Now, more than ever, every intention, every voice, every action, and every vote matters. Get in touch with your true nature, and vote like your community, people, and planet depend on it. Here’s our weekly round-up of important voting FYIs.
WEEK 7: NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
September 22 is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, so we’d be doing everyone a disservice if we didn’t focus this week’s topic all around registering to vote. For the most part, you’re eligible to vote in U.S. elections if you:
- • Are a U.S. citizen
- • Meet your state’s residency requirements
- • Are 18+ years old (BTW, in most states you can register to vote before you turn 18 if you’ll be 18 by Election Day)
- •Are registered to vote by your state’s registration deadline
WEEK 6: THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
The electoral college is made up of 538 electors from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Each state has a certain number of electors based on population — California has almost 40 million people and 55 electoral votes, for instance, while Wyoming has 579,00 people and 3 electoral votes. To win the presidency, a candidate must win at least 270 votes, the majority of the electoral votes.
WEEK 3: GET OUT THE VOTE
Here’s the deal: there are millions of eligible voters who don’t know when the election is (Tuesday, November 3rd), where to vote (depends on your address), or what they need to vote (depends on your state). Now that YOU know, here are some ways to spread the word and get out the vote.
WORK THE POLLS
America is in the midst of a nationwide poll worker shortage. Most poll workers are over 60, and due to COVID, fewer are signing up for the job. In-person polling locations will require at least a million workers and volunteers, so it’s all hands on deck. The Toads are getting the day off to volunteer, so if you can, join us. Learn more here.
If you like a candidate, volunteer to phone bank for a few hours (or you can look for a text banking option if you’re feeling phone-shy). From the comfort of your own couch, you’ll typically call people who’ve been identified as supporters (public voting records are useful like that!) and you’ll run through a script to help them visualize their vote…
WEEK 2: WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE
Even though 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote, many American women of color didn’t get true voting protections until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. So we like to think of voting as a great way to say “thanks” to the pioneers who took up the cause.
In 2020, 127 women serve in the U.S. Congress (23.7%), and hold 28.9% of statewide elective executive offices across the country. Whether your interest is running for national or local office, working on campaigns, or leadership training, we say, ‘the more the merrier’ when it comes to women stepping up in politics. Here’s an awesome list of resources we found for women looking to get involved, both locally and nationally.
WEEK 1: MAIL-IN BALLOTS
Forget what you heard on Twitter: mail-in ballots are just as copacetic as the ballot box. They’re also way less germ-y and way more convenient. Each state is different so make sure you’re signed up!
This info was pulled from Fortune.com on 8/6, but make sure to check your state’s website for updates and to find out if you need an excuse to vote by mail (yep, that’s a thing).
For more info on registering, head to vote.org.
ALL eligible voters deserve the chance to let their true nature be known. Make sure you’re registered and ready for November. Here’s a little reminder of why it’s so important:
Now, more than ever, making your voice heard matters.
And while you’re in the educating yourself type of mood, here’s a short history on voting rights. The more you know…