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Raise your voice today to influence the future!

Raise your voice today and influence the future!

The November elections are only five weeks away. With COVID-19 continuing to impact us, combined with the social unrest that surfaced this summer, it is vital that we vote and elect people who we think are up to the task of addressing these issues. And that’s not only at the federal level, but also in our state government and local races.

Historically, voting in America has been an uphill battle for many. Unfortunately, that remains true today with voter disenfranchisement and voter suppression at large. Right now, 13 million Americans are not eligible to vote due to existing laws. The only way we can change that is by voting in lawmakers who are going to enact legislation that will tackle injustices and offer solutions.

In this election cycle we — GenZ— have a voice in what we want our city, state, and country to look like. Though it may seem that one, small vote doesn’t contribute to the big picture, participation is vital if we want our voices to be heard. We can make accessible voting, voicing our opinions, and seeing laws change the norm, rather than the exception. So, register to vote, and if you are unsure who to vote for, you can click here to get candidate information.

Civic engagement means voting, but it also means filling out the census. We find ourselves in a time where issues – long-ignored – are now center stage. That’s why it is important for every one of us to be counted. The census gives us a voice in the process by allocating us representation; it provides federal funding for our schools, our roads, and our health clinics. Simply put, being counted in the census is vital for communities to thrive. Also, your private information is protected. By law, the census cannot release your personal information to anyone or any other part of the government and that your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court.

It’s not too late to be counted! Visit my2020census.gov to complete your census survey. Make this a priority – time is running out!

Question: How do you feel about the election?

Contributor: Nayher Futsum, YWCA communications intern

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