Elections happen every year in the U.S., but this year is a big one. In 2020, we will elect 435 representatives, 44 state legislators, 35 senators, 11 governors, 1 president and many other state and local public offices. Science is a key issue and plays an essential role in society. We want you to use your voice to ensure science is on the ballot in 2020 and in future elections. We have developed:
- Talking points for several key science issues for you to share with your candidates and elected officials.
- Ideas on how to engage with candidates and your local community.
- Tools to help get you to the polls.
Science is essential to understand and craft solutions for today’s urgent societal challenges. See who and what is on your ballot, know your rights to engage in advocacy, understand why your vote matters, and give your candidates science-based facts to make informed decisions for a better future.
Use your voice to engage with your candidates and community. Follow our monthly action plans for ideas on how to engage and get science on the ballot.
- Tweet at your candidates
- Ask candidates about their platform on science issues that matter to you. Be sure to tag them in your tweets, and get your colleagues and friends to tweet at them too- this will help get their attention on this issue
- Email your candidates
- Use their website to find their email address. Introduce yourself, your expertise and the issues that matter to you. Use the opportunity to form a relationship with their office.
- Call your candidates
- Look up their office number online. Thank them for their time, and clearly explain to them why the issue matters to you and the rest of their potential constituents. Ask what they will do to help.
- Request a virtual meeting
- Use their website to request a meeting, To have an impact, prepare a clear message about what science issue they should care about, and how it helps or hurts their potential constituents.
- Sign up for virtual town hall
- Town halls are opportunities to ask candidates questions. Write down a question or two before the event so you're ready to ask about the candidate's stance on science. Check The Town Hall Project for events or sign up for candidate emails.
Your vote matters. In the 2018 election, only 34% of STEM students voted. Pledge to vote in the 2020 Election and get text reminders for your state and national primary. Check your registration status to ensure you’re registered to vote.
Your safety and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount. AGU echoes the CDC's election recommendations, including the use of mail-in and absentee voting where possible.