#55Days

The 2020 Presidential Election is 55 days away- are you ready?

First off, are you registered to vote? Find online voter registration for your state (as of today, 40 states allow you to register to vote via internet. If you’re not registered and don’t see your state on this list, you can register through your local DMV).

If you’re not able to vote in person, request a mail-in absentee ballot ASAP. If you are able to vote in person, consider early voting– this is a good way to avoid lines on Election Day.

Before you go out to vote, you can find your polling location. If you need a ride to the polls, rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are offering free or discounted trips for voters in need. When you do get to the polls, make sure that you have your ID and any other required identification in order to vote.

Second, poll workers are desperately needed November 3rd.  If you’re like me  and looking for ways to serve your community, sign up to be a poll worker in your city. You will be paid for your training days and for the days you work.

Third, do your research and make the best, informed decision for you, your family and your community. Get a sample ballot. Before you head to the polls, get a sample ballot so you know in advance all the races you’ll be voting on. There are smaller races for local offices and propositions that could have an immediate impact on your life but don’t get as much news coverage. Fill it out in advance and show up at the polls prepared to make your decisions.

This time back in 2016, I was chasing after people in downtown Reno, registering them to vote. My friend, Monique, and I would be out during the drinking crawls with our clipboards in hand (and me with a shot or three in my stomach), getting the word out. This election, I’ve been avoiding others due to the pandemic but I still feel that civic responsibility to encourage others to vote. To put it blunt, our country is a mess right now and voting may be the only way we can make things better. It’s is our responsibility as Americans. When you vote, you are vocalizing what you need, want and believe in. You’re standing up and demanding to be counted. But this system only works if we participate in it. So, are you ready to vote?

#Election2018

Voting is my superpower- is it yours, too?

I know that you’ve seen all of the ads, read all the social media posts, heard all the noise but hell! I’m going to ask you anyway…

Have you voted, dear reader?

I’m not going to tell you about who I think you should vote for nor write about the opposing viewpoints on the major issues. I will tell you this- I’m tired of reading about the people who will not vote (see here and here). That’s all a bunch of bull. My parents said that who don’t vote can’t complain. So yes, if you don’t vote, you don’t earn the right to complain about the state of our government. PERIOD.

If you didn’t participate in early voting, please stand in lines at the voting polls tomorrow. Educate yourself with the various candidates and their platforms. Fill out and submit that ballot (take a selfie with your “I voted”/”Yo voté” sticker!). Let your voice be heard. It truly does make a difference. It matters.

#WomensEqualityDay

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” –Madeleine Albright

“I raise up my voice- not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” –Malala Yousafzai

“We need women at all levels to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” –Sheryl Sandberg

“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” –Beyoncé 

Today is Women’s Equality Day, a day that commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting American women the right to vote. We have extended this celebration to women globally, with hopes that everyone is granted equal rights and treatment in the near future.

How can you celebrate today, regardless of gender? 1) Make sure that you’re registered to vote! 2) Educate yourself about each candidate’s party and platforms so you can make an informed vote this November (does your party support the equal treatment of women?). 3) Support- give monetarily and/or volunteer for- organizations working to promote and improve women’s rights and equality. 4) Spread the word!

What am I doing today? I bought packs of feminine hygiene products that I’ll deliver to my local homeless shelter (pads and tampons are desperately needed at shelters around the world).

How are you marking the importance of today- and every day, dear reader? Girl power!