What Got Me Through 2020

What Got Me Through 2020
December 31, 2020
By Marc Elias

When people ask me how my work on over 150 voting rights cases this cycle went, I say we won more than we lost and more than I thought we would. So much so that it became a running joke on Twitter. Anytime I posted about our latest court victory, hundreds of people would ask, “Are you tired of winning?”

I started replying, “Never!” But as the election dragged into late December, I had to be honest. I was getting tired. Not of winning, but of fighting.

So, on the last day of 2020, I wanted to share with you what kept me going this extra-long election cycle—the light-hearted motivators and the inspiring activists. And of course, Bode and my amazing family. Because the fight for voting rights will continue in 2021, and I am ready to win again.

Best Song: Midnight Sky 
Miley may have been Disney, but she is now Joan Jett meets Stevie Nicks.
Best Album: Alicia 
Because she is Alicia and she sparks JOY!
Best Cover: Cruel Summer by Evanescence
A haunting version of the Bananarama 1984 pop hit that fit the summer of 2020.
Best Book: No Rules Rules: Netflix And The Culture Of Reinvention 
We can all learn from Netflix.
Bode’s Favorite: BarkBox 
Nothing else will do.
Best Peloton Instructor: Jenn Sherman 
You can say Cody, Robin, or Emma, but you are wrong!
Best Streaming Show: Meerkat Manor
Forget Tigers, the world of streaming belongs to Meerkats.
Best Movie: None
Who had time for movies?
Best Snack: Quest Cookies and Cream Protein Bar or banana blueberry smoothie
Game day fuel.
Best Coffee: Starbucks 
You say you prefer some small craft coffee shop, but you don’t really.
Best Bubbly: LaCroix Hi-Biscus
The champagne of sparkling water.
Best Attire for Work From Home: Pullover
It is also the best attire for work from work.
Best Emoji: 🥳
Pure joy.

Best Twitter Accounts:
@sarahcpr
Funniest person on Twitter.
@AJDelgado13 
Follow for the politics, stay for the Jason Miller updates.
@JillWineBanks 
Best of the best in legal twitter.
@BradleyWhitford
When I needed a president, he was there.
@jelani9 
Most thoughtful voice on a mostly thoughtless platform.
@AsteadWesley 
Good opinion, strong retweeter.
@HillaryClinton
#ImStillWithHer
@RevDrBarber
A personal hero and inspiration
@Alyssa_Milano
She is THE Alyssa Milano!
@LeahLitman 
Everyone needs at least one law prof.
@Lesdoggg
#magicdog!!! See for yourself…
@redditships 
OMG, treat yourself!!!
@dog_rates 
Because…it’s DOGS.
@ratemyskyperoom 
I know the secret to a 10/10…

Best Podcasts:
Serial 
Still the best of the best.
Embedded 
Best cadence and best COVID coverage.
Reply All 
Eclectic and really interesting.
Throughline
A different way of seeing history.
The Al Franken Podcast
Hilarious and very informative.

Best Trump Lawyer in the Post-Election: None
They lost 59 of 60 cases.
Worst Courtroom Lawyer in the Post-Election: Rudy Giuliani
Um, did you happen to see him?
Best Voting Rights Organization: Fair Fight
Stacey Abrams has built the premier voting rights powerhouse.
Best Campaign: Mark Kelly for Senate
Won by 2+% in Arizona.
Best Website: Democracy Docket 
Because Democracy is literally on the Docket.
Biggest Voting Rights Success: Increased vote by mail participation with fewer rejections
The central objective of most of my voting litigation in 2020.
Biggest Voting Rights Challenge: Virtually everything in Texas
Even the obstacles to voting are bigger in Texas.
Biggest Disappointment: The cowardice of the Republican Party
Even the cowardly lion in Oz is ashamed of them. Which reminds me…let’s make sure they don’t control the Senate next year. Support the Democrats running in the Georgia runoffs now!

Best Places to Give:
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Protecting voting, civil and human rights.
World Central Kitchen
Feeding everyone who needs to eat.
HIAS
Making sure America remains a land of immigrants.