Real World Election
While POTUS Among Us 2020 is a comedic and delightful adventure into the absurd, the state of our real-life democracy is no joke!
With the pending general election, we encourage everyone to engage with their communities as an active participant in our democracy. Here are a few ways that we can all do just that:
- Make sure you're registered to vote! Double check your registration status and make sure it is up to date. Note: some states have been purging voters from the rolls, so it's always good to double check and also locate your polling place. And if you're not registered to vote, it might not be too late. Head to vote.org to check your status or to register to vote.
- Sign up to become a poll worker! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many communities are experiencing a shortage in election workers (which could mean fewer polling stations and longer wait times). For information about how to apply to be a poll worker in your locale, you can head to Power The Polls.
- Don't be surprised when you see your ballot! It's happened to the best of us. We show up to vote only to realize we forgot to research all of the down-ballot candidates -- eek! Be a registered, informed voter by heading to https://www.vote411.org/.
- Research any issues that may be new to you! Like, perhaps DC Statehood? Did you know that Washington, DC's population is larger than both Vermont's and Wyoming's, and that its residents pay the highest per-capita federal income taxes in the U.S. -- yet have no say over how those tax dollars are spent? You can head to https://statehood.dc.gov/ to learn more!
Remember that elections are only the beginning, and take your participation beyond the screen!
- Learn more about voting rights and becoming a voting rights defender: https://voting.naacpldf.org/voting-rights/voting-rights-defender/
- Educate yourself about this country's history of institutionalized racism and how it persists today: https://daily.jstor.org/institutionalized-racism-a-syllabus/
- Contact your national elected officials to advocate for what you believe in: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials