Other areas to consider talking about are Medical Care, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security Benefits.  As the campaigns continue there will be more specifics on each party’s platform.  Stay informed so that you're ready and able to have the conversations needed with the five (or more) people you've Pledged to get ready to vote!.

FAMILY REUNION VOTING PLEDGE 2020
by:  Sheila Pradia Williams


Galvanize your network of family and friends to take an active role in making sure that our communities have a say on issues that affect us at the Federal, State and Local levels by using the POWER of the VOTE!!!  Together we can use our vote to make sure our government and officials work for and not against us and our communities.
 

TAKE THE PLEDGE

by reciting the following:

As a conscientious individual concerned about the direction of my country and community,

I    (say your name  pledge to reach out to at least 5 family members,

friends or other individuals within my community,

and help them to register and vote.



PART I:  REGISTER TO VOTE - Keep It Simple

STEP 1: Have a REAL conversation with at least 5 family members, friends or other individuals, and ask them to make a pledge to vote. See talking points at the end of this document for issues that may be important to them, including resources to assist ex-offenders who want to vote.
 
STEP 2: Ask the question:  Do you know if you are registered to vote?  If they are not or are unsure, ask to help them check. If they haven’t voted in a while they may have been purged. Go here: https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/

 
If the RESULT is they
Are Not Registered - go to STEP 3
 
If the RESULT is they
Are Registered - skip to STEP 4 


STEP 3: Go to the comprehensive Voting Guide (click "voting guide" or link below) and find the state specific information that relates to you:  https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/08/2020-voting-guide.html
See details on registering.  Help them register with their state. Then go to  STEP 4.


Keep in mind that REGISTRATION IS NOT A SILVER BULLET,

it’s only the first step and

IT ONLY MATTERS IF YOU VOTE!


PART II:  VOTE

STEP 4: Make a simple plan on voting, taking into consideration all the rules and deadlines found in the Voting Guide. Your plan should answer these questions:

 
My VotingPlan 2020


                       
Who        Who is going to vote in your household? List them.
    

                        What       What do you plan to do?

                                        Will you vote in person or via absentee or mail-in ballot?

                                        (Follow your state’s specific Voting Guide for application deadlines,

                                        ballot return deadlines, rules and eligibility to avoid problems)


                       
When      When will you vote—on election day or early voting?

                                        (Follow your state’s specific Voting Guide for rules, who is eligible to vote

                                        early, what are the dates and hours, and early voting polling locations.)


                       
Where    Where is your polling place? Identify it and the polling hours before November 3.


                       
How        How will you get there?

                                        Do you have transportation to the polls?  Is there assistance available?
                                        Childcare - who can help so that you can vote?
                                        Make arrangements for time from work to vote if necessary
.
 

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Remember to #FamilyVotePledge and #MyFamilyVotes on

your social media, and spread the word!!

Get others to take the pledge.
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RESOURCES  and  TALKING POINTS:


These resources, talking points and issues can help you have dialogue about voting and assist your getting information to at least 5 family members, friends or other individuals about what is at stake. With a simple vote, each of us can make a difference to what happens on these issues.
 
VOTING! It’s simple—but it’s powerful. Why else would so many want to keep it from you!  
 
Know whether your state has down ballot voting.  This is helpful if the voter knows what political party views they agree with across the board, and if they can vote for Democrat or Republican candidates all the way down the ballot without having to research each candidate individually.  Check your state info to find out.
 

>Resources and targeted Events:
  https://www.whenweallvote.org/
 

>Talking to Young Adults?  Go to Rock the Vote:
https://www.rockthevote.org/
 
>Ex-Offenders - To determine if you can vote and for legal help and number to call for assistance:  https://campaignlegal.org/restoreyourvote
 
>Police Reform - Should police be held to the same standards as regular citizens?  Here are some key differences between parties on police reform proposals (06/2020):
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/nation-world/congress-police-reform-democrat-republican-plans/507-ed97a697-6bf6-430e-9484-4c2b23fcd03c

 

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