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Election Day-Not the End of Our Journey

Election Day-Not the End of Our Journey

As I look at the final two days of voting, I imagine that you, like me, are exhausted and angry, yet still determined to inspire more people to get to the polls. First, we should reflect on what we’ve accomplished and realize this is a process that will not end on November 4th.

We have all been part of a movement to educate and motivate people to use their voices and stand up for equality…the culmination of that effort is our vote. We know the issues, we know what’s at stake and we have two more days to connect with people who don’t. What can we still do?

• Contact your political party’s state or county office and volunteer.
• Contact a candidate’s campaign office to volunteer.
• Tell every person you come in contact with that November 4th is Election Day (yes…there are people who do not know this).
• Know your state’s voting requirements and share this with everyone.
• Know where to vote.
• Tell everyone to plug this phone number into their cell phones in case they have trouble voting. 866-OUR-VOTE (888.VE.Y.VOTE Spanish).
• Remind people to vote down ballot and know where candidates stand on their issues in the non-partisan part of the ballot.

We thank all of you, individuals and organizations, for the amazing amount of work you’ve done to get people to understand what is at stake in this election – for creating graphics, researching candidates, tweeting and sharing posts, registering voters, phone-banking and canvassing. While our effort will result in winning candidates and ballot initiatives that will support women and their families; there will be winners and initiatives that will not.

This does not equate loss. Our wins will take us further down the road to equality. It simply means after a rest stop, we will need to continue on our journey.

• View UniteWomen.org’s “Know Your Candidates by hovering  your mouse over the ACTION tab for your state.
• Learn more about bills the parties have voted for and their Platforms in “The Laws of Two Nations.

 

Karen+Teegarden-UniteWomen.orgAbout Karen Teegarden Karen is the CEO of UniteWomen.org, founded in February, 2012. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and works in the marketing and advertising sales industry in Michigan. Her daughter was raised to believe in her core that she was created equal. Karen began this journey to assure that all women live in a country that protects their equality.

One Comment
  • Paige Brennan

    November 17th, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I find the dialogue here very enlightening and very necessary! I am already very well informed because I am very politically active. However, tyere are many voters that are not informed and need to be reached! Now that we have lost the election nationwide, how do we go about educating voters to understand the importance of voting for their own rights? We have worked very hard but what we are doing is not working! This us largely dye to media suppresion against democrats! We need to find a widespread way to reach all voters even across the aisle that are working class and poor class and educate them on what is being done to them! Not an easy task but I do have some ideas! You should have a discussion where we brainstorm on our ideas of how to move forward! We are not rebranding! We are regrouping! We are WOMEN, hear us ROAR!

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