2020 Election: The Final Countdown

We are T-minus 5 days to Election Day.

So much going on! This last week has brought a new development, which has changed the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future and could perhaps affect the election outcome.

The Senate rushed a nomination and confirmation a week before the election. Why is that a big deal? Because millions of votes have already been cast! It represents a blatant disregard for the voices of We the People and it should be concerning to everyone - regardless of your party affiliation.

BTW - Our new Supreme Court Justice couldn’t name the five freedoms of the First Amendment. This is high school civics 101. Let’s review! 👩🏻‍🏫

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Concerned about it? Want to do something about it? Go out and vote!

Early Voting

According to CNN, more than one third of all registered voters have already cast their ballots - that’s more than 75 million people! CNN also reported that 25 states (plus Washington, DC) have surpassed their halfway marks for total 2016 ballots cast, and this includes 10 of the 16 key states.

We don’t know if this large turnout has to do with the COVID-19 pandemic or the actual candidates, and we may never know. Either way, this election will be unprecedented.

If your state allows early voting but you haven’t yet, don’t worry, there’s still a little time. Check Vote.org for a full list, by state, of early voting dates and voter registration deadlines.

However, if you plan on voting by mail, it may be too late to actually mail your ballot. Ensure your ballot is on time and counted by delivering it to an official drop-off location in person.

Election Day

Voting on election day doesn’t have to be unnerving. With a little planning, you can vote safely with minimal hassle and (hopefully!) wait time. We also recently published a brief synopsis of where the candidates stand on each of the key issues. If you are still deciding how to vote, read it here on part 2 of our election series.

Here are three most important things to check before you head to the polls:

Voter registration - Check yours here. If you’re not registered,
    many states allow for same-day registration on Election Day.
Polling location - Find your nearest polling location here. Please
    be aware that the pandemic may cause some changes to polling
    places, including location, layouts, and procedures.
Voter ID requirements - Thirty six states require voters to
    provide identification at the polls. If you’re unsure about the
    requirement in your state, the National Conference of State
    Legislatures
has a state-by-state list of voter ID laws.

In this election cycle, we’ve seen acts of voter suppression, which unfortunately, has been at the core of U.S. elections since the beginning of our nation’s history. PBS NewsHour has a great podcast on the history of voter suppression and why it has not changed in over 200 years.

We have also seen blatant acts of voter intimidation, which is illegal and punishable by fines and jail time. The American Civil Liberties Union has an in-depth list of voting rights and what to do if you feel like someone is interfering with your right to vote.

In part 2 of our election series, we published a brief synopsis of where the candidates stand on each of the key issues. Read it here now!

Stay Safe

While COVID cases are steadily rising throughout the U.S., some states continue to undermine the recommendations by scientists and health providers by NOT requiring masks at polling places. Here are a few things to remember to protect yourself, the poll workers, and other voters. As always, please stay home if you are not feeling well.

 ➜ Wash your hands: For 20 seconds before you leave your house
      and when you return
 ➜ Stay 6 feet apart: When you're waiting in line, at the voting
      booth, and leaving the polling place
 ➜ Use hand sanitizer: Containing at least 60% alcohol immediately
      before and after casting your ballot
 ➜ Wear a mask: Before entering the polling place and leave it on
      the entire time
 ➜ Make a plan: Vote during off-peak hours or, if you are able to,
      vote early!

Before you go, we want to leave you with something to read and something to listen to. May they pump you up and get you through the next week!

If you've never (or haven't in a while) read the Constitution of the United States of America, we highly recommend it. It's a riveting, inspiring work. ⭐️

Here's a playlist we made for you when all the election craziness was ramping up. It's a mix of new songs and old, reminding us that change can happen - if we work at it. ✊

See you all on the other side!