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On turning blue

Washington’s Democratic legislature and Republican Secretary of State have made it easy for any citizen to vote in Washington State. Easy to register, easy to get a ballot, easy to vote, easy to return your ballot. One result is that Washington is a predictably blue state: Washington voters have checked the box for the Democratic Presidential nominee in large numbers since 1988. The D’s do not have to work hard to get out the vote.

It’s not so easy in historically red states. There, Republican legislatures and elections officials have erected all kinds of barriers to deter voters (story on p.8).

But in 2020, some red states became bluer despite the barriers. Strategic organizing by long-term activists, Blue Lives Matter and young candidates attacked by Trump as “radical socialists” brought in new voters. We owe them thanks for the fact that Donald Trump will be a one-term President.


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