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Dear Supporter Ji,

In 2018, I worked with the Sikh Coalition as a volunteer leading a voter registration drive for my sangat in Wheaton, Illinois. Based on my experience, I’d like to tell you why you should join the Sikh Coalition as a voter registration sevadaar today.

By registering so many members of my community to vote, I know that I was helping to make the Sikh voice heard. Sikh Americans--and the Asian American/Pacific Islander community more broadly--are growing demographic groups, but our numbers won’t translate to influence and impact with our elected officials unless we participate in our democracy.

The first and easiest step in doing so is to exercise our right to vote this November. The truth is, there is a lot on the ballot this year: From President of the United States to the city council officials who will directly affect day-to-day life where you live, being informed to weigh in on every level counts. And while we are facing challenging times in terms of public health and wellbeing, now is as important a time as ever to make sure we engage and empower policymakers that will shape the next phase of our response and action.

This time around, the Sikh Coalition has even more resources and tools to help Sikh Americans across the country vote in what is sure to be a pivotal election. They are using a new, free tool called a Civic Action Center to allow anyone to check their voter registration, register to vote if they need to, and learn about the deadlines, candidates, mail-in and absentee ballots, and voting procedures specific to their area.

But they can’t do it alone. The only way to register new voters in sangats across the United States is for voter registration sevadaars to join the cause. These volunteers will be equipped with resources to publicize critical election information, help their community members get registered to vote, and motivate those registered to pledge and plan to vote. You can sign up to be a voter registration sevadaar by filling out this survey today!

This is an ongoing effort that will continue through National Sikh Voter Registration Day on September 20 all the way through the election this November, but the time to step up and volunteer is now. I encourage you to visit the Sikh Coalition’s website to learn more about their Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts, or email gotv@sikhcoalition.org if you have any questions.

Together, we can ensure that candidates and elected officials across the nation hear the Sikh voice this fall.

In Chardi Kala,

Gurpal Sran
Wheaton, IL Community member
Sikh Coalition Volunteer

Note: The Sikh Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. All GOTV work is being done in support of broader Sikh American civic engagement, and not for the benefit of any candidate, elected official, or political party.

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