Article: Memo From Pollster Finds Many Democratic Voters Unsure About What Party Stands For

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Memo From Pollster Finds Many Democratic Voters Unsure About What Party Stands For

Focus groups conducted by a Democratic pollster recently found that many voters “have trouble describing a clear positive vision of what the Democratic Party stands for.”

Lake Research Partners, a Democratic polling and political strategy research firm, found that “most new Democratic voters … voted against former President Donald Trump and Republicans, rather than for Democrats.”

“Voters are not hearing enough about what Democrats have accomplished, what they are fighting to accomplish, and how they are standing up for voters’ values and priorities,” according a key finding in the document, which was addressed to the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC. “Without Trump on the ballot as a clear villain or stronger definition as a party, Democrats are at risk of losing some of these new voters in 2022.”

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Reform Sponsor: 21st Century Democrats

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21st Century Democrats

Since 1985, 21st Century Democrats has recruited and supported progressive populist Democratic candidates. We aren’t afraid to get involved in primaries. We’ve won victories for ordinary Americans at the ballot box time and time again.

We’ve backed more than 400 candidates from 41 states – including 33 current Members of Congress. We’ve trained over 675 grassroots organizers and have run GOTV programs in 35 states.

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Reform Sponsor: Advancement Project

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Advancement Project

Inspiring and supporting national and local movements toward a just democracy.

Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

We envision a future where people of color are free – where they can thrive, be safe and exercise power. Driven by the genius of ordinary people and their movements, racism will no longer exist and justice will be radically transformed.

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Reform Sponsor: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

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Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Founded in 1968, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Our commitment is to protect and defend the rights of all Latinos living in the United States and the constitutional rights of all Americans.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, MALDEF operates five regional offices in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

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Election Sponsor: The Green Party

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The Green Party

Welcome to the Green Party of the United States (GPUS), an independent political party that is connected to American social movements, and is part of a global Green movement that shares key values, including our Four Pillars: Peace and Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, and Social Justice, and our Ten Key Values.

Currently we have more than 100 elected officials around the country, mostly at the municipal level, working to enact Green policies. We run many candidates who put Green issues on the table in elections at every level.

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Election Sponsor: National Committee for Voting Integrity

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National Committee for Voting Integrity

The National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI) is an EPICproject that brings together experts on voting issues from across the country to promote constructive dialogue among computer scientists, elections administrators, voting rights advocates, policymakers, the media and the public on the best methods for achieving in practice: fair, reliable, secure, accessible, transparent, accurate, accountable, and auditable public elections. In keeping with the goal of public election administration we are working to ensure that election systems preserve the secret ballot, accuracy, privacy, integrity, and the proper tabulation of the voter’s intent regardless of his or her physical condition, language of origin, or literacy ability.

Until 2002, federal standards for voting system technology, which are voluntary, were developed by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and its Office of Election Administration (OEA) with assistance from the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).

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Reform Sponsor: Voter Participation Center (VPC)

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Voter Participation Center (VPC)

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2003 to help members of the New American Majority register and vote. Since then, the organization has helped more than 5.7 million people register and cast ballots.*

Since 2003, the Voter Participation Center has helped 5.7 million voters register and get to the polls. More than 1.5 million were registered during the 2020 election.**

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Reform Sponsor: Friends Committee on National Legislation

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Friends Committee on National Legislation

The Friends Committee on National Legislation is a national, nonpartisan Quaker organization that lobbies Congress and the administration to advance peace, justice, and environmental stewardship.

Founded in 1943 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), FCNL fields an expert team of lobbyists on Capitol Hill and works with a grassroots network of tens of thousands of people across the country to advance policies and priorities established by our governing General Committee.

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (BoldProgressives.org) is a million member grassroots organization building power at the local, state and federal levels.

It engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work — fighting on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities like expanding Social Security, Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, student debt cancellation, and Wall Street reform. PCCC has been a proud supporter of Elizabeth Warren since her first run for Senate and was the first national political organization to endorse her for president in the 2020 election.

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Reform Sponsor: National Election Defense Coalition

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National Election Defense Coalition

The National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) began our work in 2013. Our mission is to build a bipartisan movement to secure the nation’s vulnerable voting systems from manipulation and fraud, and to protect every American’s right to have their vote counted.

We bring together national NGOs with experts in cybersecurity and elections administration, policymakers, intelligence community advisors, and concerned citizens, to build consensus on a comprehensive, cost-effective plan to protect the vote in the coming 2020 elections and beyond.

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Reform Sponsor: Americans for Democratic Action

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Americans for Democratic Action

Americans for Democratic Action has been and will continue to be a forthright liberal voice of this nation. We work to advocate progressive stances on civil rights and liberties, social and economic justice, sensible foreign policy, and sustainable environmental policy.

ADA advances this agenda by maintaining an active and visible presence nationwide, raising the level of debate on the side of the progressive movement and taking action on the national level. By working together with other like-minded organizations when we can and alone when we have to, we will never shy away from issues or opposition.

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