Maggie's List Weekly Brief for October 2, 2016
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Maggie's List Chairman Sandra Mortham with Congresswoman Barbara Comstock at meetings in Washington, D.C. last week.

Given the swing state status of Virginia in the 2016 presidential election, the race for Virginia’s Congressional District 10 seat currently held by Maggie’s List endorsed candidate Congresswoman Barbara Comstock is expected to be one of the most heavily contested races in the country. Congresswoman Comstock is waging a very solid and strong campaign against her opponent who is a longtime Democratic donor! The non-partisan Cook Political Report has changed its prediction of the race from “likely Republican” to “leans Republican,” signaling a more competitive race.

Barbara’s voice as an advocate for our shared values of fiscal conservatism, strong national security and more personal responsibility is needed in Washington—now, more than ever! We cannot let this election pass us by without doing everything we can to help push Congresswoman Comstock and our other Maggie’s List endorsed candidates over the top. Why risk the possibility of more of the same failed Democratic policies that hurt hard-working American families and business owners!

Maggie’s List is proud to stand with Congresswoman Comstock. A member of the Committee on House Administration; Committee on Science, Space and Technology; and Committee on Transportation on Infrastructure, she introduced the INSPIRE Women Act that passed the House earlier this year. It is designed to encourage women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Remember to vote for Congresswoman Comstock on November 8th. If you do not live in Virginia but have friends and family who do, remind them to turn out to vote. And, if you are unable to do either, click here to support Congresswoman Comstock!

To support Congresswoman Comstock, click here!
Tonia Khouri (IL-11)

We need strong conservatives in Washington to stay focused on our message of conservative values: fiscal conservatism, strong national security, and more personal responsibility. We found that in Tonia Khouri when Maggie’s List proudly endorsed her in her race for U.S. Congress in Illinois District-11.

Tonia Khouri has stressed that her roles as a mother, business owner and member of the DuPage County Board, will provide her with a unique perspective on tackling national issues. “I have a proven record of getting things done, that’s what I’ll do in Washington,” she said. Tonia is listed as a part of the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “young guns” candidate recruitment program. Her opponent, a liberal promising more of the same, failed policies that have cost Americans jobs, has a huge money advantage! But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Former Maggie's List Illinois Chair Chris Dudley presents Maggie's List check to Tonia Khouri.
Don’t let Election Tuesday pass you by without making a difference for Tonia Khouri. If you live in Illinois, VOTE for her. If you have family in Illinois, call them TODAY and encourage them to vote for Tonia. Got a friend there? Text them to support Tonia. It’s true that everything you do makes a difference. Thank you for helping to make a difference for Tonia Khouri.
To support Tonia Khouri, click here!!
 Maggie's List Chairman Sandra Mortham and Congressman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At Large) after a meeting in Washington last week. Congressman Lummis is a Maggie's List Congressional Partner. The Maggie’s List Congressional Partner Program is one of our keys to success as an organization. When members of Congress become a Congressional Partner, it sends an important and very credible public message about their support for conservative women in Congress. Thank you to Congressman Lummis and to all of our Congressional Partners!
Margaret "Maggie" Chase Smith
We take our name from Margaret “Maggie” Chase Smith, the first woman elected to both chambers of Congress. Maggie served in the U.S. House from 1940-1948 and the U.S. Senate from 1948-1972. A political pioneer, she became the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the presidency by either of the two major parties in 1964. 
Click here to read about how she put a crack in the “hardest, highest glass ceiling”!
Millions of votes in the 2016 presidential election will be cast before November 8. Here's a full list of early voting dates in each state!

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, states that allow early voting in-person or by mail include:
  • Alaska--early voting begins October 24
  • Arizona--October 12
  • California--early voting varies by county but is generally about a month before election day.
  • District of Columbia--October 22
  • Florida--October 29
  • Georgia--October 17
  • Hawaii--October 25
  • Illinois--September 29
  • Kansas--October 19
  • Maryland--October 27
  • Nebraska--October 9
  • New Mexico--October 11
  • North Carolina--October 27
  • North Dakota--(in some counties) October 24
  • Utah--October 25
States that allow "in-person absentee" voting without an excuse:
  • Idaho--October 24
  • Indiana--October 12
  • Iowa--September 29
  • Maine--October 9
  • Massachusetts--October 24
  • Minnesota--September 23
  • Montana--October 14
  • New Jersey--September 24
  • Ohio--October 12
  • Oklahoma--November 3
  • South Dakota--September 23
  • Vermont--September 24
  • Wisconsin--September 26
  • Wyoming--September 29
States that only allow early voting in-person:
  • Louisiana--early voting begins October 25
  • Texas--October 24
  • Tennessee--October 19
  • West Virginia--October 26
States that do not allow excuse-free early voting: Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. 

Voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington cast their ballot by mail, negating a need for early voting. 

Happy voting, everyone!
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