KNOWING WHY YOU VOTE IS POWER.
If you know what issues are important to you, and you take the time to learn about how your vote affects them, you will know that voting is the minimum step you can take to have an impact.
You don’t need to know everything, but looking for candidates who care about your issues, and getting as many people as possible to vote for them is power.Take a moment to tell yourself – why do you vote?
CLAIM YOUR POWER. WHY DO YOU VOTE?
We #ClaimOurPower this Election Day.
VOTING IS POWER
If your vote isn't worth anything, then why are billions spent on every election?
Just one vote has power.
In the 2017 Virginia legislative race, Shelly Simmonds thought she won by one vote. But a judge ruled a ballot tossed out for her opponent had to be counted.
The tie had to be broken by placing both names in old film canisters and shuffling them in a clear bowl. Her opponent, David Yancey won.
One vote had the power to decide the election.
The Balance of Power
What do our votes actually do?
There are three branches of the Federal government: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. The branches are equal and are supposed to have “checks and balances” to keep any branch from becoming too powerful. This was mostly done to be sure we never had a new king - or dictator.
Our country is a Republic so the States have the power to determine many issues adding another layer of checks and balances. Under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people.
All state governments are modeled after the federal government and consist of three branches: Executive, legislative, and judicial. The Governor is the executive.
Then there are the local governments. Their power is granted by the state and generally include two tiers: Counties and Municipalities - towns, cities, boroughs, etc. Usually the mayor is the Executive of municipalities. The City Council and County Board of Supervisors are like the legislative branches and there local judges too, that elected,
unlike the federal judges.
The Electoral College
The founding fathers created a system that allowed Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote and Trump to win the election by winning the electoral college.
What is it?
We elect them to elect the candidate. With a few exceptions, the candidate who wins the state vote gets all the Electoral votes. Small margins in some states can overwhelm the larger margin of votes of other states.
It was one of the most hotly contested races and there was no winner for a month. Finally, the Supreme Court decided the outcome by denying a continued recount.
How to overcome that?
Apparently, the founding fathers didn’t think we, the people, could or should vote for ourselves. Rather delegates from the Electoral would vote for us… or not. Though rare, they are actually not required to vote the way we do.
In response, this initiative’s idea is based on the fact that the Constitution gives states the power to award their electoral votes as they choose and could award its electoral votes to whoever wins the national popular vote – not necessarily the candidate who wins that state.
To do this, they need a total of 270 electoral votes. As of now they have 181. So the key to this is voting in a legislative majority
that will vote for the compact. Of course, the courts will be called in, but this seems to be the best answer for now.
Overcome Voter Suppression
Know what tactics to look for.
Requiring IDs that many poor and elderly don’t have like Drivers Licences, requiring low income voters to pay for a birth certificate to get an ID.
Programs like Vote Rider helps people get IDs and pay for Birth Certificates.
If you forget your ID at the polls, ask for a provisional ballot.
Want to learn more about the issues?
See what young activists vote for
In 2018, we filmed young activists from 12 organizations.
Each young activist talked about the issue they were voting for. Sometimes it’s one issue, sometimes many. Sometimes the issue affects them directly. Sometimes they vote for someone else.
They include people like Jammal Lemy, one of the founders of March for Our Lives. They are powerful people making a difference.