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Its GO(TV) Time

by Mary Erin Casale

Well, the time is here. If you haven’t taken advantage of Maine’s incredibly accessible early vote options, voteTOMORROW is the day you GET OUT YOUR VOTE! All across Maine and the country, voters will head to the polls and cast their ballots. It is critical that nonprofit employees, board members and volunteers turn out. Elected officials and policy makers are more likely to pay attention to communities that vote and we want the nonprofit voice represented in Maine and in Washington, DC. Polls are open from 7a – 8p and you can find your polling location HERE.

Why is the nonprofit vote important?

The nonprofit sector depends on good government and fair and open elections. Nonprofits are more likely to thrive in an environment where government is held in high esteem and people are more likely to participate in the process. And remember, the effects of voting last more than just a day. Voter engagement can benefit nonprofits, our communities, and the nation, far beyond the outcome of any particular election.

When will you vote?

Think about your day tomorrow and make your plan. Will you wake up a little early and vote before work? Maybe go on your lunch break with coworkers? Or is your plan to go after work? If you are a manager or supervisor, how can you support your staff and ensure they have time to vote? This election will be close and your vote matters, so prioritizing when and how you are going to vote is important.

What will be on the ballot?

Although the presidential election has garnered the most attention, there are other races and issues on the ballot. Voters in Maine will elect representatives to Congress in Districts 1 and 2 and members of the State House and Senate. There will be six referendum questions on the statewide ballot: five citizen initiatives and one bond question. If you’d like to see a sample of your ballot, enter your voting address into this resource from the Secretary of State. Check out what the candidates had to say about nonprofits on our Candidate Engagement Survey and learn more about the referendum questions here. Remember, Maine has Same Day Voter Registration, so even if you aren’t registered, it’s not too late!

Please vote – don’t let others decide for you who’s elected and what issues matter. Take the time to raise your voice, celebrate democracy and VOTE!

 

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