2018 Midterm Election: How You Can Help

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  1. VOLUNTEER! Canvass, Phone Bank, Write Postcards, Donate, and More. Look on this page for ideas and check out the blue Priority Actions box on the Home Page for upcoming volunteer opportunities!
  2. Join our our Facebook Group and sign up to Get Updates by Email and Get Text Alerts. We will be using these channels to send out notices about important events leading up to the election on November 6.
  3. Help our adopted candidates in Virginia: Vangie Williams (CD-1), Elaine Luria (CD-2), and Abigail Spanberger (CD-7).
  4. Start talking to every Democrat you know to make sure that they are registered and will vote on November 6, and ask them to talk to everyone they know.

Why 2018 Is So Important

All elections have consequences. But this year’s midterm elections are of critical importance. It’s worth a reminder about just how big the stakes are — and which party ultimately controls Congress after November:

  • Will the Republican legislative agenda continue? If Republicans lose control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate in 2018, they’ll lose their ability to send new bills to President Trump’s desk with their party’s votes alone. That means, basically, that the harmful, conservative legislative agenda would be dead.
  • Which party will control the all-important investigative and intelligence committees? Winning control of the House or Senate would give Democrats subpoena power, which would let them investigate the Trump administration far more aggressively.
  • Will Trump be allowed to continue filling court vacancies, including the Supreme Court, at its rapid pace? Or will it come grinding to a halt? That’s the difference between Republicans retaining control of the Senate and its Judiciary Committee, or Democrats taking control.
  • Do Affordable Care Act repeal/replace and immigration reform get easier or harder? If Republicans hold on to the House and pick up Senate seats, then it’s likely that ACA repeal and replace, which fell one vote short in 2017, could clear the Senate next year. On the other hand, immigration reform, which has stalled in the House, could be more likely if Democrats win the House and Senate.
  • Does the possibility of Trump’s impeachment go up? Or down? If special counsel Robert Mueller has the goods in his Russia investigation, then the likelihood of impeachment goes up if Democrats control the House. On the other hand, if Republicans win in November, it’s really hard to see how a GOP-controlled Congress moves against Trump, even when it comes to oversight of Mueller’s findings.

Adopted Candidates

Indivisible Arlington is adopting a strategy for the 2018 midterm election similar to our  work last year on the state election. We are adopting three excellent candidates around the state to help them with various campaign activities. We won’t ignore our other candidates — Sen. Tim Kaine, Rep. Don Beyer, Matt de Ferranti for County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board — but we want to devote a lot of resources to our adopted candidates around the state who need our help. Based on our research for which candidates could benefit from our efforts, we decided to adopt Vangie Williams from the 1st District, Elaine Luria from the 2nd District, and Abigail Spanberger from the 7th District.

Vangie Williams
Vangie Williams (CD-1)

Vangie Williams is a long-time resident of King George, VA, where she works as a strategic planner/senior project control principal for a large government contractor, managing projects related to national security and critical infrastructure. She is running against a conservative Republican who was first elected to Congress in the 1st District in 2006, who won the last election by 60%, who voted for the tax scam, and who wants to undo the Affordable Care Act. Williams, on the other hand, wants the hardworking people in the 1st District to have an economy that works for them and for families to have access to world-class healthcare. She wants to build a movement that demands representation for the people, not large corporations.

Elaine Luria
Elaine Luria (CD-2)

Elaine Luria is a retired Navy officer with 20 years of service as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer. She reached the rank of commander, and her last deployment at sea put her in charge of a 400-sailor assault ship. She is currently a small business owner in Hampton Roads. Her opponent is a former Navy SEAL and first-term seat holder who votes in line with Trump’s position 97.6% of the time and won in 2016 by a margin of 61-38%. Luria is running for Congress to fight for the families of Virginia’s 2nd District and to protect our country and create an economy that works for everyone – not just those at the top. Many sources believe that CD-2 is flippable this year.

Abigail Spanberger
Abigail Spanberger (CD-7)

Abigail Spanberger has worked as a a CIA Operations Officer and a Federal law enforcement officer working narcotics and money laundering cases. In 2014, she left government service to begin a career in the private sector helping colleges and universities create diverse student bodies, increase graduation rates, and break down financial barriers to higher education. Her opponent is a Tea Party Republican who points to his work to repeal the Affordable Care Act and last year’s Republican tax cut plan as his accomplishments. Spanberger  saw partisan politics threatening the country she has worked so hard to protect and knew it was her time to stand up for the people in the 7th District.

There are lots of ways to support our adopted candidates, including door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, postcard writing, making donations, hosting and attending fundraisers, helping with voter registration and Get Out The Vote efforts, and much, much more.

Check out the blue Priority Actions box on the Home Page for upcoming volunteer opportunities, or contact directaction@indivisiblearlingtonva.com for more information about helping our adopted candidates. Also be sure to join our our Facebook Group and sign up to Get Updates by Email and Get Text Alerts.

Canvassing and Phone Banking

This summer and fall, there will be many opportunities for volunteers who want to get outside and knock on doors and for those who want to phone bank from campaign headquarters or other locations.

Canvassing and Phone Banking with Indivisible Arlington

Leading up to November 6, Indivisible Arlington will sponsor a few door-to-door canvassing events for our adopted candidates. For those who wish to do phone banking, many of our postcard writing parties will allow you do make calls, or you can do virtual phone banking at any location on your own time. Look for announcements about these events on our Home Page and Facebook Group and in our Weekly Emails and occasional Text Alerts.

