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Nothing is more important than protecting the right to vote, which is why Daily Kos endorsed Nina Turner for Ohio secretary of state—our first-ever endorsement in a secretary of state's race. Today, we're announcing three more secretary of state endorsements in crucial purple states.

Joe Neguse (Colorado)

Colorado's next secretary of state has his work cut out for him. As chief elections official of a big purple state, outgoing Republican SOS Scott Gessler has a long record of using his office for partisan gain. Fortunately, Democratic rising star Joe Neguse knows that having an elections officer who's transparent and accountable to the public is the cornerstone of our democracy.

Colorado has hotly contested raced for governor and senator, so down-ballot races like this one aren't getting the attention they deserve, but will be just as hard-fought and just as important to win.

Kate Marshall (Nevada)

In Nevada, Democrat Kate Marshall and Republican Barbara Cegavske couldn't be more different: Marshall opposes voter ID, Cegavske does not; Marshall supports same-day voter registration, Cegavske does not; Marshall supports early voting, Cegavske sponsored a bill to eliminate early voting entirely.

This is a race where the differences between the two parties couldn't be clearer: Democrats want to make it easier for you to vote and Republicans want to make it harder.

Brad Anderson (Iowa)

Iowa has another open seat race. Outgoing Republican Secretary of State Matt Schultz is famous for trying to scare immigrants into not voting, though GOP candidate Paul Pate likes to praise Schultz's "good stewardship." So, of course, Pate's been endorsed by GOP neanderthal Rep. Steve King, who thinks Democrats are just going to start stealing elections if they win the SOS race this fall.

Iowa is one of the few competitive SOS races where we have good recent polling. Suffolk has the race tied at 31-31. Pate has served as secretary of state before, so the fact that the race is wide open is great news for Anderson.

We know Republicans are fighting a losing battle to demographics in the long run—young people and people of color are the future of America, and they're hugely Democratic. We also know that Republicans have responded to this reality by doing everything in their power to keep people who might vote for Democrats from voting at all. That's why we need to win these races.

Can you chip in $1 to each of our secretary of state candidates?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Please endorse a non-Rep for KS SOS (6+ / 0-)

    Kobach is a national disaster. No matter his opponent, that opponent just by definition needs endorsement.  And KS needs all the help it can get to oust these crazy destructive extremists from power in this state.  Getting Kobach out might not stop all his nationwide influence, but it would pull a tooth or two and stop his actions in KS.

    "THERE IS NO JUSTICE. THERE IS JUST US." Terry Pratchett

    by Sailorben on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:04:33 AM PDT

  •  Absolutely (6+ / 0-)

    Proud to be the first contributor.

    This is important and it's about time we progressives had a focused approached to the lower races that hugely impact the democratic process.

  •  How about Terry Goddard (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, evcoren

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:16:25 AM PDT

  •  How about (1+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight

    Terry Goddard in Arizona?

    http://www.terrygoddard.com/...

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:17:33 AM PDT

  •  New Jersey (3+ / 0-)
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    nzanne, jan4insight, LinSea

    I'm putting in a plug for why the NJ gubernatorial race is always so key. It's not up this year, but please note for the future: the NJ governor is the most powerful governor in the US. NJ doesn't have elections for positions as most other states do. It operates like the federal government. The gov appoints all members of the cabinet including the secretary of state. The gov also nominates judgeships which are then confirmed (or not) by the state senate.

  •  Wohoo! So happy with Neguse! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thinking Fella

    Our [nominally GOP] county clerk even supports him, loudly.

    The battle lines in ALL our races locally could not be more clear. It's not just a question of, the Dem is slightly better (well, though I'm often frustrated with Mark Udall). We have a lot of real live teapartiers running, so hopefully we can get folks aware of their first MAIL IN BALLOT election this fall!

    “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” Thomas Edison, 1931

    by nzanne on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:17:44 AM PDT

  •  Democrats aren't likely to win (1+ / 0-)
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    nzanne

    back the House before the end of this decade, at best, and will stand to lose the Senate in the not-too-distant future if voting rights are not reinstated in states currently controlled by Republicans.  Republicans will just get more desperate to get their way on voting, women's health, and any of their other pet causes if their ambitions are not derailed soon.  Helping these three Secretaries of State win their elections will be a big step toward ending the Republican reign of terror on their state's populations.

    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by SueDe on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:19:18 AM PDT

  •  Iowa (3+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, Eric Nelson, evcoren

    Even though I'm not working I'm happy to send some $ to each but will kick in a bit more for my birth state of Iowa.

    Mostly because I was in Junior Achievement with Paul Pate and I never trusted that guy.

    But seriously, these 'down ticket' races are crucial to turning the tide our way.

  •  in my world (1+ / 0-)
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    cocinero

    anyone that votes for a party that suppresses the voting rights of any citizen has lost the right to be called neighbor, friend, or american, i don't know what they call themselves but my description is not complimentary and is best left to the imagination or ones personal choice.

  •  Please include Maggie Toulouse Oliver in NM! (3+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, Eric Nelson, evcoren

    She's currently the county clerk of Bernalillo County, and has done so much to make voting fair & accessible to everyone. I first got to know her when I volunteered with the League of Conservation Voters for John Kerry's presidential campaign - Maggie was state director of LCV at the time. She's both very special, and very down-to-earth & real.

    Here's her website: http://maggietoulouseoliver.com/

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    by jan4insight on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 10:42:12 AM PDT

    •  Ditto, Ditto, Ditto. -- MTO's opponent is T-Party (0+ / 0-)

      Susana bot Diana Duran, the incumbent, whose goal has been to implement as much voter suppression as she can possibly get away with in our bluish state.

      Maggie is wonderful. I've spoken with her several times, most recently yesterday. She's smart, honest, dedicated, fearless and progressive. There couldn't be a more clear choice.

      Gov. Susana Martinez is well-financed by the Koch Bros, and there is little doubt that there will be spillover into Duran's campaign. A victory for Maggie will be important not only for NM, but may tarnish Susana's darling reputation nationally.

      So, if you can spare anything for Maggie Toulouse Oliver, it would be hugely appreciated. Just this morning, my wife and I sent her a third substantial contribution this year.

      "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few. But we can't have both." - Justice Louis Brandeis

      by flitedocnm on Sat Sep 06, 2014 at 05:19:09 PM PDT

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  •  Go here and help out Democrats! http://my.barac... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Nina Turner in Ohio! n/t (0+ / 0-)

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