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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey)

Watson Coleman, Pressley to launch campaign to boost turnout

By Nikita Biryukov, September 30 2020 3:17 pm

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-New Jersey)

Rep. Ayana Pressley (D-Mass.) will join Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) to encourage voters to send in their mail-in ballots on or before Oct. 12 during a virtual event Thursday.

“In the middle of this deadly pandemic, voting by mail in a contactless and socially distant manner makes sense, but submitting your ballot in time to verify that it was received and counted is even smarter,” said Watson Coleman.  “The 10/12 Campaign is a community-based effort to mobilize voters to vote early and bypass any threats of mail delay, voter fraud and voter suppression.”

The campaign’s name and timing are no coincidence. The democratic congresswomen hope that they can boost their campaign’s effectiveness by timing it to Columbus Day, a national holiday.

The broader campaign will push a social media campaign and encourage voters at barbershops, beauty salons and churches, among other places, to cast their votes.

It’s possible the partnership between Pressley and Watson Coleman, one of the state’s most progressive House members, could cause some ripples within the state’s House delegation.

Pressley, one of four nationally-known progressive first-term congresswomen, endorsed Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s (D-Wyckoff) primary opponent Arati Kreibich in June.

Gottheimer won that race without much trouble.

“I am so pleased to be joined by my friend, Ayanna Pressley, in the kickoff to this early voting campaign,” Watson Coleman said. “This election is the most important in our lifetime, so we are also inviting anyone who wishes to participate in organizing this important push for early voting to reach out and join us.”

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