Nowak on a mission: Why EVERY Democrat in Cheshire, Connecticut and nationwide needs to get out and vote this election cycle
The following is the first step of a mission I am on moving forward to create a mobilizing effort to get every Democrat and unaffiliated (independent) voter who is leaning Democrat in Cheshire, in Connecticut and nationwide to make a difference and get out and vote. No excuses and every reason in the world for all of us Dems and leaning Dems to get off our butts and VOTE. (Dan Nowak is chairman of the Communications Committee for the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee.)
Now, more than ever, Democrats need to mobilize and make plans to get out and vote on Election Day in November.
First, we need to increase Democratic representation and potentially produce Democratic majorities in the United States Senate and House of Representatives. This way, we can offset the Republican enablers of President Donald Trump and actually produce honest and impactful checks and balances on Trump.
Locally, in Connecticut, it is essential to maintain Democratic leadership from the governor to State Senate and House of Representatives, especially with the candidates in this election cycle.
(For example, Ned Lamont is no Dannel Malloy, just listen to his TV commercials and how his words certainly connect with the middle class).
Political pundits everywhere keep saying the problem with Democrats is they don’t have a clear message, no clear plan or common ground on policies and issues.
Well, here is one message every Democrat should embrace in 2018, 2019 and 2020: Vote for Democrats and Save Democracy for Everyone.
Some believe it is too early to focus on a 2018 get-out-the-vote campaign.
Sure, Election Day is over three months away on Nov. 6. But it is essential for every Democrat in the Cheshire area, in Connecticut and nationwide to make a commitment NOW to get to their voting sites in November.
If you are a Democrat who commits to vote every election cycle - keep that trend going.
If you are a Democrat who votes primarily during presidential election years, moving forward it is essential for you to cast your precious vote every election cycle.
If you are a Democrat who only votes when it is convenient due to other commitments, set aside the mere 15 minutes you need to cast your vote. Voting sites typically open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Take the 15 minutes needed within that time frame to park, sign in, vote and leave.
If you are an unaffiliated (independent) voter that leans Democrat, make the commitment now to voice your independence, make a difference and vote in November. And remember, if you are an unaffiliated voter leaning Democrat you can register as a Democrat up to the day before the Aug. 14 primary to have a voice in that election.
Here are some numbers for you to consider.
On March 20, People-Press.org published a story on the Pew Research Center’s report on trends in party affiliation. Among United States voters 33 percent are Democrats, 26 percent are Republicans and 37 percent are unaffiliated (independent). Among the unaffiliated voters 50 percent lean Democrat and 42 percent identify as leaning Republican.
Here is the interesting stat from that report. The current 8 percent gap between unaffiliated voters who lean more Democrat than Republican has grown from the 4 percent gap that existed in 2015-2016.
We can do this. Democrats can make a huge impact in this election if we all vote.
Do not get me wrong.
Nationally, in my opinion, as bad as I believe Trump has been for the country and for preserving our Democracy, going as far as impeachment isn’t an issue at this point.
The immediate issue is keeping Trump and his decisions and policies in check with Democratic candidates elected to produce a more effective form of checks and balances.
The other issue is what is happening in Connecticut. Listen to the Republican candidates and Democratic candidates and what they’re saying, really listen to their message. Today’s Connecticut Democrats have a connection and understanding of the needs of people at all levels, especially the middle class and low income voters.
Like I said earlier, the message is simple–Save Democracy for Everyone.
How do you do that?
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter for the New Haven Register for 34 years.