Will you be ready to VOTE this November?
Do you have issues you care about this election season? Issues that go beyond the opinion of the suit and tie, clean-cut politician promising them? Of course you do! Understanding that the political arena is messy, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of your vote. Historically, voters between the ages of 18-24 have had the lowest voter turnout. This November, it’s crucial that young people are registered and ready to cast their vote based on the facts and their values. In the 2008 presidential election, of eligible voters within this age cohort, only 58.5% were registered and 48.5% of those registered actually voted. Although this percentage increased from the 2004 to the 2008 election, there is room for improvement. Just think about the impact informed young people can have on our country’s future! Women’s votes were a significant factor in President Barack Obama’s victory, with a sizable gender gap evident in the election results, according to an analysis of exit poll data by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The gender gap was 7% in 2008, with 56 percent of women versus 49 percent of men voting for Obama. As cliché as it might sound, young people are the future and women voices make a difference.
So what can you do today to prepare to vote on November 6, 2012? Start by making sure you’re registered. Depending on your state of residency, you can:
· Register by mail
· Register online to vote depending on your state election office
· Register to vote in person at the following public facilities:
o State or local voter registration and/or election offices
o Public assistance agencies
o State-funded programs that serve people with disabilities
o Any public facility that a state has designated as a voter registration agency
Also, be aware that most states have a voter registration deadline, usually 30 days prior to the election.
And finally, educate yourself on the issues that are most important to you! In less than two months, the country will vote for its next president and this year’s presidential election holds an unprecedented amount of power over women’s health and all that it encompasses for each woman’s future. Take a stand this November for women’s health, VOTE!