Daily Resource Highlight - 9/21/2020
Posted by on September 25, 2020 at 1:59 PM
Below are the highlights and featured resources of this past week’s Daily* Resource.
9/22/2020 - Reflecting on Justice Ginsburg’s Life and Celebrating her Friendship with Scalia
We want to take this moment to celebrate the life and legacy of this brilliant legal scholar, as well as her friendship with the equally brilliant Antonin Scalia. It is well known that Ginsburg and Scalia were close friends up until his unexpected death in 2016 (the National Review, USA Today, Fox News, the National Catholic Register, and many other publications have documented their incredible friendship).
9/24/2020 - Preparing for Election…..Week (Lots of Information Inside)
Unless there’s a landslide on November 3rd -- which there may be -- it’s almost a certainty that we will go to sleep on election night without being sure who won the Presidency (let alone who has control of the Senate). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans plan to vote by mail. In several critical swing states that will mean a delay in the final results because (1) officials aren’t allowed to count mail-in ballots until election day and/or (2) ballots that arrive after Election Day can still be counted. Bridge Alliance member Ballotpedia has done an incredible job of compiling this information.
For instance, in the critical state of Pennsylvania (which could serve as this election’s tipping point state), mail-in ballots cannot be processed until election day, and the State Supreme Court recently ruled that ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted (Pennsylvania Republicans are appealing that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court).
In other words, be prepared for an uncertain and stressful first week of November regardless of who you plan to support on November 3rd. Even more importantly, though, understand your options for casting your vote, and plan accordingly. Assuming that you are registered (if you aren’t, get registered ASAP -- the deadline for some states is as early as next Friday!), decide whether you want to vote in-person or by-mail.
If in-person, see if your state has early voting and, if it does, consider taking advantage of it as a way to avoid large, election day lines (and make sure to bring the proper ID!). If you feel more comfortable voting by mail, head to Vote at Home to request your ballot. Ballotpedia has a list of ballot request deadlines and requirements. Finally, if you did mail in your ballot, check to make sure that it was received and processed.
- Student PIRGs - September 14th, 2020: California Wildfire Resources
- Business Insider (National Vote at Home Institute) September 16th, 2020: How to track your mail-in ballot at every step and make sure it's counted in November
- National Vote at Home Institute (webpage): How to Vote at Home
- Ballotpedia: Early voting dates, 2020
- Ballotpedia: When states can begin processing and counting absentee/mail-in ballots, 2020
- National Institute for Civil Discourse (website): Golden Rule