I Bike therefore I Vote

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Note: Today is the last day to register to vote in some states! -Ed.

The League Of American Cyclists did a recent survey, and while it is encouraging that 97% of the survey-takers plan to vote, I’m gonna go ahead and share this so we can get another bunch of folks thinking about the upcoming midterm elections, which could turn out to be pretty important as far as democracy goes. First, a couple quotes from the League on why some cyclists vote…

“It is my right and duty as a citizen to make decisions that I feel are in the best interests of my state and country.”  -Dawn, OR

“To make my community, my city, my state, and my country a better place to live, work, and play.”  -Phil, VA

“It’s a privilege and I want my voice heard.” -Diane, NH

“It is the most basic form of civic engagement. Voting at all levels is how you cultivate a political culture that is reflective of the values you hold.”  -Lorenzo, IL

I’m going to go ahead and cut and paste the words of the League here… “As a National organization, we focus on Congress and the White House Administration, work to ensure that federal laws and regulations respect your right to the road, and work to make bicycling safer and more accessible for everyone. While the national picture often gets the most media attention, there are critical choices at the state and local level too. The people and the policies you vote on in your community will have a direct effect on the roads and trails on which you ride. Please take some time to learn more about the candidates and the ballot initiatives on your ballot – at the national, state, and local level. Ballot initiatives can be written in a confusing way, so we have provided some websites that can help you understand everything on your ballot – and what a “yes” or “no” vote would mean.”

To see what will be on your ballot:

The League of Women Voters site allows you to fill out your sample ballot and take the answers with you.

Ballotpedia is another source with a sample ballot.

Also, VoteSmart.org allows you to type in a candidate’s name and view their positions on major issues, or search their speeches, positions, and votes on issues you care about.

And if you’d like to join the League’s E-news click HERE.

That’s all! Now get out and VOTE!

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