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Taking Political Action: How to prepare for Elections 2018

posted Feb 16, 2018, 8:57 AM by Rahni Jere Sumler   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 8:57 AM ]

The performance in Alabama has brought local elections to our attention. This came about because of people mobilizing within their communities to bar a nefarious candidate from getting into office.

With more recent events like continued gun violence, people are looking for ways to be more active. One of the ways is to be politically active: voting in any and all elections, both local and national.

Local elections, in fact, affect you far more than Federal ones do. Local issues like budgetary spending are determined at local and state level. In fact, your vote has more impact at the local level than at the state level- Alabama victory came by an incredibly slim margin. A few hundred votes do count. There are some critical elections coming up in 2018, start preparing now!

Go to this link and tell us how you are preparing: Voting Plans for 2018 founded in 2008

According to Wikipedia, Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan online political encyclopedia founded in 2007.
It covers American federal, state, and local politics, elections, and public policy. Ballotpedia is sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Middleton, Wisconsin. It employs a number of writers, researchers, and editorial staff. 

Community Diary by Rahni S.

Resist voter suppression by:

Starting Early

  • Look to see if you can look up your registration online
If you need to register, start researching documents you need to register
If you need documents to vote, start ordering those documents (voter ID numbers, photo ID, passports, birth certificates, SSN cards…)
  • Identifying your voting location district 
  • Checking the history of that location to ensure that it will still be there when it comes time to vote 
  • Inquiring about voting at another more "secure" location

Preparing to Vote Early or Absentee

  • Research how absentee voting works in your state 
A good place to start is 
  • Know the difference between voting provisionally and voting absentee 
Provisional: your vote must be verified after the election. This is critical because it means that your vote won't count towards the election at all. 
Absentee: your vote is cast via mail using your voting information. 
This is done in case you can't make it to the polls, you're traveling, you're in the hospital, or you just want to vote early! Most states have absentee voting available because G.I need to vote from overseas. This is a great way to resist voter suppression because your vote is validated by the U.S mail. How this information is tracked varies State-by-State.
  • Learn where early voting polls are going to be and the information needed to vote there

Becoming Informed

  • Do research on the issues you care about 
This can be done using You can even see what issues people are focusing on in your state. 
If you are looking for candidates funded by the NRA, for example, Ballotpedia also includes funding reporting. Here is also New York Times Op-Ed listing current Senators taking NRA monies
Start requesting the 2018 ballot 
  • Do research on people announcing that they'll run and check in on their progress
Contact these candidates and ask them about the issues you care about
See who is already registered and if they will actually represent you