Voting and Civic Engagement
Why does the union get involved in politics?
Individuals elected to public office — School Board members, the Mayor, state Legislators, the Governor, the U.S. congress, and the President of the United States have a profound impact on our great public schools.
They determine the amount of funding schools get, which impacts the quality of teachers, the extracurricular activities, and the academic and community programs that school districts can offer to students, families, staff, and citizens.
Public schools are a “public good,” which means that investing in great schools benefits everyone. We have a responsibility to ourselves and the generations that come after us to be informed about what’s going on in our great schools, and take action on that knowledge.
How do we fulfill our responsibility?
- Learn about candidates for elected office. What are their views on education? What policies and/or laws would they endorse? VOTE! Many elections are won or lost by just a few votes.
- Stay in touch. Electing candidates to public office doesn’t mean they will keep their promises. Hold them accountable. Tell them when they do something you don’t like, and thank them when they do keep one of their campaign promises.
During election seasons, we will provide voter guides and more extensive information that will help you determine the best candidates for office.
Enter your address to find out where to cast your ballot.
Don’t have the time to get to the polls? Find out how you can vote from the comfort of your own home!
You can register on election day. This information will tell you what you need to bring.
This tool will show you who your elected representatives are, and how you can contact them to share your thoughts and opinions on our great schools!