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“I believe in our democracy. I believe in our nation. And I think our strongest patriotism is that patriotism that says that every voice matters, and that every vote counts. And that we will do everything in our power to make it so.” -Stacey Abrams, founder of Fair Fight


Hello all and welcome back to campus!

There are 47 million 18 to 29 year-olds who are eligible to vote in the 2020 presidential election, and 15 million of them have turned 18 since the last presidential election. The next three months of national and local elections may be the most important of our lifetimes, so it is important to become educated and active to secure that these elections are equitable and inclusive. Modern voter suppression methods are a direct attack on our communities and our democracy. From 2010-2018, 1.6 million voters were purged from the voter rolls, leaving them without a voice and say in local politics as well as the direction of our country. 

You do not need to be eligible to vote to be involved in an election year. Deeply educated on the importance of political engagement and social justice, the Tufts student body repeatedly demonstrates the ways in which civic engagement can transcend traditional methods of participatory democracy. Figure out which local and federal candidates you feel will be most effective and advocate for their policies and candidacy. Encourage your friends and professors who are residents of MA to be poll workers on election day! This job is paid and fully trained.  Show that injustice will not be tolerated through registering others to vote, attending town halls, protesting, canvassing, discussing why voting matters, and calling senators to urge the passing of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020. 

We must vote for ourselves, those around us, and those who have spent years fighting to secure our right. 

Voting by mail is legal and reliable when done on time. Click on the link below to check your voter registration, apply for an absentee ballot, and find more information about voting in your state:

https://allintovote.org/

Sources:
https://www.voanews.com/student-union/plenty-signs-surging-youth-vote-will-play-major-role-2020-us-election
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/almost-16-million-voters-were-removed-from-the-rolls-we-should-be-alarmed/2019/05/15/f3de396a-7682-11e9-bd25-c989555e7766_story.html

Alessandra Moreno is a senior majoring in political science and Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Arabic. At Tufts, Alessandra has been able to fuel her passion for human rights and genocide education, inspiring her to think about the ways the arts can be used as political tools. Alessandra currently serves as the Cummings intern on Genocide and Holocaust education at Hillel. Also, she is on eboard of the Middle East Research Group and Events Director of Action for Sexual Assault Prevention. Alessandra hopes to use her past summer as an Oslo Scholar as a starting point to continue her studies on how nonviolent action in all its forms can be strategically implemented and encourage civic engagement.