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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:10 AM

America or Trump is the decision we must make

America or Trump is the decision we must make
Column by Leonard Pitts, Tampa Bay Times, 11/10/2019

With last week's balloting behind us, we now have just less than a year before one of the most momentous elections in American history. As voters in 1860 had to decide between Union and secession, we face a stark choice of our own: America or Trump. There is no middle ground. This is democracy at its Armageddon.

The good news is, there are far more of us who believe in America than those who believe in Trump. It's not incidental that he lost the popular vote three years ago or that his party has only won it once since 1992. Nor is it incidental that the nation sides against him and them on hot-button issues like guns, abortion and health care.

But here's the bad news. Trump's party knows all too well that the numbers are against them, that they cannot win nationally without cheating. So they do. Behind a fig leaf of concern over imaginary voter fraud, Republicans have imposed photo ID laws, voter purges and polling-place closures that disproportionately disenfranchise those who don't vote GOP. Meaning, pretty much everyone who's not a straight, white, angry, older male lacking a college diploma.

So the rest of us must take action -- now -- to protect our 2020 ballots. Thatís why I asked Carol Anderson, a history professor at Emory University and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy, to compile that action list. Hereís what she advised:


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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 09:39 AM

1. This Pulitzer Prize winner

is one of my favorites. K&R

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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:02 AM

2. Kick

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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:31 AM

3. Here's the action list to protect our ballots from Carol Anderson

1. Check periodically with election officials in your state to make sure you're properly registered and that your name has not been purged

2. If you've moved, alert election officials just to give them your new address.

3. Make sure that your polling place is where you think it is.

4. Be prepared for chicanery (misleading sample ballots, robocalls, etc.)

5. Be prepared to be in line.

6. Research who's running and what platforms they stand on.

7. Support civil-society organizations that are doing so much to help folks get registered to vote and get out the vote.

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Sun Nov 10, 2019, 10:45 AM

4. An excellent t-shirt or bumper sticker

AMERICA OR TRUMP...
Which side are you on?

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Response to Bayard (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2019, 11:44 AM

5. Good idea! ...nt

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Response to Bayard (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 09:53 AM

6. Excellent idea----

but risky, if one gets the drift.

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