EP05: Voting: A Public Health Issue

Being concerned about voting in this fall’s election is understandable.
This week’s episode features a discussion regarding why voting is now a public health issue. Proper planning will allow you to stay safe while having your vote counted.
Plus, we discuss the reactions to the announcing of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate. Why are Black women constantly being torn down in the media?

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Voting during a pandemic: Many of the ways that voters ordinarily register to vote aren’t available because of the COVID-19 crisis. However, alternatives are being offered that will help keep everyone safe.
  • 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act: It was enacted on August 6, 1965, as a response to voter suppression by state and local governments, as well as law enforcement. The act enforces the 14th and 15th Amendments, protecting citizens’ rights to vote.
  • 100th Anniversary of the ratification of women’s voting rights: Passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote.
  • Early voting: Early voting can take place remotely or in person. The goal of early voting is to increase voter’s participation while making safety a priority during the pandemic.
  • Curbside Voting: Complete your voting from the car and allow the poll worker to assist you. Curbside voting also allows voters with disabilities to participate in elections while maintaining the same level of privacy as other voters.
  • WeCanVote.us: Resources for voters’ registrations, dates & deadlines. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.
  • Public health is on the ballot: Fighting for the Affordable Care Act, women’s reproductive rights, and other programs that are designed to reduce the cost of health care.