02 Nov Vote as if your health depends on it! (Because it does!)
By Samantha Loo, Board Member.
Women have only had the right to vote for less than 100 years. Around 50 years ago, voting rights were a key issue during the Civil Rights movement. Even today, some states have made it harder to vote, disproportionately preventing poor people of color from having a voice in our democratic process.
The US Office of Adolescent Health was just established in 2011, evidencing how little attention our elected officials had previously paid to the health and wellbeing of young people in their most crucial years of development. For many years, abstinence-only sex education legislation and funding were passed, and as long as our representatives do not look or act like a representation of our diverse population, such ineffective policies may continue to pass.
ICAH promotes and offers comprehensive sexual health education, which has been proven to be more effective than abstinence-only programs, and we encourage you to consider the ongoing fight for youth rights and health as you make your voting decisions.
Check out BallotReady, an online voter guide, to learn more about the candidates running in your local elections.
If you are registered to vote, consider participating in early voting to skip the lines. You can even vote during the weekend! If you cannot register to vote during the grace period, you can register and vote on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 8, 2016, if you visit your precinct polling place. For more information about voter registration and polling locations in Chicago, click here.
Too young to vote?
If you are not 18+ years old, consider attending the Mikva Challenge’s Campaign Thursday THIS THURSDAY, November 3, 2016, to make your voices heard with students from across the City! Note: The sign-up sheet states 10/27, but the Mikva Challenge has confirmed that you will use this same form for the 11/3 event. You can also help the candidates you support by contacting their campaign and phone banking or canvassing before Election Day, or advocate for what matters to you to people you know that are of age to vote.