More than 70 million people have already voted in this hugely consequential election, breaking early voting records across the country.
This is partly because many states have expanded early voting options due to the pandemic, and partly because more people are recognizing the importance of civic engagement to maintain a functioning democracy — which of course goes well beyond voting.
For those who are eligible, casting a ballot on or before November 3 is a great place to start! To find your polling place and for other specifics on voting in your state, visit vote.org.
Food for (voting) thought
For those of you still filling out your ballot, we’ve collected a few resources that may be helpful as you consider where your candidates stand on the food and farming issues we all care about:
- Voting for Food: Why it’s important (CA-focused, but useful resources for all!)
- Are you ready to vote? (Northeast Sustainable Ag Working Group)
- Promoting Accountability for Public Health (voter guide from the Cancer Free Economy network)
- Food & Farm Voter Guide (Illinois Stewardship Alliance)
It may also be helpful to review PAN’s Food and Farming Platform and the HEAL Food Alliance Platform for Real Food and keep these priorities in mind as you make your choices. Civil Eats has also curated a useful collection of their recent articles on GOTV efforts and food and farm politics.
Then get yourself to the polls! Even with all the early voting, lines could be long on Election Day — be sure to bring plenty of snacks, water and warm layers (or sunscreen in warmer states!), and take all the steps needed to protect yourself from COVID-19.
After the vote
We know the results of this election won’t be clear by the end of the day November 3, or likely for many days after. Overall turnout is likely to be record-breaking, and some states can’t even start counting all those early-voting and mail-in ballots until Election Day.
Given this expected delay, many groups are organizing to be sure every vote is counted.
We also all know that making democracy work doesn’t stop after Election Day. The food and farming system transformation we’re working toward can only happen if we, the people, demand it. We look forward to supporting and deepening this civic engagement with our coalition partners and PAN community members, as we move into 2021 and beyond.