Post submitted by Michael Latta
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks on the ground here in Omaha, Neb., as early voting is now in full swing!
In mid-October, HRC President Chad Griffin joined our members in Douglas County who were among the first in line for early voting. Last week, as part of HRC’s work on-the-ground in Omaha, I worked to activate and recruit the LGBTQ community in support of U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford, a Democrat, who has been endorsed by HRC for re-election.
In addition to activating and making sure that voters were registered and had a plan to vote, we gave them an opportunity to meet U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., who was in town to support Rep. Ashford. The event space at Spirit World in Aksarben Village was packed with over 40 attendees, both LGBTQ and ally, as Pocan spoke about how important this election was to the LGBTQ community. Rep. Pocan is one of seven openly LGBTQ members of Congress.
Both Pocan and Ashford spoke about the need to come together in Congress and support meaningful legislation like the Equality Act. Both congressmen also stated that LGBTQ activism will be vital for both Ashford’s re-election and securing the electoral vote for Hillary Clinton in Nebraska, which has the unique ability to split its electoral votes.
HRC is counting on our members and supporters to mobilize and #turnOUT the pro-equality vote in November. HRC members are volunteering thousands of hours for endorsed candidates and are visible at campaign events across Colorado and across the country. HRC is holding regular phone banks and events throughout Omaha up through Election Day. Get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.