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01/22/24 Missouri Mondays - All hands on deck! Join the effort to put abortion rights on the ballot! / Voter resources for new Presidential selection process / Urgent action needed on MO legislation



Welcome to Missouri Mondays!  

Last week Missourians for Constitutional Freedom announced they are putting abortion rights on the ballot! The statewide coalition of organizations launched a campaign to restore freedom for all Missourians to make their own healthcare decisions  – including abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care – without interference from out-of-touch politicians. Nearly two years since the Supreme Court took away our rights, they are launching the campaign to end Missouri’s extreme abortion ban. 

It’s a 911 call for all hands on deck! There’s SO MUCH at stake for our state and our country and we cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. Each week we will continue to provide resources, upcoming events and ways to get involved that we hope you will find meaningful. Thank you for staying informed, taking action, and helping to spread the word by sharing this link to sign up for Missouri Mondays weekly email bit.ly/3pF99Uw.  


UPCOMING EVENTS - ACTIONS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE


TAKE ACTION WITH THE MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

TO PROTECT THE RIGHT TO VOTE 


Join the MOVPC weekly online meeting MONDAYS at 10 AM

Text “MOVPC” to 66866 or register HERE: bit.ly/protectmovoters


Missouri lawmakers are wasting no time advancing legislation that threatens our state’s open primaries and long-standing citizen-initiative process. On the plus side, we have the opportunity to advance pro-active legislation restoring voting rights to those on probation and parole and protect our dedicated election workers from threats and harassment.


Join our next MOVPC call where we will discuss the necessary steps in our fight to protect the right to vote in Missouri. MOVPC is a nonpartisan statewide network promoting access to the ballot and working to remove barriers to voting in Missouri! Register here!


MOVPC 2024 Missouri Legislative Tracker

See a breakdown of elections related bills on MOVPC's Voting Rights Legislative Tracker here:  bit.ly/movotingbills


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JOIN THE EFFORT TO PUT ABORTION RIGHTS ON THE BALLOT!

Missourians for Constitutional Freedom is a statewide coalition of organizations and concerned citizens from across the state working to establish the right for all Missourians to make decisions about our own reproductive health care – including abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care – without interference from out-of-touch politicians.

The decision of whether or not to have an abortion is a personal choice that should be made by Missourians, their families, and their health care providers – not politicians in Jefferson City. Passing this amendment will end our state’s abortion ban and make sure Missourians and their families can once again make the decisions that are best for them. Decisions around pregnancy, including abortion, birth control, and miscarriage care are personal and private and should be left up to patients and their families. But here in Missouri, politicians are making that decision for us.

We are coming together to end Missouri’s cruel total ban on abortion and give the power to make personal health care decisions back to where it belongs – to the people.

We are required to collect 172,000 valid signatures by May 5th, 2024, to ensure Missourians get to vote on ending our cruel abortion ban at the ballot. Your support is crucial to make this initiative a reality.


  • Volunteer: Every action matters. Sign up to collect signatures, make calls, or host a house party. Sign up at https://moconstitutionalfreedom.org/ to receive updates from the campaign and get notified for opportunities to sign the petition near you! 



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IMPORTANT MISSOURI VOTER INFORMATION FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION PROCESS!


Many Missouri voters don't know that in 2022 the General Assembly passed legislation eliminating the state’s March presidential primary and turned the process over to the political parties.  


The League of Women Voters of Missouri hosted an informational webinar last week on changes in Missouri's presidential selection process. Chris Grahn-Howard shared information on the GOP's March 2 caucus and Missouri Democratic Party (MDP) Executive Director Matthew Patterson shared the latest on its March 23 election. 


GOP: 

A Republican caucus on March 2 will be similar to how Iowa selects delegates. Neither party affiliation nor registration are required, but participants must be registered to vote.


DEMOCRATS: 

The Democratic presidential primary on March 23 will be a hybrid election, offering Missouri Democrats an opportunity to cast their vote by mail or at an in-person voting site from 8 AM until noon on the day of the primary. Participants must be registered to vote and can’t be registered with another party. 


ATTENTION!  Voters registered as Democrats by TODAY January 22, 2024, will automatically receive their ballot in the mail.  If you miss the deadline you can request a ballot via the Missouri Democratic Party (MDP) website here: https://www.missouridemocrats.org


Add your party affiliation to your voter registration 

For information on changing your voter registration to add your party affiliation, go to https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register or contact your local election authority.  To find your election authority go here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority


See Missouri Democratic Party online document with the election process details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IMrm2S936OxXEOWRF8ptR9xrtiXUmfV7/view


Recordings of the LWV MO webinar are available in two parts. 

