Wondering what’s next?

While Iowa’s election results have us reeling this morning, we want to talk about the presidential race. 

Joe Biden is ahead in total votes and is surging in key battleground states where ballots are being counted, right now, by local election workers. 

These votes represent our voices. And our voices will be heard.

Our work is clear: we have to come together to demand every vote is counted. If our democratic process is respected, the presidential race will be a resounding win for the people.

We’re seeing a red-to-blue shift in presidential vote totals, and that’s what we expected: Joe Biden urged his supporters to vote early while Donald Trump cast doubts on the security of early and absentee ballots and promoted unsafe day-of voting crowds. That means that votes for Trump were tallied first, while many of the ballots being counted now are significantly shifting the total towards Biden. 

Trump’s conspiracy theories, lies, and ridiculous claims about the results are obviously false, and they are not surprising.

It is absurd to try to pump the brakes on democracy. Elections are about us and they’re decided by the people — not politicians.

It’s okay to feel frustrated about a lot of the elections and their outcomes. I feel that, too. We have work ahead of us. But what’s happening in the presidential election is a scenario we’ve been preparing for. We are ready to defend democracy.

CCI Action members are building power and building new coalitions, and we have spent the last four years organizing against the Trump/Reynolds agenda of corporate power and white supremacy. We have worked to fight for Black lives, to ensure a state that welcomes all new Iowans, and to defend our right to clean water, and this year, we’ve mobilized to pressure Gov. Reynolds to mitigate the spread of COVID and protect working people. 

And, now we’re committed to ensuring we count every vote, because every vote counts.

Take a deep breath, rest, and then join us for three events where we will build community and plan for the work ahead:

  • RSVP for the call at 6:00 PM Nov. 4 where we will debrief federal elections and the work ahead,
  • RSVP for the call at 6:00 PM on Nov. 5, to to dig into what happened in statewide races, and
  • RSVP for the day of action to protect democracy on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Together, we can count every vote and defend our democracy. Thanks for all you do. 

Until every vote is counted, 

Cherie Mortice, 
Board President

PS. Give this Resistance Revival Chorus song a listen. It’ll give you a boost.