Show up for Students on Election Day

“I have been beaten, my skull fractured, and arrested more than forty times so that each and every person has the right to register and vote. …Do your part. Get out there and vote like you’ve never voted before. #vote #goodtrouble” – U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Oct. 23, 2018

Election Day 2018 is just around the corner—Tuesday, November 6. As Congressman Lewis said, it’s time for every one of us to do our part.

NEA Ed Votes is here to help. You can find out about education issues, where the candidates in your state stand, and whether they will make students their priority.

And what educator doesn’t love a plan? Look no further than Ed Votes. There’s an Election 2018 worksheet for making a plan to vote. For those of us who take pride in our schedules and bulletin boards, it doesn’t get much better than that. With the worksheet, you can download a customized ballot, find out if you need an ID to vote in your state, and locate your polling place.

There’s plenty of information on Ed Votes about the candidates NEA supports in gubernatorial, Senate, and House races across the nation. You can get information about how to help pro-public education candidates where you live and also check out education-related headlinesTake the pledge to vote and you’ll get updates on the races and issues that matter most to you.

If by some chance you are not registered (or unsure), no worries! You can check your status through the Ed Votes registration page.  Although the deadlines have passed in some places, you can still register by mail in several states—but do it now. And 15 states allow you to register in-person on Election Day.

As educators, our votes are crucial this year. Most of our students are not yet eligible to vote. Yet, so many of the issues directly affect their access to the resources and support they need in public schools, as well as college affordability and student loans. The #RedForEd movement pushed education to the forefront in many states, and across the nation, nearly 1,500 educators are running for office in state legislative, statewide, and federal races. There are likely hundreds more educators, maybe even thousands, running for school boards, city and county councils, and other offices.

We have an opportunity and responsibility to speak out for students. We can do that with our votes. So, whether you choose to cast your ballot early, by absentee, or on Election Day: show up and vote!

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