Midterm elections are less than a month away…are you ready?
posted by: Guest Blogger
Advocacy is a core part of our mission here at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Whether we’re ensuring kids receive the best patient care or speaking up at the state Capitol to influence public policy, we advocate for kids in many ways.
One of those ways includes making sure that kids are a priority in local, state and national elections. Since kids can’t vote, it is important that adults give a voice for not only our patients, but for kids across Colorado and the country. At Children’s Colorado, we want to ensure the candidates understand kids’ health policy issues and we want kids to be included in ballot issues.
This year is a big year for Colorado’s midterm elections, as we’ll be selecting our state’s next governor and attorney general, in addition to congressional representatives and state lawmakers. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, and we want to make sure you’re prepared.
When we think about some of the top challenges impacting a child’s health-mental health, access to healthy food, housing and access to care- its apparent that kids will be impacted by this election. The officials we vote into office this November will have a significant influence in determining how the most pressing issues for kids in Colorado will be addressed over the next few years.
Here are a few things you can do right now to make sure you’re ready for the election:
- Make sure you’re registered: Be sure you are registered and your information, like your mailing address, is up to date. Simply text “CO” to 2Vote (28683) or visit www.GoVoteColorado.com to get started. You can register up to and on Election Day itself, but you’ll need to vote in person if you don’t register by October 29.
- Watch for your ballot in the mail: Election Day is November 6. County clerks will start mailing ballots the week of October 15th. All voters registered by October 29 will receive a ballot in the mail.
- Do your research: Find out which candidates are running for office in your area at votesmart.org and check out Colorado’s “Blue Book,” an impartial and non-partisan summary of the proposed statewide ballot measures, at Colorado.gov/bluebook.
- Share our Voter Guide: All of this information can be found in our nonpartisan Voter Guide. Please share this information with your friends and family at www.childrenscolorado.org/election
Children are counting on all of us to speak up for them in this year’s election. Together, we can ensure our elected officials are doing everything they can to make Colorado the best place to be a kid!