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I pledge to participate in all elections in 2020 and encourage my friends to vote, too!
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How to Vote
Registering takes 2 minutes.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- You can register in either your home town OR
at your University of Pittsburgh campus address
- You can avoid lines by voting absentee!
- The next election is on May 18, 2021
Civics for Citizens: Voting at Home Using Vote-by-Mail and Absentee Voting
In this installment of Civics for Citizens, we’ll break down two methods of voting at home—absentee voting and vote by mail—so you can confidently cast your ballot from a safe distance.
What's on the Ballot
EXPLORE THE ISSUES
Voting doesn’t just happen on Election Day. You can make a difference in your community every day using your words, actions, and dollars! Explore some of the most pressing issues so you’re ready to make your voice heard at the ballot box and beyond.
Racial justice seeks to recognize and address past and present systemic and institutional barriers that People of Color—especially Black and Indigenous Americans—face that continue to undermine true racial equality. Racial discrimination impacts access to health care, employment, housing, education, and more. Some pressing issues related to racial justice include mass incarceration, police brutality, affirmative action, gentrification, and wealth inequality.
Everybody gets sick, but not everyone has the same access to treatment. An individual’s access to quality health care is often dependent on their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The healthcare debate centers around how health care should be funded, what should be covered. Should individuals, employers, the government, or some combination of all three be responsible for health care coverage? Should mental health, reproductive health, dental, and vision be covered?
Environmental laws impact the way we view and use natural resources. As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing issue, there has been a greater urgency to restructure individual, business, and government relationships with nature. Common concerns include carbon emissions, oil pipelines, deforestation, animal extinction, and food scarcity. Environmental justice considers issues of access to open space, safe housing, reliable public transportation, and clean air and water. It is also closely linked with racial justice, anti-colonialism and -imperialism, and wealth inequality.
Immigration reform, centered around the question of who should be allowed to enter and live in the country, has been a contested issue throughout U.S. history. Often issues of immigration have tied into race, what it means to be an “American,” and diplomatic and international affairs. Groups affected by immigration laws include students, workers, asylum seekers, refugees, people relocating to the U.S., the undocumented community, and even tourists.
How to Take Action
- Read about candidates’ stances on the issues
- Contact your local, state, and federal elected officials and share your views
- Sign a petition
- Join a demonstration
- Get involved with organizations on campus and volunteer your time
- Voice your support for or opposition to a bill
- Talk to your family and friends about the issues
- Follow leaders and influencers on social media to educate yourself
- Write an op-ed in your university or local paper
- Contact your administrators and ask your university to take a stance on an issue
- Ask your university to diversify their course offerings
- Host a speaking event with local activists
- Attend a town hall meeting
- Donate to a nonprofit or ask your organization or workplace to donate to a cause
At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, 20-year-old Andrew Goodman joined the Freedom Summer Project of 1964 to register Black Americans to vote. On his first day in Mississippi, the Ku Klux Klan murdered Andy and two other civil rights workers, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. Their murders catalyzed a movement to oppose white supremacy and voter suppression throughout the United States and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Founded by his parents Robert and Carolyn Goodman to carry on his legacy, The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s mission is to make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy by training young leaders, engaging high-potential voters, and challenging restrictive voter suppression laws.