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2018 Voting Information

 

Voter participation is a social work issue.

 

Our right to vote is so important. Social workers should be informed of who to vote for as these elected officials make key decisions on issues impacting the profession, including funding for social work related programs. Social workers are also in a unique position to help their clients register to vote and be informed about upcoming elections.

 

It also happens to be in our NASW Code of Ethics:

The NASW Code of Ethics standard 6.02: Public Participation states: Social workers should facilitate informed participation by the public in shaping social policies and institutions.

Standard 6.04: Social and Political Action states: Social workers should promote policies and practices that demonstrate respect for difference, support the expansion of cultural knowledge and resources, advocate for programs and institutions that demonstrate cultural competence, and promote policies that safeguard the rights and confirm equity and social justice for all people.

 

NASW-NC is committed to helping social workers be informed about the midterm elections on November 6, 2018. This page will be updated periodically leading up to the elections.

 

View more voting resources from NASW!

 

Voter Guide: Social Work Voting Guide with information on absentee voting, early voting, voting as a student, voting for individuals involved with the criminal justice system, and more!

Judicial Races: Learn why these candidates are so important to vote for! Check out the NASW-NC PACE Endorsements to find out which statewide judges are endorsed by social workers.

Constitutional Amendments: There are six amendments on the ballot in November. NASW-NC's official position is to vote AGAINST all six amendments. Find out NASW-NC's position on each amendment as well as a break down of each one.

 


Voting information for those impacted by Hurricane Florence

The North Carolina State Board of Elections has compiled information about voting for areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. Information includes an FAQ about where to vote, a list of counties whose voter registration deadline was moved to October 15th (the deadline is October 12th for counties that are fully operational), and more. Click here for more information about Voting After Florence.

 

From the Southern Coalition of Social Justice: Know Your Voting Rights Post Hurricane Florence

 

Quick Voting Information

  • Register to vote: October 12th is the voter registration deadline!
  • Find instructions on looking up your voter registration, find your polling site if you are registered, and find your sample ballot: https://www.ncvoter.org/your-ballot-and-precinct/
  • Voting Information for those impacted by Hurricane Florence
  • Election officials are desperate for good poll workers, but many communities do not have easy access to poll worker requirements or application forms. To help recruit a more diverse, bilingual, and tech-savvy base of poll workers, Fair Elections Center and Development Seed developed workelections.com. This site simplifies the process of becoming a poll worker by matching volunteers with opportunities and information. Help make sure the poll workers behind the table represent our communities and have the skills they need to help voters understand the process. A well-trained poll worker can be the difference between a vote being counted or rejected, and no one who is eligible to vote should be turned away from the polls.


NASW-NC PACE Endorsements

NASW-NC's Political Action for Candidate Election Committee (NC-PACE) makes endorsements of candidates running for state elections. These candidates have been vetted by the committee and have been selected because of their support for the social work profession. Social workers may wish to get involved in campaign efforts with these candidates running for office. View the 2018 PACE Endorsements!

 

Just as this committee endorses North Carolina candidates, NASW has a PACE Committee who makes endorsements of candidates at the Federal level. Click here to view endorsements from the NASW PACE Committee!

 

Upcoming Webinars

Recognizing and Eliminating Barriers to Voter Registration and Participation
October 10, 2018 | 3:00pm ET
Review historic and current barriers to exercising the right to vote and efforts to eliminate these barriers through legal actions, mobilization of concerned voter rights advocates, and lobbying.
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Voter Participation and Voter Engagement – Millennials
October 31, 2018 | 3:00pm ET
Get guidance on how to motivate young eligible voters to vote in local, state, and federal elections. Understand current barriers that impede and limit voter participation among this group.
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Voting is Social Work

NASW-NC supports voter engagement work through Voting is Social Work! Here are some tips to help you get involved:

  1. REGISTER and “pledge to participate” at www.votingissocialwork.org.
  2. ATTEND one of the upcoming live webinars (dates and topics below). Choose one or more that interests you. All webinars will cover the basics plus provide time for Q&A. To register, click here.
  3. JOIN their Facebook Group, the National Social Worker Voter Mobilization Group for ideas and frequent updates on Voting is Social Work activities.

Upcoming webinars from Voting is Social Work:

  • Wed. 10/17/18 (12:00 1:00 pm, ET)Social Work Leaders: Group Discussion on How Professional Organizations Can Support Their Members, Schools of Social Work and Communities to Vote (not CE eligible)
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