Let’s be totally honest with each other. This year’s election, and 2020 in general, can be described as many things…and most of them aren’t very positive. But, there is some silver lining here. We have the chance to show up and show out in record-shattering numbers to the polls, and it’s our responsibility to take advantage of that right.
Even if you’re not “into politics”, use this opportunity to honor your foremothers and forefathers that fought for you to have this chance. Our ancestors risked their lives so that we could be afforded the opportunities that we often take for granted today. Considering that Black women weren’t officially granted the “right” to vote until after being protected by the Voting Rights act in 1965, this isn’t some ancient piece of history (“right” in quotes because we know that the voting process is still fraught with suppression and challenges for people of color across this country).
Here are some resources to help you effectively cast your ballot during this critical election year:
The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Call their number if you experience any challenges while trying to cast your ballot.
Use this website to find your closest polling place, available in every state.
Rock The Vote
Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 in response to the censorship of musicians, namely hip-hop and rap artists. They “have continuously adapted to the changing landscapes of media, technology and culture to breakthrough and empower each new generation.”
FactCheck.org is a non-partisan resource that aims to combat deception and confusion in US politics. They “monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.”
Remember - your voice counts and your vote matters. Use it.