We need you to vote. | Three Things Thursday

Brett Maney
Senior Communications Manager
Unite America
Team
10.29.2020

Far from a regular three things, today’s three things is special. 

This is the last Three Things I’ll write before the election. 

Come next Thursday, we may have new senators, new representatives, and new reforms that take us into the next chapter of our great American experiment. 

We might even know who our next president is (or we might not, and that's okay too!)

Here are three things we're thinking about as we head towards election day [spoiler alert: it's the three reform campaigns we're supporting]: 

  1. Alaskan voters can create better elections for their state

Honestly, I think the entire Unite America team is a bit jealous of Alaska voters this election season. [It’s a sad indictment of how nerdy the UA team is that that statement is absolutely true]. Measure 2 on Alaska’s ballot combines two of our favorite reforms, nonpartisan primaries and ranked choice voting, to empower Alaska voters, not the political parties. 

Elections should be about voters, not about party bosses or special interests. Ballot Measure 2 in Alaska helps to ensure that voters come first by empowering all Alaskans to participate in the electoral process, by creating a single, unified primary open to all voters, and establishing ranked choice voting in nonpartisan elections. It also requires dark money groups to disclose their donors, establishing one of the strictest transparency laws in the country. 

The Yes on 2 campaign is close! In a state where independent voters make up 58% of the population, the parties are putting up a fight! Read more about why Alaskans should vote yes on 2 and support the campaign here. 

  1. Massachusetts voters: yes on 2

On the opposite side of the country, ranked choice voting is on the ballot again. The Bay State can become the second (or third, fingers crossed Alaska!) state to use ranked choice voting statewide. Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot would establish ranked choice voting for all statewide offices, state legislative offices, and federal congressional offices starting in 2022. 

Ranked choice voting is simple, straightforward, and it empowers voters to ensure that their voices are heard by allowing them to express a range of opinions. Ranked choice voting also helps to improve representation of minority groups, and ensures that the winner of an election actually has a majority of support. 

Voters in Massachusetts can push the yes on 2 campaign over the edge. Read the Boston Globe’s endorsement of Question 2 and support the campaign here. 

  1. Virginians can create Fair Maps by voting yes on Amendment 1

Amendment 1 has been a long time coming: after years of partisan gerrymandering, lawmakers last year struck a bipartisan deal that would establish a redistricting commission to draw the maps. Instead of self-interested politicians, citizens would lead the way, drawing the district maps for the state. After passing the legislature a second time, the amendment now has to be approved by the citizens. 

Politicians shouldn’t be in the position of choosing their voters, and Amendment 1 ensures that they won’t be. Instead, a commission led by citizens and held accountable to the public will be in charge, drawing maps that are fair for all Virginians, not just a select few. 

Democrats are putting up a major fight in Virginia, but voters can pull Amendment 1 through. Read why the Washington Post supports Amendment 1 and support the campaign here

If you’re in Alaska, Massachusetts, or Virginia, please, vote YES to reform elections and put voters first -- and encourage your family and friends to do the same. 
If you’re in Missouri - vote NO on Amendment 3 so Missourians can keep their independent redistricting commissions.
If you’re in Florida - vote YES on Measure 3 to establish open primaries to let all voters vote.
No matter what state you’re in, please vote. This election is so essential, whether you’re voting for reform or not.
Your voice matters. 

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