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WHY VOTE?

Whether you agree with his actions or not, since he’s been in office President Barack Obama’s list of executive actions include:

  • Championed Affordable Care Act – historic reform of the US health care system enabling over 4 million citizens to get health care
  • Signed Fair Sentencing Act – which narrows the huge disparity in punishment given to those convicted of possessing crack cocaine versus those found with the drug in powder form
  • 1.2 Million Dollar Settlement awarded to Black Farmers
  • Signed executive action to protect 6 million undocumented immigrants from deportation
  • Created the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice
  • Expanded funding for HBCU’s
  • Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help address the unfair wage gap between men and women
  • Certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy preventing gays from openly serving in the military
  • Commuted sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders
  • Signed Executive Order to curb greenhouse gas emissions
  • Called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage, from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

Clearly, the officials we elect to office have an impact on our daily lives from the quality of the air we breathe, to local policies related to housing, education and transportation. Your vote is one of the ways for you to have voice on the issues that impact your life and those around you.

For a more detailed accomplishments by President Obama so far… with Citations click here

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BENEFITS OF VOTING

Nonprofit VOTE (www.nonrofitvote.org/) outlines the benefits of voting in their new series, the Benefits of Voting:

Benefits for Voters
Voting is connected with a host of positive benefits for the individual voter. Compared to non-voters, voters are more likely to volunteer, contact their elected officials, and stay informed about local affairs.

Voting and Health: 5 Reasons It’s Good For You
Exercise, eat right, and vote. Voting is associated with a higher self-reported health, improved mental health, and stronger social ties.

Who Votes Matters
New research shows that “nonvoters” – those who don’t vote regularly or at all, and who are disproportionately lower income, younger, and new citizens – have notably different opinions than frequent voters on a variety of public policy issues. Thus, the absence of this non-voting bloc has implications for public policy and many of the issues nonprofits care about.
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