Ten million non-voters becoming voters in 2018 is a good idea.It is doubtful that half a billion dollars from a few billionaires will provide the inspiration to get these citizens to the polls- and what options do they have when they get there?
Big Money Democrats or Big Money Republicans.
Neither of those choices will lead to a just Congress. So the whoever it is that can find the way to bring ten million or so to the polls in November has to not be the Big Money Democrats or Big Money Republicans.
Since the benefit of increasing the turnout of informed voters is a more enlightened Congress then Ralph should inform voters about the current opportunity to mobilize some of the 20-30% of voters that vote in presidential election cycles but don’t vote in off year elections to participate in One Demand in 2018 instead of not voting.
These are citizens that are already registered and vote. All they have to do to participate in 2018 is sign up at www.onedemand.org that they will be participating and vote in November.
By signing up to participate now they will be making a commitment to vote for candidates that finance their campaigns only with small contributions and letting other citizens know they are making this commitment so participants and potential participants won’t feel they are acting alone. If there are no small contribution candidates on their ballot they commit to writing in their own name to register a vote against the Big Money candidates and to create and demonstrate demand for small contribution candidates in 2020 and future elections.
This something that Ralph says he already does- using a write in vote when there are only the current major parties on his ballot. Why not use the same strategy to build support for small contribution candidates?
It provides a reason for these citizens to vote in 2018 instead of wasting their vote by not voting.
Just one third to one half of the 20-30% of off year non-voters participating in this approach in 2018 would total 10-20% of the total vote in 2018. This could inspire more citizens to participate in 2020.
But Ralph needs to inform citizens about this opportunity now. This opportunity to mobilize off year non-voters will not come around again until 2022.
There is still time for this to be effective in 2018. The Women’s March was organized in about two months and required a lot more than getting people to sign up on a website that already exists and people that are already registered to vote.
And just a note: 5 million people contributing 100 dollars to get out the vote for this approach would total half a billion dollars. Much more likely to inspire citizens to participate than half a billion dollars from a few billionaires.
To encourage Ralph to inform citizens about this opportunity please sign the petition, get others to sign it and contact Ralph at the Ralph Nader Radio Hour website.