election checklist, week thirteen.

October 19, 2020

We have 15 days until the 2020 election in the US. That’s 2 weeks during which I’ll be trying my damnedest to get leaders elected who will move the dial toward equity, inclusion, and progressive policies that will do the least harm and the greatest good.

I love lists. I love checking things off of lists. I’d hazard the guess that lots of folks reading this do, too. So, every Monday until November, I’ll be listing one specific action to take in preparation of the election. Electoral politics won’t solve everything, but voting is a tool in the box and it needs to be sharpened, oiled, and ready for action.

Week Thirteen: Pledge to vote progressive.

Forgive the New York-centric post, but this week’s checklist item is too important not to share. If you’re a New Yorker committed to putting progressive politicians in office, one easy and impactful thing to do this fall is to vote Biden/Harris on the Working Families Party ballot line.

Pledging to vote a party line is a slightly wonky way to say vote for everyone on the ballot under a particular party. In the case of voting the Working Families Party line in New York, that means casting a vote that elects Joe Biden and Kamala Harris AND lets them and other Democratic politicians know they’re being put into office by folks expecting them to enact progressive policies.

If things like funding public schools, providing affordable housing, having the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, passing Medicare for all, divesting from the police, and ensuring job creation and a livable future on the planet with the Green New Deal are important to you, vote Biden/Harris on the WFP line. Voting the WFP line this fall also means keeping the Working Families Party on the ballot for future elections. (A state commission recently more than tripled the number of votes needed for minor parties to maintain their ballot access so this is more important than ever.)

+ If you’re the promising kind, take the WFP PLEDGE, and commit with me to voting the Working Families Party line in this election.

+ If you’ve got additional bandwidth for mobilizing voters and getting out the vote, check out the different ways to Volunteer with the New York Working Families Party.

+ Just in case you’re still working out your voting plan, check out ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Your Vote Count.

+ The VOTE poster is a collaboration of Lena Wolff and Lexi Visco. Download and print your own!

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  • Reply Megan October 19, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    15 days!! Luckily my partner and I dropped our ballots off last week. For my birthday earlier this month after the kids bedtime we read through all our local amendments and researched all our local politicians on our ballots.
    Not in New York but love this party 🙂

  • Reply Erica October 19, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Really good to know! I am early voting in BK next Tuesday, and will be sure to do this and spread the word to my fellow NY voters. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

  • Reply Sue October 20, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Is it weird that even though I am over in the UK and have no political leanings whatsoever I am getting very nervous about the outcome of your voting. Seeing all the rallies on our news with Trump holding court to the morons that fawn all over him, makes me scared for the future of your wonderful country and the good honest people in it, and also the rest of the world that it’s decisions affects.

    I pray the right thing is done this year.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE October 20, 2020 at 8:36 am

      politics affect all of us, so i don’t think it’s weird at all!

    • Reply Rachel October 21, 2020 at 3:21 am

      Brit here too Sue…I echo every word! I am hoping with every fibre of my being that common sense prevails in 13 days time…so many of us are with you Erin xx

  • Reply Heather October 20, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Went to the WFP website to see what the have to say about Utah candidates and they don’t even have Utah listed. Clearly it’s time for me to move.

  • Reply Susanna Heiskanen October 20, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Hope common sense prevails and US gets a president it deserves and a leader the world needs. Fingers crossed across the pond here. x

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