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Why Do Elections Matter?

Voting is one resource in the tool box to help us build a democracy that centers our needs and our voices. 

Voting is one way to make a difference in our lives and communities and reimagine a future that works for domestic workers, caregivers, women of color, and immigrants.

Here’s how it works: Our Congress decides everything from how much money goes towards Medicare, how schools are funded, and how much you pay in taxes. Our President is in charge of the armed forces, and picks Supreme Court judges that decide on key issues like abortion or healthcare expansion. These decisions, made by people we elect into office, affect our communities, our families, and our future.

Elections are when WE CHOOSE the people who make huge decisions that affect our lives.

Voting Is Worth It

There are more than 2.5 million domestic workers in the United States. The majority are immigrants and women of color, who have been historically under-represented at the polls.

This election will determine how we approach family care and care jobs for years to come, and a powerful way for the voices of domestic workers and families caregivers to be heard is to vote.

Register to vote—or check to see if you are still registered. Request an absentee ballot in Georgia as soon as possible if you’re not sure if you’ll have time to vote on the runoff election day (Jan. 5).

Your voice is too important to be silenced by the modern-day equivalents of poll taxes and literacy tests of the Jim Crow era. Elections are where WE ALL CHOOSE, not just the few.

Everyone can play their part.

Even if you can’t vote, the policy decisions elected officials make still affect you. Getting involved doesn’t always mean casting a ballot at the polls—you can make an enormous impact by supporting your community and other eligible voters who will vote with your interests in mind.

Remind your friends and family to check their registration status. Then, help them register to vote. And remember—the physical act of voting is just one tool to reimagining the future.

Showing up for your community, helping to protect the right to vote, and talking to voters about the issues that affect your life will help us build a democracy that cares for all.

 

National Domestic Workers Alliance does not endorse, support or oppose candidates for public office.