Election Day Review

The countdown is over — Election Day is here.

Over the past two months, GW College Democrats has worked tirelessly to try and do our part to prepare for the midterm elections. Through planning events to supporting and volunteering for progressive candidates all across the nation, we’ve focused our efforts on mobilizing voters and heightening political participation, both on GW’s campus and off.

Together, as the largest chapter of College Democrats in the country, we canvassed 1,621 doors in Virginia’s 10th district volunteering for Jennifer Wexton, and knocked on 5,987 doors in New Jersey’s 11th district canvassing for Mikie Sherrill during GOTV weekend. We hosted phone banks for Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-07), Matt Cartwright (PA-08), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Kristen Carlson (FL-15), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Cort VanOstran (MO-02), Sri Kulkarni (TX-22), Gil Cisneros (CA- 39), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Stacey Abrams (GA gubernatorial candidate) and Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11). We held voter registration drives, including one in partnership with the DNC, to help students at GW register to vote and get involved in the democratic process. And this past month, we counted down to Election Day with our members volunteering to share their personal stories about why voting for Democrats is so important to them.

We did it all to prepare for today, November 6. So now, it’s your turn.

If you are able to vote today, it is absolutely imperative that you do so. Your vote decides whether this country moves forward or backward. Your vote decides whether or not people of color, LGBTQ+ folks, religious minorities, women, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and disabled people will spend the next two years at the discretion of a congressional majority that supports a president with blatant disregard for them. Your vote decides whether people who rely on access to affordable and available health care receive the help they need. Your vote decides if states across the nation will improve environmental protections to fight climate change, reform criminal justice systems, and expand opportunities for education for all.

Your vote matters. So today, we implore you to cast your ballot. Do your research. Bring a group of friends to the polls. Text and call your relatives and remind them to vote. Make some change, make some history. Because your vote will determine the future of this country, and the lives of people who live in it — and that’s a responsibility that cannot be taken lightly.