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President’s Perspective: Get Out the Vote

Dear MSP Community,

With just weeks until the upcoming 2020 Presidential Election in November, I am writing to ask you to join me in an institution-wide effort to get-out-the-vote (GOTV).

Photo of Dr. Fran Brown, PsyD wearing a pink blazer and sitting in a grey chair.

Many will face obstacles to voting this year. The media is reporting on fewer polling stations, longer lines and other anticipated delays come November. That’s why it’s especially important to get informed, empower one another’s participation, and plan ahead to be prepared to vote on Election Day.

This is a critical time to make your voice heard and empower your family, friends and community to do the same. The process is simple and you can decide how much time and effort you commit.

Here’s how it works: choose 3 or more people within your social circle and commit to helping them vote. These people can be friends, family, neighbors, social media connections, etc. You can use the When We All Vote app (OutVote) to check on your contacts’ registration status, send them tailored voting information (like how to receive a mail-in ballot for their state), and remind them to vote as Election Day approaches. Messaging is nonpartisan and the focus is on voter empowerment and participation.

This approach is called relational organizing and it works. Research shows that mobilizing within social networks through social accountability is more effective than door-to-door canvassing with strangers. So, if you choose to participate, you will be strengthening your community and making a big impact on Election Day by giving your community a voice. If you would like to participate, go to When We All Vote  and join. You will receive a link to download their app, OutVote, and get started.

This is a time when our collective action can truly make a difference. Thank you for your commitment to Getting Out the Vote!

In community,

Dr. Brown