It Starts With States

Since 2016, we’ve helped Democrats win 70 state legislative races, enabling them to pass progressive legislation across the country. We’re already looking ahead to our work in 2021 and 2022. Join us!

What will I do as a volunteer?

You’ll help Democrats get elected to critical state legislative seats across the country by making phone calls to voters, writing postcards, sending text messages, and raising small dollar donations. And you’ll do it all while having fun with a community of like-minded activists!

With over 50,000 volunteers across the nation, we are one of the largest and most effective progressive grassroots organizations in the country.

Our Timeline

SDP's 2020 Timeline of Events

Our Timeline

Our Map

2021

Virginia: Protect and expand the Democratic House majority.
Special Elections: Endorse in strategically valuable special state legislative elections when possible.

2022

Target States: AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, NH, PA, TX, WI, MN, CO, NV
Nested Opportunities: Prioritize states with nested competitive Senate, House, and Gubernatorial elections.
Redistricting Commissions: Prioritize states with redistricting commissions, where we expect new maps to be fairer for Democrats.
Incumbent Protection: Invest in fragile incumbents. Incumbent protection has always been a key component of our electoral strategy. We can expect many state legislative Democratic incumbents to face reelection challenges under new maps in Republican-controlled states. We must not lose our hard-won gains.

Why Donate?

Gifts from community members like you made up more than 90% of our operating budget in 2020.

No amount of support is too small. Our model is built on the idea of many people doing their part and having a BIG IMPACT together.

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What’s at stake in Texas: An Interview with Representative Ann Johnson

Representative Ann Johnson joins Sister District Executive Director Lala Wu to discuss what’s at stake in Texas and why she chose to be one of the leading voices in the Texas walkout.

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The 2021 Supreme Court Session Makes States More Powerful Than Ever

The solidly conservative Supreme Court ruled on several important cases this June, the final month of the Court’s current term. This term’s cases touch on gay rights and religious liberty, access to healthcare, criminal justice and voting access.

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“Identity politics”: Activating identity to gain political power

The term ‘identity politics’ is often used to refer to the encouragement of political action related to specific demographic groups one is a part of, like women, or a racial/ethnic minority. In this blog we will discuss the social psychological underpinnings of identity, and how appeals to identity are used in a variety of political contexts.