A voter guide for the 100 million who are not planning to vote

A voter guide for the 100 million who are not planning to vote
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Bashing or cheering on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE is not helping our country.

Stoking partisanship — on TV, radio and Facebook and Twitter — is not solving the critical problems of America.

The real issues and the real bills that can solve our challenges should be, must be, the focus of this election.

Therefore, let’s lay it out in the simplest possible way for the 100+ million fellow citizens who are not currently planning to vote on Nov. 6.

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Here, based on the number of elected Republicans and Democrats officially sponsoring, co-sponsoring or voting on actual bills on the issues YOU care about, is who to vote for. It’s important that we vote based on bills and issues — as I like to say, “billify, don’t vilify!”

These may seem like ridiculously bold, recklessly provocative and unsupportable conclusions, but every one is fully supported by factual evidence based on objective voting and bill sponsorship numbers.

Because the parties disagree completely on almost every major issue, you will see stunning and massive differences. This gives you, the voter, an incredibly clear and easy choice. The system is not broken. This — your choice — is what democracy is all about.

And, by the way, almost all of the bills on these issues currently languish, virtually ignored, in the United States Congress today and most certainly will not pass unless and until more supporters are elected. It only takes 218 to pass a bill in the House and 51 (or sometimes 60) to pass in the Senate. 

Here are just some of the things to vote for, or against, in the 2018 midterm elections on Nov. 6. 

  1. Do you want comprehensive background checks in order to buy a gun in America?

One hundred percent of the total sponsors of Background Check Expansion Act are Democrats. The only way for this to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico?

While there are some Democrats who support “the wall,” 100 percent of the sponsors of the Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act are Republicans. The only way for this to happen is to vote for Republicans

  1. Do you want mandatory coverage for pre-existing conditions?

One hundred percent of those who voted for the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) were Democrats; 100 percent of the Democrats in Congress voted against the ObamaCare repeal endorsed by Donald Trump. Republicans have made numerous attempts to repeal ObamaCare since Trump took office, and voted dozens of times during the Obama administration. The only way for that to continue to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Did you want Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship Sotomayor: Kavanaugh now part of the Supreme Court ‘family’ The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race MORE to be confirmed as a justice on the Supreme Court?

Of 51 Senate Republicans, 50 voted to confirm Kavanaugh, including one present vote.

Only one of 49 Senate Democrats did. If you want other justices like Kavanaugh on the bench, the only way for that to happen is to vote for Republicans.

  1. Do you want to fight climate change and increase renewable energy in America?

One hundred percent of the sponsors of the OFF Act, to get off fossil fuels by 2035; one hundred percent of the sponsors of the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act, to put a market price on carbon; one hundred percent of the sponsors of the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Act; and one hundred percent of sponsors for the Clean Energy for America Act are Democrats. The only way for this to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Did you want the Trump tax cut plan?

Of the 292 Republicans in Congress, 278 voted for the Trump tax plan. Zero of the 239 Democrats in Congress voted for it. If you believe in significantly reducing taxes for corporations and wealthy individuals and providing some short-term tax reduction for others, the only way for that to continue is to vote for Republicans.

  1. Do you want equal pay for women in America?

Of the 247 sponsors of the Paycheck Fairness Act, to close loopholes that prevent women from receiving less than $1 for every $1 a man makes at the same work, 246 are Democrats. Only one is a Republican. The only way for that to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want to get money out of politics?

There are 162 sponsors of the Government By the People Act; 29 sponsors of the Fair Elections Now Act; and 16 sponsors of the We the People Democracy Reform Act, to reduce the role of money and big money lobbyists in American elections and American politics. At 207 total, 206 are Democrats. Of the 217 total sponsors of the DISCLOSE Act, to disclose the identities of corporate "dark money donors," all are Democrats. The only way for that to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want to put significant restrictions on a woman's right to have an abortion?

The vast majority of federal and state legislators who have sponsored or voted for limiting access to abortions, reducing abortion clinics, prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks and other restrictions are Republicans. A very small percentage are Democrats. The only way for that to happen is to vote for Republicans.

  1. Do you want restrictions on animal cruelty and trophy hunting?

Of the 290 total Republicans in Congress, 272 voted for HJ Res. 69, to allow hunters in Alaska to kill bears hibernating in their dens and to shoot wolves in their dens from helicopters. Five of the 240 Democrats in Congress voted for it. One hundred percent of the sponsors of the Cecil Act, to restrict the importation of lion trophies, and one hundred percent of the sponsors of the PROTECT Act, to stop trophy hunting of endangered animals, are Democrats. The only way for that to happen is to elect Democrats.

  1. Do you support DACA and "a path to citizenship" for Dreamers?

Of the 213 total sponsors of the Dream Act, 204 are Democrats. Only 9 are Republicans. The only way for that to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want Automatic Voter Registration?

One hundred percent of the total sponsors of the Automatic Voter Registration Act are Democrats. The only way for that to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want presidential candidates to show their tax returns?

Of the total sponsors of the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, 194 are Democrats. Only 4 are Republicans. The only way for that to happen is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural MORE (R-Ky.) to remain as Senate majority leader?

There are 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats in the current U.S. Senate. If one or fewer additional Democrats are elected, the GOP retains control of the chamber. If two or more additional Democrats are elected, Democrats will take over the majority and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFacebook reeling after damning NYT report Schumer warns Trump to stay out of government funding negotiations Schumer predicts Nelson will 'continue being senator' if 'every vote counted' MORE (D-N.Y.) will likely replace McConnell as Senate leader.

The only way for that to happen is to vote for Republicans running for Senate.

  1. Do you support lower college tuition loan rates, "free college for all,” "net neutrality," gay rights or legalization of recreational marijuana?

All of these bills have overwhelming Democratic sponsorship and virtually no Republican sponsorship. The only way for these bills to become law is to vote for Democrats.

  1. Do you want tougher voter ID laws, did you want to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, did you want to pull out of the Paris climate accord?

The only way to support these moves is to vote for Republicans. 

There's never been a clearer choice, no matter which side of the aisle you’re on. More than 102 million American citizens didn't vote in 2016. If you care about even just one of the issues above, there is no legitimate excuse to sit this one out! 

Richard Greene is an author, columnist, radio show host, political communication strategist and public speaker. A former fellow at the Constitutional Rights Foundation and former attorney, Greene is founder of 279 for Change, which advocates a new approach to engaging in politics. Also called “ The Civics Dean," Greene has donated a new, free eBook titled “WTF are ‘The Midterms?’” Follow him on Twitter @TheCivicsDean.