If you haven’t already, it’s time to register to vote. We’re so excited to be part of an initiative reminding all women: Our vote counts. You can register to vote below in just a few easy steps.
The presidential election is coming up in just under two months, and it’s more important than ever for women’s voices to be heard. An estimated 57.5 percent of eligible citizens voted in the 2012 presidential election, a lower turnout than in the two previous elections. A variety of things are stopping people from getting to the polls, from long lines on election day and concerns about missing work, to politicians purposefully purging voter rolls and complicated voter ID laws. But many people just haven’t gotten around to registering, or don’t plan to turn up in November because they think their vote doesn’t matter. And they are wrong.
In the 2012 election, single women made up 23 percent of voters, and a Pew report suggests that the 2016 electorate will be the most diverse in history. The takeaway? Currently unregistered women could make a huge, huge difference in making sure important issues are addressed by our politicians.
Rebecca Traister, author of All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women And The Rise Of An Independent Nation, explained in an article for The Cut that female votes are crucial because women are more likely to demand “pay equity, paid family leave, a higher minimum wage, universal pre-K, lowered college costs, more affordable health care, and broadly accessible reproductive rights.”
Care about any of those things? Get thee to the polls. Over 50 women’s lifestyle brands including SELF, Bustle, Essence, Glamour, and SheKnows are collaborating for the cause, urging eligible women to get out there and register. In partnership with Rock The Vote, we’re reminding all women: Our vote counts.
This year, women have an incredible opportunity to make change just by turning up to vote. What are you waiting for? Register to vote below.
Already registered? Tell your friends to register to vote, and spread the word using the hashtag #OurVoteCounts.
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