What are you voting for?
By Che Watkins, The Center for Working Families
It’s Election Day! Can you believe that we have arrived at this moment? We have been talking about the midterms for so long, one would not be crazy to think that this is a presidential election year! Candidates have crisscrossed cities, counties, districts and states and they are exhausted. They have likely lost their voices, tired of hearing themselves talk giving stump speech after stump speech and could probably use about a month of uninterrupted sleep.
But today, they all know that there is really nothing more that they can do. They have done all they can, people are voting and now they have to watch and wait. I can tell you from experience that Election Day is the weirdest day on earth if you are a candidate or are working an amendment or an issue on the ballot.
I am admittedly a political junkie. I am following races around the country and will be glued to my sofa in front of my TV with my IPad waiting on the returns to come in.
For me, it’s something that I love to watch. But this year, I am also watching to see how my job of trying to eliminate poverty and provide equity could get easier or harder. When all the ballots are cast, will we have partners in government that recognize where so many people are and what is needed to help them move out of their current circumstances? And this is not about party, this is about perspective and priorities.
Do they believe that housing should be affordable even in growing cities? Do they believe in access to good medical care and supporting those that don’t have access? Do they believe that our education system should be an equalizer? Do they believe that improving our workforce is a top priority? Do they believe that citizens returning from prison should get support to rejoin society? To me, these aren’t radical ideas. In the words of the Georiga Budget and Policy Institute, these things can lead to People-Powered Prosperity https://gbpi.org/people- powered-prosperity/ for all.
I look forward to seeing how our districts and states respond to those question today on Election Day! Get out and vote!