RESOURCES FOR November 3, 2020
AAUW’s 2020 Gender Policy Agenda outlines our priority issues at the federal and state level that impact Economic Security, Education, and Foundational Rights. This handout includes specific Pennslyvania legislation.
On November 3, 2020, all Pennsylvania Representatives and half of Pennsylvania Senate seats are up for election. Use this template to compare candidate positions on key AAUW Gender Equity issues to create a voter guide for members and local advocacy.
GOTV — Get Out The Vote
AAUW Public Policy Priority
To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse society AAUW advocates
- Vigorous enforcement of and full access to civil and constitutional rights, including affirmative action and expanding voting rights
The AAUW Action Fund advances equity for women and girls through member activism and voter mobilization.
The AAUW Action Fund It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard campaign harnesses the power of AAUW members to register and turn out millennial women voters nationwide at a time when, research shows, young women are less likely to vote. Through the It’s My Vote campaign, AAUW and the AAUW Action Fund work with state leaders, branches, and coalition partners to host voter registration drives in communities and on college campuses across the county. AAUW members work to cultivate informed voters by sponsoring nonpartisan issue forums, debates, and meet-the-candidate events in their communities. AAUW members also work to ensure that voters know the registration rules in their state, their voting rights, and what to bring to the polls on Election Day.
GOTV is an AAUW Pennsylvania Public Policy Priority
To enable members and all citizens to participate fully in a representative democracy and self-governance, AAUW-PA advocates:
- Awareness of issues so that members may be fully informed and empowered voters
- Opposition to measures likely to suppress voting rights
- Support for efforts to increase civil discourse and compromise between those with opposing views
- Opposition to negative campaigning
- Efforts to Get Out the Vote including voter registration and use of social media to promote voting.
GET OUT THE VOTE (GOTV): In 2018 Pennsylvania ranked 38 for percentage of women in state legislatures, with women holding 7 out of 50 senate seats and 37 out of 203 house seats, representing 17.8% of the legislature. However, when women are elected there is a more balanced representation. Of the 7 women senators, three (41%) are democrats and four (57%) are republican. Of the 37 women serving in the house, 20 (54%) are democrats and 17 (46%) are republicans. (Center for American Women and Politics) Pennsylvania was ranked 39 in 2017.
It is critical that more qualified women have a direct role in legislative decision-making; that more women, especially millennial and first-time voters, are registered to vote; and that adequate voter guide information on local candidates is available along with fact checking resources.
Resources and Information
- To register to vote, confirm your registration or for voter registration information:
- Voter Education
- Tweets for GOTV
- 9/25 is National Voter Registration Day. Not registered? Go to votespa.com & register. Last day is 10/9. #CelebrateNVRD
- Are you ready to Get Out the Vote? Go to votespa.com & register online. Last day to register in #PA is 10/9. #GOTV
- Concerned that politics today is all about gridlock? Register to vote by #PA 10/9 deadline! www.aauwaction.org/ #GOTV
- Facebook Posts for GOTV
- It’s September, that means it’s time to Get Out the Vote (GOTV). Make sure you’re registered and volunteer to register those who aren’t. September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Let’s all work together. Carry voter registration forms with you and take advantage of every opportunity to encourage people to register and vote.
- It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard. September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Remember to register and vote. Then you will have a say in who is elected to Congress.
- To check the facts in political ads:
- http://www.snopes.com/ – the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
- http://factcheck.org/ – a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
- http://www.politifact.com/ – Politifact uses a “Truth-O-Meter” to separate fact from fiction by measuring “true…false” for candidates’ statements and claims.
- http://www.opensecrets.org/ – OpenSecrets.org is the nation’s premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens’ lives.
- http://truthorfiction.com/ – Get the truth about rumors, stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, humorous tales, calls to action, other forwarded emails, and more.
- To learn more about the issues in this election:
- http://www.vote411.org/– Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.
- http://www.politico.com/ – a website that promises to prove there’s a robust and profitable future for tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government.
- http://www.realclearpolitics.com -provides polls, calendar, electoral college map and information on the senate and house campaigns.
- http://www.padems.com/home – opening page of the Pennsylvania Democrats website
- http://www.pagop.org/ – opening page of the Pennsylvania Republicans website
- http://www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm– opening page of the Pennsylvania State Legislature, from here you can find your state senator and representative
- https://www.aclu.org/issues/voting-rights– American Civil Liberties Union home page
- http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm — political leaders on many issues
- http://ballotpedia.org/Pennsylvania–Information about the US House and Senate midterm elections and candidates.
- http://issues.org/ – site for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine.
- http://www.diffen.com/ – allows comparisons between almost anything
- http://facethefactsusa.org/ – Face the Facts USA delivers provocative facts about big issues to help Americans debunk myths, hold better conversations, get involved, and make choices as smarter citizens.
- http://www.brennancenter.org/student-voting– student voter guide explaining the laws for the state of Pennsylvania. Dates from 2016 but information should still be relevant.
- https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/voting-rights-elections – Brennan Center for Justice home page has information about voting right and elections.