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Fight to Vote: will Trump concede if he loses and can Democrats fight back?

Hello, and welcome to the second edition of Fight to Vote.

First, a quick reminder

We used to be called the US Politics Minute, but we’re back with a new name! Each week we’ll tell you about the powerful yet often hidden forces trying to keep Americans from casting their vote – whether it involves spreading misinformation or kneecapping the US Postal Service.

This week: Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transition of power. Will he concede if he loses?

On Wednesday, the president evaded questions about whether he would hand over the White House if he lost in November. Instead, he doubled down on his usual, completely unfounded rhetoric that the election could be rigged because of the surge in mail-in ballots during the pandemic

“The ballots are out of control. You know it. And you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a chilling story in The Atlantic, anonymous Republicans said Trump is already planning to challenge election results.

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Reminder: A peaceful transition of power is prescribed in the US constitution.

It’s not entirely clear what his plan is, but Joe Biden has employed a veritable army of lawyers in preparation of a messy election night (or, more likely, week.)

We’ll be reporting on this regularly, so stay tuned to Fight the Vote as the story develops.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin might be the most important city in this year’s election.

As Sam Levine and Isiah Holmes report, Wisconsin is a battleground state in every election – often tipping the electoral map. And Milwaukee is both a Democratic stronghold and home to a majority of Wisconsin’s African American population. In 2016, local activists and experts say, a combination of Republican policies and lack of voter engagement significantly dampened the vote and swayed the state toward Trump.

  • This was also the first year that a new Republican-backed voter ID law, which restricted what kinds of ID people could use to vote, went into effect. One study says it stopped 20,000+ people, mostly minorities and young people, from voting.

  • On election day, turnout in Milwaukee dropped by just over 41,000 votes compared with 2012. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state by just under 23,000 votes. He was the first Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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Going postal: US mail was significantly delayed after Trump’s appointee took over

The Guardian’s Sam Levine and Alvin Chang found that the US Postal Service has seen significant delays since the Trump-appointed postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, took over – a threat to mail-in ballots during the election

And, last but certainly not least: Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last Friday

We often talk about her landmark fight for women’s rights, but her record on voting rights was also rock solid.

  • She voted to protect a provision of the Voting Rights Act that shielded voters from unchecked voter suppression policies. In her memorable dissent, Ginsburg wrote that jettisoning the provision “is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet”.

  • She voted against partisan gerrymandering in Arizona, saying that “voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around”.

  • This year, Ginsburg voted in favor of extending the time for Wisconsin voters to turn in their ballots because of the pandemic.

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Does that make you want to do something?

A lot of people feel that way. After RBG died, organizations said voter registration numbers went up immediately that weekend. Vote.org, a non-partisan group, said it counted:

  • more than 40,000 new voter registrations, a 68% increase from the prior weekend

  • more than 35,000 mail ballot requests, a 42% increase from a week earlier

It might seem obvious, but it’s critical that you check that your voter registration is up to date – especially in states with early deadlines. You can find out if you’re registered to vote here, and update your registration if you aren’t.

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