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.
- Share your science. Most Americans cannot name a living scientist. You can change that by talking to your friends and neighbors about what you do and why it’s important to society. Look for opportunities in your community to share your science and raise awareness about the role of science in ensuring your community’s prosperity.
- Write an opinion/editorial (“op-ed”) piece or letter to the editor to demonstrate the pivotal role the Earth and space sciences will play in addressing your community/state/America’s greatest challenges.
An op-ed allows you to draw attention to an issue in your community that may not have already been covered. A letter to the editor allows you to respond to an article that you’ve just read—either supporting or countering it.
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.
In 2020, the U.S. will elect 435 representatives, 44 state legislatures, 35 senators, 11 governors, and 1 president. The decisions our elected officials make determine the future. Shape the future by pledging to vote in 2020.