Canvassing and Phone Banking with Arlington Democrats

Door-to-door canvassing in Arlington will support our 2018 Democratic slate: Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate, Don Beyer for U.S. House of Representatives (8th District), Matt de Ferranti for County Board, and Barbara Kanninen for School Board. Arlington Democrats also host regular phone bank gatherings for the coordinated campaign and also for candidates beyond Arlington. For the latest information about canvassing and phone banking in Arlington, see http://www.arlingtondemocrats.org/calendar/.

Postcard Writing

Indivisible Arlington will host several postcard writing parties to Get Out The Vote for our adopted candidates throughout the summer and fall. We will write postcards to fellow Democrats in Virginia to remind them to vote for the Democratic ticket on November 6. These parties will be a casual and social and will also allow people to do phone banking if they prefer talking to writing. Our postcard writing parties will be announced on our Home Page and Facebook Group and by in our Weekly Emails and occasional Text Alerts.

You can also sign up to get addresses and write postcards on your own through Postcards4VA.com.


If you can, please give money directly to our adopted Delegates’ campaigns so they can afford signs, staffing, and campaigning. Here are direct links to their websites, where you can find Donate or Contribute buttons: Vangie Williams (CD-1), Elaine Luria (CD-2), and Abigail Spanberger (CD-7).

Indivisible Arlington will also sponsor fundraising events for our adopted candidates on our own or with other progressive groups in Northern Virginia. To find out about upcoming fundraising events, check for announcements on our Home Page and Facebook Group, and sign up for our Weekly Email and Text Alerts.

Virtual Campaigning

As the campaigns ramp up for the congressional candidates adopted by Indivisible Arlington, we expect to support their efforts through virtual phone banking and text banking. Virtual phone banking and text banking are easy and flexible. The campaign provides talking points and guidelines. Also, watch for opportunities to attend one of our gatherings where a group of us will be phone banking and writing postcards.

To get started with virtual phone banking, request to join the closed Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleVirtualPhonebanking/.

To get started with text banking, visit any of the organizations on this page: https://www.demandthevote.com/text-banking.

Voter Registration & Voter IDs

Help Register Voters

You can staff the voter registration table at farmer’s markets to help people  register to vote!

To register voters at other events, contact Sara Steinberger (who will respond during evenings and weekends) at acdcvotes@gmail.com

Help with Voter IDs

You can also help people get the ID they need in order to vote as required by Virginia’s voter ID laws by working with Spread the Vote.

Check Your Voter Registration

Confirm your own registration and urge other registered voters to check theirs.  It’s easy, it’s quick and it eliminates any possible snafus!

Get Out The Vote Transportation and Poll Greeting

The Arlington County Democratic Committee has a robust ride to the polls program. ACDC will provide rides for In Person Absentee voting as well as on election day. To volunteer, email Sue Walton at acdcvolunteer@gmail.com.

ACDC also needs poll greeters on Election Day to pass out Democratic sample ballots and provide information to voters. Contact Carol Fontein at cfontein@icloud.com.

Volunteers are also needed to pass out sample ballots at the County building (2100 Courthouse Blvd.) during absentee voting in person starting September 21. To volunteer, contact acdcvolunteer@gmail.com.

Poll Observers

You can help protect the right to vote! The Democratic Party of Virginia needs hundreds of attorneys, law students, and legal professionals to serve as poll observers in targeted precincts on Election Day. Poll observers are the campaign’s eyes and ears inside polling locations, and help break down barriers to voting by making sure that all laws and rules are applied fairly and letting us know about issues at the polls as they arise. Please sign up and share! If you have any questions or would like more information, email ProtectTheVote@virginiavictory.org.

Sign-up for poll observers: vademocrats.org/protect-the-vote
DPVA Voter Protection Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dpvavote/

And if you’d prefer to be a nonpartisan monitor, Virginia Civic Engagement Table is seeking nonpartisan poll monitors for their Election Protection program. Volunteers will learn about Virginia’s voter laws receive training on how to be a poll monitor and work a five-hour shift at a polling location on Election Day. Northern Virginia training is planned for Sunday, Oct 28. Learn more and sign up to be a poll monitor here.

Early In-Person or Mail-In Absentee Voting

If you have difficulty getting to the polls or will be out of the county on Election Day, November 6, you may vote with an absentee ballot either in-person or by mail:

  • In-person voting is at the Office of Voter Registration, Arlington County offices, 2100 Courthouse Blvd. at Courthouse Square from Friday, September 21 through 5pm Saturday, November 3.
  • You may also apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. Apply here: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation.

Note that Virginia law requires a reason to vote absentee, but eligibility is assessed broadly: https://vote.arlingtonva.us/absentee/absentee-voting-eligibility/. You are eligible to vote absentee if you will be out of the county for any period of time on Election Day, including if you work or have personal business outside of Arlington.

You can get detailed information on the Absentee Voting page on the official Arlington County website.  https://vote.arlingtonva.us/absentee/.

Letters to the Editor

We need people to write letters to the editor for local newspapers in support of the Virginia Democratic candidates.

To get started, email media@indivisiblearlingtonva.com.