The Greatest Thing Since Birth Control

Have you been watching the political conventions?

Are you inspired by the speeches from politicians? Turned off by the commentary from pundits?

It’s easy to see these national political conventions as pageants, with no connection to the day-to-day challenges we all face.  But let’s not lose sight of the fact that these conventions and the endless campaign ads lead up to the election.

Election Day gives Maine voters an opportunity to have a real say in issues that affect us every day.

On Tuesday, November 6th (just 8 weeks away), every voter in Maine will get the opportunity to cast their vote for:

  • President of the United States
  • U.S. Senator representing Maine: The retirement of Senator Olympia Snowe presents the first really competitive U.S. Senate race in Maine in over 15 years. Who do you want to send to the Senate to represent Maine?
  • One Representative to Congress: Maine has 2 members of Congress – Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.  Do you know which one currently represents you?  Do you approve of the job they’re doing? Do you want to send them back to Washington to keep representing you?
  • One State Senator: Every community in Maine is represented in Augusta by one of 35 state senators.  Do you know yours?  Does he or she represent your beliefs and priorities in Augusta?
  • One State Representative: Every community in Maine is represented in Augusta by one of 151 state representatives.  Do you know yours? Does he or she represent your beliefs and priorities in Augusta?
  • In addition, Maine voters will be asked to vote yes or no on a referendum on gay marriage: “Do you want to allow the State of Maine to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples?”

Are you frustrated by the political bickering and what’s going on with our government?

Now’s your chance — VOTE.

And before you vote, figure out what’s important to you and find out which candidates will be a voice for your beliefs.  What are you passionate about?  Education?  Job creation? Economic justice? Access to health care? Reproductive justice? (Here at the FPA, we kind of like those last two…)

Ask your candidates what they will do on the issues that are important to you.  Ask them how they’ve  voted.  Hold them accountable. It’s your right as a citizen and a voter.  And it’s your responsibility.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll give you more details about each of these races and the difference you can make by voting.  We’re going to convince you that voting is the greatest thing since birth control.

And on November 6th, we want to see you with your “I voted!” stickers.  We want to plaster our Facebook page with pictures of those stickers.  Because when women vote, we can change the world.

~ Kate

Need more info? Find out who your elected officials and candidates for office are with this handy website.

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