Voter Guides: Protest Votes and Cheat Sheets

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Tired of the two-party system but unsure about casting a protest vote? WebActive‘s pragmatic analysis helps you make your vote count either way. They cast a critical eye over Clinton’s first-term performance, endorsing him for president, but encouraging a vote for Nader in states where Clinton is ahead (or behind) by a large margin. An interactive map shows which category your state falls into.

In the more hotly contested state and local races, the problem for many voters may be a surplus, not a dearth, of choices. If you don’t have the entire weekend to devote to deciphering your ballot pamphlet, you might want to consult a cheat-sheet: the endorsement lists and scorecards put out by your favorite advocacy groups. For example:

  • The ACLU rates all members of Congress with a scorecard showing how they voted on key civil liberties issues, including Internet censorship, school vouchers, national ID cards, wiretapping, Immigration, HIV in the military, and English Only.

  • Both the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club endorse candidates based on their environmental track record.

  • NOW pinpoints key races for women to watch and endorses candidates based on their support for feminist issues.

  • The Human Rights Campaign scores the 104th Congress on issues of concern to gay and lesbian Americans. [Watch out for the 157 members of the House and 14 members of the Senate who scored zero percent.]

And don’t forget to check your local alternative weekly for comprehensive coverage of state and district races.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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