WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN. WHEN WE VOTE WE COUNT.
Voter registration without voter education is voter frustration!
– Locally & nationwide, about 80% of voters only vote for the top 1,2, or 3 offices on the Ballot. Most don’t have a clue about how long or what’s on the ballot until the enter the polling booth.
-So, engage your circle of friends/family in discussions about everything on the ballot so you and everyone in your circle will vote down the ballot for every office, admendment, and referendum with confidence.
– Print a copy of your Ballot from: http://www.myvoterpage.com and take it with you to vote. You can’t use your cell phone inside polling place. However, you can take any printed material. You cannot share it with another person inside the polling place.
– So each voter has to have their own sample ballot or other printed materials.
– Tuesday, October 9 – Deadline to register to vote in Georgia.
– Tuesday, November 6 – Election day across the U.S. Each state has different things on their ballots and they are all important!!
– Now is the time to research the candidates for each office and find out what each office does. You will be amazed to find out things about the Insurance Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner, District Attorney, and/or Governor and how what they do effects your everyday life. For example, the Onsurance Commissioner decides if your insurance company for auto, home owners, or renters insurance can increase your premiums and by how much. They can even kick a company out of the state for unethical practices. So choose candidates for each office well.
– Start and continue a conversation on all your social media, at lunch, dinner, etc. about the ballot and early voting dates in your area.
– Use your smart phone to research candidates the same way you use it to Google other things you need to know. However, 90-95% of what you need to know about voting and candidates can be found at: http://www.myvoterpage.com
– I always find it amazing that people know more about TV stars, movie stars and athletes’ personal lives than they do about the elected officials for whom our tax dollars are paying their salaries. That means, they work for us. When we do not like their work, we get to fire and replace them in the next election. That’s right. We control if they get to stay in office! Let’s use our power to change things in our favor. YES WE CAN!!
– Register (Also, check your status before Oct. 9 to make sure you have not been purged from the voter list.).
– Educate yourself (research candidates).
– Engage with your circle of influence.
– Advocate for candidates you like.
– Remind/make sure everyone in your family (even those who live in different states), your friends, church members, colleges students, are registered to vote for every office on the ballot and how to determine who to vote for BEFORE Election Day!
– Check with local churches, the NAACP, Urban League, SCLC, Rainbow PUSH, Peoples Agenda, League of Women Voters, National Action Network, and other nonprofits about FREE rides to the polls if you or someone you know needs it.
– VOTE early or on Election Day, November 6.
WE CAN CONTROL WHO REPRESENTS US!!
Actor Louis Gossett, Jr. takes a moment to pose with Barbara Smith and I before church service today at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. The eighty-one year old looks great and is very humble. We appreciate him taking the time to talk and take photos.
He is known for numerous movies that include A Raisin in the Sun, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Why Did I Get Married Too? His television appearances include the ABC mini series Roots (1977), Touched By An Angel (1997), The Josephine Baker Story (1991), Madam Secretary (2014), The Book of Negroes (2015), and The Good Fight (2017).
Mr. Gossett, Jr.’s numerous awards include: an Emmy, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and an NAACP Image Award.
He is also a prostate cancer survivor.