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Senate Republicans Refuse to Secure our Elections

This week, Senate Republicans blocked five measures that would have strengthened our electoral system and protected it from foreign interference. These bills are critically important to the betterment of our democracy and Senate Republicans refuse to even consider their merits. The American people deserve to understand these bills, why they are so significant, and the lack of reasoning behind the moves to block them from becoming law.


The Honest Ads Act: This bill would require online platforms like Facebook, Google, and Twitter to publicly disclose who pays for political ads, similar to disclosures that are required on TV ads. This measure also ensures that these platforms are making all reasonable efforts to block foreign entities from buying political ads in America. The Kremlin’s main strategy to infiltrate our election in 2016 occurred on sites like Facebook and the result, as we have seen, was incredibly damaging. Foreign actors spreading disinformation online is a threat to our democracy and requiring greater transparency of online advertisements is a simple way to protect the American people from the influence of hostile foreign actors.


Election Security Act: This measure would give states $1 billion for election security efforts and require backup paper ballots. The argument against this bill was that the level of funding was excessive. But experts predict that far more funds are needed to make sure our system is secure. In a country where everyone should have the right to choose their representatives, what could be more fundamental than allocating funds to protect their right to vote? Others argued that there were no security issues in 2018, but that’s also not quite accurate. There may be no cases of votes being changed by hacking, there’s plenty of evidence that hackers are probing ways to control our democracy, and we have to stay ahead of them to stay secure. 


Duty to Report Act: This legislation would require campaign officials to report contacts with foreign nationals who are trying to make donations or coordinate with the campaign to the Federal Election Commission and FBI. In 2016, individuals acting on behalf of the Russian government successfully held meetings with the Trump campaign and President Trump has said publicly that he’s open to receiving foregn help in 2020. Without a legal requirement to report foreign influence operations, campaigns may be tempted to seek foreign help or turn a blind eye to attacks on our democracy. This bill would also help our intelligence agencies gather information on foreign government’s attempts to influence our elections.


SAFE Act: The Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, or SAFE Act, protects U.S. elections by improving election security and increasing financial support to modernize and secure voting systems. States will be eligible for grants to replace their current voting systems with new, modern voting systems, compatible with paper ballots and ranked-choice voting. The penetration of two Florida voting systems by Russian agents in 2016 underscores the fragility of our elections and the present danger to U.S. democracy. The U.S. must take steps to improve election security and protect our country from foreign interference. Foreign adversaries were successful in 2016 and our intelligence agencies have warned that we are at risk of future attacks.


SHIELD Act: Similar to the Duty to Report Act, this bill requires campaign to report any illicit offers of election assistance from foreign governments or individuals to both the FBI and the Federal Election Commission. It also requires campaigns to take steps to ensure that political advertisements on social media are subject to the same stricter rules as ads on television or radio. This bill would ensure the protection of our election hardware and infrastructure but also protects the American people from the types of pervasive disinformation campaigns that were so prevalent in 2016. 


Our elections are the hallmark of our democratic republic. They are the means by which we assert our rights to self-governance, and they are crucial to our continued liberty. These bills are by no means a silver bullet to secure our elections. But they are a strong foundation for credible, fair, and independent elections. It’s clear that the president isn’t interested in closing loopholes and vulnerabilities that he views as favorable to his re-election. But Congressional Republicans shouldn’t accept his deliberate weakening of our democratic institutions.


So if you have a moment, please click here to email your representatives in Congress to demand they take action to protect our elections and your right to vote.

Declare Your Support for the Impeachment Inquiry

Are you a Republican, conservative, or independent who supports the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry? The country needs to hear from you. For too long, the president and his enablers in Congress have painted this investigation into his wrong-doing as a partisan trick. But we know better. The president, often working through his personal political operative and lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has abused his power to solicit the help of foreign governments for his re-election. What’s worse, we know he won’t stop unless he faces real consequences. 

But too many elected Republicans are scared to cross the president, and they won’t change their minds unless they know that we citizens demand it of them. That’s why we’ve put together a tool kit to declare your independence from partisanship and publicly announce your support for the impeachment inquiry. All you need to do is pick the sign or graphic that you best identify with, and share a picture of it on your social media accounts (be sure to use the hashtag #SupportTheInquiry). Or even better, take your sign to the streets whenever you join a public political demonstration, and share pictures of yourself proudly supporting the impeachment inquiry. If enough of us make these public declarations, we can shatter the wall of protection behind which the president is hiding his corruption. Will you help us take the movement nationwide?

#SupportTheInquiry

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URGENT ACTION: Your voice is needed in West Jordan, Utah

An impeachment inquiry is a political remedy that should never be taken lightly. But given mounting evidence of presidential abuse of power and corruption, the House of Representatives has no choice but to proceed. Now, the president’s campaign is scrambling to cover it up and silence the voices who are standing up to the president.

The Trump campaign is pushing supporters to protest at Rep. Ben McAdams’ office in West Jordan on Wednesday 10/9/19 in an attempt to silence his support for the impeachment inquiry.
But Stand Up Republic believes that leaders should always be accountable, and finding the truth about issues raised by multiple whistleblowers is essential to protecting our democracy. 
That’s why we’re inviting all Stand Up Republic Utah members to join Salt Lake Indivisible and other concerned citizens for a peaceful counter-demonstration in support of the inquiry:

Wednesday, October 9th 2019 at 12:30 pm
9067 S. 1300 West
Suite #101
West Jordan, UT 84088

When our elected leaders take courageous action, it’s our duty as citizens to show that we appreciate it. Help us prove to the entire Utah delegation that Utahns stand up for democracy and accountability.

We flooded Capitol Hill

Safeguarding our votes is critical to safeguarding our freedom. And this doesn’t happen without citizens taking action to ensure government acts responsibly to protect free and fair elections. That’s why last week Stand Up Republic members from across the country joined together in Washington, DC to demand their representatives in Congress secure our elections.

On the first day, participants in the second annual SUR Hill Days trained to become citizen activists for election security. They learned directly from experts in the field, and practiced making their pitches for protecting election systems and ensuring political ad transparency.


Then Stand Up Republic advocates flooded the Hill. They held more than 60 meetings with Senate and Congressional offices and members from across the country, passionately advocating for bills that would safeguard our vote in 2020 and beyond.

That’s a priority every member of Congress should share.


Still, there was some pushback. Reform is always difficult. It depends on dedicated citizens who are eager to work to improve and strengthen their country. Fortunately, there are plenty of patriotic Americans eager to do just that, by building a cross-partisan coalition for democracy.

Hill Days participants loved having the chance to collaborate with like-minded Americans from across the nation. And their dedication laid the groundwork for protecting and strengthening our elections in the future.


Now we must keep pressing. Advocacy must be ongoing, not only once a year. After all, how can your representative serve you, if they never hear your voice? So pick up a phone or write an email. However you do it, make sure your representatives hear from you. Be part of the movement to protect America’s elections.

And if you couldn’t make it this year, we hope to see you next year when we take our ‘grassroots lobby for democracy’ back to Congress to accomplish even more.