5 Things You Can Do to Get Out the Midterm Vote
2012 was the year of the woman voter. The It's My Vote: I Will Be Heard campaign was a great success, registering and turning out millennial women voters nationwide. We believe in the power of women's voices, which is why AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund are renewing our efforts in 2014 for the critical midterm elections -- a time when young women are not as likely to vote as in presidential election years.
Do your part to empower women to #Usethe19th Amendment. Here are five ways you can prepare for the election on Tuesday, November 4.
- Check your voting status.
You are most likely already registered to vote, but it doesn't hurt to make sure your voter registration is current. Maybe you moved recently, changed your name, or haven't voted in a few years. Check your registration in advance so you're not surprised when you show up to the polls!
- Participate in National Voter Registration Day.
Once you've checked your registration, you're all set -but what about your friends and family? Host a voter registration drive in your community on Tuesday, September 23, to help others get registered to vote in time for the November election.
- Educate voters.
There are a variety of ways to educate voters in your community. Consider sponsoring a nonpartisan issue or candidate forum. Forums can be organized independently or in coalition with other nonpartisan organizations. You can also provide fact sheets on issues important to young women, including ballot initiatives that affect AAUW policy priorities.
- Let us know about your upcoming event.
We have some great materials that can help you engage and motivate voters: stickers, buttons, brochures, and much more. You can order these items -- for free! -- by filling out the upcoming event form. This information allows us to assist you with your planning efforts and spotlight your work in the future. Be sure to also let us know how your event goes by filling out the event report form.
- Continue to use AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund as your resources for all things voting.
The AAUW Action Fund offers many great resources and tools for all your get-out-the-vote needs. This includes voter guides and templates to create your own. Voter guides are classified by the IRS under 501(c)4 activity, so be sure to check your branch status and of course check your local election laws before engaging in any activity in your community. The Action Fund website also has links to voter resources on what you'll need at the polls, voter ID laws, and more. Plus, check out ShopAAUW for AAUW swag such as It's My Vote T-shirts.
There's no action too big or too small when it comes to being active and getting out the vote for elections. Of course, the best action you can take is to show up and vote on Tuesday, November 4. To learn more about get-out-the-vote opportunities available to your branch, send an e-mail to VoterEd@aauw.org.