Spread the word » Facebook Twitter
Having trouble viewing this email? View it on our website.
The Sikh Coalition News
September 20, 2022
  • Today is National Voter Registration Day!

    September 20, 2022 (New York, NY) -- Today is National Voter Registration Day! With Election Day only seven weeks away, the Sikh Coalition is working to ensure that the Sikh voice is 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.

    In advance of the midterm elections on November 8, the Sikh Coalition is encouraging sangats to participate in non-partisan phone banking sessions on October 15 and October 29, confirm your own voter registration information, host voter registration drives, sign-up as poll workers, and help get Sikhs to the polls!

    The Sikh Coalition is hosting virtual phone banking sessions on Saturday, October 15, and Saturday, October 29.  Phone banking is a critical step in GOTV (Get Out The Vote) work where volunteers call voters using publicly available voter data to remind them of the upcoming election and answer questions about polling locations, mail-in ballots, and more. Sevadaars will be calling thousands of Sikh households in key states such as Georgia, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, and Ohio. The sessions will be done remotely via Zoom, and you do not have to live in one of these states in order to participate. At each of our three-hour phone banking sessions, sevadaars will receive a tailored virtual training on how to make their calls using our CallHub tool and then have access to real-time support from Sikh Coalition staff as they make calls (no prior experience is necessary). To sign-up to phonebank on October 15, click here, and to sign-up for October 29, click here.

    As a reminder, the Sikh Coalition is a non-profit and non-partisan organization. All of our GOTV work--including these calls to voters--is being done in support of broader Sikh American civic engagement, and not for the benefit of any candidate, elected official, or political party. Those who sign up to make calls will not be permitted to encourage voters to cast their ballot for a specific party or candidate.

    The Sikh Coalition is also excited to launch a Civic Action Center where you can check your own voter registration status, register to vote, and learn about the deadlines, candidates, mail-in and absentee ballots, and voting procedures specific to your area. Use this tool to ensure that you and your friends and family are ready to vote this fall! Stay tuned for more information about sangat-led voter registration drives.

    “As part of the Sikh Coalition’s ongoing efforts to increase Sikh civic engagement, it’s as important as ever for Sikhs to exercise the right to vote and remind elected officials that the Sikh community cannot be ignored,” said Nikki Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy. “We are aiming for a strong Sikh voter turnout for this year’s midterms to reinforce the rising political power of the Sikh community.”

    In September and October, many states also start early voting, which allows voters to go to the polls in advance of Election Day. This helps to reduce crowds and ensures that more people have an opportunity to vote. To be clear, early voting is distinct from voting by mail or absentee voting. Early voting happens at a physical polling place; voting by mail is done remotely, with a ballot that is sent to your place of residence. You can learn more about your state’s rules for voting by mail--including how to request and return your ballot--by entering your voter information on this page. Please also note that in some states, 16-17-year-olds can pre-register to vote. Find your state’s election rules here and encourage your children to get a head start!

    The Sikh Coalition believes that it is critical for all Americans, regardless of their party affiliation or political preferences, to cast their ballots for federal elected officials, governor and other state-level positions, local-level officials, and ballot issues. We will continue sharing information about other ways to get involved (for example, learn more about volunteering as a poll worker here) in the weeks ahead; if you have any questions, please reach out to gotv@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
  • Donate Now!
  • Visit our website.
  • Connect with on Facebook
  • Watch our videos
  • Connect with on Facebook
You are receiving this email because was subscribed to our email list. Click here to unsubscribe.