Remember: “Public opinion still plays a central role in safeguarding democracy, and it becomes decisive through voting.”
Four states head to the polls today — Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Washington State — and, following national trends, all have seen a surge in women running for office. Also witness a record number of LGBT candidates running for state offices, fighting for civil liberties close to home. These are our front-line representatives, and by showing up we are validating their tireless work to represent us.
In 91 days we’ll vote again in the midterm elections and electing our representatives on the state and local level will have a ripple effect all the way to Washington. And if we’ve learned anything since 2016 it’s that we cannot afford to be silent. Our greatest obstacle is thinking that our say doesn’t matter. Or that what happens in the voting booth doesn’t directly affect us. Because it does.
Here’s a national calendar of who’s voting when and what’s at stake. Seek information on your local candidates, and sign up here for election reminders. Here’s guidance on political activism and engaging in our democracy.
And go vote. It matters.