It’s been over a month since we rallied around the voting booth and let our choices known by voting last November. Did you think your job was done? You showed up, and that was all? Voting is only the beginning of being heard. The next step is to let them hear from you!
Regardless of whether or not your candidate was elected, your voice still matters. Now is when the work starts. All those issues that mattered to you prior to voting, are still valid issues. All your views you had are still important and your representatives need to know your thoughts. As a matter of fact, it’s their job to listen to you.
Find your elected official here.
There are several options and you can choose the method most comfortable for you, however, we’ve been told actually calling your official is the best way to be sure they hear you. You may not speak directly to your elected official, but the person answering the phone will make note of your concerns. It’s okay to jot a few things down, so you don’t lose track of your thoughts. Have a statement prepared and let them know your views. Although you may be frustrated, it’s important to be articulate, not lose your temper, or yell at the person answering the phone.
Their website should have information on their stance, and what they’re views are. If they have social media, they may be posting about their activities. The information is out there for you and you have the right to contact them and let them know how you feel about the issues that are important to you.
Your voice matters long after your vote is cast. It’s up to you to let your official know what matters to you in order for them to do their job effectively. It may sometimes feel like you aren’t being heard, but it’s up to us to do more than vote. We need to remain diligent beyond knowing the issues prior to voting. We need to guide our officials in how to represent all of their constituents. #WomenVotes
In case you haven’t heard, we think voting is really important around here and aim to do our best to give you the answers and information you may need to make an informed decision and knowing your rights when you get there.
This month we focus on absentee ballots and knowing if you are eligible for an absentee vote.
There are two groups of people who have the ability to use an absentee ballot:
1. Military Members, spouses, and eligible family members
2. Overseas U.S. Citizens who previously resided in the U.S.
Both of these groups can start the process of getting their ballot by going here to get their Federal Post Card Application. This starts the process of having the correct ballots sent to your address overseas. Starting the process sooner, rather than later, will allow for mailing time and follow-up in case you don’t receive the ballot. You can contact your Local Election Office to verify your status by finding their information. If you haven’t received your ballot 30 days prior to the election you can vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
If you are a citizen, 18 years or older, born abroad, and have never lived in the United States, each state has their own rules on voting. You can find them here.
If you’re considering an absentee vote, it’s best to start the process early to ensure you are ready to vote and have, and have filed, all the proper paperwork to ensure your voice is heard – even if it’s across an ocean!
Stand up and be counted for having fun…while voting!
These little beauties, graciously designed by #MonoAgency, made their way home with all sorts of women ready to show just how important it is to have their voices heard with a simple gift of $5 for 3 buttons! They made their grand debut at the National Association for Female Executives Luncheon for Top Executives this past March 9th in New York City!
Regardless of your party, these buttons show that your vote is more than lip service. These show that you think everyone’s voice should be heard – not only for Presidential choices, but also in the Midterm Elections to make your mark in D.C. and locally! Our Senators and Legislators will be looking to you once again to make your mark and choose your representatives so why not start making your voice heard now with the issues that matter most to you? Let them know whats important to YOU so they can better represent your interests.
Want to grab some of these buttons for yourself, or your group? Contact us and we’ll get you the details! In the meantime, keep up the conversations #WomenVotes and rock on, Democracy!