turnout will run high for the 2020 primaries on the Democratic side,” Prof. Michael McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project told The New York Times. “We may see a hundred-year storm for turnout.”

McDonald warned, “election officials: start preparing now for a hundred-year turnout storm.”

In the months leading up to the 2018 election, Florida officials begged for help from the Department of Homeland Security because they couldn’t secure their election. DHS reportedly blew them off. To make matters worse, 15 percent of Parkland students in Broward County were rejected or failed to arrive in time and were never counted.

“If you are voting in Florida, and you are young in Florida, you have a good chance of your ballot not being accepted. Imagine going to the ATM, and every ten times you go, instead of spitting out your money, they take it, or they lose it,” said Daniel A. Smith, chairman of the political science department at the University of Florida.

To make matters worse, Republican-led legislatures are fighting to create barriers for young people and people of color, who tend to be Democratic voters.

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EclectaBlog noted that 4 million voters who supported former President Barack Obama didn’t turn out in 2016 and 7 percent of those who did, cast ballots for Trump. The Trump wins in states like Michigan and Wisconsin were so narrow that a massive turnout could be enough to turn states blue, particularly if enough outreach is done this time around. But it’s unclear if county registrars and polling places are preparing to undertake such an increase.

“This moment of rabid civic re-engagement is the result of multiple emergencies that will be decided in 2020,” LOLGOP wrote in his assessment. “It’s also an opportunity to not only score wins on the federal level that reverse some of the most destructive trends we face. It’s also a census year. So on the state level, it could create fair maps that would transform democracy on the next level.”

He warned of “cautious hope,” but preparation, organization and protection might be the keys to the best mobilization.

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Read his full take at EclectaBlog.


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‘It’s back-to-back 9/11s’: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace blasts Trump’s failed leadership on coronavirus pandemic

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Speaking to physician Dr. Kavita Patel on Friday, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace noted that the coronavirus crisis, along with the Russian bounty scandal, the recession and increasing unemployment numbers are like a bunch of little "back-to-back 9/11s."

Wallace, who served in the White House communications department under President George W. Bush saw 9/11 and the aftermath first hand. Under Trump's leadership, there have been several little crises one right after another. While 9/11 killed nearly 3,000 people and nearly that many have died due to injuries and illnesses connected to 9/11, nearly 135,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

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Trump campaign headquarters in Virginia shut down for COVID-19 after staffers pressured against wearing face masks

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President Donald Trump's campaign office, located in northern Virginia just outside of Washington, was forced to shut down after a COVID-19 outbreak.

Politico reported Friday that for a week cleaners were brought into the headquarters to scrub surfaces, disinfect equipment and try and stave off the coronavirus from hitting the campaign more than it already has.

While in Tulsa, Oklahoma, eight members of Trump's advance team contracted the coronavirus, including Secret Service agents. While in Arizona the following week, more of Trump's Secret Service got the virus. To make matters worse, when Trump headed to South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration, his son's girlfriend, who also works on the campaign, contracted the virus.

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Conservative pastor heartbroken that Trump has proven many Christians are ‘ignorant, greedy, and hypocritical’

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Writing in The Atlantic this Friday, Peter Wehner takes a renewed look at President Trump's white evangelical Christian base, saying that they've sacrifices whatever alleged principles they had in order to support Trump -- a decision that brought them nothing in return.

"Legislatively, Trump, compared with other presidents, has not achieved all that much for the pro-life cause and religious-liberties protection," Wehner writes. "For example, George W. Bush’s pro-life record is stronger and Bill Clinton achieved more in the area of religious liberties, signing into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. ... Trump has also achieved next to nothing in terms of enacting education reforms."

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