Remember to “Turn out the vote”

FB IMG 1508619290410You might remember my column from a few months back on Oct. 5, entitled “Turning rhetoric into action with results.” It focused on efforts of Democrats at both the county and state levels to more effectively garner grassroots support for Democratic candidates. Consider this column to be a sequel or follow-up to that earlier column.
On the topic of turnout and grassroots fundraising, I attended a precinct organization meeting several weeks ago attended by more than 100 precinct leaders, district liaisons, and area coordinators. The function was hosted by the Montgomery County Democratic Party. During this meeting, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) presented the Montgomery County Democratic Party with a check for $60,000, representing grassroots fundraising at its finest.
As our other Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) often points out, grassroots fundraising primarily accomplishes two things. First, it makes the small donor feel more a part of the campaign process. Second, it causes the candidates to pay closer attention to the issues important to these small grassroots donors.
This is how it should be and this is at the core of how Democrats intend to reverse the current tide in elections at every level as we approach the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential elections. The importance of turning the tide cannot be underscored enough as the effort involves growing the grassroots in individual state legislative districts across the entire country to start taking back state houses as we approach the 2020 census and the accompanying redrawing of Congressional district lines in 2021.


Kathleen Matthews vows to knock on 10,000 doors to help local Democrats

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Kathleen MathewsKathleen Mathews. PHOTO BY TOSIN FAKILE  Maryland Democrats have internalized the harsh lessons of the 2014 and 2016 elections which left Larry Hogan in the governor’s mansion and Donald Trump in the White House, Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Matthews said, and they’re doing the hard work that is needed to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

“We need to get back to basics,” Matthews said during an exclusive interview at The Sentinel’s Rockville offices. “We need to start listening to people. People felt like they had been ignored and that Democrats took their votes for granted.”


Looking at the reasons why people opt to vote

Who votes depends on a series of factors. Is it a general election or a primary? Is it a presidential election year or an off year? In a presidential election year, many more voters come out to vote because, first, there is of course a great deal more at stake. Second, because the stakes are so much higher than in a non-presidential year, the media coverage is much greater. That additional coverage provides voters with more information and misinformation with which to choose a candidate.

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