Voter suppression has a long and ugly history in the U.S., and over the last two decades, it has resurfaced with a vengeance. The Lehigh Valley is not immune to these problems. In Lehigh County, voters that tried to drop off their ballots were given parking tickets, and in Northampton County, officials are pushing back against a 24-hour mail-in ballot drop box. Politics is broken, and candidates/political parties only come knocking when they want our votes. The people who broke our system aren’t going to fix it. It’s up to us to make the transformative changes we want to see.
How are we going to empower everyday working people to combat voter suppression and do year-round voter education and engagement? LVSU members are adopting a poll! They will learn how to engage with voters and non-voters in their precincts, build relationships through no-agenda knocks and phone banks, connect voters with constituent services, and establish themselves as a trusted resource in their own community. They will become “poll parents” in their neighborhoods, shifting the power dynamic and educating voters.
The Lehigh Valley Stands up Political education team wants everyone to empower their own communities with knowledge about the election process. Working closely with statewide and national partners, we will offer virtual workshops on how to make our neighborhoods more powerful.
In 2020, PA Stands Up mobilized voters and had deep canvassing conversations with thousands of people during the presidential election. There is an election in your district every 6 months, and we are building long-term goals to make transformative change.
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