Want to strengthen, participate in, or just be part of a change for the better in your local community and beyond? Then please make sure you're registered and ready--and Go Vote! Here are some resources and more.
Here at Centriply, we know that big impact begins with local actions. We deploy our Advanced TV ad tech solutions every day to pinpoint important local TV audiences for businesses, brands, schools, and others, driving impact and reach. Today, we're calling attention to a different local action that delivers a big impact--voting.
Use these resources to register, check if you're already/still registered and where, and to find out about all things voting, anywhere you live in the United States.
Comprehensive sites with simple tools for all 50 states:
Register, find polling places, and more.
Another easy to use site with everything you need to register, check status, find polling places, and more.
Interested in finding out about voting by mail?
Find out the criteria--if any, including specific Covid-19 factors--for every state. Each state entry also includes a direct link for mail-in ballot requests.
IMPORTANT: make special note of deadlines for requests (if any), along with any additional requirements your state may have for mail-in voters.
Lost track of voter registration deadlines in your state?
Find a list of REGISTRATION deadlines for all 50 states here. No excuses.
And one more bit of inspiration...
Here's an excerpt from a Medium.com essay by former president Barack Obama, where he makes important points about voting in general, and local elections specifically, to bring real change to our communities.
"...Moreover, it’s important for us to understand which levels of government have the biggest impact on our criminal justice system and police practices. When we think about politics, a lot of us focus only on the presidency and the federal government. And yes, we should be fighting to make sure that we have a president, a congress, a U.S. Justice Department, and a federal judiciary that actually recognize the ongoing, corrosive role that racism plays in our society and want to do something about it. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.
It’s mayors and county executives that appoint most police chiefs and negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions. It’s district attorneys and state’s attorneys that decide whether or not to investigate and ultimately charge those involved in police misconduct. Those are all elected positions. In some places, police review boards with the power to monitor police conduct are elected as well. Unfortunately, voter turnout in these local races is usually pitifully low,especially among young people — which makes no sense given the direct impact these offices have on social justice issues, not to mention the fact that who wins and who loses those seats is often determined by just a few thousand, or even a few hundred, votes.
So the bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform."
--Barack Obama, June 1, 2020, Medium.com