Why do women vote? Women vote to ensure that their voices are heard!
This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave some women the right to vote, and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which later expanded critical voting rights and protections for people of color. Women from communities big and small are motivated to raise their voices to advance shared personal and economic interests this election. The stage is set for women to be a driving force in 2020!
YWCA has conducted their third national survey of women in the United States, exploring their economic, health, gender-based violence, workplace equity, and racial justice concerns and priorities. YWCA found that despite discourse that highlights division, women possess similar interests across race, age, gender, ethnicity, education, and political affiliation. Issues such as sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and domestic and sexual violence remain a huge concern. Ensuring women’s voices are at the forefront of policy decisions is a priority in this upcoming election to make certain that these issues are addressed. With 78% of women anticipating that the 2020 election will impact their lives, it is absolutely necessary that we deliver on women’s enthusiasm for change.
Are you registered to vote?
YWCA’s #YWomenVote campaign encourages all women, especially women of color, to get to the polls. We want to make sure that the experiences, needs, and issues that women and marginalized communities care about are made a priority on Election Day and to those we elect to public office. Registering to vote is the first step.
What’s stopping you from registering? Maybe you just aren’t quite sure how to. YWCA Bethlehem is here to help you make things a little easier! Here’s a few things you should remember when registering for this upcoming election:
- The Pennsylvania Primary Election is Tuesday, June 2.
- May 18th is the the last day to register to vote before the Pennsylvania Primary Election.
- If you’ve changed your name or your address since the last time you voted, make sure you re-register.
- Updating and double-checking your registration status is key. You’re better safe than sorry!
- Registering is simple and can be done completely online. Visit Vote.org and register today!
Get Out The Vote
Once you’ve registered to vote, encourage your family and friends to register, too. Help your friends and family see the importance in showing up to vote on election day. Voting gives you the opportunity to be involved in decision-making that directly affects your life and the issues you care about. Voting is critical to ensure a safe and empowered future for all of us. By registering and voting in every election, we can make a difference together. Change starts at the local level, don’t leave it up to others in your community.
Help YWCA “Get Out The Vote”! Learn more here.
Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Future
Our vote is our voice, an opportunity to contribute to the common good. Make sure your vote counts! Voting is one of the most important rights we have as citizens. We may not all have the same access to wealth and resources, but each and every one of us have the same number of votes. It is important to take the opportunity to define the future you want for your life, your family, and your community. The more people that vote, the larger the push is for change. If you don’t vote, you’re allowing others to decide who wins and what issues matter most. Voting is your power, don’t let anyone take that from you!
Visit Ywomenvote.org for more information.
The Pennsylvania Primaries: June 2
The Pennsylvania primaries are scheduled for Tuesday, June 2. The last day to register before the 2020 Primary is May 18. It will be here before you know it. Make sure you’re ready for election day. Confirm your polling place here. Pennsylvania now offers Absentee Ballots and Mail Ballots. The only difference is the Absentee Ballots require the voter to state a reason for requesting the absentee ballot such as disability, military deployment, attending college elsewhere. Pennsylvania’s new Mail Ballots do not require a reason. Any registered Pennsylvanian voter can now request a mail ballot. You can begin your absentee or mail ballot application here.
YWCA Bethlehem is closely monitoring developments around the COVID-19 pandemic, including any changes to Pennsylvania’s election season. Check back regularly for updates.