This blog post is part of a series sharing voter registration and civic engagement tips and ideas from health center advocates. If your health center is offering voter registration and you would like to write a guest blog post, email your post to CHCVote@nachc.org.
Guest Blog Post: Joseph A. Santini, MBA, Director of Business Development for Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc., located in St. Petersburg, Florida, sent the below email on Flag Day to health center staff encouraging them to register to vote.
How To: Encourage Your Colleagues to Vote
The following is an email sent by Joseph Santini on June 14, Flag Day, to his fellow staff members at Community Health Centers of Pinellas:
From: Santini, Joseph
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 1:49 PM
To: CHCP Staff
Subject: Flag Day
Happy Flag Day!
On this day in 1777, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Our national Flag symbolizes our freedom and our democracy. Part of that shared freedom is our constitutional right (some might say duty) to vote.
The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy.
Why bother to vote? Here’s why:
1. One vote can and often does matter in election outcomes.
2. If you don’t vote you give someone else the power to affect your life and the lives of your family.
3. If you don’t vote, you double the value of someone else’s vote.
4. When you vote, you send a signal to whoever gets elected to pay attention to you and the needs of your health center, especially when you are a health center patient, staff member or board member.
5. Your vote is your voice in what happens in this country and the only person who can silence your voice is you.
Here is a link on how to register to vote in Pinellas County: http://www.votepinellas.com/. From this webpage, if you use the left side menu bar, you can:
* Verify your voter registration information
* Obtain an application to Register to Vote
* Update your current voter registration information
If you are not registered please register to vote. If you are a registered voter make sure your voter information is correct. Make sure your family and friends are registered voters too!
Voter registration, for the General Election on November 6th, is open until October 9th [NOTE: The deadline varies by state; check your state’s deadline here]. If you are not registered by then you will not be able to vote.
Thank you for taking the time to read this email.
–Joseph A. Santini