Steve Martaindale

Author of the JP Weiscarver Mystery Series

Election countdown

Keep fighting

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100 days.

Sunday, July 29, marks 100 days until the crucial 2018 Midterm Elections. Optimistically, we’ve been referring to it as the Blue Wave or Blue Tsunami, when people rise against the nationalistic, fascist movement and its Russian supporters who have pressed our republic to the brink of credibility.

Is that optimism realistic?

Seriously, what we need to take over the House of Representatives and the Senate is no small feat. Merely protesting, tweeting, cursing at the storm are not likely to bring about the changes we need to be able to put a damper on the radical right. Gerrymandered districts, drawn by Republican legislatures to create and protect Republican congressmen, require massive, liberal voter turnouts.

My objective during the 100-day countdown to the election is to appeal to those who have not been voting, and those who are undecided about which side to support. I also hope to encourage blue voters to bring new voters to the polls this fall. (Those posts, by the way, will appear in the open blog, not hidden as this page is.)

It’s commonly known that Hillary Clinton received 2,868,686 more votes in the 2016 presidential election than Donald Trump. However, did you realize 7,830,934 ballots were cast for other candidates? That’s more than 5.7 percent, including 749 votes, for example, for Princess Jacob, running on the Loyal Trustworthy Compassion party or label.

Worse is the fact 698,990 ballots were cast for write-ins. More than 1 of every 200 voters willingly threw away their vote, not even supporting one of the second- or third-tier candidates.

Worst, only 55.67 percent of America’s voting age population bothered showing up. That means 108 million people who could have voted … didn’t. (These numbers come from the Federal Election Commission.)

It is those non-voters who hold our future.

Sure, I pray that more and more conservatives will see that the current policies are breaking the backs of almost all Americans, that money is being funneled up to the very richest and staying there. I even hope they will decide that people are worthy of saving just for being people, even if they’re different in how they look, sound, worship or love.

But that’s not where I’m focusing my 100-day countdown. I’m seeking out new voters, including those wonderfully strong voices of newly qualified voters.

Please join me. Do your own thing to build the Blue Wave. Feel free to follow this by entering your email at the top of the right column. If I put out something with which you agree, share it or use it as a springboard for your own efforts.

Just do something. This is our time to save our country and, in many respects, help the world.

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