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. In the U.S. as the 2020 election draws near, make sure you’re prepared to vote for leaders and on issues that represent your values as landscape architects. Whether this means registering for mail-in voting, requesting an absentee ballot, or taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and keep others safe while voting in-person, your participation is crucial in this historic election.
We have entered an age of extreme climate change and species extinction set against the global phenomena of accelerating consumption, urbanization, and inequity. With the global pandemic and civil unrest bringing these issues to the forefront, the need for design thinking and collaborative solutions has never been more pertinent. Elected officials at all levels of government make decisions that affect your work and communities. Whatever method you use to vote in the November 2020 election, make sure to do it and make your voice heard.
Here are a few resources to make sure you're ready:
Vote.org puts all the information you need to vote in one place. Whether you need to update your registration, request an absentee ballot, or get state-specific reminders, Vote.org wants to make sure that every American has the knowledge they need to get out and vote! Learn more
TRACK YOUR BALLOT
With new and varying procedures for mail-in and absentee voting in place this year, be sure to confirm that your ballot has been received by your state offices. PC Magazine has compiled tracking links for every state. Choose yours from the list to ensure your vote counts. Learn more
Become a Poll Worker
Want to go the extra mile? The US Election Assistance Commission outlines what it takes to be a poll worker and how to sign up with your local election unit. Learn more
LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS SCORECARD
LCV's National Environmental Scorecard helps voters 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. Learn more
hUMAN rIGHTS cAMPAIGN'S cONGRESSIONAL sCORECARD
HRC's Congressional Scorecard helps voters 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. Learn more
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. Learn more
Run for Office
Today, over 40% of state legislature races go uncontested. There are thousands of local and state-level races across the country that empower individuals to make an impact on their communities. Runforoffice.org offers suggestions and free resources to launch your campaign. Learn more
*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.