Happy National Voter Registration Day!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been packing boxes, shipping supplies, and, most importantly, keeping track of the hard work that those across the state are doing to fulfill California Planned Parenthood Education Fund’s (CPPEF) voter registration goal for the coming election. A simple yet not so easy mountain of an ambition: register as many Californians as possible to vote by the registration deadline of October 24th, 2016. Are you registered?
I’ve packed sparkly stickers, blue buttons and posters all in an attempt to attract Californians to come by the table at their local farmer’s market, Planned Parenthood health center, or university to hear what CPPEF’s voter registration team has to offer. It is the team's job to inspire Californians to feel empowered and know that YES their voice matters, YES they deserve to be heard.
You can understand how it could be exhausting - but it’s worthwhile and I imagine CPPEF’s organizers have their own personal reasons for feeling passionate about this work, just like I have reasons for spending hours building spreadsheets and tracking progress. This election is important of course, but even more than that, it is a chance to reach communities of people that would not otherwise believe the volume of their voice is strong enough to carry all the way to Washington, D.C. and I am so excited to be a part of it.
I would like to share with you an excerpt from my application for the position with this campaign that will hopefully help you understand why I am so inspired by this sometimes daunting task:
I have served underprivileged communities for years from preparing soup for the homeless population in Santa Cruz to taking young women to get birth control at a Planned Parenthood health center in Oakland. I believe we must ensure everyone’s voices are heard.
Trust me, it has been a privilege to be part of this work to register Californians to vote. Everyone here is so dedicated to ensuring all voices are heard in California.
Do your part. Register to vote. Let your voice be heard. We’re listening.