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Voting Matters – this time and every time

3 months ago | Sep 24, 2018

Voting Matters – this time and every time


In case you missed it – it’s election season. As you read this some of you may be thinking "Careful, CEP, you’re a nonprofit; you shouldn’t be talking about elections”. That’s only partially correct. Yes, we’re a nonprofit. Tax-exempt nonprofits cannot be partisan nor should they be, and if you’re a clean energy nonprofit there’s no reason to be partisan.  According to Pew Research two-thirds of Americans give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels. In  Kansas 91% of Kansas voters say they are strongly or somewhat supportive of using renewable energy.


The IRS explicitly permits us to engage in get-out-the-vote activities as long as they are nonpartisan, including encouraging voting and sharing information on how to vote by mail or in-person and how to find your polling place. One way we’re ensuring issues you care about - climate, health, and clean energy - are elevated in this election is through our Kansas Health Foundation funded project Climate + Energy Voters Take Action.


With this project we are looking for volunteer ambassadors to help encourage greater voter participation and civic engagement around the climate, health, and energy issues we all care about.


Volunteer ambassadors engage with their friends, family, and co-workers on the importance of voting and being involved in policy decisions that affect their lives and the future of Kansas. We’ve teamed up with our friends from the Mainstream Coalition   to track voter engagement on votertovoter.org. Learn how to become an Climate + Energy Ambassador here, or get started by signing up here.


The 2018 August primary had some of the closest races for state offices I’ve ever witnessed. My own incumbent representative lost his seat in the Kansas House by 9 votes.  That’s not a typo, literally nine votes decided that race. The Republicans chose their Gubernatorial candidate by less than 400 votes. There has never been a more important time to exercise your RIGHT and RESPONSIBILITY to vote.


CEP is finished sitting on the sidelines during election season. Instead, we’re following advice from the Chronicle of Philanthropy and helping increase voter turnout in Kansas for better climate and energy public policy.


Please join us in increasing voter turnout for a clean energy future. Here's how!

 

Sincerely,

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