Let Your Voice Be Heard: Vote!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Are you ready?
Take part in the political process by exercising your right to vote! Across the country, local, state, and federal lawmakers are campaigning to represent you in 2021. In fact, there are over 95,000 positions on the ballot this year, and Americans will vote for more than just a president!
Here’s what you need to know.
Register to Vote
If you haven’t already, make sure you are
registered to vote. To vote in national elections, you must be a U.S. citizen—but don't forget that each state also has its own set of registration guidelines.
Find out who’s running for office.
Select your state and enter your zip code or full address to find your district candidates. Decide what you are looking for in a candidate and who can represent your personal and professional interests. You can do this by visiting their website and gathering information about them. Evaluate where the candidate stands on issues that impact you.
Decide Who to Vote For
Once you’ve completed your research, prepare a checklist or ‘report card’ listing your priority issues, where each candidate stands on those issues, and if you believe their leadership qualities will make a difference.
The public health emergency, along with mandates to help stop the spread of COVID-19, is impacting voting options across the country. Find out what the
process will be for voting in your state this year. The
United States Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) is a great resource for information on polling place accessibility.
Share that you voted with your social network. Be sure to tag @ASHAAdvocacy and use hashtag #whyivote so we can see and share them too!
Campus Vote Project works with universities, community colleges, faculty, students, and election officials to reduce barriers to student voting and help empower students with the information you need to register and vote.
Reasons to Vote
We are fortunate to live in a country where we have the right to vote and, by voting, have a say in how our government is run. Take advantage of your power to create change in the way your patients, clients, and students are treated and how we conduct our practice. ASHA members account for more than 211,000 votes across the country—together we have a powerful message to share!