Action Alert

Electing Candidates Committed to Transforming the Lives of Women, Girls and Families

Electing Candidates Committed to Transforming the Lives of Women, Girls and Families

We come to you this month with a different format for our Action Alert in preparation for this year’s elections. We have provided a PDF Document opens in a new window. “2018 Candidate Checklist: A Questionnaire for Candidates Seeking Election" for you to use while following this year’s election. Use these sample questions or ask others unique to your community and personal concerns. 

Across the country and around the world, climate justice, economic inequality, maternal and child health and mass incarceration challenge the social power and self-determination of women and girls. The need for change is obvious. Through our vote we can change the policies that negatively affect the well-being and status of women and girls across the country and around the globe.

While 2018 is not a presidential election year, there are many other races coming up at the federal, state and local level, including:

  • All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • One-third of all U.S. Senators
  • Thirty-six state governors and three U.S. territory governors
  • 328 city mayors

The 2018 state elections will impact the redistricting that comes after the 2020 United States Census. In many instances, it will be governors and state legislators who draw new boundaries for state legislative and congressional districts. Over 300 federal programs, worth over $600 billion dollars, use census-generated figures to decide the allocation of federal funds. Census data also determines the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. For more information, see the PDF Document opens in a new window. United Methodist Women Voter Guide.

We hope that these questions will help you gage whether your candidate is committed to attaining equality, justice and fairness for those in society who are often left at a disadvantage.

You can also pose a question to the election candidates in a way that reflects what matters most to you and your state. Post your questions online and see what concerns your state the most, or mail in your questions using the questionaire on the last page of the PDF Document opens in a new window. Voter Guide.

“My vote is my voice ... and the voice of all who have struggled, so that I may have my voice.”

Posted or updated: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

Take Action:

The PDF Document opens in a new window. Election Checklist can be used for taking the following suggested actions: (Please keep in mind that all candidates should be asked to explain his/her support or opposition to an issue.)

  • Organize a candidate forum and directly pose questions to candidates.
  • Monitor community or nationally televised debates and note candidates’ responses.
  • Attend a town hall meeting and ask questions from the Checklist.
  • Distribute copies of the Checklist to your district and local counterparts for use as bulletin and table handouts or for use in legislative event packets.
  • Assess the election outcome. Convene a discussion group to determine how the “winner’s” views compared with issues you or your Conference support.
  • Convene a community dialogue around one of the categories on the Checklist. Reach a consensus on your point of view; schedule a meeting with your elected official to discuss the outcome of your dialogue

What issues matter where you live?

Pose a question to the election candidates that reflects what matters to you and your state. Post your questions on our website or  mail in your questions using the questionaire on the last page of the PDF Document opens in a new window. Voters' Rights Toolkit.

Click Here.Add your questions to our interactive page

Click Here.See a U.S. map of voter questions and articles by state

 
PDF resource opens in a new window PDF opens in a new window Download the 2018 Voters Rights Toolkit
 
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PDF opens in a new window Download the 2018 Election Checklist

 

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