Womxn in the IGNITE Community on the 11/3 ballot

Young womxn are owning their political power by running for office across the nation. They’re hoping to make a difference in their community and inspire the next generation of leaders by making their way into elected office. Here are some of the many womxn in the IGNITE community who will be on the November 3rd ballot.* 

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My Vote Doesn’t Matter: Falsehoods about Voting

Your vote does matter! There is no way to say that loudly enough. We need to knock down every argument we hear about why voting doesn’t matter because it truly does. In 2016, the winning margin in Michigan averaged only two votes per precinct. Even if you don’t live in a swing state, you should still vote. Why? Because there’s a lot of talk about contesting the results of this election if President Trump isn’t reelected. However, it’s awfully hard to contest a landslide win.

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Why everyone is talking about the Gen Z vote

We all heard this statistic after the 2016 election: 52% of white women voted for Trump. And now new polling shows the same trend could play out for middle-aged white women in 2020. Yet all the candidates are ignoring a vital demographic: new voters. Given that one-in-ten eligible voters will be from Gen Z this fall (24 million new voters!), Gen Z may prove essential to the outcome of this election cycle.

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Indigenous Peoples & Voting: A Look Backwards & Forwards

The History & Future of Voting Rights & Access for Indigenous Peoples

October 12, 2020 is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This holiday is intended to honor Native Americans and Alaska Natives* and their rich histories, cultures, sacrifices, and contributions to our country. In recognition of this occasion, let’s delve into issues and initiatives surrounding the Native vote.

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Convincing the Non-Voter: Listen and Reframe

Elections have consequences. Just as voting has the power to reshape our country with each election, so does not voting. Which is why voter apathy is so frustrating. Deciding who and what to vote for is an active choice, but so is not voting.

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We need you to make a plan to vote

Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably been hearing a lot about making a plan to vote. Due to several factors unique to this election cycle - the pandemic, cutbacks to the USPS, rampant misinformation, and blatant voter suppression - it isn't enough to be a registered voter. You need a detailed plan to get your ballot, cast your vote, and check that it's counted.

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Mistakes That Can Disqualify Your Ballot

A recent analysis found that more than 558,000 presidential primary election ballots were rejected because of mistakes. Yikes! That means that over 100,000 people didn’t get their votes counted or voices heard. 

We don’t want something like this to happen to you. You don’t want your vote discounted due to avoidable mistakes.

Keep reading to learn what commonly-made errors can result in ballots being disqualified. We also share tips to help make sure your ballot is accepted.

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Meet the women who are leading their communities through the pandemic

Political women offer strategic, resourceful and resilient approaches to leadership. As the pandemic sheds light on significant disparities, women’s political leadership has been instrumental in ensuring access to community resources and lifting up marginalized voices. By supporting women leaders, we have the power to shape the landscape of politics for a brighter, more inclusive future. Here are just a few of the many elected officials who are leading their community through the global pandemic. 

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How to run for office: a five-step guide

Women make up 51% of the population but hold less than a quarter of elected office. The numbers are even lower for women of color. That’s why we need you to run for office and there’s no better time to start than right now. Check out this guide on how to run for office and start on your path to elected office today! 

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Can't Vote? You Can Still Help

We’ve been hearing a lot about Gen Z this year - the roughly 24 million Americans eligible to vote for the first time in November. While Gen Zers are expected to account for 1 out of every 10 votes, maybe you’re one of the younger Gen Zers who can’t yet vote, and are screaming ‘What about me?’. This post is for you.

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