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The Sikh Coalition News
July 1, 2020

  • Get Out the Sikh Vote: Personal Action and Volunteer Opportunities

    July 1, 2020 (New York, NY) -- Today, the Sikh Coalition is excited to announce our 2020 Sikh ‘Get Out The Vote’ (GOTV) work!

    As a first step, mark your calendar for National Sikh Voter Registration Day on September 20, 2020. In addition, bookmark our new web page, which features a link to our 2020 Sikh Civic Action Center--a free tool that anyone can use to check their voter registration or register to vote, request a mail-in ballot, and learn more about candidates and election procedures in their area.

    “All Sikh Americans have a responsibility to check their voter registration, make a voting plan, and cast their ballots in this year’s election,” said Nikki Singh, Sikh Coalition Policy and Advocacy Manager. “It will take more than individual actions to make the Sikh voice heard, though, which is why the Sikh Coalition is committed to organizing and training Sikh voter registration volunteers across the nation.”

    To check your voter registration now, use our new Civic Action Center. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the effort to register your sangat to vote, please fill out our volunteer survey.

    As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, the Sikh Coalition believes that it is critical for all Americans, regardless of their party affiliation or political preferences, to cast their ballots in November. In addition to casting a vote for president, voters across the country will make choices about other offices and initiatives, including:

    • Members of Congress: Members of Congress represent you in the U.S Senate and House of Representatives, which pass federal laws that apply to all Americans. This year, every voter will vote to elect a candidate to the House of Representatives, and voters in 34 states will vote for candidates for the Senate, too. (Senate elections rotate so that the entire body is not up for election every two years like the House.)
    • Governors: Governors are the executive head of their state or territory. Governors veto or sign state bills into law, issue executive orders, and lead the state’s response during an emergency. Eleven states and two territories will vote for governors this year.
    • State Legislators: State legislators represent you at the state capitol. They approve the budget and pass state laws that impact you and your family. Many state representatives, assembly members, and senators are on the ballot this year.
    • City Council, School Board, and Other Local Positions: Though they may not get as much media attention as the federal- or state-level candidates, the people who are elected to fill these local-level public offices have an immediate effect on the communities in which we live. In particular, city council members are responsible for approving the city’s budget, fixing roads, improving public transportation, and more.
    • Ballot Initiatives: Finally, many states, cities, and localities include ballot initiatives in elections, allowing individual citizens to vote on specific issues of importance.

    In the coming weeks and months, the Sikh Coalition will continue to provide information pertaining to voting and civic engagement--especially as the situation around absentee ballots, provisional ballots, and vote-by-mail continues to change in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue to check our website for new information, and reach out to gotv@sikhcoalition.org if you have questions. We will continue adjusting our organizing plans in both virtual and physical spaces in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and other public health officials.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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