In 2016, almost 92 million eligible Americans did not vote in the presidential election. In 2020, the COVID-19 crisis poses a severe challenge for voter registration and voter turnout across the country, particularly for women, underserved people, and at-risk groups who are being hit hardest by the pandemic.
Women cast almost ten million more votes than men in the 2016 elections. However, voter registration is far below normal projections for a presidential election year, and many voters may fail to cast ballots without clear, reliable access to vote-by-mail or other safe voting procedures. This risk is heightened for Latina and Asian voters whose voter turnout rates were nearly 20% lower than White women and Black women voters in 2016.
This Take Action Tuesday, take action to encourage and support safe and fair voting for all Americans.
- Register Voters. Take AIT’s Register 20 in ’20 Pledge, and utilize our voter registration tool to register 20 new voters in your community ahead of November.
- Educate. Share information with friends and family about vote-by-mail laws in your state and assist them in creating a voting plan. Find more information on your state’s voter laws here.
- Volunteer. Whether for a candidate or advocacy organization, find opportunities to help get out the vote this November. Find a campaign or organization you support, and ask about (virtual) volunteer opportunities that might be a good fit for you.
How are you taking action to promote fair and safe voting? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.