Vote Today – Affordable Homes are Built with Ballots as Much as With Bricks and Drywall
Today, Tuesday, November 6, 2018 is election day. Your vote only matters if you make it to the polls today! In addition to local elections taking place today, mid-term elections for the U.S. House of Representatives and one of New Jersey’s U.S. Senate seats are also happening.
You will need identifying documentation with you when you arrive at the polls to vote.
Any photo identification with or without an address (NJ driver’s license, student or employment id, military or other government id, store membership card, etc.);
Or any document that has your name and current address on it (bank statement, car registration, government check or document, non-photo driver’s license, pay check, rent receipt, sample ballot or utility bill, etc.) is acceptable.
Some voters may be entitled to have assistance in the voting booth. Voters who are visually-impaired, unable to read the ballot or disabled are permitted to have someone in the voting booth to assist them.
No person who is the employer, or representative thereof, or union representative of the voter can provide assistance in the voting machine. Otherwise, it is the privilege of the voter to choose his or her assistor.
If you arrive at your voting location and there is a question about your eligibility to vote that muse be resolved by the county election officials, you may request a provisional ballot.
Click here for a Q & A document from the State of New Jersey Department of State Division of Elections that further explains the provisional ballot, when a voter is given a provisional ballot, and what the provisional ballot process is.
Affordable homes are built with ballots every bit as much as they are built with bricks and drywall. Advocates for expanded housing affordability need to be a significant voting bloc in the 2018 election.
Once we get through today’s election, it is a great time to begin to set up appointments for elected officials to meet with renters or clients you serve to discuss housing issues important to your organization.
At these meetings, please be prepared with statistics showing the increased voting rates in your community.
Now that renters and staff have been energized by being involved in the election process, talk to them about who might be interested in running for local office themselves.
If you need any guidance at all about setting up appointments with elected officials, please contact Kate Kelly at Monarch Housing.
Most importantly, please consider your voter engagement project to be an ongoing effort; continue to make registration, education, and mobilization a part of your agency’s day-to-day activities.