2014 Midterm Election Resources

Save the Senate
At stake on the Nov. 4 general election is control of the U.S. Senate with just six seats in the balance. We need a majority of women’s rights supporters at the federal and state level to protect reproductive rights, level the financial playing field, and move this country forward. See below for select opportunities and targets, chosen for their competitiveness and/or where women’s rights are most at stake this election.

Senate Races: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia

House Races: Every seat up for election. Please visit PAC site for endorsed candidates.

Ballot InitiativesAlaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois (3), Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota,  Oregon (2), South Dakota, Tennessee

 

Issues Driving the Election

Critiques of Republicans for their positions on seniors, women’s economic issues and women’s health are powerful in moving the vote among younger voters and women. Additionally, these critiques help move the vote in some of the most competitive races in the battleground. The economic agenda for working women and men includes a cluster of powerful policies on helping working mothers, equal pay and equal health insurance, and making sure that the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share. Fact sheets on some of these policies are available below. Other resources are available on http://now.org/issues/ and be sure to attend the “What’s at Stake” webinar on Tuesday, October 7th at 8pm ET.

Paid Family and Sick Leave

Minimum / Tipped Wage

Caregiver Credits

 Voter Suppression 

Success in the 2014 midterm election hinges on the democratic participation of the Rising American Electorate (RAE) — defined as unmarried women (single, widowed, divorced or separated women), people of color and 18-29 year olds — the majority of voting-eligible citizens in America today. However, an array of voter suppression tactics have and continue to be deployed to keep them from the polls. Learn more about the issue and what you can do about it here: 

Issue Advisory, Part 1

Issue Advisory, Part 2

Mobilize!

Sample Mobilization Email
Use this template to mobilize your activists and supporters, instructions are in red. Need a new roster? Use this Request for Membership Lists. Chapter leaders can request lists of their chapter’s members who are active and/or have gone inactive within the past two years. 

Questions for Candidates
Great for town-hall meetings and other campaign events. Be sure to capture any cringe-worthy answers on video or audio recording. Ex: “Corporations are people my friend” or “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”

Social Media Kit
Remember to engage your online networks in your election efforts. Sample tweets and facebook posts available here.

Volunteer with the Feminist Field Force
Opportunities include phone banking, canvassing, and hosting volunteers in your home in select states. Housing currently needed in New Hampshire and Kentucky!

Don’t forget to report election related activities!