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.
By signing the pledge, you:
- 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!).
- Get at least three more people to vote.
- Tell candidates that your support depends on their commitment to climate and racial justice.