each voter, is given the information they need to build vibrant community.
We always encourage you to turn information into action, but especially on Nov. 8. In addition to choosing our next president, we’re selecting representatives for state rep, county commissioner, executive council, and more. These “down-ballot” seats have a huge impact on daily life and steer policy that shapes our future.
Spread the word on social media.
Get informed. In New Hampshire, the non-partisan Live Free or Die Alliance has an extensive guide, including state senate and state reps, to help you prepare for state elections. In Maine, check out the state’s Citizen Guide to the Referendum Election and the incredible coverage at Maine Public Radio: Your Vote 2016.
Help us identify down-ballot candidate forums and surveys like the Rochester Chamber of Commerce State Senate District 6 and State reps. If you let us know of other non-partisan resources, we’ll post them here.
Do you own a business? You can remind your customers to vote. Reid Weston created “Get Out the Vote” messaging as part of her work with the Dover Economic Development Office. During routine business visits, she hands out give-away buttons and flyers: “The meetings have become a way in which I can help communicate the reasons why it is so important to vote; and hopefully they will share that information with their customers,” she says.
Make a plan for Nov. 8. The NH Secretary of State Elections website has all polling places and hours, as well as information on Voter ID law and same-day voter registration. Here’s the same, in the State of Maine Voter Guide, plus a great community resource for voter engagement.
Remind your friends, neighbors, family, and customers, and let’s get out the vote!
Did you know that in places with strong local economies, voter turnout is higher, civic participation rises, and there are more “social capital” generating organizations? Read all about it in “Local Ownership Makes Communities Healthier, Wealthier and Wiser,” by researcher Stacy Mitchell.