1) Democratic election process recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jTgN3HyJ3cLDdseTMAH45s9rR1g42Vzi/view  


Visit the LWV of Missouri website for more information on the presidential selection process. https://my.lwv.org/missouri/event/new-ways-pick-preferred-presidential-candidates-2024



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TAKE URGENT ACTION WITH THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS KANSAS CITY (LWVKC) ON LEGISLATION MOVING THROUGH THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE!



Join the LWVKC in taking action such as submitting witness testimony, send emails, make phone calls as recommended on legislation moving through the Missouri legislature.  This week’s bills include changes to the citizen’s initiative process, health care, public safety, tax credits for seniors and the disabled. Talking points and bill details provided. 


Find all action details here:


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The Greater Kansas City Women’s Political Caucus January Membership Meeting

Thursday, January 25 

7PM 

Virtual Via Zoom


Please join us for the GKCWPC January Membership meeting via Zoom on Thursday, January 25th at 7 pm. Our meeting will feature Tori Schafer, Director for Policy Campaigns for ACLU Missouri. Tori and others from the coalition who will provide us with a crucial update on this groundbreaking initiative to put reproductive freedom on the ballot in 2024. We will discuss the signature gathering campaign and let you know how you can get involved.


All are welcome. INVITE A FRIEND! but we ask that you register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrcuqopzItG9KDWBmMXwZzIc5yyaRTWzn6#/registration


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MISSOURI VOTER PROTECTION COALITION (MOVPC)

MISSOURI VOTING RIGHTS LOBBY DAY!

January 30, 2024

Missouri Capitol 

Jefferson City, MO  


Join Missouri Voter Protection Coalition and voter protection allies from all across the state for a Pro-Democracy Day at the Capitol to defend Missouri's Initiative Petition Process and support our Freedom to Vote!  Mark your calendar and watch for more details coming soon!


HELP SUPPORT THE WORK OF MOVPC PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM TO VOTE IN MISSOURI!


With the 2024 elections ahead, and the third anniversary of the January 6 attack on our democracy in mind as Missouri lawmkers return to session, we must act now to ensure our elections are free, fair and acccessible for ALL Missouri’s voters in 2024. Help the non-partisan Missouri Voter Protection Coalition lead the fight against attacks on our freedom to vote in the statehouse, in the courthouse, in the media, in the streets and at the polls on Election Day. Missouri Voter Protection Coalition and its more than 60 affiliated partners collaborate to lead legislative advocacy, strategic litigation, training and education, combat disinformaiton, and election protection to ensure that no eligible voter is denied the right to cast a vote that counts. 


Note: Your gift will appear on your credit card as Missouri WIN, our fiscal sponsor. Missouri WIN is a 501c4 non-profit organization and your gift is not tax-deductible.



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Next Scheduled Election - April 2, 2024 General Municipal Election 


Election Day: April 2, 2024

Polls Open: 6:00 a.m.

Polls Close: 7:00 p.m.

Last Day to Register: March 6, 2024

In Person Absentee Voting Begins: February 20, 2024

Military & Overseas Portal opens: February 13, 2024

Applications mailed to permanently disabled: February 16, 2024

No Excuse In Person Absentee (Early) Voting Opens:  March 19, 2024


Note: You may not have an April 2 election in your area. Check your local election authority website for detailed voting information.  To find your election authority go here: https://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/localelectionauthority


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Meet Crystal Quade Democratic Candidate for Missouri Governor



Crystal is leading our most important fights to restore our abortion rights, standing up to the biggest corporate special interests, and stopping China and Russia from buying up our farmland and squeezing Missouri farmers out.


Crystal will take on extremist Jay Ashcroft, who says he will ban abortion forever, and give more tax breaks to the wealthiest and most privileged families like the one he grew up in.


If you are looking for a new kind of leader, who will stand up for our working and farming families – meet Crystal Quade.”



Support Crystal's Campaign for Missouri's Future: https://crystalquade.com/


The Heartland Pod Interview with Rep. Crystal Quade https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJwbn8m4_q8


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MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT!


With so much important news each week we don’t want you to miss a thing! Check out our MISSOURI MONDAYS NEWS SUPPLEMENT here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13cokjWlCh2EkY5K6bM357rjVPizZDzxlMqjAuoBQfoI/edit?usp=sharing


 

THANK YOU! for staying informed and taking action to make a difference!

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and sign up for Missouri Action Alliance and this Missouri Mondays weekly email at bit.ly/3pF99Uw

Follow us on X (formerly Twitter) at @MissouriAction, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MOActionAlliance and check out our website at http://www.MOActionAlliance.com

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