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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 16 October 2020

Vote Like Your Life Depends on It

XV Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Section 1
“The right of citizens of the United states to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous conditions of servitude.”

This week The Skanner is publishing endorsements. We hope you will vote with us, but if you disagree we still want you to vote like your life depends on it – because it does.

Ballots have begun mailing on October 14. All voters should have received their ballot by October 22. The last day to safely return your ballot by mail is October 27. If using a dropbox, ballots must be submitted by 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 3. Drop sites are listed here. You can track your ballot here.


The Skanner News 2020 Candidate Endorsements


wheeler ted 2020 introDemocratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Carpenters Local Union 1912 in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, to kick off a small business bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

At a time when our democracy is being threatened, our military families vilified, white supremacy groups praised, voting rights challenged, a pandemic denied and America's reputation abroad declining, we must elect a president who takes these concerns seriously and will work to restore faith in our government. That person is Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden is our choice because of: his integrity and moral values, his ability to relate to people who hold different views, his support of the Affordable Health Care Act, which is so vital to Americans, his commitment to straight-talk about the coronavirus pandemic, his ability to unite our country, his ability to maintain alliances with world leaders, and his vision and concrete plans to combat climate change. Biden supports the right to free speech for all Americans. In America people who peacefully protest injustice should not have to fear injury or death by the police.

We can count on Biden to be a president we can be proud of, rather than one we have to apologize for. We need a president who has a plan that is articulated to all Americans, a plan that unites this country. Biden is that person.

harris arizDemocratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at Carpenters Local Union 1912 in Phoenix, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, to kick off a small business bus tour. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)With the strong, proven leadership of sen. Kamala Harris, his running mate for vice president, we can look forward to a team that will embody the values that we, Americans, hold dear. We will have an administration that respects human dignity and honors our democracy. Harris has been on the frontline on all the issues Americans value, especially civil, women’s, and gay rights, and will continue to fight for the rights of all people. As a woman of color, she has unique insight into the needs and rights of minority citizens.

Biden/Harris is a team America needs to restore respect and honor at home and abroad. They will tell the truth and promote peace, not chaos, dialogue, not diatribe, unity not discord.

Even now, Republicans are lying to Americans saying they support social security and medicare as well as Obamacare. We know this is happening because the polls show Americans have rejected their arguments against these issues. They have repeatedly stated their intention to privatize social security and gut Obamacare. That plan has not changed.

Joe Biden is the president we need at this time in history. He is the moderating voice and has the vision and leadership this country needs.


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Jeff Merkley

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Earl Blumenauer

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