As fears mount over if there will be a safe and fair election in November, various national efforts are underway to ensure election integrity and maximize voter turnout. One area of particular concern is the country’s potential shortage of poll workers. In response, new groups like the Poll Hero Project and Power the Polls are mobilizing, getting creative to fill this gap. And it seems to be working.
If women’s views now are roughly the same in November and there remains a significant gender gap, it appears they will elect the next president of the United States.
This election season, gender parity is on the ballot—and women must act.
As leaders, in every sense of the word, women activists have charged us to ensure we move forward with the promise of the 19th Amendment. Here is what they had to say in a Twitter the #WomenPowerVote chat.
Cataclysmic events over the past four years have shaped voter attitudes and preferences—and women appear to have reacted more quickly and more negatively to Trump than men have. A gender gap has emerged across most approval ratings, presidential preferences and top issues. And the disparity is only growing.
Trump’s commitment to picking a woman appears political: Trump’s administration has been criticized for being male-dominated, and his support is dwindling with women voters. That includes white women, who played a key role in his 2016 victory. Picking Amy Coney Barrett is likely an effort to bring them back into the fold.
But when it comes to winning over voters, analysts agreed the strategy appears at the very least ineffective—and potentially counterproductive.
The COVID-19 crisis has painfully demonstrated that foreign policy is not a high-minded consideration: America’s health, economy and security are linked to the world’s, and decisions about foreign affairs will determine whether and how we defeat dangers before they reach our shores. This November, women voters will choose the U.S. president, and by extension, will determine what the United States’ global role means for the American people.
According to a new analysis of 2018 mail-in absentee ballot data from the State Board of Elections, ballots mailed by Black voters during the midterms were more than twice as likely as those sent in by white voters to be rejected. This disparity—similar to gaps in other states—raises concerns about the equity of ballot counting and whether systemic racism and voter disenfranchisement may be tainting elections.
So far, 2020 shows a similar pattern.
Like almost every aspect of our lives during the pandemic, voting may look a bit different than usual. But with a little planning, you should be able to vote either masked and socially distanced at the polls, or by mail without issue.
Here’s what you can do ahead of time to be prepared for the 2020 election.
62 percent of adult Americans believe that the vacancy should be filled by the winner of the upcoming election between Trump and Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden, while only 23 percent disagreed (the rest said they were unsure).
Additionally, eight out of 10 Democrats and five out of 10 Republicans agreed that the appointment should until after the winner of the November election is announced.
U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.
From social unrest to polling site closures to a shortage of poll workers, here’s what’s standing in the way of voting this year—and the organizations and feminists on the ground making a difference.
[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms.]