Vote Your Wallet, Vote Your Future

November 3, 2020, is Election Day in the United States. Many important decisions will face you when you vote this year. Voting is one of the most powerful ways to make your voice heard in our democracy. However, in 2016, only 61.4% of the voting age population in the U.S. voted.

Modern technology has improved access to information on candidates and made it easier to register to vote, and it is vital to be aware of how you can participate in the 2020 election.

New York's absentee and mail-in voting procedure states that voters in the November 3, 2020, general election can cite concerns over COVID-19 as a valid excuse for voting absentee. To register to vote in New York, visit the State of Elections website for more information on voter eligibility and the registration process. You can begin the registration process through New York's online Voter Registration System. The voter registration deadline is October 9, 2020, twenty-five days before an election. Absentee/mail-in voting ballot deadline is October 27, 2020, seven days before the election. The ballot submission deadline by mail is postmarked by November 2, 2020, and received by November 10, 2020. Voting in person must be received by close of polls on Election Day. The IBEW has also set up a website  to help members confirm they are registered to vote, register or make changes to their voter registration, and request a mail in ballot.

Remember to vote for those that will benefit your wallet. Union members make on average 27% more in their pay checks than non-union workers. Voting for an anti-union candidate is like taking money away from your family and the families of those you work with. Who wouldn't vote for those that will help your family, instead of those that hoard the wealth for the rich.

Children in union households prosper more and are able to take advantage of more opportunities than those raised in non-union households. Rights that we have now may not remain if we don't elect those who will help the union worker. Things we hold dear, like the "Right to Organize," "The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)," and "The Right to Bargain." We have to build the middle class and unions to live better and safer. This cannot be done with those in office who work to destroy us.

Another important point to remember is that the President will be appointing Supreme Court Justices and the Senate will vote to approve or reject the nominee. These justices will decide our legal futures. They must be appointed and approved by labor friendly representatives.

Please think carefully when you vote. Vote for your wallet, your family, your job and your future.