Heya everybody, I’ve got some news today:
1. Heads up about the Newsletter:
A while back, I wrote a blog where I talked about the results of the election, and talked about how I was thinking of starting up an activism newsletter. When 2500 of y’all signed up for it in just a couple days, it let me know that people really wanted help engaging in productive activism and getting reliable news.
Since then, I’ve been assembling my team of People-Who-Are-Smarter-Than-Me (TM) to make this happen. I want the newsletter to be smart, easy-to-interact-with, and efficient. I want it to be useful and exciting. Something you’ll look forward to showing up in your inbox. Something you’ll tell your friends about.
But that takes time. And despite the fact that the newsletter isn’t up and running yet, there are important things happening.
Specifically, there are elections happening. And if you care about changing things, you have to get out and vote.
If you live in Wisconsin, like me. There are elections today. And one of the big things up for grabs is State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Given that the current secretary of education is an embarrassingly unqualified billionaire heiress who was appointed due to the fact that her family donates millions to politicians… well… it’s pretty important that we get qualified people into positions of power on the state level.
(By the way, Tony Evers is the guy who has my vote. He’s been doing the job for a while and comes highly recommended by my teacher friends.)
But it’s not just happening here in Wisconsin: there are four seats in the house of representatives up for grabs over this next month. Given what’s going on in our country right now, that’s a *huge* deal.
And here’s the thing: spring elections have *really* low turnout. You can make a huge difference with just a few votes.
How few? Well, I have a friend who was once elected to a seat on the city council. You know how many votes it took?
Eight. And she didn’t win *by* eight votes. She got Eight. Total. Votes.
But that was enough. And she got in.
That’s why I’m reaching out today. Your vote is a big deal. And if you take a step even further and clue in your friends and family, it can make a HUGE difference.
So. Below are a list of elections that are happening soon. Some of them are happening TODAY.
If the table below doesn’t work for you, here’s a direct link to a spreadsheet with the information.
Most of the elections are regional, and you’ll need to look up whether or not your county or city is one of the regions. A few of them are statewide, but the provisions on each ballot will still be different depending on where you live.
ALL of them are important. People on school boards have a *huge* impact on local education. Primaries are a *big* deal.
If you’re one of the people who’s lucky enough to get the chance to vote today, take the time to look things up and do your research. My team worked hard all day to try to find government websites that would give you the information you’ll need, but I’m gonna tell you the truth: some state websites are not good. Many haven’t updated since the November election.
(We’ve added this to the list of issues we’re going to try and address in the newsletter in the future.)
For the regional elections. You’ll be much better off looking up information on your city or county website. Or you can do what I do, and call up someone who you you trust and respect, and ask their opinion. Have a conversation and become more informed. (Also it’s a nice excuse to catch up with a friend.)
We’ve done our best here on kinda short notice. But this list isn’t perfect. If you don’t see your state on this list, but you know there *is* an election coming up, drop us a line we’ll keep things updated.
3. A Second Chance…
So here’s the thing, if you signed up for the newsletter. I just sent something very similar to this to your inbox. It’s probably sitting there right now, in fact. Waiting hopefully for you to click it.
If that’s the case, why am I repeating it here?
For one, to give those of you who didn’t know about the budding mailing list another chance to sign up for it here:
(Or you can follow this link if the form isn’t working for you)
I’m also repeating it here because… well… even if you didn’t sign up for the newsletter, voting is still important.
What’s more, I don’t know how many of you might have missed that blog. Or how many of you might have particularly aggressive spam filters. Or how many of you might simply ignore a kinda rando message showing up out of nowhere…
I will say this though. When we get the newsletter up and running, I won’t be duplicating what it does here. So if you want to be involved, hit that form.
One final thing: If you’d like to help us get this mailing list off the ground, send an email to us at activism[@]patrothfuss.com with “STARTUP” in the subject line and we’ll get in touch.
That’s all for now, folks.
Thanks for taking the time to go out and do good in the world.