My All Hallow’s Eve wish is that come Jan. 1, 2021, we swear in a new President and a new era. As a cisgender, middle-class, middle-aged white woman, it may not seem like my life is on the line. But it is.
Vote Like Your Life Is On the Line
As a gay woman, I care about protecting my right to get marry my partner. Only this year, the Supreme Court ruled that federal employment law protects workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This administration tirelessly erodes LGBTQ people’s civil protections and access to healthcare while installing judges with openly hostile agendas.
It’s Not Just the LGBTQ Community This Administration Endangers
As a seven years sober person, I care about reducing shame and stigma around mental health and substance abuse. We should give people the tools they need to overcome, carry on, and lead meaningful, fulfilling lives. Trump’s unconscionable attack on Hunter Biden’s past struggles with substance abuse stood in stark contrast to Vice President Biden’s response. “My son, like a lot of people…had a drug problem. He’s overtaken it…. He’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him,” Biden said.
You Must Register by Oct. 13 to Vote in Virginia
There is less than a week left to register to vote in Virginia or update your registration. After we register, we need to make sure to tell everyone we know that there IS STILL TIME!
We must respect ourselves and care enough about each other to stand up and say ENOUGH. This election has consequences that will last generations. Vote like your life, and the lives of your neighbors, depend on it. Because they do.
Register or update your voter registration status online by Oct. 13. Not sure if you are registered? Check here or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. You can also use the site to apply to vote absentee by mail, find your polling place, and track your ballot.
A Pew Research survey reported that 62% of Americans have never been asked to register to vote. Let’s change that right now—I am asking you to register for the November General Election. The same poll discovered that 27% of eligible voters intended to register, but never got around to it. Now is your chance.
What matters to you? Immigrant rights? Racial justice? Environmental justice? Access to affordable, quality healthcare not tied to an employer, or supporting a woman’s right to choose? Whatever your reason—it’s time to take a stand.
So Many Options to Vote Safely and Securely In Virginia This Year
You can apply to vote absentee—use the prepaid return postage to return your absentee ballot by mail. You can also hand-deliver your absentee ballot to your local registrar’s office or return your absentee ballot to a drop box at your local election office. You can also vote early in person at your registrar’s office or vote at your regular polling place on election day. However you decide to vote in this election, make sure you do it safely!
As voters, we can make this a country where liberty and justice are for all of us, regardless of our differences. Your vote is your power. Be a voter. But first you need to register!
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