ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE YET?
If environmentalists are going to change things for the future of our planet, we must vote in every election. Take a moment to get registered today! To vote on Election Day, November 3rd, you must be registered to vote by October 5th. Early voting begins on October 12th and absentee ballots should be turned in by October 13th to ensure they’re received on time. Even if you are registered to vote, you should still check to see if your registration is still valid. Here in Georgia hundreds of thousands of voters are purged from the rolls each year, and this could impact you.
GET COUNTED: TAKE THE CENSUS
Every ten years, the U.S. government issues a census survey to collect information about the American population. The information that is collected is used for two critical purposes:
1. More than $1.5 trillion in federal funding is distributed to state and local governments based on census counts. This provides much-needed funding for critical environmental and public health programs.
2. The census counts are used to recalculate the number of seats that each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives. If more people in an area take the census, they will have more representation.
The census is critical for the environment. Be counted!
Water is a basic human need and a right.
But the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated our national crisis of water insecurity, where an estimated 15 million people in America — that’s 1 out of every 20 households — are going without running water, mainly because they can’t afford to pay for it.
We need nationwide legislation immediately, following the lead of states like Michigan that have not only established a moratorium on new water shut-offs, but are also requiring utilities to turn people’s water back on if it’s been shut off.
Stop Sabal Trail’s Air Pollution From Making Albany’s COVID-19 Crisis Even Deadlier!
We are calling on Governor Kemp and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take urgent action to stop the operation of Sabal Trail Transmission’s Albany Gas Compressor Station and prevent dangerous air pollutants that are likely to make our community’s severe COVID-19 crisis even deadlier.
The Sabal Trail Pipeline and its Albany compressor station, pumping gas from Alabama through Georgia into Central Florida, provides no benefits to Georgians, and it will unnecessarily put our state, and in particular our communities in the Albany Metro area, at risk.
Voting is a right, not a privilege.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic continuing to affect our communities, it’s vital that our elected officials and government leaders take immediate steps to ensure that access to voting and the polls remain available for everyone. This includes taking the necessary actions to protect our voters without putting them at risk of becoming infected and should include:
- update software application used to process absentee ballots
- uniform election requirements of drop boxes
- equipping all precincts with emergency paper ballots
- IT technical support for all precincts
- extending absentee mailing timeline
- multilingual voting materials
Encourage voters. Send them a letter today.
Voting can be scary and confusing, especially for first time voters. But if we want to bring change to our communities, we need to get everyone involved in their civic duties. GCV and Vote Forward are partnering together to send letters to voters! Volunteers can sign up and adopt voters to help get out the vote.