Thousands march in Chicago to encourage voting in midterms

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14 October, 2018

In Chicago, hundreds of thousands marched.

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They said similar marches fueled by anger over the Kavanaugh confirmation were scheduled later in October in other states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and SC.

Women's March Chicago said it was targeting the "anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Republican Party".

The participants in the walk for the women of Chicago are invited to slip as early as Saturday, after beating the pavement, their ballot paper in the ballot box, to IL, to enable the voters to vote in advance for those that can't make it on the day of the election.

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Just prior to the Senate's final vote to confirm Kavanaugh last Saturday, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the D.C. Circuit released a statement indicating there were open complaints made against Kavanaugh over public statements he made during the confirmation process. That said, those more likely to support Democratic candidates generally fit the profile of Democratic voters in the first place, suggesting the confirmation outcome reaffirmed vote preferences rather than altering them.

"Women are angry. And we're starting to feel comfortable being angry".

Republicans now hold the White House and both chambers of Congress, but many in that party fear anti-Trump voters will overwhelm the president's supporters in the elections, with predictions that control of the House of Representatives, at least, will swing to Democrats. Which leads me to wonder, how many others - those vowing not to visit Maine this year, or buy from L.L. Bean, for example, thereby attempting to claim the moral high ground - live in states where one or both senators supported the Ka- vanaugh confirmation?

Most states allow early voting by mail-in ballot or at a limited number of polling stations, giving those unable to show up on Election Day a chance to vote.

The organizers of the march of Chicago, which is held under the slogan "let us Walk up to the polls" (#MarchToThePolls), have planned this gathering a few weeks before the parliamentary elections in mid-term, during which the democratic Party hopes to regain control of the House of representatives to the republicans.

As journalist Eoin Higgins detailed in a lengthy Twitter thread on Thursday, Trump's latest batch of judges is a heinous and entirely predictable mixture of anti-civil rights, anti-LGBTQ, anti-women appointees who are now set to mold federal law for the next several decades.


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