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October 19, 2022

Climate is now always on the ballot. For Washingtonians, October 31st is the last day to register to vote by mail and online; in Washington, voters can also register in person through Election Day. [Update: Oregon's voter registration deadline of Oct. 18 has now passed.] Voting by mail is starting now in both states.

Between wildfires, droughts, and heat waves, it's clear that we are already experiencing the effects of climate change—and the most vulnerable are the least able to cope. However, if we act immediately and decisively, we still have time to cut our pollution and accelerate solutions. Two of the strongest climate actions we can take right away are to make sure to vote AND get others to vote.

Our democracy is stronger when more people participate. Voting also builds greater accountability with our elected officials. When more people show up and vote, we all help ensure that our leaders take strong and swift action to address the climate crisis—and that they won't bend to the influence of well-funded corporate polluters and fossil fuel interests. 

It's both our right and our responsibility to do our research, and then to vote our values on climate, racial justice, and the other issues that matter the most.

If you need to register to vote in Washington, here's the link. Also, wherever you live and vote, please consider signing the Climate Voter Pledge:

By signing the pledge, you:

  1. Commit to voting this election. Make sure you're registered at your current address, and return your ballot by November 8th (or as early as possible!).
  2. Get at least three more people to vote.
  3. Tell candidates that your support depends on their commitment to climate and racial justice.

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Author Bio

Joëlle Robinson

Field Director, Climate Solutions

Joëlle engages citizens and diverse constituencies—faith, health, veteran, youth, parents, sportsmen, business—to make their voices heard for climate solutions. She led local field work collaboration with our partners toward passing a federal climate bill, and is currently working to ensure we stop any coal export from the U.S. West Coast.

Joëlle was the Regional Outreach Coordinator of National Wildlife Federation where she focused on mobilizing hunters, anglers and concerned citizens around solutions to global warming. Previous work with Climate Solutions includes the NW Climate Connections partnership, serving as the Field Assistant for the successful Clean Cars campaign, and Field Director of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which passed in April 2006.

She is a board member of Earth Ministry and on the Advisory Board for the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. She previously served on the Solar Washington board and Sierra Club Executive Committee.

Joëlle is a Northwest native who loves to hike, bike, dance, paraglide, and travel. Her favorite quote is “Hope is borne of participating in hopeful solutions.” — Marianne Williamson.

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