Support candidates that stand for your priorities, for the environment and equity. Vote in all elections. Get out the vote to others. Reference the voting records of elected officials and hold them accountable.
In 2016, the largest political party was nonvoters. We can do better. Vote for leaders and on issues that represent your values as landscape architects. Elected officials make decisions about the environment that affect your work and communities. Your participation decides who writes the rules and how those rules are written and funded. Make sure a landscape perspective is being included. Encourage your friends and colleagues to vote too.
Here are a few resources to make sure you're ready:
TurboVote puts all the information you need to vote in one place. Whether you need to update your registration, request an absentee ballot, or get a reminder on Election Day, TurboVote wants to make sure that every American has the knowledge they need to get out and vote!
League of Conservation Voters’ Scorecard
LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard helps voters to keep track of where their members of Congress stand on environmental issues. The LCV scorecard provides a simple, searchable collection of the voting records of every Senator and Representative and can be sorted by year and state or zero in on the officials for a specific zip code.
Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard
HRC’s Congressional Scorecard helps voters to keep track of where their members of Congress stand on issues of equality. The HRC scorecard provides a centralized record of how every Senator and Representative voted on specific legislation as well a score for how well their record correlated with HRC’s positions.
American Civil Liberties Union’s Legislative Scorecard
ACLU’s Legislative Scorecard helps voters to keep track of where their members of Congress stand on civil liberties and civil rights. The ACLU scorecard provides an overview of the legislation that the ACLU took a position on over the past year and whether the votes of each Senator and Representative aligned with those positions as well as an overall score for the year.
RUN FOR OFFICE
Don't see a candidate who represents your values? Think you're better equipped to hold office than your current representative? There are thousands of local and state-level races across the country that empower individuals to make an impact on their communities. This excerpt from radio show 1A offers some statistics on who ran for office in 2018 and offers suggestions for resources to get started collecting signatures and getting on the ballot.
*LAF does not endorse any candidate or issue campaign presented in the linked resources. The Foundation encourages readers to educate themselves on candidates and issues to reach their own conclusions.