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Democracy in Action: Election 2020

A Presidential election year always heightens Americans’ focus on voting and democracy. In true 2020 fashion, this year has shaped up to be an even more complex election year with new implications for all of us in ensuring free and fair elections. In a year when polarization seems to be at an all-time high, your voice, and your vote matters.

Below you’ll find resources to go beyond the headlines on the issues and policy proposals that will impact us all. You’ll also find the resources to fully participate in our democratic process. Whether you’re registering to vote for the first time or diving deeper into the key issues impacting your community, we have the resources you need to interact and assess candidates, understand your ballot, and take the next step as a poll worker to ensure that the election process is administered fairly in accordance with the law.


Election Briefs to Explore


Take Action (It’s Easier than You Think!)

This year marks an important anniversary for American women: We mark 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women’s constitutional right to vote. Not only are more women freely exercising their right to vote, but a record number of women are serving in Congress and running for office. What better way to honor the women who paved the way for equal representation than to vote and be actively involved in your community’s election? Here’s how:

Make an Impact in Your Community: Serve as a Poll Worker

Serving as a poll worker or election official can help ensure that election rules are followed, thus ensuring the integrity of the results. Policy Circle Leaders and local election experts joined The Policy Circle to discuss how to get involved in the election cycle on a local level. Hear from Policy Circle Leaders Colleen and Monica on their experiences below.

“I felt like I was giving my community an act of love, and act of service.”


First-time voter? We’ve got you covered! Check out these resources to help you prepare for election day.

The Policy Circle was thrilled to Circle Up with Alison Prange, Vice President of External Relations at Ballotpedia to walk through the ins-and-outs of being Vote/Ballot Ready. Watch the replay!

Thanks to our featured sponsors Ballotpedia and theSkimm.


First-time voter Guide

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#WeCanDecide

On August 18th, theSkimm kicked off their election campaign, Skimm 2020 – a nonpartisan initiative focused on getting their audience (predominantly millennial women) the information and tools they need to vote, no matter how, where, or when they do it. In one of the most complicated elections in history, they Skimm’d the voting process by creating a one-stop resource hub to get registered, navigate your states voting rules, cast a ballot and get informed. While there’s still so much progress to be made when it comes to voting, they are honoring all that women have accomplished over the last 100 years and amplifying the Skimm 2020 rally cry, #WeCanDecide, because if every millennial woman voted, they could decide the election.

Want to get involved? Spread the word to ensure your friends have everything they need to make an informed voting plan and sign up for more ways to take action with theSkimm leading up to the election, including volunteer opportunities with partner organizations and dedicated 2020 news coverage. 


What’s Next? Start Your Policy Circle Today!

Empowering women through meaningful conversation is a pillar of The Policy Circle model which strengthens women’s voices on some of the biggest challenges we face. Policy Circle women will become leaders who will transform the conversation and advance policies that provide greater opportunities and better lives for all Americans – especially for the most vulnerable.


Women Engage. Women Lead. Women Change the Conversation.

Do you want to use your voice and time to make meaningful change in your community? Are you motivated to build on your civic knowledge base? Do you want to make real change through action? The Policy Circle’s Civic Leadership Roadmap (CLER) Program might be for you!


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