|Your Voice. Your Vote. Your Future.|
We know that voting is critical to ensuring a healthy, safe, and empowered future for us, our families, and our communities. We also know that new challenges to the voting process posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, along with pre-existing systemic and historical barriers to the voting booth for communities of color, have made our collective commitment to civic engagement even more critical this election year.
As one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the country, we are especially committed to doing our part to make sure women get to the polls and that our experiences and needs are valued, represented and made a priority to those we elect to public office. That’s why we’re working with 200+ YWCAs across 45 states and Washington, D.C. to help build political power in our communities.
Make sure you and your friends and loved ones are registered to vote, be sure to double-check your registration, and develop a plan for voting well in advance of the election – whether that be voting by mail, voting early, or showing up to the polls on November 3rd! Click on the buttons below to get started.
This is your voice, your vote, your future.
PLEASE NOTE: it is important to verify your registration information and your state’s voting process through your local election office’s website for the most reliable, up-to-date information. Due to COVID-19, some voting requirements and options in your state may shift in the coming months.
A few helpful reminders and ideas:
- REGISTER TO VOTE! And if you’re already registered, remember to double-check to confirm your voter registration is still active and update your registration if you’ve moved or your name has changed.
- Get your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors registered! That friend who just isn’t into politics? Your cousin who just turned 18? Help them see the value in showing up to the polls, and encourage them to pledge to vote this election! Although in-person door-to-door and tabling at events might be difficult this year, you can still help new voters in your community register to vote by sharing this voter registration online form, QR code, or flyer with everyone you know.
- Spread the word in your community! Share these resources digitally through social media, text, or email, or in person by dropping off the flyer at your neighbors’ doorsteps, encouraging local businesses to incorporate the QR code into their promotional materials, or posting the flyer in well-frequented places like your local library, laundromats, or grocery stores – it’s time to get creative!
- Support your local YWCA in their GOTV efforts, or host your own voter engagement event! Whether it’s volunteering to plan or participate in a voter registration drive, offering to help your local YWCA translate existing materials into additional languages, helping with virtual voter education events, or simply lifting up efforts through social media — we can each play a role in empowering our community. Check out YWCA’s 2020 GOTV toolkit for more ideas!
- TAKE THE YWCA PLEDGE TO VOTE! And encourage your friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to take the pledge as well!
- Get to know the election process in your state! The 2020 General Election will be held on November 3rd across the United States, but the voting process – including deadlines, options, and barriers – vary widely by state. Check your state or local election office’s website to familiarize yourself with your state’s information and deadlines.
- Develop your plan to vote! Will you be voting early in person? By mail? On Election Day? Consider adding reminders of upcoming deadlines to your calendar, and consider picking three friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors who might otherwise not vote and encourage them to develop their own voting plan.
- Sign up to participate in National Voter Registration Day! YWCA is a premier partner of the National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan event on September 22nd with the goal of making sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. You can be a partner too: sign up as an organization or as an individual today!
- Raise your voice on social media to encourage and remind other people to register and vote! In particular, we encourage you to support and help women, especially women of color, 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. Amplify and use the hashtag #YWomenVote on social media — to get started, share our GOTV video.
- SHOW UP ON ELECTION DAY! Whether voting early in person, by mail, or on November 3rd, follow through on your plan to vote!