What was that about pools and polls?Posted November 6th, 2012 by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
“Voting makes a better world!” - Anna, age 13. “Parents vote so that their children can have good leaders, and a good president, and better laws.” - Adasa, age 10.
“It’s important for parents to vote because it’s our future.” - Connor, age 16. “If people didn’t vote, there would be no president.” –Elisandra, age 5.
And two of our favorites: ”If we don’t go to the ‘polls,’ we can’t swim.” - Vivi, age 3, mixing up polls with pools. ”Mama, mama, mama.” - Bea, age 13 months.
Election Day is TODAY and it’s time to get out there and vote! Bring your kids with you to the polls! Make voting a party celebrating democracy by bringing pre-packed snacks and water, a fully charged cell phone, and warm, festive clothing with you in case you have to wait in lines.
We have 5 little things to help you vote today:
1- Take kids voting! Show your kids (or your grandkids, or your neighbor’s kids) the importance of participating in our democracy so they’re inspired to be life-long voters. Take children inside the voting booth with you (if your state and schedule allow). Show them what they have to look forward to when it’s their turn to vote. *Then don’t forget to share your experiences of voting today with, or without, kids here: http://www.momsrising.org/member_stories/topic/kids-at-the-polls/
2- Find out where you need to go to vote before leaving your doorstep! Are you running out the door to vote, but not exactly sure where to go since you’re moving so fast? We have your back! Find out via text message: Get your polling location texted directly to your cell phone (Where you need it most!) by texting the message “Vote” to the number 747464, which spells RISING. Or you can click here: http://www.momsrising.org/page/moms/sign-up-for-momsrisingonthego
3- Get your voting questions answered by a real, live expert! Report problems! Do you have questions about your ability to vote today? Did you see anything that looked like voter suppression or voter intimidation? Are you having any problems whatsoever at your polling site? Don’t hesitate to call our partners at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) to speak with an Election Protection expert if you’re having any problems at the polls. And for Spanish speakers, you can call: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.
4- Learn more about what’s on your ballot before you vote! Doing a little research on those tricky ballot measures, and on little-known state and local races, never hurts. So if you want to peek at your ballot in advance of the voting booth, just plug in your address to this website: http://theballot.org/
5- Inspire your Facebook friends to vote! Studies show that sharing on Facebook has a big impact on encouraging people to vote. Click on this link, then hit “SHARE,” which is just above the “Comment” area to share this image with your friends on Facebook too:
And most importantly, have a great Election Day! We’ll be online sharing more resources and eagerly watching the results all day and night today. Join the conversation with us on Twitter with the hashtag #risers, and on the MomsRising.org Facebook
Last, but not least, feel free to forward this email to friends and family who might also find this information useful!
Happy voting! Thanks for everything you do!
–Kristin, Claire, Anita, Monifa, Elisa, Ruth, Sarah, Ashley, Donna, Mary, Joan, Julie, Gloria, and the whole MomsRising Team
P.S. Want to help turn out the vote by reminding busy moms that today is Election Day? Have a minute anytime between now and tonight? Help remind other busy moms to get to the polls this Election Day.
The calls are easy! We’ll provide the technology, sample scripts, and calling list. You pick the time and location for your calls. You can make your calls from the comfort of your home, park bench, office break room, or other fun spot anytime now through tonight. We made it convenient and easy because we know that you’re busy too! Click here to say you’ll make a few calls: http://action.momsrising.org/signup/MomsVotePhoneBank
P.P.S. Check out this blog for more voting resources: http://www.momsrising.org/blog/your-guide-to-avoiding-election-day-snafus/
P.P.S.S. Hear the latest! Don’t forget to listen to “MomsRising Radio with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner” on iTunes anytime to hear post-election analysis and also to hear the latest on the top topics facing our nation: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/momsrising-radio-kristin-rowe/id533519537