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Your Vote. Our Voices. Speak Up for Our Future, Get Out and Vote!

Your Vote. Our Voices. Speak Up for Our Future, Get Out and Vote!

Women’s votes may be decisive to the outcome of the midterm elections this November. Data clearly shows that electing more women to public office not only changes the structure of political life, but shapes the issues that are given attention by city councils, board of supervisors, state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. From higher wages to homelessness, from healthcare to early childhood education and from family leave policy to economic development incentives, the issues women care about will be central to voter decisions during the midterm elections. This November too, our collective identity as seekers of justice will also be on the ballot.

Your vote has the power to move us closer to creating a world in which “…justice rolls down like water and righteousness as a mighty stream.” So, get out and vote! You have the power to pull a lever to change the conversation about our national priorities. You have the power to organize a car pool to take the homebound to their polling stations. You have the power to use the United Methodist Women Election Checklist to find out which candidates support our vision of a nation with clean air, with maternal and child well-being; a nation where workers earn a living wage and a nation where we offer educational opportunity rather than juvenile detention.

Raise your voice. Get out and vote for the “new world in our view.” You have the power to organize young people to register their peers and raise our national youth turnout.

You have the power to knock on doors and get out the vote in support of equality and inclusion. You have the power to knock on doors and get out the vote in support of immigrant rights. You have the power to knock on doors and get out the vote in support of an end to gun violence. You have the power to accompany a first-time voter to the polls. Let’s make our voices heard with the crescendo of our votes being cast.

In 2016, there were nearly 133 million eligible voters in the Rising American Electorate (RAE) — which is 59.2 percent of the voting-eligible population in the United States. At the same time, the RAE was barely half of the total electorate with 52.6 percent. While the RAE was a majority of the electorate in 2016 for the first time in history, there is still more work to be done to have an electorate that reflects the larger population.

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It’s not going to get any easier: In 2018, The Voter Participation Center is predicting that one in three RAE voters who turned out in 2016 won’t vote in the 2018 midterm elections. That’s 25.4 million RAE voters who are projected to stay home unless they’re mobilized by candidates who speak to their issues.

Your vote can transform the lives of women and girls in America and throughout the world. Get out and vote and take others with you!

Posted or updated: 10/15/2018 12:00:00 AM
 
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CONTACT  your local congressional representative at Capital Switchboard (202-224-3121) or in their district office to voice your support for:

  • H.R. 1102 – Redistricting Reform Act of 2017
    This law will prohibit a redistricted state from being redistricted again until after the next apportionment of Members of the House of Representatives unless ordered by court to pursue redistricting in accordance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 or the Constitution. It also requires that a redistricting plan is to be decided by a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia or a state independent redistricting commission.
  • H.R. 893 – 21stCentury Voting Act
    This law will allow for changes to voting policy. Of those changes will be: restoring the right to vote to formerly imprisoned citizens, establishing a permanent and automatic voter registration system, and making election day a national holiday.
  • H.R. 12/S. 1437 – Voter Empowerment Act of 2017

Together, these laws can ensure: access to voting for people with disabilities, voter rights restoration and mandatory notification of that right to formerly imprisoned citizens, making the availability of online voter registration a requirement of all states. These laws address the hinderances and prohibitions of current voting laws. 

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